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Degree Requirements

To be eligible for graduation with a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Biostatistics students must successfully:

  1. Complete at least 72 hours of credits obtained from coursework, journal club, and seminar credits. This coursework should be completed by the end of the third year.
  2. Pass each of the ten core PhD courses with at least a C+ and maintain at least a B average.
  3. Complete at least eight courses (24 credit hours) of elective Biostatistics courses or biomedical subject matter courses.
  4. Pass the first- and second-year comprehensive examinations on the first or second attempt at the PhD level.
  5. Complete the second-year interdisciplinary research rotation.
  6. Pass the doctoral qualifying oral examination in the third academic year.
  7. Submit and defend a doctoral dissertation detailing original research and methodological contributions that advance the knowledge of the discipline of Biostatistics. Dissertation research must represent publishable quality research of a Biostatistical nature.
  8. Present dissertation findings in a Departmental seminar.


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