Biostatistics - Master of Science

The Master of Science in Biostatistics teaches the foundations of research and the application of statistics in real-world data sets and health-related issues. As you develop the skills needed for a research- or academic-related career, you will collaborate with public health and clinical professionals to research and analyze problems in a wide range of health sciences, providing the evidence needed for critical clinical and policy decisions.

Our students become sought-after professionals because of the training and opportunities available at Ohio State. With connections to data projects across the university as well as opportunities to partner with external organizations for collaborative research, the master’s program in biostatistics helps make you more competitive in your career aspirations.


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Available dates

Thursday, July 11, 2-3 p.m.

Program of study

The Master of Science in Biostatistics is a two-year, full-time program that teaches foundational courses in public health, specialization courses and electives for a minimum of 45 credit hours. Students also develop a thesis on biostatistical methods or applications.

Develop research knowledge with faculty mentorship

Our biostats faculty have their research expertise in several areas including clinical trial design, longitudinal analysis, causal inference, Bayesian methods, statistical learning and data mining that will help you develop your acumen for research and biostatistics and introduce you to the number of ways it influences public health.

Degree requirements

Minimum credit hours: 45  
Prerequisites: Bachelor's degree; strong math education, especially in linear algebra and calculus; first course in probability and (applied) statistics  
Program start: Autumn semester

Deadlines to apply

Dec. 1

priority deadline

Feb. 1

GTA/GRA consideration

May 15

regular deadline


Master of Science application instruction

Review our application preparation recommendations prior to applying to the master’s program. When you’re ready, submit your application through SOPHAS. A supplemental Ohio State application will follow.

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