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Biomedical Informatics Master's Program


Program Overview

The program is a two-year (four-semester) thesis program leading to a Master of Science in Biomedical Informatics. Our distinctive program emphasizes development in four areas:

  • coursework: broaden and strengthen their academic foundation.
  • experiential learning: solve problems in the related biomedical fields.
  • presentation skills: apply information and communication technologies.
  • personal growth: use their preparation comprehensively, competitively, and effectively.

The curriculum is designed to include the following high-level competency areas:

  • Biomedically-related courses 
    • Principals of Public Health Informatics
    • Biomedical Imaging and Process
    • Advanced Bioinformatics
  • Data science related courses
    • Introduction to Data Science
    • Data Science with Cloud Computing
    • Advanced Data Science Analytic Techniques
    • Big Data related courses
  • Other courses in Biomedical Engineering, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

The program will provide graduates with marketable skills for informatics careers focused on the development of prescriptive analytics from big data sources. These uniquely trained master`s graduates will be critical to existing efforts to improve health outcomes in fields such as:

  • biology
  • medicine
  • public health
  • IT trainers
  • project managers
  • chief nursing officers
  • chief medical officers

This program also prepares students to participate in research programs in:

  • academia
  • clinical healthcare
  • public health
  • industry
  • government

Building a stronger presence in biomedical data sciences and informatics in clinical practice, research, and education, is a high priority for our institution.

Program option: Students can take classes on campus or online.

Application & Admission

A Bachelor’s degree (B.S. or B.A., preference majors are computer sciences, biological sciences, statistics, biostatistics, bioinformatics, public health, engineering, biomedical engineering, and mathematics) with GPA ≥ 3.1 on a 4.0 scale.

In addition, TOEFL ≥ 85 for applicants whose first language is not English. Language testing will be waived if student has received a degree from an accredited U.S. institution.

The following documents must be submitted for candidates to receive full consideration:

  • Transcripts: Official transcripts from all previous undergraduate and graduate studies are required. Applicants whose highest degree is from a foreign university much have their credentials evaluated course by course, even if the primary language of instruction is English and/or the school uses a 4-point grading system. Applications will not be reviewed without this evaluation. Applicants are encouraged to have their institution send credentials electronically to BIMI@tulane.edu.
  • Personal Statement: Applicants must prepare a personal statement, which should demonstrate how their career goals and interests align with their selected degree program. Students will submit their personal statement through the SLATE application system.
  • Optional Letters of Recommendation: Applicants may request letters of recommendation through the SLATE application system. Recommenders can include professors, employers, or other academic mentors. Letters of recommendation should indicate the applicant’s academic history and potential for success in the Biomedical Informatics graduate program.
  • Test Scores: The GRE test score submission is not a requirement for Tulane University’s Graduate Programs at this time; however, you are able to enter your score in the SLATE application portal. In addition, a TOEFL score ≥ 85 for applicants whose first language is not English is recommended. All application materials must be in English.

The Fall 2023 application process opens on December 1, 2022 and closes on July 15, 2023. Applications will be reviewed as they are received, and applicants will be admitted on a competitive basis. Therefore, early submission of applications is highly encouraged.  There is no application fee.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. All application materials must be received before the closing date (see above). The date of your application submission will determine the term for which you qualify to begin study.

For questions regarding the program, please contact us at BIMI@tulane.edu.

Degree Requirements

The core curriculum emphasizes biomedical applications of data science and big data knowledge. Students must complete a minimum of 30 credit hours, 21 core hours and at least 9 elective hours.

All students are required to take at least one biologically relevant elective course within their 9 hours of electives. Other elective courses may be substituted with permission of the Program Director.

Visit the Tulane Catalog for more information on the required coursework and the elective options.

Tuition & Fees

Full-time tuition for the 2022-2023 academic year is projected to be $28,916/year plus fees for 30 credit hours.

Students will also be charged the following estimated fees on a per-semester basis:

  • Academic Support Services $400 max
  • Student Activities $120
  • Reilly Recreation Center $200
  • Student Health Services $345

No tuition waivers or stipends are available for this program. Information on the possibility of financial aid loans can be found at the Tulane University Office of Financial Aid website at http://www.finaidhsc.tulane.edu/.