The interdisciplinary MS and certificate programs in Biomedical Informatics provide students with a competency-based training in core biomedical informatics theories and methods to address the fundamental shift health and life sciences are experiencing toward transdisciplinary, integrative and data-intensive approaches to research.

These developments, coupled with the use of information technology platforms, are helping transform healthcare, achieving greater value alongside improved outcomes and safety. The complex data, information and knowledge needs associated with these changes requires a comprehensive approach to biomedical informatics research, education and practice.

“The MS in Biomedical Informatics provides the concepts and practice to confidently access and analyze health data with clinicians.”

Douglas Caruthers, MS ‘22

Program Directors

Randi Foraker, PhD, MA, FAHA, FAMIA, FACMI

Director, Center for Population Health Informatics
Interim Director, Center for Biostatistics and Data Science
Co-Director, Administrative Data Core Services
Professor of Medicine, Division of General Medical Sciences
Professor of Public Health, Brown School


Associate Professor of Medicine, Division of General Medical Sciences
Associate Professor, Goldfarb School of Nursing, Barnes Jewish College


Recent college graduates and in-career learners with training in biology, research and clinical medicine, computer science, data science and analytics, statistics, engineering and related disciplines are encouraged to apply. Individuals applying for an NIH Research and Career Development award may submit their proposals in lieu of a formal application. Applications are open on September 1st for the following academic year and are accepted for the Certificate and part-time MS programs on rolling basis through July 31st. The full-time MS application closes on January 31st. Please note that students are only admitted for fall entry at this time.

In addition to the online application, you will be required to submit:

  • Statement of Purpose
    Your statement should include previous professional or research experience, current professional interests, and long-term career goals. Please also explain how you became interested in the degree program and how it will help you to achieve your goals. The Statement of Purpose should adequately explain these areas, but should not exceed 2 pages.
  • CV or résumé
  • Three academic letters of recommendation (two for Certificate applicants)
    At least two letters should be from recent academic advisors, instructors, or current supervisors.
  • Documentation of degrees and transcripts
    Unofficial transcripts are sufficient for initial application review. However, if admitted, official transcripts of all academic work at the higher education level are to be submitted either electronically to (preferred method) or in a sealed envelope sent directly by the university to the address below. Transcripts must include the grading scale.
  • Official TOEFL or IELTS Scores 
    The TOEFL or IELTS is required for all international applicants. See waiver eligibility requirements below. If you already have notification of your score, please attach a copy with your application. The test must have been taken within the last 2 years. The official TOEFL scores should be sent directly to Washington University in St. Louis (the code is 6929). For IELTS, please send official scores electronically to Washington University in St. Louis Graduate Admissions.Upon arrival, all international students are tested for English proficiency by the Office for International Students and Scholars (OISS) and may be required to take English as Second Language courses at their own expense.English Proficiency Standards for Admission to Washington University in St. Louis & Visa IssuanceU.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) requires universities admitting international students to verify that each non-native English-speaking student has sufficient English language proficiency to succeed in the academic program. Therefore, admitting departments must present proof of this level of proficiency for each non-native English-speaking student before visa eligibility documents can be processed by the Office for International Students and Scholars (OISS).Fulfilling the USCIS RequirementTo fulfill this requirement, applicants must take the TOEFL iBT or IELTS Academic and provide an official score report showing a score at or above the following minimum levels:University minimumOHIDS minimum TOEFL iBT90100IELTS Academic6.57.0For an applicant’s official test score to be valid for the purpose of English proficiency certification, the applicant must take the test less than two years before requesting that the score be reported to the university. Programs with High English Communication DemandsFor programs whose students will serve as associates in instruction, do extensive reading and writing, complete a practicum or clinical experience, or otherwise meet a particularly high standard of English proficiency, departments are encouraged to establish a minimum score of 100 on the TOEFL iBT or 7 on the IELTS Academic module. The Duolingo English Test will be temporarily accepted for students admitted for the academic year 2023-2024 due to the pandemic.A score of 115 is the required minimum for the Duolingo English Test in order for applicants to be considered for admission. Students submitting scores from Duolingo must also complete testing upon arrival within the school to determine if they need additional English courses.Waiving the English Proficiency Test RequirementThe English proficiency test requirement is waived for citizens of Australia, Cameroon, Commonwealth Caribbean nations, Ghana, India, Ireland, Kenya, Liberia, New Zealand, Nigeria, Singapore, Uganda, the United Kingdom, and Zimbabwe. It may also be waived for students who have completed three or more years of study in an approved English-medium academic program in any of the aforementioned countries, Canada, Hong Kong, South Africa, or the United States.If a student has completed three or more years of study in an English-medium university-level academic program in a country other than the ones listed above, the admitting department will need to request a waiver on a case-by-case basis. In this case, the department is responsible for providing documentation to support this request (e.g., proof of appropriate minimum English proficiency standards at that university).
  • GRE scores are not required for the MS BMI application and thus will not be considered during application review.

Additional Information

Program Pre-requisites: Acceptance into the MS in Biomedical Informatics program requires knowledge of statistics, either through successful completion of an introductory course or through professional experience. Applicants should also possess strong quantitative skills (e.g. calculus) and proficiency in at least one programming language (R, Python, etc.).

All qualified applicants will be asked to participate in a telephone or virtual meeting interview before a final admission decision is made.

Please note that a submitted NIH Career Development (K) award application will be accepted in lieu of a formal program application.

Supporting documents should be sent electronically to (preferred method) or be mailed to the following physical address:

Special Programs Administrator
Office of Health Information and Data Science
Washington University in St. Louis, School of Medicine
660 S. Euclid Ave, Campus Box 8067
St. Louis, MO 63110

Application open: September 1

Please note that at this time, students are admitted for fall entry only.

Application deadline:

  • Full-time MS program: January 31
  • Part-time MS program: July 15
  • Certificate program: July 15

I2DB application fee:

  • MS program: $50.00
  • Certificate program: $25.00

Fee waivers are available for:
– WUSTL current students and employees
– WUSTL alumni
– U.S. veterans and U.S. military service members
– Participants in BIDS summer research internship programs
– U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents with demonstrated financial need

Fee waivers are also granted to applicants from the following programs: McNair, LSAMP, Fulbright, AmeriCorps, Vista/Peace Corps, Teach for America.

An application must be started before requesting a fee waiver. If you believe you qualify for a waiver, please email

Having problems or difficulties with the application system? Email for help.

Washington University encourages and gives full consideration to all applicants for admission, financial aid, and employment. The University does not discriminate in access to, or treatment or employment in, its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, veteran status, disability, or genetic information. Inquiries about compliance should be addressed to the University’s Vice-Chancellor for Human Resources, Washington University, Campus Box 1184, One Brookings Drive, St. Louis, MO 63130.

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Core Courses: All Tracks

All students in both the certificate and the Master of Science (MS) programs in Biomedical Informatics (BMI) will be expected to take the core classes listed below:

Core Courses: MS Program

  • M18 5200 Biomedical Informatics Research in Progress – 2 units
  • Research hours may include up to ten units in rotations, research, and courses related to capstone and thesis work.
    • M18 5201 Rotation – 2 units
    • M18 5401 Capstone or M18 5402 Thesis – 3 units
  • One Advanced Topics Course – 3 units

Competencies: MS Program

Students in the MS in BMI will be expected to have competency in Scientific Writing by the time of graduation. Students who have taken the equivalent at other institutions may be excused from this course with permission from the director. If the competency has not been met, the student will enroll in M17 – 529 Scientific Writing and Publishing (2 credit hours). These credit hours do not count towards the 36 credit hours required for the MS Program.


Students may take approved electives in computer science, medicine, business, basic science, and public health based on their track with approval from their academic advisor. Some suggested electives include:

  • M21 503 Statistical Computing with SAS
  • M21 506 Introduction to R for Data Science
  • M21 560 Biostatistics I
  • M21 570 Biostatistics II

Earning a Certificate in Biomedical Informatics

The certificate program is ideal for working professionals. It requires 16 credits and a condensed capstone project. Expected completion time is one to three years.

Tuition and Financial Aid

Washington University employees may be eligible for a 50 percent tuition assistance benefit after one year of full-time employment.

For matriculating students starting Fall 2022, tuition is set at:

  • $1,450 per credit hour.
  • $725 per credit hour for auditing.
  • For the 2023-2024 academic year, the tuition will be slightly higher.
  • The projected degree tuition for the 36 credit hour MS program is approximately $52,200.
  • The projected certificate tuition for the 16 credit hour program is approximately $23,200.

Additional notes:

  • Matriculation deposit is $250 for full-time MS students. The deposit is returned to matriculating students in the first fall semester. No deposit is required for part-time students.
  • All full-time students are required to pay for the School of Medicine’s Student Health Services Benefit Plan for fall and spring semesters. The cost for this program is currently $1,374.50 per semester.
  • All students are required to bring a laptop. Information on minimum specifications can be found here.
  • Faculty or staff pursuing the MS in Biomedical Informatics are eligible for 50% of part-time evening program graduate tuition costs for up to seven (7) credit hours per semester. For additional information, please visit the Employee Tuition Assistance page.
  • Tuition is payable incrementally each semester and is due at least one week before each semester begins. Students can check their account status and make payments online via WebSTAC. Tuition paid by check should indicate the student’s official name and student ID number and should be mailed to:
    Washington University in St. Louis
    P.O. Box 14627
    St. Louis, MO 63150-4627

Visit the Financial Services website for further payment instructions.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who Should Apply?

Recent college graduates with backgrounds in the biological and/or computational sciences

In-career learners with a broad range of experiences in biomedicine/biosciences, mathematics, physical or computer information sciences or engineering, and cognitive and/or social sciences

What Tracks Are Available?

This master’s degree program offers grounded theory and a broad range of applied skills for three separate tracks:

  • Applied Clinical Informatics
  • Population Health Informatics
  • Translational Bioinformatics

Students will have the opportunity to personalize their approved electives and competency courses based on their chosen track and educational and professional backgrounds, allowing them to build on their existing biomedical informatics competencies while gaining hands-on experiential learning opportunities. With the cutting-edge biomedical research being highly funded by the National Institutes of Health and other funding agencies, part-time employment opportunities including Research Assistantships are frequently available throughout Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. Students may apply for these opportunities upon completing their first semester.


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Randi Foraker, PhD, MA, FAHA, FAMIA, FACMI

Director, Center for Population Health Informatics
Interim Director, Center for Biostatistics and Data Science
Co-Director, Administrative Data Core Services
Professor of Medicine, Division of General Medical Sciences
Professor of Public Health, Brown School


Associate Professor of Medicine, Division of General Medical Sciences
Associate Professor, Goldfarb School of Nursing, Barnes Jewish College

Kim Freels

Senior Program Manager, Office of Health Information and Data Science