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PhD Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree from a regionally-accredited university or college

  • Minimum GPA of 3.3

  • CV/Resume

  • Personal Statement

  • Three letters of recommendation

  • College transcripts

  • Fulfillment of prerequisite courses, which are one college-level course in each of the following:

    • Programming language

    • Statistics

    • Basic biology

Application Fee

The application fee is $55 for domestic applicants and $65 for international applicants.

  • The application fee must be paid in order to consider your application complete.

  • Application fee waiver codes are program specific and data entry errors or codes created by other programs will not be honored or credited.

  • Eligible applicants may enter a program specific application fee waiver code in the field at the bottom of the Additional Materials page.  

    • Fall 2024 Domestic applicant code BMIN2021PHD

  • International applicant fee waiver is not available for Fall 2024

  • The University of Utah and the Bioscience PhD Programs cannot refund or reverse application fees paid by the applicant.

Application Instructions

The Personal Statement should address: 

  • A description of your present academic interests and long-range career goals

  • A summary of previous experience in informatics, computer science and/or biology

  • Reasons for applying to the program

  • A description of your scientific interests and a list of faculty whose research interests are compatible with your own. 

  • Submit the online application and payment of application fee.

  • Provide three (3) references. The online application process will provide forms to your references for direct electronic submission.

  • NOTE: Ensure to upload both your CV/Resume and your personal statement as part of the online application.

  • Please upload unofficial copies of ALL your transcripts.  If you are accepted, the general Admissions Office will require official transcripts sent directly from the schools you attended.

International Applicants

Please note that questions regarding the TOEFL and IELTS exams and requirements can be found on the International Admissions webpage. 

Any questions regarding TOEFL should be directed to the International Admissions office by email at or by phone at 801-581-3091

Please be familiar with these scores prior to applying. Scores can be submitted to the University of Utah Code: 4853.

PhD Application Deadlines

December 1st

Online Application

Biomedical Informatics at the University of Utah