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.

Optional Concentrations

Students can add an optional concentration that allows specialization within biostatistics:

Program Highlights

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
  • One culminating applied examination

Student Profile

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
Meet Our Students

Admission Requirements

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) are encouraged complete the verbal, quantitative and analytical writing sections of the Graduate Record Exam. However, GRE scores are not required for admission.

All applicants are expected to hold at least a B.S. or B.A. degree. Priority is given to applications received by May 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. admission requirements »

Degree Requirements

M.S. students must complete at least 33 semester credit hours of courses, participate in the Summer Student Training Program and present at the Biostatistics Student Research Symposium. All M.S. students must pass an applied qualifying exam after completing required first-year courses. No thesis is required.

M.S. curriculum and exams »

M.S. Alumna Perspective - Sherry (Xiyu) Zheng

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M.S. Alumna Perspective - Sherry (Xiyu) Zheng

I received a Master’s degree in Biostatistics from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2016. This experience has equipped me with not only a solid background in the quantitative analysis field but also strong interests in analyzing and exploring problems by utilizing my statistical knowledge in a broad range of areas. You will find countless potential job opportunities.

Employment: Healthcare Data Analyst, West Corporation, Los Angeles, CA

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Education Coordinator
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