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The Master of Science (M.S.) program in Biostatistics is meant for college graduates with interest and background in mathematics and statistics who wish to learn both the methodology and the application of biostatistics in the health sciences. The goals of this program are similar to the current M.P.H. in Biostatistics program in learning objectives; however, M.S. students will receive a more extensive methodological foundation as well as be expected to take additional statistical courses instead of the “core” public health courses required for any M.P.H.

Career Profile

A typical student who graduates with an M.S. in Biostatistics will be qualified to work as a biostatistician or research coordinator in research organizations such as a pharmaceutical company, contract research organization (CRO), a university, or a health department. Graduates also will be prepared to pursue doctoral education in biostatistics or similar disciplines.

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Program Application Requirements

Resume/CV, Statement of Purpose, Supplemental Application, 3 Letters of recommendation

Graduate Program Application Requirements

Our School of Public Health is CEPH accredited, and we participate in SOPHAS (Schools of Public Health Application Service). We are also one of the schools participating in SOPHAS (Schools of Public Health Application Service). Our M.P.H. admissions process is a two-step process. All applications must be submitted through the national SOPHAS service, and applicants must also submit a WVU graduate application.

Program Application Test Requirements


Application Deadlines

Fall Priority

​April 1

Fall Deadline

July 1​

English Proficiency Requirements

All applicants whose first language is not English must provide proof of English language proficiency. WVU accepts either the TOEFL or the IELTS for this purpose. Learn more about our English language proficiency requirements.

Accreditation Information

WVU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Faculty Profile

George Kelley

Dr. George A. Kelley is a Full Professor and Director of the Meta-Analytic Research Group in the School of Public Health, Department of Biostatistics, here at West Virginia University (WVU) in Morgantown. He came to WVU from Massachusetts General Hospital's Institute of Health Professions in Boston, MA, where he served as Associate Professor and Director of the Meta-Analytic Research Group. He holds the Doctor of Arts degree in Exercise Science from Middle Tennessee State University, the Master of Science degree in Exercise Science from Washington State University, and the Bachelor of Science Degree in Physical Education with a minor in Health Education, from Boise State University. Dr. Kelley teaches graduate biostatistics courses, including a meta-analysis course. His research includes, but is not limited to, use of the meta-analytic approach for examining the effects of physical activity on health-related disease. Dr. Kelley has a consistent record of external funding as a Principal Investigator from sources that include the National Institutes of Health, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (R01 mechanism), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Department of Defense, and American Heart Association. He has published more than 80 research papers in peer-reviewed biomedical journals. In 2010, he received the Dean's Award for Excellence in Research from the WVU School of Medicine and in 2008 received the Distinguished Alumni Award from his alma mater, Boise State University. In addition to his 80+ hour work week, Dr. Kelley believes in modeling the healthy behavior that he promotes. Physically active his entire life, he runs 9-12 miles per week, cycles 60 to 100+ miles per week, lifts weights 2-3 times per week, and walks/hikes 15-20 miles per week. He has been tracking his exercise and food intake on a daily basis for more than 30 years.


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