Master's Degree in Biostatistics

Harvard University
Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States
Master's Degree
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Entry Requirements

No one is admitted as a candidate for the AM, only for the PhD. Nevertheless, the requirements for the master’s degree must be satisfied by all students as they move toward the PhD and are expected to be completed by the end of the fourth term. The AM degree may be granted when these requirements are fulfilled. In addition, the department may confer a terminal AM on students who will not be completing the requirements for the PhD.

For the AM degree, four terms of course work with a minimum average grade of B is ordinarily required. With the department’s approval, students with a previous graduate degree in a medical, scientific, or statistical field and with prior sufficient prior statistical training may qualify for the AM degree with two terms of course work. The specific requirements for the AM in Biostatistics are outlined in the Biostatistics Graduate Student Handbook. Upon fulfilling the AM requirements, students should submit an application for the master’s degree.


  • Probability Theory and Applications I
  • Statistical Inference I
  • Methods I
  • Methods II
  • Regression and Analysis of Variance
  • Principles and Advanced Topics in Clinical Trials
  • Analysis of Failure Time Data
  • Analysis of Multivariate and Longitudinal Data
  • Bayesian Methodology in Biostatistics
  • Probability Theory and Applications II
  • Statistical Inference II
  • Advanced Statistical Genetics
  • Statistical Methods for Causality
  • Genomic Data Manipulation
  • Introduction to Computational Biology and Bioinformatics
  • Advanced Computational Biology and Bioinformatics
  • Research

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