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American University - Washington, DC - College of Arts and Sciences MS in Professional Science: Biostatistics
American University - Washington, DC - College of Arts and Sciences

MS in Professional Science: Biostatistics

Washington, USA

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Sep 2024

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American University's master's degree in Biostatistics prepares students for direct entry into a variety of career opportunities in the health and medical fields.

The MS degree program combines rigorous study in the science of biostatistics applied to medical and health problem solving, with coursework in workforce skills such as management of health policies, big data, medical research, and entrepreneurship projects.

Students gain experience through:

  • biostatistics and statistics core courses,
  • statistics and biology elective courses,
  • management and business courses,
  • and a capstone project and internship.

Furthermore, students tailor their course of study depending on their interests and career goals by selecting one of three specialization tracks: health policy, computational, or management.

Employment opportunities for graduates of this program are plentiful. Students are prepared for positions with public health organizations, government policy agencies, medical research institutions, big data research centers, genome research institutions, census and health record centers, public and private hospitals, pharmaceutical companies, medical software companies, medical device manufactures, environmental companies, insurance companies, consulting firms, international health organizations, and more.


  • 33 credit hours of approved graduate coursework
  • Capstone Experience: 6 credit hours in 600-level or above courses approved by faculty advisor, with grades of B or better

Students participate in noncredit workshops and seminars on professional skills and current issues in science and technology. Students are required to demonstrate proficiency in these areas as part of the capstone project, internship, and compulsory presentation.

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