The Master of Science (SM) degree program provides the essential skills and depth of knowledge needed to have a high-impact career in academia, industry, or policy analysis. Offered in several different lengths and areas of specialization (42.5-credit, 60-credit, and 80-credit), applicants are able to identify the program that best suits their unique educational goals, level of professional experience, and prior education.
The Master of Science 60-credit program (SM-60) is designed for professionals with prior bachelor’s degrees in one of the mathematical sciences. Offered only through the Biostatistics Department, SM-60 students join a community of leading scientists and educators from around the world dedicated to improving the health of people everywhere through quantitative research.
- Abbreviation: SM-60
- Degree format: On campus
- Time commitment: Full-time and part-time
- Average program length: 1.5 years (3 semesters) full-time
- Start term: Fall
- Master of Science 60-credit students work closely with global leaders, world-renowned faculty members, and local doctors, clinicians, and researchers in Boston’s Longwood Medical Area––home to Harvard Medical School, the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, and many world-class hospitals
- Students hone their skills in presenting original research through active interchange with peers from diverse backgrounds, with faculty members who lead their fields, and with other researchers in the Longwood community
- SM-60 students receive intense quantitative training required for applied research positions in universities, hospitals, and industry
A Master of Science 60-credit degree opens an extraordinary number of pathways to a meaningful career. Graduates of the SM-60 program are trained to pursue careers in a variety of industries:
- Health care organizations
- National and international government agencies
- Public and private sector enterprises
- Research institutions
All applications must be submitted through SOPHAS – the centralized application for schools and programs of public health. In addition to the application, applicants must submit:
- Statement of purpose and objectives
- Official test scores (optional but recommended)
- Three letters of reference
- Resumé/curriculum vitae
- Post-secondary transcripts or mark sheets (World Education Services credential evaluation for applicants with degrees from outside of the United States.)
- English language proficiency (TOEFL/IELTS), if applicable
Applicants may apply to only one degree program for either full- or part-time status. Applications are reviewed in their entirety and decisions are released via email in late February/early March. Decisions are not released until all application components are received.