Master of Science in Bioinformatics

Requirements & Eligibility

The requirements for admission are governed by the Department of Biomedical and Health Informatics at the UMKC School of Medicine. An admissions committee within the MSB program is composed of faculty from the three emphasis areas who review applications and determine which students will be offered admission.

Applicants offered admission to the MSB program begin coursework in August or January, depending on the application.

Required Coursework
  • Applicants for admission to the M.S. Bioinformatics program must have earned, or will soon earn, a baccalaureate degree from a nationally accredited college or university. 
Recommended Coursework
  • It is preferred that baccalaureate degrees be in a scientific discipline, or that the applicant holds a health-related professional degree.
  • It is preferred that applicants have earned a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • It is recommended that applicants interested in the Genomics emphasis complete the following pre-requisite courses:
    • Genetics
    • Biochemistry or molecular biology
    • Discrete mathematics/structures
  • It is recommended that applicants interested in the Computational emphasis complete the following pre-requisite course:
    • Discrete mathematics/structures
    • Programming course(s)
  • It is recommended that all applicants complete the following courses:
    • Two semesters of calculus
    • Two semesters of introductory biology
    • Two semesters of introductory computer science
    • One semester of statistics or probability
GRE Score
  • A minimum combined score of 300 (GRE Revised General Test) or a combined score of 1000 (GRE General Test) on the Verbal and Quantitative sections is required.
  • U.S. citizens and permanent resident applicants must submit GRE scores.
    • GRE scores are required unless the applicant holds a master’s or doctorate degree from a regionally accredited institution in the United States.
    • While the preferred exam is the GRE, applicants who have earned an MCAT score may use that score in place of the GRE. If applicants choose to submit an MCAT score, the minimum score is a 24 on the old MCAT or a 500 on the 2015 MCAT.
  • International applicants must submit GRE scores.
    • International applicants who are currently in or have completed medical residency or medical fellowship, or who currently hold faculty positions in the United States, are not required to submit GRE scores. All other international applicants must submit GRE scores.
  • GRE and MCAT scores must have been earned within five years of the application deadline.
  • UMKC GRE code:  6872; MCAT code: 808
TOEFL or IELTS Score (International Applicants Only)
  • The TOEFL exam or IELTS exam is required for international applicants whose native language is not English.
    • More information on which countries are exempt from the TOEFL or IELTS can be found here.
  • TOEFL Scores: A minimum score of 550 (paper-based exam), 213 (computer-based exam) or 79 (Internet-based exam) is required.
    • UMKC TOEFL electronic code: 6872
  • IELTS Scores: A minimum score of 6.0 is required for graduate-level study at UMKC.
    • IELTS scores should be sent to:

UMKC International Student Affairs
Student Success Center, G-04
5100 Rockhill Road
Kansas City, MO  64110

  • Applicants who are currently participating in or have successfully completed a graduate medical residency or fellowship and have passed USMLE Step II – Clinical Skills are not required to submit a TOEFL or IELTS score.

Interviews are not required for all applicants; however, applicants may be asked to meet with the admissions committee in person or by video conference as part of the admissions process.

The Department of Biomedical and Health Informatics strongly recommends that prospective students communicate with a faculty advisor prior to applying for the Master of Science in Bioinformatics program. Please contact Jennifer Tufts at 816-235-1184 or to schedule an appointment.