The PhD degree requires a minimum of 72 credit hours of coursework. Additional program requirements include passing the PhD qualifier exams, participating in practical data analysis training and providing written and oral reports about the experience, and preparing a dissertation.
A master's degree in biostatistics or statistics is required for application to the PhD program. If you do not already possess one of these master's degrees, please apply to the master's program.
Since a master's degree is a requirement to apply to the PhD
program, and if you earned a MA degree in biostatistics from UB,
all 30 credits may be applied toward the 72 credits required for
View the Department of Biostatistics Graduate Student Handbook for more
information. If you are unsure which application to complete,
please contact Noreen D. McGuire, graduate program coordinator at
All courses are 3 credit hours unless otherwise indicated.
Students are required to take the following Public Health Course:
If you have earned your master's degree from an accredited school of Public Health and have completed one of these courses, please see Lili Tian, PhD for a waiver of this course requirement.
You must complete a minimum of 12 credit hours of electives
coursework; at least 9 credits (three courses) must come from the
list below. All courses are 3 credit hours. The fourth elective may
be an approved, graduate-level course from outside the Department
of Biostatistics that complements your study with approval from the
Director of Graduate Studies.
Practical training provides you with real-world data application experience. This requirement can be satisfied by one of the following:
At the conclusion, you will provide written and oral reports about your practical training to your supervisory committee.
To be admitted to candidacy for the PhD degree, you must pass
three qualifying exams— two written and one oral. Learn more
about the qualifying
You will need to provide proof of satisfying the Responsible
Conduct of Research Training, a requirement which may be met
through several options. Learn
Throughout your program, you will rely on your supervisory
committee for guidance and assistance. Learn more about how to appoint
a supervisory committee and how they will help you.
Through the dissertation, you will design, implement, complete
and report on significant and original, independent research. Learn
more about the dissertation
Contact Noreen McGuire, academic program coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or