Master of Science 60-Credit


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 

Admission information

Eligibility requirements

The Master of Science 60-credit program (SM-60), offered only through the Biostatistics Department, requires an undergraduate degree in the mathematical sciences or allied fields (statistics, economics, etc.) or computer science, with a strong interest in health science, or a prior bachelor’s degree or non-US equivalent. Some additional coursework and relevant work experience may be required as well. 

Application requirements

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

Learn more about the application process.

Application deadline