How do I know which program I am eligible for?
If you have a doctoral degree, you will be eligible to apply for the 36-credit master's program that can be completed in one academic year full time or two academic years part time. If you have a bachelors or master’s degree, you will be eligible to apply to the 48-credit program that can be completed in three academic semesters.
What materials are required for application and what is the deadline?
For both master’s programs, applicants must submit the following via the Harvard Medical School Graduate Education Application Portal
- Online Application form
- Letter of Interest
- 3 Letters of Recommendation
- Transcripts from all schools where you have received a degree, or completed coursework - uploads of unofficial transcripts are acceptable at the time of application. Official transcripts are required upon admission.
Your application will not be reviewed until all aspects of the application have been received.
Can I enroll in the program part time?
You can enroll in the accelerated post-doctoral program part time and complete the master’s degree over two academic years. You cannot complete the 48-credit post-baccalaureate program part time at this time.
Do you offer any online or evening courses?
We do not offer any course work online at this time. One of the benefits of this program is being in the Harvard environment, and being able to meet leaders in the field. All courses are currently offered between the hours of 9am and 5:30pm.
What is the cost of the program?
Both programs are charged per credit. For more information, visit the following pages:
Are scholarships available?
Please contact us for more information on scholarships.
How much is the application fee?
The non-refundable application fee is $100, payable by credit card only. For those prospective applicants for whom the application fee would be a hardship, we offer fee waivers. Email email@example.com to inquire about receiving a fee waiver.
How do I apply for financial aid?
Accepted students who are eligible for aid will receive instructions on applying for financial aid sometime in the Spring semester. For more information on the financial aid process, please see Financial Aid for Master’s Students.
Do I need to take the GRE or TOEFL?
No GRE scores are accepted at this time.
The TOEFL or IELTS exam is required for applicants whose native language is not English, with the exception of non-native English speakers who earned a bachelor's or graduate degree from an institution at which English was the sole language of instruction.
What is the TOEFL code that I should use for submitting my TOEFL exam score through ETS?
Applicants submitting a TOEFL score should select “3151 Harvard Med Sch Grad Educ MS.”
Can international students apply?
Yes! International students will fill out the same application, and let us know through the online application whether or not they are an international candidate. If a visa is needed, Harvard will provide an F-1 visa for incoming students.
Do graduates of the program qualify for extended OPT?
Yes. The Master of Biomedical Informatics is considered a STEM degree and eligible students who complete the degree on a F-1 visa have the option to apply for a STEM OPT extension after their initial post-completion OPT period.
What if my school does not issue a transcript in English?
If your institution does not provide a transcript in English, you must obtain a certified English translation through a credential evaluation organization such as World Education Services.
How do I apply for the NLM Biomedical Informatics and Data Science Fellowship?
To apply to the Biomedical Informatics and Data Science Research Training (BIRT) Program fellowship, candidates submit an application to the MBI program. No additional materials are required. Applicants for the BIRT program should request an application fee waiver. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to request a fee waiver.
Can I speak to someone on campus? Are there information sessions?
Members of our program staff are available to meet with prospective students at the Department of Biomedical Informatics in Countway Library on the HMS campus if you are local or visiting the Boston area. We can also set up a phone call to discuss more about the program. Please visit our Contact Us page to get in touch about setting up a meeting or phone call. Also, please check out our Facebook Page to learn about any upcoming Facebook Live information sessions or to view past sessions.
Who can I reach out to if I still have more questions?
If your question was not answered, please visit our Contact Us page to get in touch.
When will my application be reviewed?
All applications are reviewed after the deadline for which they were submitted. We do not have rolling admissions.
Where is Harvard Medical School located?
The Harvard Medical School campus is located in the Longwood Medical Area in Boston, Massachusetts. Information on things to do in the Longwood Medical Area can be found at: longwoodarea.org.