Department of Biostatistics

Degree Planners

Below is the current list of available degree programs. You may click on any of the program titles below and view the sample degree planner.

Biostatistics Degree Programs (BIO)

Masters

SAMPLE Master of Science - 42.5 credit program

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SAMPLE Master of Science - 80 Credit Program

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Doctorate

PhD

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The Ph.D. Program in Biostatistics trains students in the following areas: (l) statistical theory; (2) the use of statistical methods in formulating problems, planning studies, conducting analyses, and writing reports; (3) the interpretation of numeric data for scientific inference; and (4) the ability to collaborate and communicate effectively with scientists in related disciplines. The Ph.D. program has the additional objectives of training statisticians capable of conducting independent methodologic research and providing scientific leadership. Ph.D. students are expected to take progressively more advanced courses, to prepare for the qualifying exams, and to choose a dissertation advisor and research topic. The student is also expected to participate in the Working Group seminars offered by the Department. These seminars provide background for choosing a dissertation topic, as well as general knowledge of contemporary biostatistical research. A detailed presentation of the GSAS's regulations for doctoral students is found at http://www.gsas.harvard.edu. All doctoral students and their advisors should make sure that GSAS and Departmental requirements are met according to schedule. Full-time students must register for the equivalent of at least 4 half-courses (20 credits), or the equivalent in TIME, each semester.