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Biomedical Informatics - Traditional Research Track, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #301 (ARWU) , TX,
The mission of The University of Texas School of Biomedical Informatics (SBMI) is to educate future scientists and professionals in biomedical informatics and health information technology, conduct informatics research to improve health care and advance biomedical discovery and develop advanced informatics tools to solve problems in health care.


The University of Texas School of Biomedical Informatics at Houston offers a Master's Degree in Biomedical Informatics with two tracks: the traditional research track and the applied biomedical informatics track. Both tracks provide students knowledge and skills to deliver innovative solutions to real-world problems in health information technology.  Both tracks can be completed online, and students have the option of enrolling full time or part time in either track.  Semester credit hours earned in the master's programs are transferrable to the doctoral program.

The traditional research track focuses on how health and biomedical data are collected and processed into health information and knowledge and how they are applied to support clinical decision making. Students in this track will gain solid understanding in basic aspects of biomedical informatics as well as in-depth knowledge in focus areas of the student's choosing. The traditional research track requires 39 semester credit hours to complete. The program concludes in a capstone/practicum project that allows students to work on an investigative project to demonstrate their learning acquisition in a professional setting.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Intro to Biomedical Informatics
  • Foundations of Biomedical Information Sciences
  • Foundations of Biomedical Information Sciences II
  • Research Design and Evaluation in Biomedical Informatics
  • Statistical Methods in Biomedical Informatics
  • Scientific Writing in Healthcare
  • Practicum in Biomedical Informatics

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Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  •  Application Form
  • $60 Application Fee
  • Baccalaureate or higher degree
  • Official transcripts from ALL colleges and universities attended 
  • Grade Point Average (GPA): no minimum GPA requirement. Majority of successful applicants have a GPA of 3.0 or greater
  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE)The majority of successful applicants to our master's program have individual GRE scores (quantitative, verbal and analytical) in the 40th percentile or higher
  • Resume and/or Curriculum Vitae
  • Three Letters of reference from educators & employers
  • Two page, double spaced Goal Statement

Tuition Fee

  • International

    864 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 864 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    864 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 864 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
  • In-State

    248 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 248 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Houston

  • 1067 - 1950 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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