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Biostatistics, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 60 months
    Duration
University rank #28 (QS) , CA,
The resources and facilities in the School of Public Health and the Department of Statistics, together with those of other university departments, offer a broad set of opportunities to satisfy the needs of individual students. Involvement of faculty from the Department of Biostatistics & Epidemiology at UC San Francisco enriches instructional and research activities.

About

  • Many issues in the health, medical, and biological sciences are addressed by collecting and exploring relevant data. The development and application of techniques to better understand such data is the fundamental concern of the Group in Biostatistics.
  •  The program offers training in theory of statistics and biostatistics, computer implementation of analytic methods, and opportunities to use this knowledge in areas of biological/medical research. 
  • Doctoral graduates most often accept faculty positions in schools of public health and statistics and/or math departments at colleges and universities in the United States and abroad, although some PhD graduates have taken research positions in pharmaceutical companies or hospital research units and the like.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 60 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

The PhD program in biostatistics requires 4-6 semesters of coursework followed by 2-4 semesters to complete examinations and prepare a dissertation. Since there are no unit or course requirements for the PhD, a program of courses appropriate to a student's background and interests may be developed. 

All doctoral students are required to:

  • take a qualifying examination to test both a candidate's general competence in the field of biostatistics and the ability to apply biostatistical methods to a broad research area
  • prepare a dissertation
  • defend their dissertation in a formal presentation to a student-selected committee

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    7

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  • Minimum required score:

    90

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  • Minimum required score:

    570

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

  • This programme accepts GRE® scores. However, it does not provide a recommended score range.

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General Requirements

  • Applicants should have completed undergraduate and graduate work in calculus, linear algebra, and have a strong overall quantitative background.
  • Statement of Purpose and Personal History Statement 
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation
  •  CV/Resume
  • Transcripts 

Work Experience

Common work experience for admitted applicants: Typical admitted applicants have work experience in quantitative analysis in a research setting. Many of them have co-authored articles published in medical or scientific journals. 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    33958 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 16979 USD per semester and a duration of 60 months.
  • National

    33958 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 16979 USD per semester and a duration of 60 months.
  • In-State

    18856 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9428 USD per semester and a duration of 60 months.
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Living costs for Berkeley

  • 1750 - 2820 USD/month
    Living Costs

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