Students receive in-depth training in database management and analysis — plus they partner with health sciences researchers on real projects in fields such as public health, surgery, dentistry and oncology.
Each semester, students work in our Biostatistical Consulting Laboratory, where they collaborate to design studies, create and maintain research databases, analyze data, and report statistical evidence.
Students can add an optional concentration that allows specialization within biostatistics:
Our M.S. program offers a quicker degree path than a doctoral track, allowing full-time students to complete the program in as little as 18 months. Other highlights include:
- No thesis requirement
- Many elective course options
- Only one applied examination (week long, take home, open note)
Students in our M.S. program typically:
- Have a solid math background, some applied experience and basic-level programming skills
- Want a combination of relevant coursework and experiential learning through collaboration on actual research projects
- Are interested in data analysis or statistical programming positions
In addition to the general admission requirements of the VCU Graduate School, applicants for the M.S. in biostatistics (including the clinical research or genomics concentrations) must complete the verbal, quantitative and analytical writing sections of the Graduate Record Exam.
All applicants are expected to hold at least a B.S. or B.A. degree. Priority is given to applications received by Jan. 15 prior to the fall semester of enrollment.
Our departmental admissions committee evaluates all applicants for graduate work in biostatistics and arranges personal interviews when possible.
M.S. students must complete at least 35 semester credit hours of courses worth three or more credits, plus 4 credits of Biostatistical Consulting and 3 credits of Biostatistical Research Seminar, or a total of 42 credits. All M.S. students must pass an applied qualifying exam after completing required first-year courses. No thesis is required.