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What will I learn?

The Master of Science in Biostatistics can serve as excellent preparation for a doctorate degree, or for a career contributing to public health by using math to solve real-world problems like disease outbreaks and environmental and industrial hazards. The MS program is designed for students who desire an emphasis on the mathematical foundations of inference, with an emphasis on the basics of statistical methodology. It is an academic, research-oriented degree program with a research career focus. The MS graduate is prepared both for employment in health related research and for providing expertise in data management, study design, and statistical inference, as a member of a multidisciplinary research team. Coursework includes training in mathematical statistics and bio statistical methods, and provides a balanced education, blending theory and practice. The MS is the best choice for students planning to go on for a doctorate (PhD or DrPH).

Preparation for the Degree

Mathematics preparation for the program should include at least two years of calculus:

Math 31A, B Calculus and Analytic Geometry

Math 32A, B Calculus of Several Variables

Math 33A, B Matrices, Differential Equations, Infinite Series

And recommended:

Math 115A Linear Algebra

Which department am I in?

Fielding School of Public Health

Study options

Full Time (Minimum of 58 quarter-credit units)

Tuition fees
US$32,374.00 per year
Application deadline

Expected December 2022

Start date

Expected September 2022


Fielding School of Public Health

650 Charles E. Young Dr. South,

16-035 Center for Health Sciences,



90095, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students must have a minimum score of 570 in paper based TOEFL.

For international students

Applicants with bachelor's degrees in mathematics, computer science, or a field of application in biostatistics are preferred.

Prior field experience is not required as a condition of admission, although a background of public health experience may be considered

Undergraduate preparation for the program should include second-year calculus or equivalent.

IELTS Academic overall band score should be at least 7.0 is the minimum required.

TOEFL score on the paper and pencil test must be at least 560 or at least 87 on the internet-based test.

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


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