donttouch17 Posted March 20, 2021 Share Posted March 20, 2021 Hi guys, I am a bio major student who got accepted at Waterloo and UofT for MS in biostatistics. I can't decided between the two programs and I am seeking some advice. I want to apply for PhD programs after graduate and go to pharm companies as a biostatistician later ideally. Waterloo Biostat MS Pros: - Offer TAship to cover the tuition and part of the living expenses - Under math faculty and the courses are harder (theoretical), which I thought it would be great for me to build a solid math foundation and for going to PhD - Students need to work with a supervisor for the research project in the last semester (4 months) Cons: - They have Co-op positions but its not guaranteed while I don't have much experience - Again the courses are hard and I'm concerned that if I can't keep up then I'm screwed (I took cal1-3, lin alg1, math stat, reg analysis, taking time series, and plan to take lin alg2) UofT Biostat MS Pros: - They have a practicum course which allows students to work in hospitals/research institutes every week, so more practical experiences - Under public health department, the courses are more applied and I might like it and perform better (maybe) - There is a thesis option (12 month) after the first year of courses Cons: - No guaranteed financial aids, I can try to look for TA positions though - Not sure how competitive is for transferring to thesis option and Phd program? Thank you so much in advance for your valuable input! Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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