George Mason University
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George Mason University

Biostatistics, MS

Department of Statistics

Nguyen Engineering Building, 1705
4400 University Drive, MS 4A7
Fairfax, VA 22030

Phone: 703-993-1700


Program Overview

Merging statistics with biology, students have many opportunities they can pursue after graduation in health-related fields, including medicine, epidemiology, and public health. Biostatistics is an indispensable tool in improving health and protecting populations against disease here and around the world.


Highlights from the university catalog.

Total credits: 30

In addition to meeting general requirements that apply to master's degrees at Mason, all students must complete the 21-credit core requirements for the degree. A grade of "B-" or better is required in all 500-level statistics core courses. Students build on these core requirements by choosing 9 credits of electives.

Core Courses

Statistics Core
The Statistics core provides the basic probability, statistical analysis techniques, and statistical modeling tools that all biostatisticians must know, and provides a basis for higher level elective coursework.

Bio Core
The Bio core is designed to provide the biological background necessary for biostatisticians. These courses offer preparation in the areas of public health and epidemiology (GCH 712 Introduction to Epidemiology), as well as bioinformatics (BINF 630 Bioinformatics Methods). In addition, this portion of the core curriculum ensures that students are trained in the statistical techniques required for clinical medicine, and includes material on ethics in research (STAT 560 Biostatistical Methods).

Research Core
The Research core has been designed to assist students in the development of the requisite skills for careers in consulting or research. These courses will allow students to consult directly with biologists and medical and public health scientists on real data problems and provide opportunities to write reports and give oral presentations.

Find degree requirements in the university catalog.


According to Fortune Magazine the master’s in biostatistics is the second best graduate degree for jobs. In 2015 the median salary was more than $110K with a projected growth of 21 percent in jobs. Individuals with a master’s in biostatistics can expect to find work in healthcare, biotech, and life sciences, using computer models to predict health outcomes from diseases.

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