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Master of Science in Biomedical Informatics

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Application deadlines
Round Deadline
Autumn 2023: Final App Jul. 10, 2023

* The application portal is now open. Please submit your application to the MScBMI program now to be considered for Autumn 2023 enrollment.

Admission information

Admission occurs for a program start date in autumn. All admissions decisions are released after the corresponding application deadline. Decisions are not released on a rolling basis. Please review the application requirements below and complete your application by the day of the application deadline to be considered for admission. Official GRE or GMAT scores are not required for the MScBMI program.

How to apply

Start your application with our online application form. You'll set up an account with your email address and give us a little more basic information about yourself. Please get in touch with our admissions team if you have any questions about our program or the application process.

Required documents

All applicants are required to submit an online application. A complete application to the University of Chicago's master's in bioinformatics program includes the following components:

One transcript from each university (undergraduate and graduate) attended must be uploaded within the application. We accept unofficial transcripts for application evaluation. If you are offered admission, one official transcript for each university attended will be required prior to the first day of the term. An unofficial transcript for undergraduate coursework is still required even if you hold an advanced degree(s).

Applicants will be expected to have introductory level competency in:

  • Statistics: Can be fulfilled by a course such as Introduction to Statistics or Biostatistics
  • Health Sciences or Clinical Care: Can be fulfilled by a survey or overview course in health sciences or a clinical degree

You may fulfill these requirements through our bootcamp program or other university courses prior to matriculation. In your application, please be sure to indicate in your personal statement which courses in your transcript fulfill these requirements or how you plan to fulfill these requirements.

Unofficial transcripts should be emailed to:

Your application must include three letters of recommendation from people who can assess your academic or professional qualifications.

You do not need to wait for all your letters to be received before you submit your application. As long as you have added your recommenders' names and email addresses, and they each submit their recommendation before our application deadline, their letters can arrive after you hit the submit button.

Recommended sources for letters of recommendation include:

  • Professors
  • Supervisors or Managers
  • Professional Mentors

We do not accept letters of recommendation from family members, friends, or peers.

Applicants are required to demonstrate the motivation, academic potential, and ability to undertake work at the University of Chicago by writing a candidate statement (double-spaced, not to exceed four pages) highlighting their qualifications and describing their interest in biomedical informatics.

You will submit an up-to-date resume or CV as part of your complete application.

You will be prompted to pay a $75 non-refundable fee once you have submitted your application. Please contact us with any questions regarding this fee.

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International students

  • International students who require a visa must have a completed an online application by the Round 2 deadline for consideration.
  • Students who require student visa sponsorship from the University are not eligible to apply to the part-time program.
  • Round 3 is available exclusively to applicants who do not require a student visa.

English language requirement

Applicants to the masters in bioinformatics program who do not meet the English Language Proficiency criteria must submit proof of English language proficiency. The MScBMI requires a minimum TOEFL 104, no less than 26 on each subsection, or IELTS 7, no less than 7.0 on each subsection. Only the TOEFL iBT or IELTS Academic tests are accepted as proof of proficiency. Please review score requirements posted on the UChicagoGRAD website for more information. 

Official course-by-course evaluation for international students

If you graduated from or attended an international university or college for more than half of a completed degree, we require a course-by-course evaluation by an NACES Evaluator for each international institution to be submitted by the application deadline. A course-by-course evaluation must translate courses, degree, grades, and GPA to United States equivalencies.

All evaluations must be sent directly from the evaluator to one of the options below. Evaluation reports should be emailed to or mailed to:

The University of Chicago Professional Education
Attention: MScBMI Admissions
455 N Cityfront Plaza Dr., Suite 950
Chicago, Illinois 60611

In order for this to be received by the application deadline listed above, we recommend you submit your transcript to be reviewed by a NACES evaluator no later than one month prior to the application deadline.

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