Admissions

The application for Fall 2025 admission will open in October 2024. 

Details about the application process and requirements for the Fall 2025 admissions cycle will be posted here in August, 2024. 

  • Application Materials

    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.

    Personal Statement

    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.

    Academic Transcripts

    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. 

    Application Fee

    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. 

    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. 

  • Program Eligibility

    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.

  • Program Prerequisites

    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:

    • Bioinformatics
    • Computer Science
    • Mathematics
    • Statistics
    • Engineering

    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.