The Accelerated Predoctoral Training Track (APT) in Biostatistics offers a fast-paced, 1-year program to exceptional candidates interested in pursuing a PhD in Biostatistics and careers in biostatistics research, consulting, or teaching. During their course of study, APT students take many of the same courses required of PhD candidates—with the expectation that students will apply to Columbia's PhD program in Biostatistics within one year.
Designed for candidates who have earned a bachelor's degree, the curriculum offers some flexibility based upon the student’s academic background in statistics. The required capstone consulting seminar offers students an opportunity to apply classroom concepts to the real-world issues that arise when consulting on a clinical trial or other research project.
The 30-credit program can be completed in 10 to 12 months, depending upon when students begin the program (either in the Summer or Fall semester) and individual course load.
Applicants to the MS/APT Track should have completed two years of college calculus, a course in linear/matrix algebra, and study of a programming language (e.g., Fortran, C, APL). A course in real analysis is also recommended. Excellent scores on the GRE (at least in the 80th percentile on the quantitative and verbal sections) are expected. International students must also submit TOEFL scores.
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All students in the MS/APT Track who are in good standing as of December of their first year of study are expected to apply to Columbia's PhD program. MS/APT applicants to the PhD program will be given special consideration by the applicant review committee and will be ranked with highest priority in the applicant pool. Fellowship support will be provided to MS/APT graduates who are accepted into the PhD program. As part of their fellowship training and duties, MS/APT students who are accepted to the PhD program are expected to serve as teaching assistants for one or two courses each year.