Biostatistics, MS

Contact Info

Department of Statistics

Nguyen Engineering Building, 1705
4400 University Drive, MS 4A7
Fairfax, VA 22030

Phone: 703-993-1700


According to Fortune Magazine, the master’s in biostatistics is the best graduate degree for jobs. In 2015 the median salary was more than $105K. Our graduates find work in healthcare, biotech, “big pharma,” and the life sciences.

Some call Washington D.C. the capital of statistics. Our location in the D.C. suburbs is home to world-class statistical research in the federal government and industry, makes us the envy of the Nation. Evening courses allow you to take classes to fit your schedule. We accommodate both students committed to full- and part-time study who seek a graduate degree.

In this program you may:

  • Clarify causalities, risks, and outcomes of a deadly disease with statistical unique visualization models
  • Use big data and data analytics to interpret massive health data sets
  • Identify sources of risk and statistical methods that measure and mitigate risk in humans

Merging statistics with biology, students have many opportunities they can pursue after graduation in health-related fields, including medicine, epidemiology, and public health. Biostatistics is an indispensable tool in improving health and protecting populations against disease here and around the world.

The department has an advisory board of leaders in the federal government and industry. These strong connections provide top-tier internships and networking opportunities that can help you take your career to the next level.

Find degree requirements in the university catalog.

Admission Requirements 

In addition to satisfying general admission requirements for graduate study, all applicants are expected to have basic computer literacy. They also must hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in a field that includes coursework in multivariable calculus, matrix or linear algebra, statistics, and calculus-based probability. Applicants with degrees in such fields as mathematics, statistics, and some engineering programs usually meet these requirements. For applicants with degrees in other fields, these requirements are normally satisfied if students have successfully completed courses equivalent to the following Mason courses:​ MATH 113, MATH 114, MATH 213; MATH 203 or MATH 321; STAT 250 or STAT 344; and STAT 346 or MATH 351. Coursework taken to correct deficiencies in undergraduate preparation is not counted toward the degree.

Degree Requirements (36 credits)

For this degree, students take a statistics core; a “bio” core involving courses in public health, biology, and clinical medicine (including ethics); and a research core that allows students to solve real data problems in the biological or health area and collaborate with other scientists in an interdisciplinary team. Finally, students choose from electives in bioinformatics, global and community health, or targeted statistics courses.

Statistics Core

  • STAT 544 - Applied Probability (3 credits)
  • STAT 554 - Applied Statistics I (3 credits)
  • STAT 654 - Applied Statistics II (3 credits)

Bio Core

  • GCH 712 - Introduction to Epidemiology (3 credits)
  • BINF 630 - Bioinformatics Methods (3 credits)
  • STAT 560 - Biostatistical Methods (3 credits)

Research Core

  • STAT 634 - Case Studies in Data Analysis (3 credits)
  • STAT 798 - Master's Research Project (3 credits)

Four elective courses from the following:

  • GCH 782 - International Research Ethics and Methods (3 credits)
  • GCH 806 - Advanced Multivariate Statistics and Data Analysis for Health Care Research (3 credits)
  • STAT 652 - Statistical Inference (3 credits)
  • STAT 655 - Analysis of Variance (3 credits)
  • STAT 657 - Nonparametric Statistics (3 credits)
  • STAT 662 - Multivariate Statistical Methods (3 credits)
  • STAT 663 - Statistical Graphics and Data Exploration I (3 credits)
  • STAT 665 - Categorical Data Analysis (3 credits)
  • STAT 668 - Survival Analysis (3 credits)
  • STAT 756 - Alternative Regression Methods (3 credits)
  • STAT 760 - Advanced Biostatistical Methods (3 credits)
  • STAT 773 - Statistical Methods for Longitudinal Data Analysis (3 credits)


According to Fortune Magazine the master’s in biostatistics is the second best graduate degree for jobs. In 2015 the median salary was more than $110K with a projected growth of 21 percent in jobs. Individuals with a master’s in biostatistics can expect to find work in healthcare, biotech, and life sciences, using computer models to predict health outcomes from diseases.

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