Master of Science in Biomedical Informatics

Master of Science in Biomedical Informatics

How to Apply to the Biomedical Informatics Program

Applying to the Master of Science in Biomedical Informatics

Start your application to the Master of Science in Biomedical Informatics here. Complete your online application, pay the application fee, and then submit your application. 



Decisions are returned within the four weeks following the application deadline.

Autumn 2019 Application

Upcoming Application Deadline May 3, 2019
Final Domestic Application Deadline June 30, 2019

Online Application

You will need to complete the following parts of our online application by the application deadline:



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 the Graham School 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.

English Proficiency

If your native language is not English, we require a TOEFL or IELTS test score. Our TOEFL and College Board code is 1832. The required proficiency standards include a score of 104 on the TOEFL (with four sub  scores of 26 each), or seven overall on the IELTS (with sub scores of seven each). Note that students are required to take the Academic Reading/Writing test within IELTS, not the General Training Reading/Writing test. Applicants who have completed an undergraduate or graduate degree in the United States are exempt from providing proof of English proficiency.

International Transcripts

If you attended an international university or college, we require a Course by Course Evaluation by a NACES Evaluator for each international institution.  A course-by-course evaluation will translate courses, degree, and grades to U.S. equivalency. Please visit for more details. Evaluation reports should be mailed to:

Renaissance McIntyre, University of Chicago

1427 East 60th Street

Suite 200

Chicago, Illinois 60637

The agency you choose may also submit your evaluation report electronically to


Letters of Recommendation

Three letters of recommendation from individuals who can assess your academic or professional qualifications. Letters from family members or peer-level colleagues are not acceptable.

Candidate Statement

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.

Resume or CV

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

Application Fee

The application system will prompt you to pay the $75 application fee once you have completed the appropriate sections of the online application.

Submit Your Application

Submit your application after you have completed all parts of the online application and paid your $75 application fee. Submit your application by the day of the application deadline in order to be considered for admission.

Admissions decisions for the Master of Science in Biomedical Informatics ARE NOT released on a rolling basis.

Deadline Notes

Admission occurs for two program start dates in Autumn and Spring. Preference will be given to applications received prior to the early decision deadline. International applicants must apply by the International Applicant deadline due to visa processing time. Applicants will receive their application decisions within four weeks of the deadline to which they applied.