How To Apply

Prospective Students

The Master of Science in Biomedical Informatics is appropriate for a wide range of applicants including:

  • Early- or mid-career professionals in fields such as information technology, computer science, health care, health research, pharmaceutical industry, or business consulting who want to develop their informatics skills for career growth
  • Mid-career leaders in these fields who want to hone their biomedical informatics skills for improved decision making and leadership across their areas of responsibility
  • Recent graduates of undergraduate programs in biology or related scientific fields who want to develop their applied informatics skills for a career in biomedical informatics

Applications Requirements


Complete an online application

You will need the following for the online application:

  • Completed Application (online)
  • $75 Application Fee (non-refundable)
  • Transcripts. 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).
  • 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 4 sub  scores of 26 each), or 7 overall on the IELTS (with sub scores of 7 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.
  • 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
  • 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

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.

For your application, you can submit unofficial transcripts via PDF as part of your online application. If admitted, you must submit official transcripts at least one month prior to matriculation to the following address:

Renaissance McIntyre
Graham School
The University of Chicago
1427 E. 60th Street, suite 200
Chicago, IL 60637

Official electronic transcripts must be sent directly from the institution or secure service to

The program may initiate interviews for candidates who are being strongly considered for admission or for candidates for whom additional information is needed.

Apply Online


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 early decision deadline due to visa processing time. Decisions are typically returned within 4-6 weeks of submission deadline.

Start term

Early decision/

International deadline

Regular Deadline Quarter Start date*
Spring 2017 December 1, 2016 January 3, 2017 March 27, 2017
Fall 2017 June 1, 2017 August 7th, 2017 September 25, 2017

*Pre-requisite boot camps and new student orientation typically begin 3-4 weeks before the quarter.