MA in Biostatistics & Data Science
Message from the Director
Associate Professor of Biostatistics
Director, MA program in Biostatistics and Data Science
Given today’s data-rich environment, it is an excellent time to acquire an advanced degree in a quantitative field. Training in Biostatistics and Data Science will provide you with knowledge applicable in a variety of fields ranging from industry to academics. The job will always be challenging and exciting. We are very proud of having created a program in Biostatistics and Data Science which maintains the rigor of a traditional academic program while providing ample hands-on experience opportunities. Our students stay actively involved in statistical consulting throughout their entire time at MCW. Program curriculum and engagement in interdisciplinary research will help you acquire superb data analytics and collaborative skills which will be invaluable in your career.
MA in Biostatistics & Data Science
About the Program
Individuals interested in the Master of Arts degree program must apply on the application webpage. The MCW Graduate School operates on a rolling admissions basis, which means that we accept applications and related materials at any time. Applicants are encouraged to submit their applications in advance of the priority deadline to ensure that they receive full consideration. The priority deadline for fall admission is March 1 followed by rolling admissions through a final deadline of July 1. Students are admitted once per year. No GRE is required for admission to the program.
Students should satisfy the minimum requirements for admission:
- Baccalaureate degree - official transcripts required
- Prior coursework in calculus (including integrals, such as Calculus II), probability and/or statistics, linear/matrix algebra, and computer programming experience
- An overall grade point average of 3.0 or better
- Two letters of recommendation
- Applicants who studied overseas or via an online U.S.-based institution are required to take a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) and make arrangement for an official score report to be sent directly to the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. A TOEFL score is 100 or higher or a band score of 6.0 or higher on the IELTS is ideal. Our Institution Code is 1519.
Our 31-credit program can be completed in 18 months and can accommodate both full time or part time students. The curriculum consists of 8 required courses which have been identified as an essential knowledge base for all students in the program. Also required, is an Ethics and Integrity in Science course along with at least 3- credit capstone project course. The capstone project course can be taken throughout multiple semesters but at least 3 credit hours are required for graduation. The program allows for students to choose two or more elective courses which best reflect their personal interests.
Required courses for the MA degree (25 credit hours):
Electives for the MA Degree (at least 6 credit hours):
*NOTE: One of the three elective courses - either BIOST 04214, or 04285, or 04275 - is required.
Sample program plan
Typical sequence for the completion of required courses:
Students who wish to take classes in the summer, may follow the sequence presented below:
Tuition and Fees
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Master’s, Certificate & Non-Degree Students
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There will be a $100 late registration fee for anyone not completing registration by the date indicated on the schedule each semester.
There is also a $250 late payment fee for tuition not paid on time according to the Tuition Payments policy in the All Student Handbook(PDF).
Late payment fee is in addition to any late registration fee.
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