The doctoral program prepares students to understand the mathematical and theoretical basis of statistical methodology; collaborate on the design of research studies in the health sciences; provide advice on the proper collection, entry, storage, retrieval, and manipulation of data; and take primary responsibility for the analysis, interpretation and dissemination of data in a research study using state-of-the-art statistical methods and software. Doctoral students are also prepared to carry out original methodological research in statistics and apply the resulting methodology to health-related research problems.
The Doctor of Philosophy curriculum is not lock-step; students do not graduate as a class at the end of the specific semester.
The maximum duration of the program is 7 years.
STAT 9300 - Dissertation Research must be taken every semester after admission to candidacy until dissertation requirements are met.
The Ph.D. program is designed to be completed in 4-5 years. The curriculum for the program includes (1) formal coursework, (2) preliminary and comprehensive exams, and (3) original research conducted under the supervision of a faculty mentor that leads to a successfully defended dissertation, as specified by the policies of the Department of Biostatistics and the School of Graduate Studies.
No summer courses are required. Enrolling in STAT 8890 in the first three summers is optional (without summer funding).
*1st attempt Comp Exam: first two weeks in the third fall semester for students who enter the program Fall 2019 and thereafter; 2nd attempt Comp Exam: two weeks before the end of the third fall semester.