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Biostatistics, Doctor of Philosophy




What will I learn?

The mission of the VCU Department of Biostatistics is to improve human health through methodological research, the education of graduate students and health science researchers in biostatistical methods and applications, and collaborative health sciences research. Faculty members conduct methodological research motivated by collaborative alliances, which in turn contributes to and enhances the department’s educational mission. By focusing on the integration of methodological and collaborative research, students develop strong biostatistical and communication skills, enabling them to assume leadership positions in academia, government and industry.

Student learning outcomes

This training program is designed to help students achieve the following learning outcomes:

  • The successful candidate will understand the modern and advanced literature of biostatistical concepts, ideas and methods, to which the candidate will contribute by developing new (or extending existing) biostatistical methods through scholarly peer-reviewed publications.
  • The successful candidate will demonstrate the ability to effectively collaborate with both biostatistical and health science researchers, specifically with respect to planning and designing research studies and also in analyzing data from a broad spectrum of research questions.
  • The successful candidate will develop fluency in several computational languages, will exhibit proficiency in standard computational and analytic procedures and will demonstrate the ability to computationally solve new and complex problems.
  • The successful candidate will display exceptional written and oral communication skills in terms of explaining biostatistical concepts, methods and results to both biostatistical and non-biostatistical health sciences researchers.

Which department am I in?

School of Medicine

Study options

Full Time (78 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$30,328.00 per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

22 August 2023


School of Medicine

VCU Medical Center,

1201 E Marshall St,



23298, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Ph.D. in Integrative Life Sciences program requires graduation from an accredited college or university or its equivalent with a degree that is preparative for graduate-level study in the life sciences. Applicants should have a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.

For international students

In addition to the general admission requirements of the VCU Graduate School, applicants for the Ph.D. in biostatistics (including the genomics concentration) 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.

The university minimum TOEFL score requirement is 550 (paper-based) or 80 (Internet-based). The university minimum IELTS score requirement is 6.5. The PTE is also accepted with a minimum score of 65. Application Deadline: Fall: Applications received prior to Jan 15 given priority consideration.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About Virginia Commonwealth University

Virginia Commonwealth University is a top 100 research university and number one public postgraduate arts school in the US.

  • VCU is one of the top 3 research universities in Virginia
  • 21% growth in sponsored awards in a 10-year period
  • 1,600 international students from 108 countries
  • 173-acre campus in downtown Richmond

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