Frequently Asked Questions

Can I start in the Certificate Program and then transfer to the Masters or PhD Program?

Yes, however you can only transfer 9 credit hours of coursework taken prior to entering a graduate program. The Certificate is considered a Second Bachelors. You cannot actually "transfer" to the graduate program but must apply with all other applicants by the annual posted deadlines in December. Be aware of the additional application requirements for a graduate program that differ from the Certificate. You must take the GRE, for example, and have a written Statement of Purpose to outline what your research objectives are.

Can I transfer from the Masters Program to the PhD?

Applicants are considered as qualified to study in the program they apply to. However, you can apply for the PhD internally with their GRE scores in December. In the spring (May) you would need to sit for the Oral Comprehensive exam in addition to the Written Comprehensive exam.

If I already have a Masters degree, do I still need to submit a GRE test result if I am applying to your Masters or PhD program?

Most graduate programs require you to take the GRE so you don't need to re-take it. Just submit your scores from the last time you took the exam, even if it was more than 5 years ago. If you were not required to take the GRE for the first degree, you will need to take it to apply to this program. Some programs may emphasize excellence in different areas of the GRE than we do, so we would like to see your scores regardless of whether you already have earned a Masters degree. However, if you have a PhD we do not require GRE scores at all.

I do not currently have a graduate degree but took the GRE 8 years ago. ETS does not keep them more than 5 years so I cannot have them send you my scores.

You would need to retake the GRE.

Can I transfer course credits from another university?

This only applies to the Masters program as there is not a set requirement of credit hours for a PhD.

However, as quoted from the Graduate School's Policies:

Graduate credit may be transferred from other institutions. Credits transferred from another institution may be used for only one degree. Up to six semester hours of transfer credit may be applied toward fulfillment of graduate degree requirements if they are of high letter grade (B or higher; 'credit only' grades are unacceptable), are recommended by the student's supervisory committee, and were taken within four years of semester of admission to the University of Utah for master's students and within seven years of semester of admission to the University of Utah for doctoral students.

Can I take one or two classes in the program without being accepted into the graduate program?

Yes, you can apply as a non-matriculated student and enroll in courses in the Department of Biomedical Informatics. You can take up to 9 credit hours of coursework prior to being accepted to a graduate program and can then apply those courses to your Masters or PhD program. Here is where you apply as a non-matriculated student (Non-Degree Seeking)

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