Biostatistics, M.A.

Biostatistics, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #4 (BCR) , CA,
The Master of Arts (MA) degree in Biostatistics is obtained in four semesters. Candidates for this degree are expected to complete 48 units with courses in biostatistics, statistics, public health, and biology.


The 12-unit minimum enrollment requirement per semester may be met with independent research or seminar courses. Students must enroll for all four semesters of the program; therefore, use of the filing fee in the final semester is not an option.

The Group in Biostatistics is committed to students who wish to submit a THESIS (PLAN I) to fulfill requirements for the MA degree. However, for a May degree, a candidate must commit to this option by the end of January to allow time for approval of the thesis committee. Students should have early discussions with their graduate adviser on recommended thesis committee members.

A thesis committee requires three faculty members, two from the Group in Biostatistics and preferably one outside faculty member (for example, from Epidemiology or one of the biological sciences). If an outside member cannot be identified, a third member from the Group in Biostat is permissible.

Alternatively, a comprehensive exam may be taken to fulfill requirements though the decision to take the oral examination must be made early in the final semester of the program.

Programme Structure

Students pursuing an MA degree in Biostatistics will be expected, upon completion of the program, to be well-versed in the following areas:

  • Fundamental statistical methods, including statistical estimation, hypothesis testing, regression analysis, analysis of variance and longitudinal data. 
  • Algorithms and computer applications.  
  • Analysis of multivariate data -- categorical and continuous -- with particular emphasis on epidemiology. 
  • Interpretation of survival analysis data and issues, including knowledge of life table methodology, competing causes of death, medical follow-up studies, parametric models and nonparametric methods. 
  • Computational biology methods including gene mapping, microarray data analysis and other topics in genomics. 
  • Methods of analysis using vital and health statistics, census data, rates and adjusted rates. 

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

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Academic Requirements

The minimum graduate admission requirements are:

  • a bachelor’s degree or recognized equivalent from an accredited institution;
  • a satisfactory scholastic average, usually a minimum grade-point average (GPA) of 3.0 (B) on a 4.0 scale; and
  • enough undergraduate training to do graduate work in your chosen field.
  • Tuition Fee

    • International Applies to you

      32930 CAD/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 16465 CAD per semester and a duration of 24 months.
    • National Applies to you

      32930 CAD/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 16465 CAD per semester and a duration of 24 months.
    • In-State Applies to you

      17828 CAD/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 8914 CAD per semester and a duration of 24 months.
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    Living costs for Berkeley

    • 1750 - 2820 USD/month
      Living Costs

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