Why choose VCU Biostatistics?

Prospective StudentsThe Virginia Commonwealth University Department of Biostatistics offers M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in biostatistics. Our department is part of the School of Medicine at the VCU Medical Center. The schools of Allied Health Professions, Dentistry, Nursing and Pharmacy are also located nearby.

While committed to excellence in biostatistical research and in its graduate program, the department also collaborates in biomedical research with investigators at the VCU Medical Center, including the VCU Massey Cancer Center, the VCU Center for Rehabilitation Science and Engineering, the VCU Center for Clinical and Translational Research and the International Epilepsy Consortium. As a result, our advanced graduate students currently have many opportunities for productive internships.

Our faculty members are nationally recognized for their biostatistical work in the areas of clinical trials, pharmacology, toxicology and genomic biostatistics. The department continues to emphasize scholarship and graduate education, and its graduates are in high demand for careers throughout the country in government, academia and the private sector.

Our faculty members continually review our entire curriculum to ensure that our graduates are well prepared for their professional careers. We have recently hired several new faculty members to help us meet our responsibilities. Our concentration in genomic biostatistics is attracting top students and attention. This concentration provides in-depth training in statistical theory and methods. In addition, the traditional Ph.D. course work is complemented by the requirement of course work pertaining to the recent developments in microarray data analysis, data mining/machine learning and sequence analysis, and requires out-of-track electives in biochemistry, molecular biology or genetics.

The graduate program is committed to diversifying the racial and ethnic composition of people who become biostatisticians. Individuals from all racial or cultural backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

  • Dedicated full-time faculty members engaged in mentoring Ph.D. and master’s students
  • Strong collaborative research ties between the Department of Biostatistics and other departments and centers within the schools of Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Nursing and Allied Health Professions
  • Extensive financial support for graduate students through collaborative projects and partnerships with industry
  • A premier urban university with excellent rankings and programs
  • A centrally located and fun city in which to live: Richmond
    • Close proximity to the mountains, beach and Washington, D.C.
    • Diverse and unique restaurants
    • Exciting nightlife including dancing, outdoor events and concerts
    • Exposure to the arts including a new performing arts center and national museums
    • Affordable housing
    • Newly renovated international airport 10 minutes from downtown
    • Named by Travel & Leisure as a “Best Place to Travel in 2016”

Application for graduate study at VCU

For more information, contact:
Roy T. Sabo, Ph.D.
Director, Graduate Programs in Biostatistics
(804) 828-3047

Russell M. Boyle
Chair, Admission Committee
Associate Director, Graduate Programs in Biostatistics
(804) 827-2049