The University of Iowa

24 months
29026 USD/year
30414 USD/year
11467 USD/year
Tuition fee
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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.


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

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines




38 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

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

    29026 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 29026 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    30414 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 30414 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • In-State

    11467 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 11467 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.


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