Master's in Biostatistics at Queen's

The new collaborative Master of Science in Biostatistics (MBS) is offered jointly by the Departments of Community Health and Epidemiology and Mathematics and Statistics at Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario. It is a one year intensive program that gives students a foundation in the theory and applications of the broad field of Biostatistics. The program will start in Fall of 2009.

The program is targeted to students with an honour BSc degree with high standing in statistics, mathematics, and computer science or in a program in biology, life sciences, or health sciences with strong analytical skills. This challenging program will provide excellent students a fast track to an exciting job in biostatistics or PhD studies in biostatistics.

Students in this program are required to complete 8 courses in two terms and a one-term supervised research project in biostatistics or a one-term practicum in biostatistics applications.

Course work

The course work consists of 6 core courses

and 2 elective courses from a list of suggested graduate courses offered by the two departments.

The details of the courses can be found in calendar.


Practicum placements will be arranged in collaboration with the student and their supervisor. Students will complete a 4-month practicum placement working within an academic or industry based research group. A list of currently available practicum opportunities will be provided for consideration.

Students may complete a 4-month practicum placement working in a research project pertaining to some aspect of biostatistics methodological research work of their supervisors. Current research areas and interests of potential supervisors can be found in their web pages.


Students may apply to either the Department of Mathematics and Statistics (degree granted in MSc in Mathematics and Statistics with Specialization in Biostatistics) or the Department of Community Health and Epidemiology (degree granted is MSc in Epidemiology with Specialization in Biostatistics). The program requirements are identical in each Department.

Applications must be completed online through the School of Graduate Studies and Research. Click on Prospective Students, then Application Procedures.

Applications for Fall 2009 will be considered for two review dates. All completed applications will be reviewed by early March 2009. Those applications not completed by then will be considered in a second round in June. Notification of the first round of decisions will be sent to students by the beginning of April 2009 and as early as possible in July for the second round of decisions.

Financial Support

Students in the MBS program will be considered for funding support by their respective home program as other students in the home program. However, there will be no minimum guaranteed amount of funding for M.Sc. students.


For inquiries, contact the Graduate Assistants in the two departments:

Jennifer Read
Graduate Assistant
Department of Mathematics and Statistics
Queen's University
Kingston, ON K7L 3N6
Phone: (613) 533-2405

Katherine Cook
Graduate Assistant
Department of Community Health & Epidemiology
2nd Floor, Abramsky Hall
Queen's University
Kingston, ON K7L 3N6
Phone: (613) 533-2901

Contact Info

Department of Math & Stats
Jeffery Hall, University Ave.
Kingston, ON Canada, K7L 3N6
Phone: (613) 533-2390
Fax: (613) 533-2964
Summer Office Hours: 9:00am-4:00pm