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 BIOS 567 and BIOL 540 (or equivalent) from the advanced-years sequence, and one other 600-level course from among: BIOS 632, BIOS 667, BIOS 668, and BIOS 691.  Full-time M.S. students must take four 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 Biostatistics Student Research Day the summer/fall after the first year.

Ph.D. Candidates

Ph.D. students will complete at least 57 semester credit hours in 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 (Responsible Conduct of Research); one of BIOS 667 or BIOS 691, and two other 600 level BIOS/STAT courses. 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 Biostatistics 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 567 Statistical Methods for High-throughput Genomic Data I

3

BIOS 615 Advanced Inference

4

BIOS 625 Categorical Data Analysis and Generalized Linear Models

4

BIOS 632 Multivariate Analysis

4

BIOS 647 Survival Analysis

3

BIOL 540 Fundamentals of Molecular  Genetics (or other relevant course)

3

Biostat electives

BIOS 667 Statistical Learning and Data Mining

3

BIOS 691 Sp Topics: Statistical Genetics

3

BIOS 691 Sp Topics: Systems Biology

3

Adviser and Graduates 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 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