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MA in Statistics with Emphasis in Biostatistics

Degree Requirements

Students who wish to specialize in Biostatistics may obtain a degree with special emphasis.  The general requirements for receiving a master’s degree are at least 30 semester hours of course work at the 7000 level or higher, of which at least 18 hours must be from the Department of Statistics at MU.  At least 15 semester hours of course work at the 8000 level or above must be taken from the Department of Statistics at MU. The 15 semester hours cannot include more than a total of three hours of STAT 8090

Required Courses
STAT 7410Biostatistics and Clinical Trials3
STAT 7420Applied Survival Analysis3
or STAT 8410 Statistical Theory of Bioinformatics
or STAT 9410 Survival Analysis
Courses recommended but not required
STAT 7110Statistical Software and Data Analysis3
STAT 7310Sampling Techniques3
STAT 7610Applied Spatial Statistics3
STAT 7830Categorical Data Analysis3
STAT 7850Introduction to Stochastic Processes3
STAT 7870Time Series Analysis3
STAT 8310Data Analysis I3
STAT 8320Data Analysis II3
STAT 8370Statistical Consulting3
STAT 8640Bayesian Analysis I3
STAT 9250Statistical Computation and Simulation3
STAT 9310Theory of Linear Models3
MATH 7700Advanced Calculus of One Real Variable I3
CMP_SC 1050Algorithm Design and Programming I4
or CMP_SC 2050 Algorithm Design and Programming II
Courses that cannot be used to fulfill the 30 hours for the master's
STAT 7020Statistical Methods in the Health Sciences3
STAT 7050Connecting Statistics to Middle and Secondary Schools3
STAT 7510Applied Statistical Models I3
STAT 7520Applied Statistical Models II3
STAT 7530Analysis of Variance3
STAT 7710Introduction to Mathematical Statistics3
STAT 8090Master's Thesis Research in Statistics1-99

Remedial Courses

The following courses are required if equivalent courses were not taken as an undergraduate: MATH 7140, STAT 8710 and STAT 8720. These courses may not be used for more than six of the required 30 hours.

Original Written Work

All candidates must submit a written report on an independent effort toward producing original work related to Biostatistics. This report may, with the advisor’s consent, take the form of a thesis, a written review on a set of papers in statistics, or a written report on an independent study project, which may include an original application of statistics. For this work, a student must register for at least three semester hours of STAT 8090.

Presenting the Work

All candidates are required to present an open seminar on the results of the written report. The report should be made available for public review, through the Department of Statistics office, for at least one week before the examination.


The MA examination covers material presented in the written report and the seminar and may also cover course work.