What will I learn?

Our M.S. in biostatistics program prepares students to manage and analyze increasingly complex data in research and health care, in as few as 18 months.

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.

Concentrations available

  • Clinical research and biostatistics
  • Genomic 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

Degree Requirements

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.

Which department am I in?

School of Medicine

Study options

Full Time (42 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$24,741.00 per year

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

Start date

18 August 2020


School of Medicine

VCU Medical Center,

1201 E Marshall St,



23298, United States

Entry requirements

For international students

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.

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. Deadline: Fall - Jan 15.

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About this uni

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