18 months
25956 USD/year
25956 USD/year
12618 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The Biostatistics program at Virginia Commonwealth University prepares students to manage and analyze increasingly complex data in research and health care, in as few as 18 months.


Students in the Biostatistics program at Virginia Commonwealth University receive in-depth training in database management and analysis — plus they partner with health sciences researchers on real projects in fields such as public health, surgery, dentistry and oncology.

Each semester, students work in our Biostatistical Consulting Laboratory, where they collaborate to design studies, create and maintain research databases, analyze data, and report statistical evidence.

Optional Concentrations

Students can add an optional concentration that allows specialization within biostatistics:

  • M.S. with Genomics Concentration
  • M.S. with Clinical Research Concentration (requires the applicant hold a M.D., D.D.S., Ph.D., Pharm.D. or equivalent health professional “terminal” degree)

Program Highlights

Our M.S. program offers a quicker degree path than a doctoral track, allowing full-time students to complete the program in as little as 18 months. Other highlights include:
  • No thesis requirement
  • Many elective course options
  • One culminating applied examination

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Biostatistical Computing
  • Analysis of Biomedical Data
  • Biostatistical Consulting
  • Clinical Trials
  • Biostatistical Research Seminar
  • Directed Research in Biostatistics

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 18 months

Start dates & application deadlines


33 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

GRE admission requirements GRE®

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Applicants for the M.S. in biostatistics (including the clinical research or genomics concentrations) must complete the verbal, quantitative and analytical writing sections of the Graduate Record Exam
  • The applicant must provide a personal statement discussing reasons for pursuing graduate study
  • All applicants must present grades (marks) that reflect superior ability and serious effort
  • All non-native English-speaking applicants must provide evidence of English language proficiency
  • Prospective students who have studied outside of the U.S. must provide an official course-by-course external credential evaluation as a required part of the admission process
  • Proof of adequate funds to live and study full time at VCU by submitting an I-20 DS Request Form accompanied by an original bank verification letter
  • A $70 state-required application fee

Tuition Fee

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    25956 USD/year
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    25956 USD/year
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  • In-State

    12618 USD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 12618 USD per year during 18 months.

Living costs for Richmond

1071 - 1750 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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