Division of Biostatistics Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences Medical College of Wisconsin

Division of Biostatistics Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences Medical College of Wisconsin

Milwaukee, WI
student ratio
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total students
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average amount to complete degree
January 15
fall application deadline
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acceptance rate
1 Degree Offered
degrees offered


Program Overview

The Medical College of Wisconsin is a private, national, freestanding institution. Founded in 1893, the College became the Marquette University School of Medicine in 1913. It was reorganized in 1967 as an independent corporation and renamed the Medical College of Wisconsin in 1970. There are more than 1,500 faculty members. MCW is part of the Milwaukee Regional Medical Complex (MRMC) campus. Full-time students in any department may enroll in graduate courses in other departments and in programs of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Marquette University without any increase in tuition.

The Division of Biostatistics offers a Ph.D. degree program designed for students with strong undergraduate preparation in mathematics and trains students in biostatistical methodology, theory, and practice. Emphasis is placed on sound theoretical understanding of statistical principles, research in the development of applied methodology, and collaborative research with biomedical scientists and clinicians. In addition, students gain substantial training and experience in statistical computing and in the use of software packages. Courses in the program are offered in collaboration with the Department of Mathematics at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. The degree requirements, including dissertation research, are typically completed in 5 years beyond a bachelor's degree.


Faculty members are engaged in a number of collaborative research projects at the Center for International Blood and Marrow Transplant Research, the Clinical and Translational Science Institute, the Center for Patient Care and Outcomes Research, the Human and Molecular Genetics Center, the Clinical Cancer Center, and Marquette University.


Kwang Woo Ahn, Assistant Professor, PhD, University of Iowa.

Website: http://www.mcw.edu/Biostatistics/Faculty-Staff/Kwang-Woo-Ahn-PhD.htm

Ruta Brazauskas, Assistant Professor, PhD, Medical College of Wisconsin.

Website: http://www.mcw.edu/Biostatistics/Faculty-Staff/Ruta-Brazauskas-PhD.htm

Purushottam (Prakash) W. Laud, Acting Director & Professor, PhD, University of Missouri.

Website: http://www.mcw.edu/Biostatistics/Faculty-Staff/Prakash-Laud-PhD.htm

Jennifer Le-Rademacher, Assistant Professor, PhD, University of Georgia.

Brent R. Logan, Professor, PhD, Northwestern University.

Website: http://www.mcw.edu/Biostatistics/Faculty-Staff/Brent-Logan-PhD.htm

Jessica Pruszynski, Assistant Professor, PhD, Baylor University.

Aniko Szabo, Associate Professor and Director of the Biostatistical Consulting Center, PhD,University of Memphis.

Website: http://www.mcw.edu/Biostatistics/Faculty-Staff/Aniko-Szabo-PhD.htm

Sergey Tarima, Assistant Professor, PhD, University of Kentucky.

Website: http://www.mcw.edu/Biostatistics/Faculty-Staff/Sergey-Tarima-PhD.htm

Tao Wang, Associate Professor, PhD, North Carolina State University.

Website: http://www.mcw.edu/Biostatistics/Faculty-Staff/Tao-Wang-PhD.htm

Mei-Jie Zhang, Professor, PhD, Florida State University.

Website: http://www.mcw.edu/Biostatistics/Faculty-Staff/Mei-Jie-Zhang-PhD.htm

4 out of the 10 faculty are female

6 out of the 10 faculty are male

Adjunct Faculty (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Marquette University)

Jay Beder, Professor, PhD, George Washington University.

Website: https://pantherfile.uwm.edu/beder/www/

Vytaras Brazauskas, Associate Professor, PhD, University of Texas-Dallas.

Website: https://pantherfile.uwm.edu/vytaras/www/

Daniel Gervini, Associate Professor, PhD, University of Buenos Aires.

Website: https://pantherfile.uwm.edu/gervini/www/

Jugal Ghorai, Professor, PhD, Purdue University.

Website: https://pantherfile.uwm.edu/jugal/www/

Eric Key, Professor, PhD, Cornell University.

Website: https://pantherfile.uwm.edu/ericskey/www/

Tom O'Bryan, Associate Professor, PhD, Michigan State University.

Dan Rowe, Associate Professor, PhD, University of California-Riverside.

Website: http://www.mscs.mu.edu/~dbrowe/

Gil Walter, Professor Emeritus, PhD, University of Wisconsin.

Website: https://pantherfile.uwm.edu/ggw/www/


Milwaukee has long been noted for its old-world image. Its many ethnic traditions, especially from Middle Europe, give the city this distinction. Cultural opportunities are numerous and include museums, concert halls, art centers, and theaters. Milwaukee has a well-administered government, a low crime rate, and excellent schools. It borders Lake Michigan and lies within commuting distance of 200 inland lakes. Outdoor activities may be pursued year-round.

Living and Housing Costs

Many rental units are available in pleasant residential neighborhoods surrounding the Medical College. Housing costs begin at about $550 per month for shared apartment.

Graduate Student Experience- Student Groups

Currently, there are more than 1,265 students enrolled in educational programs at the Medical College. This includes 816 medical students and more than 450 graduate students. A low student-faculty ratio fosters individual attention and a close working relationship between students and faculty members.

Future Employment Opportunities, Alumni Achievements

Alumni of the MCW Biostatistics are typically employed in Academic Institutions, Government & Non-Profit Agencies, and Pharmaceutical & Consultant Industries. Alumni are employed at Georgia State University, Johns Hopkins University, University of Pittsburgh, the Medical College of Wisconsin, SAS, GlaxoSmithKline, Takeda Global Research and Development, and Teva Pharmaceuticals to name a few.

Tuition/Scholarships/Financial Aid

Students are supported by fellowships for the first 18 months and then by research assistantships. The research assistantships provide students with the opportunity to gain experience in statistical consulting and collaborative research. Each includes tuition, stipend, and health insurance.


Prerequisites include an undergraduate degree in mathematics or closely related fields, an overall grade point average of B or better, and B average or better in mathematics and science. GRE requirements include an average of 60% or greater on the quantitative and verbal components of the GRE and a 3.5 or greater on the analytical writing component of the GRE. Foreign students are also required to submit their TOEFL score.

The application deadline is January 15th..

Contact Information:

Division of Biostatistics

Medical College of Wisconsin

8701 Watertown Plank Road

Milwaukee, WI 53226

United States

Phone: 1-414-955-8280

E-mail: phdbiostatistics@mcw.edu

Website: http://www.mcw.edu/biostatistics.htm

Application Forms and Information:

Phone: 1-414-955-8218

E-mail: gradschool@mcw.edu

Website: http://www.mcw.edu/graduateschool.htm


The College ranks in the top 34% of U.S. medical schools in National Institute of Health research funding.

Student Research

Dissertation research topics in statistical methodology often evolve from the faculty collaborative research projects, and students usually become coauthors on professional periodicals. The Division of Biostatistics has up-to-date networks of Sun workstations, PCs, and peripherals. The Division's network is equipped with all leading statistical software and tools needed for the development of statistical methodology. Students are afforded access to multiple library collections to include MCW, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and the Division of Biostatistics.

The Epidemiology Data Service provides access to national data on health, health care and special clinical data sets collected locally. The Medical College is a repository for the National Center for Health Statistics. The Biostatistics program also houses the Biostatistics Consulting Service, which affords students the opportunity to experience extensive biomedical research.

Location & Contact

Division of Biostatistics

Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
Medical College of Wisconsin

8701 Watertown Plank Road
Milwaukee, WI 53226-0509
United States
Email: phdbiostatistics@mcw.edu

Dr. Mei-Jie Zhang

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Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Biostatistics Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees Not reported
    • Doctoral Degrees 1
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? Yes
    • Evening/weekend programs available? No
    • Distance learning programs available? No
    • Terminal master's degree available? Yes
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees Not reported
    • Doctoral Degrees
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied Not Reported
    • Accepted Not Reported
    • Acceptance Rate Not Reported
    • Enrolled Not Reported
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $50
    • Application Fee - International $50
    • Electronic applications accepted? Yes
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Yes
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline January 15th Not Reported Not Reported
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's DegreesNot Reported
    • Doctoral's DegreesGRE, official transcripts, three letters of recommendation
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesTOEFL required

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees *
    • Tuition & FeesNot Reported
    • *Average dollar amount (tuition & fees) required to complete the degree
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitFAFSA
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsFebruary 15
    • Types of financial support availableFellowships, Research Assitantships, Career or Field-Related Internships, Financial Support for Part-time Students, Institutionally-sponsored Loans

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate StudentsNot Reported
    • Female PercentageNot Reported
    • Male PercentageNot Reported
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate StudentsNot Reported
    • Part-time PercentageNot Reported
    • Full-time PercentageNot Reported
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino0%
    • Black / African American0%
    • White / Caucasian56%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native0%
    • Asian44%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races0%
    • Unknown0%


  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty11
    • Full-time PercentageNot Reported
    • Part-time PercentageNot Reported
    • Female PercentageNot Reported
    • Male PercentageNot Reported


  • Existing Research
    • Focus of faculty researchSurvival analysis, spatial statistics, time series, genetic statistics, Bayesian statistics
    • Externally sponsored research expenditures last yearNot Reported