Looking for a great graduate degree program? Consider Statistics and Biostatistics!


The path to advanced education in statistics is just as diverse as the careers it can prepare you for. In fact, a study found that master’s degrees in biostatistics and statistics are the top two graduate degrees for jobs in 2016.

While advance degrees aren’t always required for a career in statistics, many students seek graduate education as means of cross disciplinary study, to obtain a job in a specific field or simply further their knowledge.

Graduate programs not only include further studies in statistics and mathematics, but may be tailored towards specific disciplines such as biostatistics, statistical computing, survey research and methodology and data science just to name a few.


Studying statistics at the graduate level offers a deeper look into research applications of statistics. Programs may offer education in theoretical statistics, research methodology or the application of statistics to industry. You don’t have to posess an undergraduate degree in statistics for postgraduate studies. Many students hold undergraduate degrees in complimentary disciplines such as economics, business, or journalism for example.

  • U.S. News and World Report publishes an annual ranking of top statistics graduate programs. Click here to see their rankings.
  • Read AmStat News two part feature on master’s programs in data science and analytics. Click here for part one and part two.


Biostatistics is one of the most popular statistics disciplines for graduate education, with most programs at the advanced degree levl. It applies statistical analysis to data generated by the study of living organisms. Biostatisticians work in a wide range of fields including designing clinical trials of new medicines, evaluating the impact of environmental changes on organisms, and identifying public health concerns.

  • U.S. News and World Report’s ranking of top statistics graduate programs also includes biostatistics programs. Click here to see ASA’s breakdown of the biostatistics rankings.
  • Read this article from Simply Statistics to learn more about education and careers in biostatistics.

Ready to take the leap?

Take a look at ASA’s directory of statistics and biostatistics programs to find out more information on individual colleges and universities in the United States.