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Three students in Penn State College of Medicine's Biostatistics PhD program are seen in 2019. The three young men are seen leaning against a wall outside the College of Medicine. They are, from left, Daniel McGuire, Vishal Midya and Renan Sauteraud.

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Biostatistics PhD Tuition and Financial Support

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Students admitted to the Biostatistics PhD program receive a financial assistance package that includes a stipend and tuition. For the 2019-20 academic year, the stipend is $30,462.

A number of first-year supplemental awards and fellowships are also available on a competitive basis.

The program pays the stipend and tuition for the first 18 months. Subsequently, the adviser for the dissertation research is responsible for the stipend and tuition. To ensure that students will be able to complete their dissertation research in this laboratory, the departmental chair guarantees this support.

Non-Tuition Costs

Medical insurance is required for all students, with the University paying 80 percent of the cost of medical, dental and vision coverage. See details about student health insurance.

Penn State University dissertation and other fees also apply. See details on the University's graduate school tuition and fees.

Contact Us

If you have questions about the Biostatistics PhD program, please contact Program Manager Justine Shultz at