Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

University of Massachusetts Amherst Biostatistics Program

The doctoral program in Biostatistics prepares individuals for teaching and research in academic institutions, and for positions of professional leadership in health and health-related agencies and private industry where research is an important function.

Doctoral applicants generally have backgrounds in mathematics, biostatistics, statistics, or other quantitative fields. We consider applications from prospective students with a range of experience levels. Students with undergraduate training in a quantitative field, with a graduate degree in a related field, or with relevant work experience all have the potential to be competitive candidates for the Biostatistics PhD program. Completion of a doctorate in biostatistics requires self-direction, independence, perseverance, and, naturally, quantitative aptitude. Evidence of these qualities plays an important role in our admissions decisions.