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MA in Biostatistics & Data Science

MCW Master of Arts program in Biostatistics and Data Science will provide students with good theoretical background expected from a professional biostatistician and will equip them with a set of analytical skills used in data science. Practical experience and ability to complete data retrieval, integration and analysis are critical skills, important to all organizations. Our students benefit from involvement in statistical consulting and collaborative work at MCW. Faculty are engaged in research related to biostatistics methods and applications, cancer, cardiovascular disease, clinical trials, genomics, big data, and machine learning.  The program is designed to develop excellent data analytics and communication skills, lay the foundation to research ethics and leadership. Students will leave fully prepared for current challenging work environment in the pharmaceutical industry, healthcare, biomedical sciences, academics, and general data analytics.  
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Message from the Director

 Ruta Brazauskas, PhDRuta Brazauskas, PhD


Associate Professor of Biostatistics
Director, Master's of Science in Biostatistics

ruta@mcw.edu
(414) 955-8687

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

About the Program

The Division of Biostatistics is excited to welcome the first cohort of students to the MA  program in Biostatistics and Data Science in the fall of 2021. This new program was created to meet the increasing demand for highly skilled individuals  with expert knowledge of biostatistics, programming, and data analytics. Students will learn from faculty with extensive and diverse experiences and will have opportunities for supervised and independent hands on experience. Involvement in consulting practice and collaborative work is an integral part of the program. All students  will have a faculty advisor to guide them through their capstone project and  professional portfolio development. The latter will include a set of coding samples, written reports and presentations. Graduates of the MA program in Biostatistics and Data Science will be prepared to work in a variety of settings with a broad range of data analytics needs.  
Admissions

Admissions

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. 
Curriculum

Curriculum

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):

Courses

Electives for the MA Degree (at least 6 credit hours):

Any two of the following*

Electives Course

*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:

Sample Program Plan

Students who wish to take classes in the summer, may follow the sequence presented below:Fall 1 Fall 2

Student handbook 

Tuition and Fees

Tuition and Fees

If you have questions regarding tuition or your account, please contact the Office of Student Accounts, at (414) 955-8172 or mcwtuition@mcw.edu. Please refer to the All Student Handbook (PDF) for tuition payment policies and information.

Master’s, Certificate & Non-Degree Students
Students seeking financial aid for MPH, MS or MA degree programs, visit the Financial Aid Office website.

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Late Fees
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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Faculty

Faculty

Visit the Division of Biostatistics faculty page to learn more about our faculty members.

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Contact Us

MCW Graduate School
8701 Watertown Plank Rd.
Milwaukee, WI 53226

(414) 955-8218
(414) 955-0084 (fax)
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