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The departments of Statistics and Biostatistics at the University of Washington, together with colleagues in Genome Sciences, Biology, and Medicine, offer exciting opportunities for graduate study in Statistical Genetics. We also work in close partnership with the interdepartmental Program in Computational Molecular Biology.

The University of Washington is dedicated to providing education in Statistical Genetics and recognition of the achievements and qualifications of students who study and undertake Ph.D. research in this fast-growing area. Formally, this education can be recognized by a Certificate in Statistical Genetics or through a Ph.D. track in Statistical Genetics within the Ph.D. programs of Statistics or of Biostatistics.

For more information about the Ph.D. track, including application details, click here.

Program Requirements
Students within the Statistical Genetics Ph.D. tracks follow the same set of five core classes that constitute the Centificate Program, namely the core sequence BIOST/STAT 550-1-2, GENOME 562 and Genome 540 or 541. Additionally, students are expected to participate in the Statistical Genetics Seminarthroughout their time in the Ph.D.track.

Statistics and Biostatistics students who have not previously taken Genetics or Genome Sciences classes will also need to take the Genome Sciences GENOME 371 class and one additional class in Genome Sciences as introductory background (See Background courses). GENOME 371 may often be audited in Summer; the other class (normally a 400-level class) should be taken for credit.

Although the Curriculum checklist is intended for the use of Certificate students, Ph.D. track students may find it convenient to print a copy and complete it for their file and/or thesis advisor, before their General Exam. (Note the Capstone Project item does not apply to Ph.D. Track students.)

Statistics Program Modifications
The Statistics Ph.D. program has made modifications to the standard Ph.D. requirements, in order that the requirements of the Statistical Genetics pathway not unduly lengthen time to graduation.

Students in the Statistics Statistical Genetics Ph.D. pathway may substitute STAT 516-517 for STAT 570-571.  The required 5 classes of the Statistical Genetics curriculum may be counted as the four required PhD-level elective classes.

All other requirements of the Statistics Ph.D. program apply, and students will normally take their Research Prelim in one of the usual three areas of Methodology, Stochastic Modelling, or Statistical Computing.

In the event of questions, please consult with the faculty and staff Graduate Program Advisors in Statistics.

Biostatistics Program Modifications
The Biostatistics Ph.D. program has made modifications to the standard Ph.D. requirements, in order that the requirements of the Statistical Genetics pathway not unduly lengthen time to graduation.

Biostatistics students in the Statistical Genetics track are excused BIOST/STAT 571 and the new (2009--) Methodology qualifying exam.

In the event of questions, please consult with the faculty and staff Graduate Program Advisors in Biostatistics.

Record Your Program Tracks with the Graduate School BEFORE You Take Your General Exam
Your Ph.D. will be in Statistics or in Biostatistics. These are the programs authorized to grant your degree. However, your status as a graduate of the Statistical Genetics pathway is recorded in the Graduate School, and the Graduate School system has a separate sub-code for these pathways. It is therefore important that your pathway choice is recorded with the Graduate School no later than the scheduling of your General Examination.

The staff Graduate Program Advisors in Statistics or in Biostatistics can assist you with this.

Also please make sure your Ph.D. thesis advisor and other members of your advisory committee are aware of your pathway choice-- it will NOT be apparent on your General or Final Exam warrant.

Upcoming StatGen Events
If you would like to receive emails with announcements of StatGen events at UW, you can subscribe to the mailing list at http://mailman.u.washington.edu/mailman/listinfo/statgenannounce.

(Updated September 2013)