Master of Science (M.S.)
The Master of Science (M.S.) degree program is designed for the student without professional training, but with a career interest in epidemiological research. It provides methodological skills in research design, study implementation, and data analysis. Each student develops a focus area in epidemiology through a combination of elective courses, course papers, choice of summer practicum experience, and selection of thesis topic.
M.S. applicants are accepted with backgrounds in a variety of fields but most commonly in the natural, social, or behavioral sciences.
The degree program is generally completed within two years, including the intervening summer. The time taken to complete the thesis is the major factor determining the length of the student's program. A minimum of 45 credits, including a 3-credit thesis, is required.