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Biostatistics, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #161 (BCR) Iowa City, IA, United States
The MS and the PhD in Biostatistics, offered by The University of Iowa, are awarded by the Graduate College. Instruction is offered through the College of Public Health. The MS is offered with or without a thesis.
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The Master of Science program in Biostatistics at The University of Iowa requires a minimum of 38 s.h. of graduate credit. Students must maintain a g.p.a. of at least 3.00. Those who receive a grade of C on 7 s.h. of course work may be dismissed from the program.

The program provides training in the design of experiments and in analysis of data related to biomedical or public health problems. It emphasizes mathematical, statistical, and computer methods for dealing with quantitative information and provides opportunities for students to gain statistical consulting experience with a variety of problems.


  • Department of Biostatistics resources and activities include three centers. The Biostatistics Consulting Center provides opportunities for students to gain valuable experience working with faculty and staff in the health sciences at the University of Iowa.
  • The Clinical Trials Statistical and Data Management Center serves the statistical design, data management, and analysis needs of a variety of multicenter clinical trials, and among those are Clinical Islet Transplantation (CIT) Consortium, Network of Excellence in Neuroscience Clinical Trials (NeuroNEXT), and the Parkingson's Progression Markers Initiative (PPMI). 
  • The Center for Public Health Statistics facilitates the collection, statistical analyses, and dissemination of health data in support of the University's research, teaching, and service missions and in partnership with the Iowa Department of Public Health.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Biostatistical Computing
  • Biostatistical Methods I-II
  • Biostatistical Methods in Categorical Data
  • Statistical Methods in Clinical Trials
  • Preceptorship in Biostatistics
  • Epidemiology I: Principles

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    38 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • You must have earned a bachelor’s or professional degree
  • You must have a minimum grade-point average of 3.0
  • Applicants should have a minimum GRE combined verbal and quantitative score of 305; however, the combined GRE score for new students in recent years has been 315-331
  • International students, except permanent residents, are required to submit TOEFL or IELTS scores
  • You must have the ability to program in at least one computer language.
  • You must have three collegiate-level courses in calculus
  • A background of science, mathematics, or health sciences is recommended.
  • Previous coursework or experience in statistical methods or data analysis is preferred

Tuition Fee

  • International

    30549 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 30549 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    30549 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 30549 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • In-State

    11346 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 11346 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Iowa City

  • 1187 - 1850 USD/month
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