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Master of Science in Biostatistics

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The M.S. in biostatistics is one of four synergistic professional science master's (PSM) degree programs at Grand Valley State University. The four programs (health informatics and bioinformatics, biotechnology, date science and analytics, and biostatistics) are interdisciplinary and involve both the university and its industry partners. All four programs emphasize teamwork, problem-solving, communication, 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 consist of 37 credits with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0. Consistent with Grand Valley State University policy, all courses must be completed within eight consecutive years from entry into the first graduate course.


To be admitted into the M.S. in biostatistics, the following is required:

  • 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


Students must complete the following requirements.

1. PSM Core Courses

Twelve credits are required, including:

2. Directed Courses for Biostatistics Program

Requires 19 credits. At least four elective credits are selected with advisor approval from graduate courses that are appropriate to each student's 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. PSM Seminar Course

4. Internship

Requires at least four credits.

Biostatistics Program Description

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