The Department of Biostatistics & Epidemiology offers a Masters (MS) degree in Biostatistics with the primary objective to provide individuals with rigorous training in statistical methodology in order to prepare them for careers as biostatisticians to collaborate with and provide statistical support to scientists and researches in biomedical, health sciences and other related areas of research.
The M.S. program provides an intensive exposure to the wide range of methodologies and techniques needed to function and excel as a biostatistician, with expertise in designing data collection for experiments, observational studies, and clinical trials,extracting information stored in various forms, andanalyzing, reporting and presenting the findings.
NEED FOR BIOSTATISTICIANS
The current demand for biostatisticians far exceeds the supply and the gap is expected to continue to widen. This undersupply results from a combination of burgeoning need and a relatively flat graduation rate of Masters level biostatisticians in the US. A large proportion of the currently senior biostatisticians were trained in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s and were supported during the early stages of their careers by National Institute of Health (NIH) training initiatives. With this cohort approaching retirement within the next decade, and with evermore increasing needs and opportunities, now is the time for training the next generation of biostatisticians.
Graduates of the MS program will be qualified for employment in academic research institutions, pharmaceutical and other biotech industries, and local, state, and national government agencies.
The two-year program comprises three parts: a core set of 28 credit hours of didactic courses that all students take, 12 credit hours of elective courses, and a research thesis or a consulting project. Students will chose, with the advice and approval of their advisory committees, one of these options:
Thesis Track: A formal thesis, directed by a Biostatistics faculty member, will be required. The student will conduct their research under Thesis Research (STAT 8920), for a minimum of 6 credit hours. The thesis project for the MS program will be of two types: (i) use of established but state-of-the-art statistical tools to analyze and report on collected data sets; or (ii) a rigorous review of statistical literature, possibly involving a small amount of methodological research, that has potential use in complex biomedical data analysis. A formal presentation of the thesis will be required, which will be open to public.
Non-Thesis Track: A project write-up (or project write-ups), directed by a Biostatistics faculty member, will be required. The student will perform the project work under Biostatistical Consulting in Research (STAT 8910), for a minimum of 6 credit hours. This course is designed for students to gain practical experience in integration of statistical theory and applications in current research, systematic formulation of problems, data formatting and collection procedures, study design, data analysis, and, interpretation and communication of results. It is possible that students may consult on one or two research projects, depending on the complexity and scope of the project(s). A formal presentation will be required at the conclusion of the project(s).
An advisory committee of faculty will help plan, monitor progress, and mentor the student through all phases of the program of study.
The following are required semester-long core courses that are taught over five semesters. Students must complete them by the spring semester of year two.
Any of the following courses may be elected by students with advisory committee approval to satisfy the electives requirement:
SUGGESTED CURRICULUM SEQUENCE (Full-time)
|Year in Program
STAT 8110 – Introduction to Biostatistics (3)
STAT 8520 – Statistical Theory I (3)
STAT 8510 – Programming for Data Analysis (3)
STAT8630 - Applied Linear Models(3)
STAT8620 - Statistical Theory II (3)
STAT 8130 – Introduction to Epidemiology (3)
STAT 8870 – Biostatistical Consulting in Research (3)
STAT 8640 – Generalized Linear Models I (3)
STAT 8740– Design and Analysis of Clinical Trials (3)
SGSS 8011 - Responsible Conduct of Reaserch (1)
STAT 8910 – Biostatistical Consulting Project (6) or
STAT 8920 – Thesis Research (6)
Program Total Credit Hours: 45 hrs
No more than 3 credit hours of relevant electives may be taken outside the Department of Biostatistics & Epidemiology,
with the permission of the advisor.
- All students must attend departmental and other research seminars and meetings that are relevant to their biostatistics training.
- Students must publicize the results of their research through seminars, conference presentations, and/or articles in refereed (peer-review) journals.
- Students with graduate assistantships are required to work with a faculty supervisor as Research or Teaching Assistants.
- Comprehensive Examination
- Final Oral Thesis/Project Defense
- Baccalaureate (or higher) degree in a subject with substantial mathematics content,including 3 semesters of college level calculus and one semester of linear or matrix algebra.
- Computer literacy, i.e., familiarity with operating and using computers and software
- All official GRE scores must be submitted to GRU’s Office of Academic Admissions directly from the Education Testing Service (ETS) and must be less than five years old. The institution code for submission of GRE scores to GHSU is 5406. Please do not select a department code.
- Three references from individuals qualified to assess the applicant’s prior academic performance and potential as a graduate student in Biostatistics
- Official transcripts for all post-secondary education
- Verification of transcripts from all foreign colleges/universities must be provided by an approved transcript evaluation service. For more information, contact the Office of Academic Admissions or visit
- Test of English as Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores must be submitted for applicants whose first language is not English. A minimum score of 550 (paper-based), 213 (computer-based) or 79 (internet-based) is required.
COMPETITIVE APPLICANT PROFILE
The competitive applicant for the proposed M.S. program will have the following qualifications:
- Possession of a baccalaureate or higher degree in the mathematical sciences, or in a closely related discipline with rigorous training in calculus and matrix algebra.
- Minimum cumulative GPA on all undergraduate and graduate coursework of at least 3.3.
- Computer literacy
- Minimum GRE general test score of 309 (sum of verbal and quantitative sections): 158 Quantitative, 151 Verbal, 4.0 Analytical Writing
- For applicants whose first language is not English, a minimum score of 550 (paper-based), 213 (computer-based), or 79 (internet-based) on TOEFL.
- A strong personal statement.
APPLICATION DEADLINE: Feb 1 - Fall entry
Early submission of all application materials is strongly advised. Applications received after the deadline will be considered on a space available basis.
HOW TO APPLY
To apply on-line for the MS in Biostatistics program, visit
Office of Academic Admissions
170 Kelly Building–Administration
Medical College of Georgia
Augusta, Georgia 30912
Telephone: (706) 721-2725
Toll free: 1-800-519-3388
Fax: (706) 721-7279
DEPARTMENT CONTACT INFORMATION
Visit our website,
www.biostat.gru.edu, or contact:
Jennifer L. Waller, Ph.D.
Associate Professor & Director of Graduate Programs
Department of Biostatistics & Epidemiology
1120 15th Street, AE 1012
Augusta, GA 30912-4900
Phone: (706) 721-0814
FAX: (706) 721-6294
Other information about the School of Graduate Studies and the Department of Biostatistics & Epidemiology can be found at:
Ph.D. Program in Biostatistics