M.S. in Biostatistics

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The new professional MS program in biostatistics will focus on practical skills that are sought after in health-related fields, including pharmaceutical sciences and genomics. The objective of the program is to provide rigorous training in the modern areas of biostatistics related to the theory and application of statistical science to solve problems in public health, health services, health policy, and biomedical research, and other areas such as environmental health and ecology. Students completing this program successfully will acquire expertise in topics including statistical inference, linear regression, analysis of variance, design, and analysis of clinical trials and epidemiological studies, programming in SAS and R, and consulting.

Individuals with a Bachelor’s degree in any major, with a background in mathematics and statistics, are encouraged to apply. The program requires 31 credits passing a written Masters in Biostatistics Exam on both theoretical and applied aspects of biostatistics. Qualified full-time students are expected to complete this program in three to four semesters.

Notes: In order to be considered for a possible switch to the Ph.D. Qualifying Exam or for financial support, an M.S. in Biostatistics student must first pass both parts of the Ph.D. Qualifying Exam at Ph.D. level. For international students, in order to be considered for financial support, passing UCONN’s English Speak Test is mandatory.


Although there are no official course requirements for admission to graduate study, a degree of mathematical sophistication is necessary for acceptable progress through the program. This mathematical maturity may be achieved by successful completion of three semesters of calculus and a semester of linear algebra. A background in statistics will be helpful but is not assumed.

Structure of the Program:

A student should take at least ten (10) 3-credit in-class courses and either the internship course BIST 5091 or the practicum course BIST 5092. Required Courses: BIST 5091 or 5092, BIST 5215, BIST 5225; BIST 5505–5605; BIST 5585–5685; BIST 5625, BIST 5635

  • BIST 5091. Biostatistics Internship
  • BIST 5092. Biostatistics Practicum
  • BIST 5505. Applied Statistics I
  • BIST 5605. Applied Statistics II
  • BIST 5585. Mathematical Statistics I
  • BIST 5685. Mathematical Statistics II
  • BIST 5215. Statistical Consulting
  • BIST 5225. Data Management and Programming in SAS and R
  • BIST 5625. Introduction to Biostatistics
  • BIST 5635. Clinical Trials

Two (2) elective courses should be chosen from the following courses. One of the following courses: BIST 5615, BIST 5645, or BIST 5655.  One additional course from the following: BIST 5515, BIST 5615, BIST 5645, BIST 5655, BIST 5705, BIST 5815:

  • BIST 5615. Categorical Data Analysis
  • BIST 5645. Analysis of Survival Data
  • BIST 5655. Epidemiology
  • BIST 5515. Design of Experiment
  • BIST 5705. Statistical Methods in Bioinformatics
  • BIST 5815. Longitudinal Data Analysis

Choices of elective courses are made with the approval of the candidate’s major and associate advisors. Up to 6 credits may be transferred subject to the approval of the Department, provided that the student has taken equivalent graduate-level courses that have not been counted towards any academic degree. After taking all required 3-credit courses, the student must pass a written qualifying exam on both theoretical and applied aspects of biostatistics. There is no thesis requirement.

Depending on how long a student plans to take to complete the Master’s program, the following are recommended sequences of courses.

  • Three Semesters
    • BIST 5505, BIST 5585, BIST 5625, BIST 5225
    • BIST 5515, BIST 5605, BIST 5685, BIST 5091 or BIST 5092 or Elective
    • BIST 5215, BIST 5091 or BIST 5092 or  Elective, 1 Elective course
  • Four Semesters
    • BIST 5505, BIST 5585, BIST 5625
    • BIST 5605, BIST 5515, 1 Elective course
    • BIST 5225, BIST 5091 or BIST 5092 or Elective, 1 Elective course
    • BIST 5685, BIST 5215, BIST 5091 or BIST 5092 or Elective


BIST 5091 or BIST 5092 can only be registered for once. It may be taken during a summer or regular semester for a part-time internship (1 credit) or full-time internship (3 credits).

International students must consult with UCONN International Student & Scholar Services for visa rules and university requirements.

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