FAQs – Master of Science in Biomedical Informatics

If I apply to the Master of Science in Biomedical Informatics, can I get financial support?

Please see financial information for the Graham School at https://grahamschool.uchicago.edu/student-resources/financing-billing

Does the Master's in Biomedical Informatics program conduct applicant interviews?

The program will initiate interviews for candidates who are being strongly considered for admission or for candidates for whom additional information is needed. An applicant cannot request an interview. The program will contact the applicant to arrange an interview.

Does the Master's in Biomedical Informatics program admit foreign students?

In Spring 2016, the MScBMI is only offered as a part-time degree program and therefore cannot provide student visas. Foreign students already residing in the US and holding a valid visa are eligible for admission for Spring 2016. Beginning in Autumn 2016, international students may apply to be full-time students. Those requiring a student visa will receive University assistance securing an F-1 or J-1 visa. The deadline for international applications for Autumn 2016 is June 1, 2016.

What is the deadline for application?

Please see the Admissions page for current deadlines.

Are there special forms for letters of recommendation?

Yes.  When you complete the online application to the program, there is a section for you to enter your recommenders’ contact information. The online application system will automatically send instructions to your recommenders. We suggest you notify your recommenders in advance that you have listed them and ask them to look out for the email.

Do I need to take the GRE exam?

No. Standardized test scores are not required for admission to programs at the Graham School. The only exception is for students who may be required by University policy to submit evidence of English language proficiency.

Do I need to take the TOEFL or IELTS?

All applicants who are not US citizens or US permanent residents must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the test administered by the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Domestic applicants whose native language is not English and who have not attended schools where instruction is in English also may be required to submit TOEFL or IELTS scores. The English language requirement may be waived if the applicant is a native of or studied in full-time status for at least one academic year within the last five years in the US, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, or English medium universities in Canada or South Africa.

Can I take classes as a non-degree student?

You may be able to take courses through the Graham School’s Graduate-Student-At-Large or Returning Scholars program. Please see GSAL program for more information.

Upon completion of the Master’s program, what degree will be awarded?

Master of Science degree from the University of Chicago Graham School of Continuing Liberal and Professional Studies.

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