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For health care professionals pursuing careers in academic medicine or health services research — look no further. For more than 20 years, our M.S. concentration in clinical research and biostatistics has helped alumni succeed in those fields.
Our comprehensive approach includes coursework in clinical research design, conduct, analysis, interpretation, reporting and dissemination. Training also focuses on:
The program includes directed, independent research. Most of our alumni who completed this concentration hold faculty appointments in academic medical centers.
Our students typically enroll part-time and complete the degree in three to four years. They often take one course each semester (fall, spring and summer), and there are four to eight students in this concentration at a time.
Based on their interests and goals, each student develops a research proposal, selects a research adviser and forms a research advisory committee that includes two clinicians and a department faculty member.
Students are responsible for the conceptualization, design, conduct, analysis and interpretation of the research project.
Results of the project must be submitted for publication in a peer-reviewed journal and presented to the research advisory committee.
In addition to the general admission requirements of the VCU Graduate School, applicants must:
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.
Students must complete at least 34 semester credit hours, which include core coursework, elective courses and directed independent research. No qualifying exam or thesis is required.
Students must take three or more courses with our Ph.D. and M.S. students in other tracks. This requirement allows students with clinical experience to mutually benefit from those with backgrounds in math, statistics or computer science.