Master of Science Capstone

Master of Science Capstone cohorts 2019
First cohort of graduate students in MS Capstone, entering program 2019.

The Master of Science (MS) Capstone is a fast-paced 18-month program that provides rigorous training and a practical, applications-driven foundation in statistics. It is designed for students who wish to enter the job market upon graduation.



  • Earn a Master of Science in Biostatistics
  • Fast-paced, 18-month, full-time program (50 credits)
  • Select one of three specialization pathways: Data Science, Statistical Genetics, or Modeling and Methods.
  • Professionally-relevant capstone project gives you a portfolio that showcases key skills to future employers.
  • Prepares you for career paths spanning a range of health-related and data-driven fields such as biotech, pharmaceuticals, cancer research, data science, and government agencies.
  • Degree Costs and Financial Support for MS Capstone 2020-21 (pdf) 
Note: The MS Capstone is a fee-based program. There is no reduced rate for Washington State residents.

Earn your degree from a #1-ranked biostatistics program

At UW, you will enter a strong community of cohorts. Capstone students move through classes together which builds friendships and provides a dynamic, interactive learning environment. Plus capstone students interact with MS Thesis and PhD students in both formal and informal settings.

Yuhan Wang

“The communication between new students, senior students and faculty is really impressive to me. And the enthusiastic welcome new students receive is also impressive.

– Yuhan Wang, MS Capstone 1st year student


The MS Capstone also:

  • Follows an innovative curriculum taught by internationally recognized faculty who provide personalized attention and are dedicated to educating the next generation of biostatisticians.
  • Provides opportunities to learn practical knowledge from area statisticians and research professionals.
  • Serves as a foundation if you decide to pursue PhD-level training.




Seattle waterfront
Living in Seattle
Seattle is an international city readily accessible from Asia, Europe and the East Coast. Locally, there are a number of affordable public transportation options that make it easy for students to travel throughout Seattle and the Pacific Northwest region.
MS Alumni
99% of our graduates secure jobs or postgraduate programs within one year of graduation.