MS Capstone Degree Requirements

Summary

The Master of Science in Biostatistics Capstone is a 50-credit degree and requires completion of the following:

Course credits

  • 24 credits of core curriculum courses
  • 20 credits of pathway-specific courses
  • 6 course credits for capstone project
  • A minimum 3.0 grade in core and pathway courses
  • Full-time enrollment of 10 credits per quarter is expected (summer optional).

Exam

Passing the First Year (MS) Statistical Theory Examination after the end of spring quarter in the first year is required.  Learn more about exams in our Students section.

Capstone project

The culminating capstone project provides you with a marketable portfolio that demonstrates competency in:

  • Data analysis
  • Statistical programming
  • Consulting experience with non-statisticians
  • Written and oral communication
  • Collaborative team work
  • Project management

You will work on a real-world, health data analytics challenge with a small group of students in close collaboration with a course instructor and partner organization. The capstone project includes two courses:

Capstone Project I – Project Preparation (Autumn Quarter)

The partner organization introduces students to the health data analytics challenge. Students form collaborative teams, each of which writes, presents and revises a project proposal that outlines the approach and methods the group plans to use.

Capstone Project II – Project Implementation (Winter Quarter)

Student teams implement their project proposals. At the end of the course, teams share their findings with the partner organization in oral and written form, and prepare materials for individual portfolios.

Other requirements

All Biostatistics students are expected to participate in the annual department retreat usually held in the fall.