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The application for fall 2024 admission to the MMSc in Biomedical Informatics program will open on October 10, 2023.
All applications will be due on January 10, 2024.
The application is accessed at https://apply.masters.hms.harvard.edu/apply/
Completed Online Application Form
Applicants must complete the application form via Harvard Medical School's Master Programs Application portal.
CV or Resume
Applicants submit an up-to-date curriculum vitae or resume.
A personal statement of 2-3 pages, double-spaced, that explains your interest in biomedical informatics; highlights your preparation for the program, working independently, and conducting research; discusses your professional goals; and describes why you believe the Harvard MMSc in Biomedical Informatics program will help you achieve these goals.
Letters of Recommendation
All applications must include a minimum of 3 letters of recommendation. No more than 5 letters of recommendation can be included with a single application. Letters of recommendation should be written by those who know you well and can speak to your aptitude for work and study in areas related to biomedical informatics from the perspective of a mentor, instructor, or supervisor.
All applicants must submit an unofficial transcript for each degree program completed or in progress that meet the following requirements:
- Lists all courses completed and in progress. Completed courses must include a grade or other evaluation indication.
- All information is issued in English.
Applicants can optionally also include transcripts or certificates for any prerequisite courses completed outside of a degree program.
For additional guidelines for international applicants, please visit our International Applicants page.
There is a $100 application fee payable by credit card.
An application fee waiver can be requested through the link below once an application has been started. The fee waiver application will close on January 8, 2024, two days before the application deadline.
Fee Waiver Application: https://apply.masters.hms.harvard.edu/register/mbi_fee_waiver
Standardized Test Scores
The MMSc in Biomedical Informatics program does NOT take GRE, MCAT, or other standardized test scores into consideration for admission. We do NOT collect or review these scores as part of the application.
Information on English language proficiency test requirements for international applicants can be found on our International Applicants page.
To apply to the two year Master of Medical Sciences in Biomedical Informatics program, applicants must:
- Hold a minimum of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited United States or international institution by the time of expected program matriculation in August.
Applicants who are in their final year of undergraduate study at the time of the application deadline are welcome and encouraged to apply.
Applicants to the MMSc in Biomedical Informatics must demonstrate the following prerequisites either through coursework, practical training, or other relevant experience:
- Interest in conducting biomedical informatics research.
- Ability to use probability and statistical testing in data analysis.
- Exposure to foundational concepts in molecular biology.
- Practical knowledge of computer science concepts.
- Strong coding skills in R and/or Python programming languages.
- This includes, but is not limited to, familiarity with data structures and types, designing algorithms to solve problems, and the ability to write functions, read and write data, and create plots with limited consultation of reference material.
Our most successful students typically demonstrate working knowledge of both R and Python at the time of application. Students are required to use both languages in the required first-year courses.
All admitted students will complete a mandatory assessment in the spring prior to matriculation to evaluate their level of programming skills.
Undergraduate degree programs that typically prepare applicants well for the Master’s program include but are not limited to:
- Computer Science
Students enter the Master’s program with a wide range of undergraduate degrees and backgrounds. Applicants do not need to have completed a specific undergraduate major to be eligible for admission.