Admission requirements

Applicants must fulfill the requirements of both the Graduate College and the College of Health Solutions.

Applicants are eligible to apply to the program if they have earned a bachelor's or master's degree from a regionally accredited institution.

Applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 (scale is 4.00 = "A") in the last 60 hours of their first bachelor's degree program, or applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 (scale is 4.00 = "A") in an applicable master's degree program.

All applicants must submit:

  1. graduate admission application and application fee
  2. official transcripts
  3. statement of purpose
  4. 3 letters of recommendation
  5. GRE scores
  6. proof of English proficiency

Additional Application Information
An applicant whose native language is not English must provide proof of English proficiency regardless of current residency. Scores for the TOEFL for applicants whose native language is not English is required.

An applicant should have earned a bachelor's degree in biology, computer science, engineering or statistics, or be trained as a post-baccalaureate health professional in medicine, nursing or pharmacy. Those who have earned degrees in other fields with appropriate academic backgrounds are also considered. All applicants must have basic competencies in bioscience, computer programming, and statistics.

The applicant's undergraduate GPA, statement of purpose, GRE scores (verbal, quantitative and analytical are required; the subject test is optional) and depth of preparation in their field are the primary factors affecting admission.

Degree requirements

84 credit hours, a written comprehensive exam, an oral comprehensive exam, a prospectus and a dissertation

Required Core (22 credit hours)
BMI 502 Foundations of Biomedical Informatics Methods I (3)
BMI 504 Introduction to Clinical Environments (3)
BMI 505 Foundations of Biomedical Informatics Methods II (3)
BMI 515 Applied Biostatistics in Medicine and Informatics (3)
BMI 540 Problem Solving in Biomedical Informatics (3)
BMI 560 Teaching in Biomedical Informatics (2)
BMI 570 BMI Symposium (2)
BMI 601 Fundamentals of Health Informatics (3)

Electives (32 credit hours)

Research (18 credit hours)
BMI 792 Research (18)

Culminating Experience (12 credit hours)
BMI 799 Dissertation (12)

Additional Curriculum Information
Due to the diverse academic backgrounds of students requesting admission into this program, many find it necessary to take some coursework in preparation. However, all students take 84 credit hours of approved graduate-level coursework.