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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.

International Applicants

The Department of Biomedical Informatics has very limited funds available to support foreign nationals. International students should first apply for independent funding from their country, an employer, or funding agencies that support international students

Alternatively, international applicants may apply if they have the financial resources to pay for tuition, fees, books, and living expenses while pursuing a graduate degree at Vanderbilt.  Financial documentation must be submitted with the application.  Also DBMI does not offer teaching assistant 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.