How to Apply


The basic requirement for admission as a student in the Biomedical Informatics program is a bachelor’s degree in computer science, engineering, mathematics, physics, biology, nursing, medicine, public health, information management, or similar discipline. The general requirements for admission are defined by the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS).

Students who enter without requisite coursework in computer science from previous study may be required to take remedial coursework at Columbia University to ensure fulfillment of program requirements.


GSAS only accepts applications to the PhD and MA program for entrance in the Fall term. There is no Spring term admission.  The application deadline for Fall 2018 admission is Monday, December 4, 2017. Interested students are urged to submit their completed application and supporting materials as early as possible.

Application Package

A complete application package should include the following items:

  • GSAS Application and Biomedical Informatics Supplement
  • GRE scores (Required for PhD applicants. Master’s and postdoc applicants may submit MCAT scores instead. Physicians should submit USMLE scores as well)
  • Personal Statement
  • Letters of recommendation (3)
  • Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions
  • TOEFL scores, if applicable (see International Students section below)
  • Curriculum Vitae or Resumé
  • Applications must be completed online through the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. The department conducts personal interviews with selected PhD or postdoctoral candidates. Final admissions decisions are made no later than April 15th.
  • See Application Guidelines from the GSAS admissions website for official deadlines, address to send transcripts, GRE and TOEFL institution codes, etc.

International Students

All international students whose native language is not English and who have not received an undergraduate degree from an institution in which English was the medium of instruction must submit scores of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) examination.

Information regarding minimum scores and the assessment of English speaking ability post-admission is available from the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences website. Requests to waive the TOEFL requirement should be directed to the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Office of Graduate Affairs [telephone (212) 305-8058, e-mail]. Only the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences has the authority to waive TOEFL scores or grant exceptions.

Once admitted, international students may find information on applying for their I-20 and other essential information from the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences International Students and Scholars Office.