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Master of Science in Biostatistics

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The M.S. in biostatistics is one of three new synergistic professional science master (PSM) degree programs at Grand Valley State University. The three programs (medical and bioinformatics, biotechnology, and biostatistics) are interdisciplinary and involve both the university and its industry partners. All three programs emphasize teamwork, problem-solving, communication, and scientific knowledge and technical skills. Each program is designed to integrate university coursework with business/industrial internships to better prepare students for the variety of career pathways associated with the life science and health science industries. The overall objectives and interactions of these three new programs are described in the PSM section of the Grand Valley State University Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog.

The requirements for the M.S. in biostatistics consists of 36 credits with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0. Consistent with Grand Valley State University policy all courses must be completed within 8 consecutive years from entry into the first graduate course.

Admission to Master of Science in Biostatistics

  • Grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale from all undergraduate coursework or a satisfactory score on the GRE.
  • Resume detailing work experiences and accomplishments.
  • Personal statement of career goals and background experiences, including an explanation of how this program will help achieve educational and professional objectives.
  • Letters of recommendations from at least two individuals who are in positions to attest to the applicant's successful completion of the program.

Requirements for the M.S. in Biostatistics

Students must complete the following requirements:

1. The PSM Core Courses (Credits: 11)

2. The Directed Courses for the Biostatistics Program (Credits: 19)

Electives (at least 4 credits) are selected, with advisor approval, from graduate courses that are appropriate to each students interests and goals. Students are strongly encouraged to meet with their advisor during their first semester to develop specific plans for their elective coursework.

3. The PSM Seminar Course (Credits: 2)

4. An Internship Experience (at least 4 credits):

Biostatistics Program Description

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