What will I learn?

The Master of Science (MS) Thesis is a 24-month program that provides comprehensive training in biostatistical theory and methods with a research-based thesis.


Provides the rigorous academic preparation for students who wish to pursue a doctoral degree or research position in biomedical, clinical and laboratory settings at universities, public health agencies, private companies, and scientific start-ups.

Builds an excellent foundation in statistical theory (the science of biostatistics) and biomedical data analysis (the practice of applying biostatistics).

Follows an innovative curriculum taught by internationally recognized faculty who are dedicated to educating the next generation of biostatisticians.


The Master of Science in Biostatistics Thesis is a 63-credit degree and requires completion of the following:

Course credits

24 credits of core curriculum courses

12 credits of elective courses

6 research seminar credits

3 credits for consulting

18 credits for thesis

Minimum 3.0 grade in each core course and 2.7 minimum in each elective course

Full-time enrollment of 10 credits per quarter is expected (summer optional).

Which department am I in?

School of Public Health

Study options

Full Time (24 months)

Tuition fees
US$33,661.00 per year
Start date

Expected September 2022


University of Washington

Schmitz Hall, 1410 NE Campus Parkway,



98195, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Prospective graduate students must meet the following minimum requirements: Hold a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university in the U.S.1or its equivalent from a foreign institution; Have earned at least a 3.0 grade-point-average (on a 4 point scale) for the last 90 graded quarter credits or 60 graded semester credits. Other English Language Requirements: 580 paper-based TOEFL.

For international students

Hold the minimum equivalent of a four-year baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university in the U.S. or its equivalent from an accredited foreign institution or a Bologna bachelor’s degree with a minimum of 180 European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) credits.

English Proficiency:

The Graduate School is temporarily accepting official test scores for both the Duolingo English Test and the TOEFL ITP Plus For China to assist international students with remote testing options. This policy is currently in effect through the autumn 2021 admission cycle (i.e., students enrolling in autumn 2021).

TOEFL iBT - Minimum Required Score (ELP Required): 80; Recommended Score (ELP Satisfied): 92 or higher

TOEFL pBT - Minimum Required Score: 500

Duolingo: Minimum Required Score (ELP Required): 105; Recommended Score (ELP Satisfied): 120 or higher

IELTS: Minimum Required Score 6.5

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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