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Applications are open on September 1st for the following academic year and are accepted for the Certificate and part-time MS programs on rolling basis through July 15. The full-time MS application closes on January 15. Please click the button below to set up an account and begin your application.

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The Institute for Informatics (I2) uses Slate, a web-based system that enables students to submit and organize all of their application materials, monitor the status of any required supporting documents, and check their application status and decision.

In addition to the online application, you will be required to submit:

  • Statement of Purpose
    Your statement should include previous professional or research experience, current professional interests, and long-term career goals. Please also explain how you became interested in the degree program and how it will help you to achieve your goals. The Statement of Purpose should adequately explain these areas, but should not exceed 2 pages.
  • CV or résumé
  • Three academic letters of recommendation (two for Certificate applicants)
    At least two letters should be from recent academic advisors, instructors, or current supervisors.
  • Documentation of degrees and transcripts
    Unofficial transcripts are sufficient for initial application review. However, if admitted, official transcripts of all academic work at the higher education level are to be submitted either electronically to OHIDS-Education@wustl.edu (preferred method) or in a sealed envelope sent directly by the university to the address below. Transcripts must include the grading scale.
  • Official TOEFL or IELTS Scores
    The TOEFL or IELTS is required for all international applicants. See waiver eligibility requirements below. If you already have notification of your score, please attach a copy with your application. The test must have been taken within the last 2 years. The official TOEFL scores should be sent directly to Washington University in St. Louis (the code is 6929). For IELTS, please send official scores electronically to Washington University in St. Louis Graduate Admissions.
    Upon arrival, all international students are tested for English proficiency by the Office for International Students and Scholars (OISS) and may be required to take English as Second Language courses at their own expense.
    English Proficiency Standards for Admission to Washington University in St. Louis & Visa Issuance
    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) requires universities admitting international students to verify that each non-native English-speaking student has sufficient English language proficiency to succeed in the academic program. Therefore, admitting departments must present proof of this level of proficiency for each non-native English-speaking student before visa eligibility documents can be processed by the Office for International Students and Scholars (OISS).
    Fulfilling the USCIS Requirement
    To fulfill this requirement, applicants must take the TOEFL iBT or IELTS Academic and provide an official score report showing a score at or above the following minimum levels:
    University minimum OHIDS minimum
    TOEFL iBT 90 100
    IELTS Academic 6.5 7.0
    For an applicant’s official test score to be valid for the purpose of English proficiency certification, the applicant must take the test less than two years before requesting that the score be reported to the university.
    Programs with High English Communication Demands
    For programs whose students will serve as associates in instruction, do extensive reading and writing, complete a practicum or clinical experience, or otherwise meet a particularly high standard of English proficiency, departments are encouraged to establish a minimum score of 100 on the TOEFL iBT or 7 on the IELTS Academic module.
    The Duolingo English Test will be temporarily accepted for students admitted for the academic year 2023-2024 due to the pandemic.
    A score of 115 is the required minimum for the Duolingo English Test in order for applicants to be considered for admission. Students submitting scores from Duolingo must also complete testing upon arrival within the school to determine if they need additional English courses.
    Waiving the English Proficiency Test Requirement
    The English proficiency test requirement is waived for citizens of Australia, Cameroon, Commonwealth Caribbean nations, Ghana, India, Ireland, Kenya, Liberia, New Zealand, Nigeria, Singapore, Uganda, the United Kingdom, and Zimbabwe. It may also be waived for students who have completed three or more years of study in an approved English-medium academic program in any of the aforementioned countries, Canada, Hong Kong, South Africa, or the United States.
    If a student has completed three or more years of study in an English-medium university-level academic program in a country other than the ones listed above, the admitting department will need to request a waiver on a case-by-case basis. In this case, the department is responsible for providing documentation to support this request (e.g., proof of appropriate minimum English proficiency standards at that university).
  • GRE scores are not required for the MS BMI application and thus will not be considered during application review.

Additional Information

Program Pre-requisites: Acceptance into the MS in Biomedical Informatics program requires knowledge of statistics, either through successful completion of an introductory course or through professional experience. Applicants should also possess strong quantitative skills (e.g. calculus) and proficiency in at least one programming language (R, Python, etc.).

All qualified applicants will be asked to participate in a telephone or virtual meeting interview before a final admission decision is made.

Please note that a submitted NIH Career Development (K) award application will be accepted in lieu of a formal program application.

Supporting documents should be sent electronically to OHIDS-Education@wustl.edu (preferred method) or be mailed to the following physical address:

Special Programs Administrator
Office of Health Information and Data Science
Washington University in St. Louis, School of Medicine
660 S. Euclid Ave, Campus Box 8067
St. Louis, MO 63110

Application open: September 1

Please note that at this time, students are admitted for fall entry only.

Application deadline:

  • Full-time MS program: January 31
  • Part-time MS program: July 15
  • Certificate program: July 15

I2 application fee:

  • MS program: $50.00
  • Certificate program: $25.00

Fee waivers are available for:
– WUSTL current students and employees
– WUSTL alumni
– U.S. veterans and U.S. military service members
– Participants in BIDS@I2 summer research internship programs
– U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents with demonstrated financial need

Fee waivers are also granted to applicants from the following programs: McNair, LSAMP, Fulbright, AmeriCorps, Vista/Peace Corps, Teach for America.

An application must be started before requesting a fee waiver. If you believe you qualify for a waiver, please email OHIDS-Education@wustl.edu.

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Washington University encourages and gives full consideration to all applicants for admission, financial aid, and employment. The University does not discriminate in access to, or treatment or employment in, its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, veteran status, disability, or genetic information. Inquiries about compliance should be addressed to the University’s Vice-Chancellor for Human Resources, Washington University, Campus Box 1184, One Brookings Drive, St. Louis, MO 63130.