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Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Master of Biomedical Informatics

Student applying to university

Applying to the MBMI Program

*Spring 2020  https://provost.upenn.edu/graduate-admissions

Recognizing the challenges of teaching, learning, and assessing academic performance during the global COVID-19 pandemic, Penn’s admissions committees for graduate and professional programs will take the significant disruptions of the COVID-19 outbreak in 2020 into account when reviewing students’ transcripts and other admissions materials as part of their regular practice of performing individualized, holistic reviews of each applicant. In particular, as we review applications now and in the future, we will respect decisions regarding the adoption of Pass/Fail and other grading options during the period of COVID-19 disruptions. An applicant will not be adversely affected in the admissions process if their academic institution implemented a mandatory pass/fail (or similar) system for the term or if the applicant chose to participate in an optional pass/fail (or similar) system for the term. Penn’s longstanding commitment remains to admit graduate and professional student cohorts composed of outstanding individuals who demonstrate the resilience and aptitude to succeed in their academic pursuits.

Eligibility Criteria

Our target students are clinicians interested in practical training and applied biomedical informatics who are already familiar with the problems that BMI seeks to solve. While a professional degree is not required, students should have experience working in a clinical setting and knowledge of the U.S. healthcare system.

Application Process

Prospective students should apply via CollegeNet.  Application for Fall 2021 will open in October. There is a $75 application fee, which can be waived in special circumstances. Applicants will be expected to submit:

  1. Unofficial transcripts from all past degrees (official, sealed, transcripts will be required for all matriculating students)
  2. CV or resume
  3. Personal statement: a one page description of your career goals that includes a description of how the MBMI degree meets your educational objectives
  4. Two letters of recommendation

The application deadline for Fall 2021 is December 1, 2020.  (We are no longer accepting applications for Fall 2020.  Applications for Fall 2021 will open in October.)