Many issues in the health, medical and biological sciences are addressed by collecting and exploring relevant data. The development and application of techniques to better understand such data is a fundamental concern of our program.
This program offers training in the theory of statistics and biostatistics, computer implementation of analytic methods and opportunities to use this knowledge in areas of biological/medical research. The resources of Berkeley Public Health and the UC Berkeley Department of Statistics, together with those of other university departments, offer a broad set of opportunities to satisfy the needs of individual students. Furthermore, the involvement of UCSF faculty from the Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology also enriches instructional and research activities.
A PhD degree in Biostatistics requires a program of courses selected from biostatistics, statistics, and at least one other subject area (such as environmental health, epidemiology, or genomics), an oral qualifying examination, and a dissertation. Courses cover traditional topics as well as recent advances in biostatistics and statistics. Those completing the PhD will have acquired a deep knowledge and understanding of the MA subject areas. Since graduates with doctorates often assume academic research and teaching careers, a high degree of mastery in research design, theory, methodology, and execution is expected, as well as the ability to communicate and present concepts in a clear, understandable manner.
The PhD degree program requires 4-6 semesters of coursework, the completion of the qualifying examination and dissertation (in total, a minimum of four semesters of registration is required). Since there are no formal course requirements for the PhD, a program of courses appropriate to a student’s background and interests may be developed with a graduate adviser.
All students accepted into the PhD program must hold a master’s degree in biostatistics or a related field. Applicants to the PhD program who do not already hold an MA, if admitted, are admitted initially to the MA-PhD degree program, and then apply to continue in the PhD program. This practice does not prolong the time to conferral of the doctorate, since the first two years of both the MA and PhD programs for students coming from the baccalaureate are identical. Therefore, most students entering without a MA degree should be able to finish their PhD studies within a 5-year range. Students entering with a relevant master’s degree in biostatistics or statistics must have a faculty advisor (affiliated with the Division of Biostatistics) committing funding support.
Many doctoral graduates accept faculty positions in schools of public health, medicine, and statistics and/or math departments at colleges and universities, both in the United States and abroad. Some graduates take research positions, including with pharmaceutical companies, hospital research units, non-profits, and within the tech sector.
Funding and fee remission
Prospective students who are US citizens or permanent residents can find more information about applying for an application fee waiver for the Berkeley Graduate Application. Fees will be waived based on financial need or participation in selected programs described on the linked website. International applicants (non-US citizens or Permanent Residents) are not eligible for application fee waivers.
100% of biostatistics MA and PhD students who seek financial support through GSI and GSR positions have been successful in previous years. There are often more available positions than students, so our students have historically had most or all of their direct program costs funded. All PhD students are fully funded (including tuition and fees and a stipend or salary) with the exception of Non-Resident Supplemental Tuition (NRST) for the second year, if applicable. NRST is typically waived after the first year of study for PhD students when they advance to candidacy. Information on applying to GSI positions for biostatistics students can be found in the student handbook.
Fees not covered by funding provided by GSI/GSR appointments between 25% and 50%:
- GSI and GSR appointments provide partial fee remission which covers the Graduate Tuition Fee, Student Services Fee, Health Insurance Fee, and $150 toward the Berkeley Campus Fee each semester you serve. For the 2020 – 2021 academic year, the total amount covered was $9276 which means students paid $687.75 out of pocket (not including NRST, see below).
- Students who are not California residents are required to pay a Non-Resident Supplemental Tuition (NRST). NRST was $7551 per semester for the 2020 – 2021 academic year. This fee is covered for all PhD students in their first year and waived in future semesters once students advance to candidacy. This fee may also be covered for MA or MA/PhD students in their first year if indicated in the funding letter sent shortly after admission. Payment of NRST by the program, beyond any commitments in the funding letter, is not guaranteed and is based on funding availability. US citizens and Permanent Residents can apply for California residency after their first year and, once approved for residency, NRST will no longer apply. For more information, including the requirements for applying for residency, please see the Office of the Registrar website.
Tuition and fees change each academic year. To view the current tuition and fees, see the fee schedule on the Office of the Registrar website (in the Graduate: Academic section).
Please contact email@example.com if you have any questions about funding opportunities for the biostatistics programs.
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
The Division of Biostatistics is committed to challenging systemic inequities in the areas of health, medical, and biological sciences, and to advancing the goals of diversity, equity, and inclusivity in Biostatistics and related fields.
Alan Hubbard PhD
Mi-Suk Kang Dufour PhD, MPH
Associate Adjunct Professor, Biostatistics
Lexin Li PhD
John Marshall PhD
Associate Professor, Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Maya Petersen MD, PhD
Chair, Biostatistics Division
Corinne Riddell PhD, MSc
Assistant Adjunct Professor, Biostatistics
Mark van der Laan PhD
Professor, Biostatistics and Statistics
Jingshen Wang PhD
Assistant Professor, Biostatistics
Sandrine Dudoit PhD
Chair, Department of Statistics
Faculty Associated in Biostatistics Graduate Group
- Peter Bickel PhD
- David R. Brillinger PhD
- Perry de Valpine PhD
Environmental Science, Policy, and Management
- Haiyan Huang PhD
- Michael J. Klass PhD
- Priya Moorjani PhD
Molecular & Cell Biology
- Rasmus Nielsen PhD
Integrative Biology and Statistics
- Elizabeth Purdom PhD
- Sophia Rabe-Hesketh PhD
- John Rice PhD
- Yun S. Song PhD
Statistics; Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences
- Bin Yu PhD