2017-2018 General Catalog 
    May 23, 2018  
2017-2018 General Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Biomedical Informatics, M.S.

Graduate Requirements for Biomedical Informatics

Biomedical Informatics
421 Wakara Way, Ste 140, Salt Lake City, UT 84108
Phone: 801-581-4080
Website: medicine.utah.edu/bmi

Admissions Requirements

  1. Bachelor’s degree from a regionally-accredited university or college
  2. Minimum GPA of 3.3
  3. GRE scores in the 60th percentile on all three test areas
  4. Three references
  5. Fulfillment of prerequisite courses, which are one college-level course in each of the following:
    1. Programming language
    2. Statistics
    3. Basic biology

Overview of PhD Degree Requirements

The PhD degree requires approximately 40 hours of formal class work with a grade of B- or better. A PhD student must pass a written and oral Comprehensive Exam after the first year of study. Graduate work at this or other institutions, including courses taken for a MS degree, may be applied to the PhD coursework requirement at the discretion of the student’s advisory committee. After completion of coursework, the student must pass a PhD written and oral Qualifying Examination. In addition to the classwork, 14 or more hours of research work (taken as BMI 7970) are required. This work must lead to the completion and defense of an original PhD dissertation demonstrating the student’s capabilities to conceive and execute an independent research project.

Overview of MS Degree Requirements

The MS Thesis Option degree typically requires a total of 30 semester hours of coursework and the successful completion of a thesis. At least 23 hours must be formal coursework with a grade of B- or better and 7 hours must be research hours leading to a thesis. The MS thesis must involve original research that formally addresses a current issue in the student’s specialty. An MS student must pass a Written Comprehensive exam after the first year of study, and write and defend an MS thesis.

The Non-Thesis Option requires 30 semester hours of coursework made up of

  • 18 hours of BMI coursework
  • 3 hours of electives
  • 3 hours of Research in Progress classes
  • 3 hours of seminars
  • 3 hours for the Capstone project course

MS and PH.D. Degree Program Application Procedures

Please review our website for additional information.

Department application deadline for Programs beginning Fall Semester

Domestic: December 31
International: December 1

We recommend submitting your application (in full) as early as possible. We begin accepting application forms September 1 and all application materials are due by the above deadlines for admission beginning the following Fall.

Application Instructions
  1. Review Program Requirements: Graduate Program
  2. Submission of the online Admission form. Click HERE for the Application form and payment of application fee.
  3. Three References: the online application form will have reference forms that your referees can upload directly and electronically.
  4. NOTE: you must upload both your CV and your personal statement in the online application form.
  5. Official GRE, GMAT or MCAT scores. (Scores are to be sent to the University test center University code 4853).
  6. International Students: TOEFL or IELTS scores are required.

Required Core Courses for MS and PhD Degrees

PhD Degree

  • Typically about 40 hours formal class work (varies by dissertation topic and the advice of the student’s supervisory committee)
  • A minimum of 14 hours dissertation research hours
  • A successfully defended dissertation

MS Degree

Thesis Option

  • Minimum of 24 hours of formal class work
  • Minimum of 30 total hours (formal class work plus 6 hours thesis research hours)
  • A successfully defended thesis

Non-Thesis Option

  • Total of 24 formal class hours prescribed by the Department
  • 3 hours of elective class hours
  • A Capstone project course resulting in a successful Capstone oral exam