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What is a Master of Science in Biostatistics?

The Master of Science (MS) in Biostatistics degree is a full-time graduate program that provides students with a fundamental understanding of biostatistical methods and strong computational skills, and the ability to apply this knowledge to research focusing on health-related problems.

This program provides students with the ability and capacity to make immediate contributions to the public health and biomedical research enterprise upon graduation.

Why Pursue a Masters of Science Degree in Biostatistics at Drexel Dornsife?

The program prepares students for handling the quantitative and computational aspects of a research project, including:

  • Study design
  • Data collection and management
  • Developing analysis plans
  • Conducting analyses
  • Reporting findings both orally and in writing

Unique features of Dornsife's MS in Biostatistics include:

  • The only Biostatistics masters degree in eastern Pennsylvania that is based in a school of public health
  • Nationally and internationally recognized faculty
  • Small classes with many opportunities to receive individual attention from faculty members who are committed to the student’s success.
  • A renowned, CEPH-accredited program based at the #1 graduate school of public health in Philadelphia.

In keeping with Drexel University’s tradition of practice-based education, the program also features a practicum research experience based in a public health or biomedical setting.

Access to Renowned Faculty

The Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics faculty are dedicated to balancing research and teaching. The Department has a robust research portfolio focusing on a range of areas including modeling time-to-event data, mixed and multilevel models, longitudinal data analysis, microarray data analysis, agreement and reliability assessment, time series analyses, and stochastic processes. The MS Program in Biostatistics is supported by an advisory board comprised of practicing biostatisticians from the greater Philadelphia metropolitan area.

Master’s of Biostatistics Admissions

The Dornsife School of Public Health seeks students with intellectual and interpersonal competencies who have the potential to serve as thought leaders in the field of public health.

The School has set a high priority on establishing a student body that is representative of the nation's population.

Admissions Requirements and Prerequisites for the MS in Biostatistics Program

To be considered for the MS in Biostatistics program, applicants must meet the following admissions criteria:

  • An undergraduate bachelor degree program from an accredited US college or university, or its equivalent in another country, ideally in a quantitative field such as mathematics, economics and computer science or a scientific area such as natural, biological, medical and environmental sciences
  • At least two semesters of calculus
  • At least one semester of linear algebra

Some familiarity with a programming language or a statistical package is desirable, as well as probability and multivariate calculus.

Application Requirements for the Biostatistics Master’s Program

To have your application reviewed, applicants must submit the following documents:

  • Online application
  • Official transcripts from every college-level institution you attended (academic records from institutions outside the U.S. must undergo a credentials evaluation)
  • English proficiency test score (TOEFL or IELTS), if applicable
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Resume or curriculum vitae
  • Statement of Purpose and Objectives (describing career and educational goals, professional experience, and area of research interest)

Applications for the Masters of Biostatistics program do not require the GRE.

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Master's in Biostatistics Curriculum

The MS in Biostatistics curriculum will prepare students to:

  • Apply appropriate quantitative methods to evaluate the determinants and epidemiology of health and disease
  • Manage and maintain analytic datasets
  • Execute a data analysis plan
  • Communicate statistical findings effectively and succinctly using data visualization tools and appropriate summaries
  • Work collaboratively with researchers in public health, medicine, and other health science disciplines


The MS in Biostatistics program includes course work in statistical theory and methods, computing and data management, epidemiology, and general public health topics.

Sample Plan of Study

Biostatistics Degree Requirements

Completion of the MS in Biostatistics requires:

  • A minimum of 48 credit hours of course work
  • A cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher
  • A substantial data analysis project (6 credit hours) with a written report and oral presentation

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Masters in Biostatistics Data Analysis Project

Incorporated into the second year is a two quarter-long practicum experience working on a real academic, government, or industry project in a sponsoring organization setting.

This practicum-based MS Data Analysis Project involves the application of biostatistical analysis to a problem of significance to the sponsoring academic, government or industry organization with joint oversight provided by a Department faculty member and an on-site PhD-level biostatistician.

Career Options with a Master's in Biostatistics

Graduates with degrees in biostatistics are employed in a number of fields and industries:

  • Public health research and service organizations
  • University research groups
  • Hospitals
  • Pharmaceutical companies
  • Health-related industries
  • Government work

Recent Dornsife graduates are currently working as statisticians, biostatisticians, data scientists, clinical research coordinators, and business analysts.

New technologies continue to generate an unprecedented amount of data, and this presents exciting opportunities for biostatisticians with strong computational skills.

Biostatistics Salary Scale

The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a 33 percent increase in the job outlook for masters-trained statisticians, including biostatisticians. The median annual wage for statisticians was $96,280 in May 2021.

More information regarding the projected outlook and salary for statisticians can be found on the Bureau of Labor Statistics website.

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Paying for Your Public Health Degree

Historically, more than 92 percent of full-time masters students receive some type of scholarship funding.

The Dornsife School of Public Health makes every effort to ensure that students receive as much financial assistance as possible through merit-based scholarships, grants and student loans.

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Scarlett Bellamy, ScD
Professor and Associate Dean for Diversity, Inclusion and Faculty Development
Director, Biostatistics MS and PhD Programs
Epidemiology and Biostatistics

David A. Wood, MBA, MS
Executive Director, Enrollment Management