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Biostatistics, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
    Duration
University rank #262 (QS) , AZ,
The PhD in Biostatistics is offered by the Division of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. The doctoral degree program in Biostatistics will have an emphasis on the foundations of statistical reasoning and will require its graduates to complete rigorous training in applied probability and statistical analyses.

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The PhD in Biostatistics is offered by the Division of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. The doctoral degree program in Biostatistics will have an emphasis on the foundations of statistical reasoning and will require its graduates to complete rigorous training in applied probability and statistical analyses. 

This program prepares students who have demonstrated excellence in mathematics and the sciences to become research biostatisticians in academia, industry, or government.

To the extent possible, the curriculum of each student will be tailored to his or her background and interests.

The doctoral program requires approximately four to five years for completion. The first two years of this time are usually devoted to coursework, the comprehensive doctoral examinations, and development of doctoral research. The program is research oriented and centers on a major research project. 

The overall course of study is developed by the student and the Faculty Advisor, and is approved by the student's Graduate committee and the Chair the Biostatistics Section. Students will be required to defend their dissertation through a public presentation and oral examination with their committee.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:

    Deadlines:

    • Priority:  January 5
    • Secondary:  March 1
  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Theory of Probability
  • Theory of Statistics
  • Basic Principles of Epidemiology
  • Biostatistics for Research
  • Special Topics in Biostatistics
  • Theory of Linear Models
  • Statistical Consulting
  • Design of Experiments
  • Statistical Computing
  • Scientific Writing, Presentation and Bioethics
  • Biostatistics Seminar
  • Evaluating Public Health Literature

Elective Courses 

  • Applied Biostatistics Analysis
  • Data Management and the SAS Programming Language
  • Analysis of Categorical Data
  • Analysis of High Dimensional Data
  • Clinical Trials and Intervention Studies
  • Genetic Association Studies
  • Survival Analysis

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    7

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  • Minimum required score:

    79

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  • Minimum required score:

    550

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3.2

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3.2 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).

GPA of 3.2 or higher 

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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    The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. The GRE® General Test contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.

General Requirements

  • Master's degree in Biostatistics, Statistics, or a similar field with GPA of 3.2 or higher
  • Strong quantitative skills
  • At least three semesters of college-level calculus through multivariable/vector calculus
  • One semester of linear algebra
  • Documented experience with a computer programming language (C/C++, Fortran, Java, Python or equivalent) is strongly recommended
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Resume or CV
  • Statement of purpose and objectives
  • Writing sample
  • GRE scores (combined verbal and quantitative score of 1200 on the old test or 310 on the new test considered competitive)

Tuition Fee

  • International

    1729 USD/module
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1729 USD per module and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    812 USD/module
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 812 USD per module and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Tucson

  • 830 - 1140 USD/month
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