Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Master of Biomedical Informatics

Student applying to university

Applying to the MBMI Program


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. Detailed instructions are in the next section. 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. 

CollegeNet Application Instructions

  1. Create a CollegeNet account. After logging into CollegeNet, select "Online Application".
  2. Enter your Personal Information.  Save and continue to Program Information. 
  3. Choose Perelman School of Medicine Masters Programs.
  4. Select Biomedical Informatics, Master of from the drop-down list.
  5. Select the desired term of entry.
  6. You can enter information in stages, at your own pace, and access the application any number of times until submission.
  7. Once the application has been fully submitted, check the status and note the receipt of recommendation letters.

After the application deadline passes, the MBMI Admissions Committee will review the applications and determine who will receive an offer of admission. In some cases the committee may contact the applicant for additional information. Notification of admission will be sent out via CollegeNet to the email address provided by the applicant.