The Master of Science in Biostatistics is offered by the Division of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. The educational objective is to prepare individuals to work effectively as applied biostatisticians in a variety of public health, epidemiological and clinical research settings. The difference between the MS in Biostatistics and the MPH concentration in Biostatistics is that the MS provides training in probability and statistical theory with a research focus, while the MPH provides a broader background in public health.
The overall course of study for the MS degree will be developed by the student and their Faculty Advisor and approved by the student's Graduate Committee and Chair of the Biostatistics Section. On average, the MS program requires approximately two years for completion. The first year is usually devoted to core coursework and completion of the qualifying exam. The second year is focused on remaining coursework and development of the master's thesis research.
View more about the program and the curriculum at: http://publichealth.arizona.edu/academics/masters/ms/biostatistics
Arizona's first and only accredited college of public health, the University of Arizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health is uniquely situated in the culturally rich and diverse Southwest. Distinguished for our outstanding community-based research and for our focus on eliminating health disparities among populations of the Southwest and globally, the UA Zuckerman College of Public Health offers tremendous opportunities to its students for education, research and community involvement.
The College of Public Health's interdisciplinary activities are enhanced by being part of the Arizona Health Sciences Center with campuses in Tucson and Phoenix. The College consistently ranks among the top five in American Indian and Hispanic graduates and students enrolled among accredited schools of public health, according to recent data from the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health. In addition, the University of Arizona is one of only 62 members in the Association of American Universities, a prestigious organization that recognizes universities that have developed exceptionally strong overall research and academic programs.
College of Public Health
University of Arizona - Main - Tucson
View more detailed admissions criteria at: http://publichealth.arizona.edu/prospective-students/phd-biostats-admissions-criteria
Applications are to be submitted through SOPHAS, the centralized application service for accredited schools and programs of public health, at www.sophas.org.
GRE - Send scores to the University of Arizona College of Public Health/SOPHAS, code 4253
International Students - Tests of English Proficiency
International applicants are required by the UA Graduate College to submit a TOEFL score of 90 on the iBT test.
For students who take the IELTS examination, an overall score of 7 is required, with a score of no less than 6 on any individual band or module. TOEFL and IELTS test scores must be dated within two years of the year of enrollment.
Students may be requested to enter the Center for English as a Second Language to improve their verbal skills.
SOPHAS TOEFL Scores - Code 5688
SOPHAS IELTS Scores - Code SOPHAS
A variety of funding is available in the form of scholarships/fellowships, teaching assistantships, and research assistantships. More information regarding tuition and financial assistance is available at: http://publichealth.arizona.edu/prospective-students/tuition-financial-assistance
Federal Financial Aid https://financialaid.arizona.edu/apply-for-aid/graduate-professional
Priority: December 1
Secondary: April 1
Final Deadline: June 1 for US applicants only
Note: Students who apply by the priority deadline will be given the highest priority for admissions and consideration for scholarships and assistantships.
International applicants will not be considered for conditional admission by this program.
ETS Major Field Code(s) for this program:
Required Major Courses (24 units)
Elective Courses (minimum of 6 units)
Culminating Experience: Choose one of the following options (minimum 3 units)
MS in Biostatistics Total Minimum Credit Requirement = 33 units
Computational/Modern Methods Module (6 units)
*Three units must come from BIOS 576D or BIOS 511
MS Qualifying Exam
All MS students must pass a written MS Qualifying Exam (commonly referred to as the “QE”) after their first year of study. The exam is designed to ensure that students have the necessary background to continue with more advanced courses. The exam includes both Theory and Application sections. The exam is offered early in summer at a time announced at the beginning of the preceding spring semester.
The material covered on the exam is based on the following courses:
Students must have completed each of these courses with a grade of A or B to be eligible for the exam.
Oral Defense of Thesis Research or Project
MS students are required to complete a formal defense of their culminating project or thesis in a public seminar, followed by an oral examination by the candidate's Thesis Committee.
Professional portfolio including resume, at least 2 data analysis reports, copy of thesis or MS project report, documentation of computing proficiency, pdf/powerpoint of oral presentation.
Please refer to the Graduate Student Handbook for students who are pursuing this program of study.
|Application Acceptance Rate||77.78%|
|Med. Time-to-degree (years)||2.00|
|Enrollment Percent Male||50%|
|Enrollment Percent Female||50%|
|Enrollment Percent International||16.67%|
|Enrollment Percent URM||0%|