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Application and Admission

A bachelor’s degree in computer science, engineering, biology, biochemistry, nursing, mathematics, statistics, physics, information management, a health-related field, or a similar discipline is a basic requirement for admission to the graduate degree program. Students without a computational background are encouraged to take at least one or more introductory level courses in computer science before entering the program. Some background in biology and statistics are helpful but not a requirement. The general university requirements for admission are available at the Graduate School’s web site.


Students applying for our program may enter only in the fall semester. An application and all supporting credentials must be completed by January 15 for fall admission. Applications from highly qualified candidates, who apply after the deadline, will receive consideration only if positions remain available.

Applications can be completed online and the fee is $95.00. Please review the Graduate School’s admission requirements for fee waivers. We do not require GRE scores as part of our application.

Important Dates

August 1 – Application Cycle Starts

December 5 – Application Deadline for Priority Consideration

January 15 – Final Application Deadline

International Applicants

The Department of Biomedical Informatics appreciates interest and applications received from international students. Unfortunately, the primary source of funding offered to applicants is for U. S. Citizens and Permanent Residents. An applicant requiring financial support should seek external fellowship support before submitting an application. After support is secured, the applicant must provide proof of support with their application. The support should cover tuition, fees, health insurance, and a stipend to cover housing and incidentals. We do not accept “self-pay” MS or PhD students or offer teaching assistants positions.

All international applicants are required to provide scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), which is administered by the Educational Testing Service in Princeton, New Jersey. The Department requires applicants to meet or exceed a score of 600. International applicants who have obtained at least a masters level degree from an accredited US university are not required to provide TOEFL scores.

Transcripts not in English or not on a 4-point scale must be evaluated by World Education Service (WES) or an equivalent agency and all related reports uploaded as part of the application.