Grand Valley State University's Master of Science (M.S.) in Biostatistics, part of Grand Rapids' only Professional Science Master's degree program, is a member of the National Professional Science Master's Association (NPSMA). Our biostatisticians are prepared for leadership, apply and develop statistical techniques in the biological and health sciences industries, and benefit from valuable internship experiences with graduate placement. Graduates of the program often go on to careers in design, data management, data analysis, consulting, statistical training, and the application of statistical software: See more.


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Job Growth in West Michigan by 2024
GVSU Ranking as West Michigan Talent Provider
Median Annual Salary

Source: EMSI, 2020.

Career Outlook and Opportunities

Biostatistics is an in demand and growing field. According to 2019 EMSI data, job opportunities are expected to grow 19% in West Michigan and 10% in the U.S. by 2024. The median annual wage for biostaticians is $76,024 in West Michigan and $83,928 in the U.S. GVSU graduates often hold the following job titles:

  • Biostatistician
  • Research programmer
  • Research and data analyst
  • Marketing analyst
  • Statistician
  • Data scientist
  • Data manager
  • Data Analyst

Grand Valley's internship placements often lead to full-time employment shortly after graduation. In fact, 100% of our students graduating in April are employed by July.

Source: EMSI, 2020.

Why Study Biostatistics at Grand Valley?

  • In Demand. Master's level biostatisticians are in demand, resulting in higher starting salaries within exciting scientific work environments.
  • Well Connected. Partners such as the Van Andel Research Institute and Spectrum Health provide formal support for internships and continuing assistance to GVSU students.
  • Successful Graduates. Graduates of the GVSU biostatistics master's program have secured employment with outstanding employers such as Van Andel Institute, Pfizer, the Henry Ford Health System, and the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.
  • Flexibility. Class times later in the day allow degree completion by working professionals.
  • Experiential Learning. The program is very applied with an emphasis on modern statistical techniques using prominent statistical software.

The Skills Employers Want

The M.S. in Biostatistics at GVSU will develop the skills you need to land the job you want. Whether the skills are advanced or general, you will build a resume of qualifications that are sure to attract employers. The following skills correlate with those pulled from actual job postings in the biostatistics field.

Advanced Skills

  • SAS Software
  • Statistics
  • Biostatistics
  • R (Programming Language)
  • SQL (Programming Language)
  • Data Management
  • Statistical Softwares
  • Stata
  • Epidemiology


Common Skills

  • Research
  • Presentations
  • Management
  • Data Analysis
  • Written Communication
  • Leadership
  • Problem Solving
  • Communications

Source: EMSI, 2020

Course Offerings

The Biostatistics (M.S.) P.S.M program is a minimum of 36 credits. The three PSM programs are interdisciplinary and feature common core courses. The biostatistics program features:

  • 6 courses in statistics
  • 11 credit hours in professional science and interdisciplinary courses
  • 4 elective credit hours
  • At least one internship experience

Students will need to take prerequisite courses before applying to this program. Visit the online catalog for course offerings and degree requirements for this program.

Course Requirements


The Biostatistics (M.S.) P.S.M. application deadlines are June 1 for the Fall semester and November 1 for the Winter semester. The $30 application fee is waived if you’ve already applied to Grand Valley.

Admission Requirements


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