Master of Science

Earn a Master of Science in Biostatistics to prepare for careers such as biostatistician, research scientist, or data analyst. Choose from two program options:

Student group at graduation
Master of Science Capstone
An 18-month, full-time degree with choice of specialization and a capstone project. Designed for students who wish to enter the job market upon graduation.
UW Biostatistics MS Thesis student working in a library
Master of Science Thesis
A 24-36 month, full-time degree with a research-based thesis. Designed for students who wish to pursue a doctoral degree or research position in biomedical, clinical and laboratory settings.

Comparison of Biostatistics Master's Programs

  MS Capstone MS Thesis
Careers in industry, research, academia x x
Alumni connections x x
Faculty mentoring and academic support x x
Student mentoring and community x x
Industry/research collaboration x  
Specialization pathways x  
Individual faculty research advisor   x
Required theory exam   x
Final project Collaborative research solution Methodological academic paper 
Degree timeline 18 months 24-36 months
Degree MS, Biostatistics MS, Biostatistics