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2018-2019 Augusta University Catalog 
2018-2019 Augusta University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Doctor of Philosophy with a major in Biostatistics

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About the Program

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.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of the PhD program will be qualified for employment in academic research institutions in medicine, nursing, dentistry, allied health, public health, and the laboratory sciences; academic institutions providing training in statistics or biostatistics; in the pharmaceutical and other biotech industries; and in local, state, and national government agencies.

Financial Support

Students accepted as full time students into the program may be eligible for a Graduate Research Assistantship (GRA), which provides a competitive stipend ($20,000 for a first-year student on a 9-month contract, and $25,500 for a student with the Candidacy status on a 12-month contract) as well as a reduced tuition fee of only $25 per semester.

Admissions Requirements

Please see the Office of Academic Admissions website for specific admissions information:

For more information about the The Graduate School and the Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology visit

Other Requirements

  • All students must attend departmental and other research seminars and meetings that are relevant to their biostatistics training.
  • Students must publicize the results of their research through seminars, conference presentations, and/or articles in refereed (peer-reviewed) journals.
  • Students with graduate assistantships are required to work with a faculty supervisor as Research or Teaching Assistants.
  • Comprehensive Examination
  • Research Proposal Defense
  • Final Oral Exam (Dissertation Defense)

Doctor of Philosophy in Biostatistics Curriculum

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.

Year One

Year Two

Year Three

Semester Two

Semester Three

No summer courses required. Enrolling in STAT 8890 is optional (without summer funding).

Year Four

Semester One

Semester Two

Year Five

Total Hours for the Degree: 127-133


  • 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.

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