Degree information

M.S. Candidates

M.S. students must complete at least 33 semester credit hours of courses worth three or more credits. In addition to the first-year sequence, each student is required to take two courses from the advanced-years sequence, with one at the 600-level or above. Full-time M.S. students must take four semesters of BIOS 516 Biostatistical Consulting and BIOS 690 Biostatistical Research Seminar. In addition, students will participate in the Student Summer Research Program and present at the Biostatistics Student Research Day the summer/fall after the first year.

Ph.D. Candidates

Ph.D. students will complete at least 58 semester credit hours of courses worth three or more credits. In addition to the first-year sequence, each student is required to take the advanced-years sequence, and OVPR 601 (Scientific Integrity), five biostatistics electives from the list below, three of which must be at the 600-level or above, and one 600-level course from some other program. Full-time Ph.D. students must take eight semesters of BIOS 516 Biostatistical Consulting and BIOS 690 Seminar. In addition, students will participate in the Student Summer Research Program and present at the Biostatistic Student Research Day each September.

First-year sequence

BIOS 513 Mathematical Statistics I

3

BIOS 514 Mathematical Statistics II

3

BIOS 524 Biostatistical Computing

3

BIOS 546 Theory of Linear Models

3

BIOS 553 Linear Regression

3

BIOS 554 Analysis of Variance

3

BIOS 571 Clinical Trials

3

BIOS 572 Statistical Analysis of Biomedical Data

3

Advanced-years sequence

BIOS 615 Advanced Inference

4

BIOS 625 Categorical Data Analysis and Generalized Linear Models

4

BIOS 631 Mixed Models and Longitudinal Data Analysis

4

BIOS 647 Survival Analysis

3

OVPR 601 Scientific Integrity

1

Biostatistics electives

BIOS 567 Statistical Methods for High Throughput Genomic Data I

3

BIOS 632 Multivariate Analysis

3

BIOS 638 Statistical Design and Analysis in Toxicology I

3

BIOS 639 Statistical Design and Analysis in Toxicology II

3

BIOS 667 Statistical Learning and Data Mining

3

BIOS 668 Statistical Methods for High-Throughput Genomic Data II

3

BIOS 688 Applied Bayesian Biostatistics

3

BIOS 691 Special Topics in Biostatistics

3

Adviser and graduate committees

A new student is assigned to a department faculty member who serves as a temporary adviser. A permanent graduate committee is usually appointed during the third semester for the M.S. candidate and during the fifth semester for the Ph.D. candidate.  The committee works closely with the students in preparing their course programs and in the direction of the thesis or dissertation.

Examinations

All M.S.students must pass a qualifying examination administered after completion of first year courses, and must complete and orally defend a Master’s thesis project.

All Ph.D. students must pass a qualifying examination administered after completion of the first-year courses, and must thereafter complete and orally defend their dissertation proposal before admittance to Ph.D. candidacy. The Ph.D. experience will culminate in a written dissertation of original research that the student most orally defend.

See the Examinations page for more detailed information.

Courses

VCU Biostatistics courses