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Graduate Program: M.S. Program: Degree Requirements

Degree Requirements

BIOST 533 (Theory of Linear Models), offered each Spring Quarter, is strongly recommended unless student has studied the material previously.

MS students interested in applying to the Ph.D. pathway
In order to be considered for the Ph.D. Pathway, a MS student must pass the MS Theory Exam at the Ph.D. level and have a minimum grade no lower than 3.0 in STAT 512/513 and BIOST 514/515.

  • Application process: The student must submit a request to the Admission Committee to change from the MS to the Ph.D. Pathway along with a revised Personal Statement and a Letter of Recommendation from a Biostatistics faculty member supporting the change. The request and accompanying material should be submitted within two weeks after the results of the MS Theory Exam are known. The Admissions Committee will review the request and respond by the end of July before the beginning of the student’s second year.

Department Expectations

Expectations for ALL Students
All students in the Department of Biostatistics are expected to participate in the annual Department Retreat, usually held in mid-September.

Student Progress Expectations for MS Students
Year 1:
Get a Minimum grade of 3.0 in BIOST 514/515 and in STAT 512/513
Take at least one List 1 or List 2 Elective Spring Quarter with a Minimum grade of 2.7
Take and Pass MS Theory Exam
Take BIOST 563 Summer Quarter

Year 2:
Identify Thesis Advisor and Thesis Topic no later than Autumn Quarter
Start Thesis Credits (BIOST 700) no later than Winter Quarter
Get a Minimum grade of 3.0 in BIOST 536/537
Complete List1 and List 2 Electives with Minimum grades of 2.7
Take and Pass Consulting class
Identify Thesis Readers, Complete Thesis and Graduate no later than Summer Quarter

Department Policy on Waiving Course Requirements
In order to facilitate more rapid progress through the programs of study administered by the Department of Biostatistics, the departmental faculty will consider petitions for waiving required coursework as described by the policy guidelines given below.

The overarching principles of this policy are:

  • That the students, through prior comparable coursework at other institutions, have acquired mastery of the overwhelming majority of material taught in the course to be waived,
  • That the students will pursue more advanced coursework in the general area of the course being waived,
  • That by waiving the coursework, the students will be able to make more rapid progress toward completion of the degree, and
  • That any decision to grant the petition for a waiver will be formally documented by the students’ academic advisors, a committee administering a placement exam and/or the current instructors for the course, and the graduate program office for the department. Such documentation must be completed prior to the quarter that the student would normally take the waived course.
  • General Policy

  • In general, no students will be allowed a waiver of the requirements for biostatistical consulting (BIOST 590).
  • In general, no students will be allowed a waiver of the requirements for 6 credits in departmental seminars.
  • In general, no students will be allowed a waiver of the requirement for electives with a methodologic emphasis (Elective List One).
  • In general, no students will be allowed a waiver of the requirement for electives with a biology or public health emphasis (Elective List Two).
  • Only in the most extraordinary circumstances can the above general policy be waived for an individual student, and then only if agreed by the faculty as a whole.

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