Campus Visit Options

Bioinformatics: Friday Fast Facts

Join us on Monday, August 10th at 3:00 p.m. for a virtual Q&A to learn more about our programs. Please register here.

At this online Q&A event, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Meet our DBHI faculty and learn about their research
  • Identify potential career paths and research areas
  • Get advice in light of the current job market and trends
  • Learn how UMKC’s GCCR, MSB, and IPhD programs provide a competitive edge

Can’t attend? You can access the recording of our last event online.

Biomed Grad School Fair

Future dates to be announced. 

Academic Advisor Meetings

The School of Medicine encourages interested applicants to schedule a one-on-one meeting with Academic Advisor Jennifer Tufts to get a better sense of UMKC’s Bioinformatics program. During these meetings, prospective students are able to ask specific questions about the program, learn more about the various degree completion options, and experience the Hospital Hill Campus first hand.

To request a meeting, contact the Office of Admissions, and we would be happy to assist.


For more information on visit options or the programs offered in collaboration with the Department of Biomedical and Health Informatics, please contact the UMKC School of Medicine Office of Admissions at 816-235-1870 or medicine@umkc.edu.

Application Timeline

Fall Semester Admission:

May 1: Application Deadline – International Applicants

The UMKC Application for International Student Admission is due by this date. All supporting documents must also be postmarked via mail or submitted online by this date (this includes transcripts, test scores, goal statement, resume/CV, and letters of recommendation). Applications that become complete late will be reviewed on a space-available basis, and incomplete applications will not be considered for admission.

Please review the table found here for primary discipline deadlines. All application materials must be received in the General Admissions Office by the earliest discipline deadline. (For example, if one discipline’s deadline is February 1 and the other is March 15, then application materials must be received by the February 1 deadline).

June 1: Application Deadline – U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents

The UMKC General Application for Admission is due by this date. All supporting documents must also be postmarked via mail or submitted online by this date (this includes transcripts, test scores, goal statement, resume/CV and letters of recommendation). Applications that become complete late will be reviewed on a space-available basis, and incomplete applications will not be considered for admission.

Please review the table found here for primary discipline deadlines. All application materials must be received in the General Admissions Office by the earliest discipline deadline. (For example, if one discipline’s deadline is February 1 and the other is March 15, then application materials must be received by the February 1 deadline).

Ongoing: Offers of Admission are Extended

Applications for the Bioinformatics Co-discipline are reviewed on the third Friday of each month. Applicants offered admission will be emailed the admissions decision from the School of Medicine Office of Admissions, and applicants can expect a decision within approximately two weeks of the review date. All decisions of the admissions committee are final.

August: Classes Begin

Students who have been offered admission for the fall semester and who have accepted the offer of admission will matriculate to the Interdisciplinary PhD Studies Program with the Bioinformatics Co-discipline in August.

Spring Semester Admission:

November 1: Application Deadline – International Applicants

The UMKC Application for International Student Admission is due by this date. All supporting documents must also be postmarked via mail or submitted online by this date (this includes transcripts, test scores, goal statement and letters of recommendation). Applications that become complete late will be reviewed on a space-available basis, and incomplete applications will not be considered for admission.

Please review the table found here for primary discipline deadlines. All application materials must be received in the General Admissions Office by the earliest discipline deadline. (For example, if one discipline’s deadline is February 1 and the other is March 15, then application materials must be received by the February 1 deadline).

December 1: Application Deadline – U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents

The UMKC General Application for Admission is due by this date. All supporting documents must also be postmarked via mail or submitted online by this date (this includes transcripts, test scores, goal statement, resume/CV, and letters of recommendation). Applications that become complete late will be reviewed on a space-available basis, and incomplete applications will not be considered for admission.

Please review the list of co-discipline disciplines to check for application deadlines. All application materials must be received in the General Admissions Office by the earliest discipline deadline. (For example, if one discipline’s deadline is February 1 and the other is March 15, then application materials must be received by the February 1 deadline).

Ongoing: Offers of Admission are Extended

Applications for the Bioinformatics Co-discipline are reviewed on the third Friday of each month. Applicants offered admission will be emailed the admissions decision from the School of Medicine Office of Admissions, and applicants can expect a decision within approximately two weeks of the review date. All decisions of the admissions committee are final.

January: Classes Begin

Students who have been offered admission for the spring semester and who have accepted the offer of admission will matriculate to the Interdisciplinary PhD Studies Program with the Bioinformatics Co-discipline in January.

Summer Semester Admission:

March 1: Application Deadline – International Applicants

The UMKC Application for International Student Admission is due by this date. All supporting documents must also be postmarked via mail or submitted online by this date (this includes transcripts, test scores, goal statement, resume/CV, and letters of recommendation). Applications that become complete late will be reviewed on a space-available basis, and incomplete applications will not be considered for admission.

Please review the table found here for primary discipline deadlines. All application materials must be received in the General Admissions Office by the earliest discipline deadline. (For example, if one discipline’s deadline is February 1 and the other is March 15, then application materials must be received by the February 1 deadline).

April 1: Application Deadline – U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents

The UMKC General Application for Admission is due by this date. All supporting documents must also be postmarked via mail or submitted online by this date (this includes transcripts, test scores, goal statement, resume/CV, and letters of recommendation). Applications that become complete late will be reviewed on a space-available basis, and incomplete applications will not be considered for admission.

Please review the table found here for primary discipline deadlines. All application materials must be received in the General Admissions Office by the earliest discipline deadline. (For example, if one discipline’s deadline is February 1 and the other is March 15, then application materials must be received by the February 1 deadline).

Ongoing: Offers of Admission are Extended

Applications for the Bioinformatics Co-discipline are reviewed on the third Friday of each month. Applicants offered admission will be emailed the admissions decision from the School of Medicine Office of Admissions, and applicants can expect a decision within approximately two weeks of the review date. All decisions of the admissions committee are final.

June: Classes Begin

Students who have been offered admission for the summer semester and who have accepted the offer of admission will matriculate to the Interdisciplinary PhD Studies Program with the Bioinformatics Co-discipline in June.

Costs, Scholarships & Financial Aid

It is important to take into consideration the cost of your doctoral education and your individual financial needs. Financial planning for the IPhD program should include estimated tuition and fees, supply costs and living expenses.

IPhD Studies Estimated Education Fees, 2019-2020
Semester Expense Estimate
Fall/Spring Resident Tuition $397.60 (per credit hour)
Metro Rate Tuition* $397.60 (per credit hour)
Midwest Exchange Tuition** $596.40 (per credit hour)
Non-Resident Tuition $1,026.50 (per credit hour)

*Graduate, non-professional students who are legal residents of Atchison, Douglas, Franklin, Jackson, Jefferson, Johnson, Leavenworth, Miami, Shawnee, or Wyandotte counties in Kansas will be assessed educational fees equivalent to those of a Missouri resident (the “in-state” rate). Metro Rate is contingent on meeting Residency rules established by the Office of Admissions.

**The Midwest Student Exchange Program (MSEP) is an interstate initiative established by the Midwestern Higher Education Compact to increase educational opportunities for students in its member states. This program enables residents of Wisconsin, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Illinois, Indiana, and North Dakota to enroll in designated institutions and selected programs at reduced tuition levels outside of their home state. Visit Midwestern Higher Education Compact for more details.

Contact the Admissions Office for more information:

Phone: 816-235-8625 (UMKC)
E-mail: metrorate@umkc.edu
Web site: www.umkc.edu/metrorate

All numbers above are approximate and do not include additional university and program fees or any living expenses. For exact tuition and fee figures, please see the Cashiers Office Website.

Financial Aid

The UMKC Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships can assist with providing additional information regarding financial aid programs, including federal and state grant and loan programs. In addition, the UMKC Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships can offer you more information on the types of expenses you can expect, as well as the type of assistance that might be available to you.

In general, students interested in merit or need-based financial aid may be eligible for various loans, grants and/or other financial aid programs. To be considered for such programs, a student must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA is available through the UMKC Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships or online at www.fafsa.gov.

The priority date for filing the FAFSA is February 1.

For additional financial aid information, contact:

UMKC Office of Student Financial Aid & Scholarships
University of Missouri-Kansas City
101 Administrative Center
5100 Rockhill Road
Kansas City, MO 64110449
Phone: 81635-1154
Web site: www.sfa.umkc.edu

Scholarships & Fellowships

The School of Graduate Studies offers a variety of scholarships and fellowships. Applicants are invited to apply to all for which you are eligible. Interested candidates will also want to check with the faculty coordinator in your disciplines to see if there are other scholarships/fellowships available. Click on Fellowships/Assistantships or Scholarships for links to opportunities with the School of Graduate Studies.

Contact the faculty coordinator in either your primary or co-discipline to inquire about assistantships. As part of the application information requested, the applicant is asked whether he/she wants or needs financial support. If the applicant requests financial support, that request will be communicated to the faculty of the disciplines that are chosen.

Some disciplines which require full-time laboratory research will automatically provide stipend and tuition support. For other disciplines, the applicant must explicitly request support from the faculty in the discipline or from the chosen Research Advisor.

Applying for Admission to the Co-Discipline

Applicants for admission to the Co-discipline in Bioinformatics within the Interdisciplinary PhD program must submit all applications and application materials by the appropriate deadline in order to be considered for admission. Applications that become complete after the deadline will be reviewed on a space-available basis. Incomplete applications will not be considered for admission.

Deadlines for International Applicants:

Fall Semester Admission – May 1
Spring Semester Admission – November 1
Summer Semester Admission – March 1

Deadlines for Domestic Applicants (U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents):

Fall Semester Admission – June 1
Spring Semester Admission – December 1
Summer Semester Admission – April 1

Students applying to the Bioinformatics IPhD Co-Discipline must submit the following:

  • UMKC General Application for Admission (U.S. citizens or permanent residents only)
    • Narrative statement/Statement of intent, addressing specific research interests and motivation to join the program
    • Resume/Vita
    • Three letters of recommendation uploaded electronically
  • UMKC Application for International Student Admission (international applicants only)
  • Official college/university transcripts
  • Official GRE scores
  • Official TOEFL scores (international applicants only)

Application Process

Step 1:UMKC General Application for Admission

U.S. citizens and permanent residents must complete the UMKC General Application for Admission. Please follow the instructions provided on the application. When selecting a primary academic plan, select

*Interdisciplinary PhD Studies

After selecting this primary academic plan, applicants should select one discipline to serve as the Primary Discipline. Applicants should then select Biomedical and Health Informatics as one of their desired Co-disciplines.

In order to complete the general application, your computer must support the following:

FIREFOX 3.5 and 3.6 (Both Windows and MAC)
IE 7, 8 and 9 (Only Windows)

9.0 (Vista and Windows 7 only. XP not supported)
8.0 (All versions of Windows)
7.0 (Windows 2003, XP and Vista only)

SAFARI 3, 4, 5 (Only on MAC)

International applicants should complete the UMKC General Application for Admission and review the International Student Affairs Office website for additional information.

Step 2: Upload Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Documents

Once the UMKC web application is complete, applicants will upload the following documents to the UMKC General Application for Admission. Additional supplemental materials for Interdisciplinary Ph.D. applicants must be uploaded as .PDFs.

  • Narrative statement/Statement of intent, addressing specific research interests and motivation to join the program
  • Resume/Vita
  • Three letters of recommendation (The applicant provides referee contact information in the Application site. The referee receives an email invitation to upload the reference letter into the site.)
  • Writing sample (not required of all disciplines, check applicable discipline requirements at IPhD Studies). Please note: the narrative statement is NOT the same as the writing sample.
Step 3: Transcripts & Test Scores

All applicants are required to submit official college/university transcripts to the university.

U.S. citizens or permanent residents may send official transcripts to:

University of Missouri – Kansas City
Office of Admissions – Processing
5115 Oak Street
Kansas City, MO 64112

International applicants should submit transcripts to:

University of Missouri-Kansas City
International Student Affairs Office
Student Success Center
5000 Holmes Road, G-04
Kansas City, MO 64110

GRE scores should be submitted electronically by identifying UMKC as a score recipient. The UMKC GRE code is 6872.

TOEFL or IELTS scores are required for international applicants whose native language is not English.

  • 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:

University of Missouri-Kansas City
International Student Affairs Office
Student Success Center
5000 Holmes Road, G-04
Kansas City, MO 64110

– – – – –

If you have any questions about your application or the application process, please do not hesitate to contact the School of Medicine Office of Admissions at 816-235-1870 or medicine@umkc.edu.

The final deadline is stringent for the submission of all application materials, including the General Application for Admission to UMKC and application fee, One-Page Goal Statement, Resume/Vita, the School of Medicine Online Supplemental Application, reference forms, official transcripts and official test scores. If any of these materials are submitted after the deadline, the application will be considered late and reviewed with other late applications and only on a space available basis. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

Requirements & Eligibility

The requirements for admission to the Bioinformatics Co-discipline are governed by the Department of Biomedical and Health Informatics at the UMKC School of Medicine and the UMKC School of Graduate Studies. An admissions committee within the Department of Biomedical and Health Informatics is composed of faculty from the department who screen applications and determine which students will be considered for admission. The committee may deem a phone conference or interview necessary to determine admission, and this is at the discretion of the committee members.

Applicants offered admission to the Bioinformatics Co-discipline begin their IPhD coursework in August, January or June, depending on the application.

Coursework

Applicants for admission to the Bioinformatics Co-discipline within the IPhD studies must have earned, or soon will earn, a baccalaureate degree from a nationally accredited college or university. Baccalaureate degrees must be in a scientific discipline, or the applicant should hold a health-related professional degree. A master of science or master of arts degree is preferred, but not required.

Applicants must meet both the general and the discipline specific criteria for admission and be recommended for admission by the doctoral faculty review groups in at least two disciplines. Upon approval by the graduate dean, students are admitted to the School of Graduate Studies.

The general criteria for admission for Interdisciplinary Ph.D. program study include:

  • Recommended undergraduate grade-point average of at least 3.0
  • Recommended graduate grade-point average of at least 3.5

Preferred Pre-Requisite Coursework*:

  • Calculus (2 semesters),
  • Introductory Biology (2 semesters),
  • Introductory Computer Science (2 semesters),
  • Statistics or Probability (1 semester).

*If students have successfully completed a professional doctoral degree (e.g. MD, DDS, DO, PharmD), these pre-requisites may be waived.

Written consent from primary academic advisor is also required.

Applicants not admitted to UMKC or applicants not admitted to their selected primary discipline will not be considered for admission to the Bioinformatics Co-discipline.

GRE Score
  • The GRE exam is required from all applicants to the Interdisciplinary Ph.D. programs*.
  • GRE scores must have been earned within five years of the application deadline.
  • A minimum combined score of 300 (GRE Revised General Test) on the Verbal and Quantitative sections is required.
  • UMKC GRE code: 6872

*The GRE is not required for admission If the applicant has attained a Master of Arts, Master of Science, or a professional degree from a U.S.-accredited institution.

TOEFL or IELTS Score
  • The TOEFL exam or IELTS exam is required for international applicants whose native language is not English.
  • 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 have earned a Master of Arts, Master of Science or a professional degree from a U.S.-accredited institution, or applicants who are currently participating in a graduate medical residency or fellowship and have passed USMLE Step II – Clinical Skills, are not required to submit a TOEFL or IELTS score.

Advising

If you would like to meet with a faculty advisor prior to applying for the Bioinformatics Co-discipline, please contact the Office of Admissions, and we would be happy to connect you with a program advisor.

Costs, Scholarships & Financial Aid

It is important to take into consideration the cost of your doctoral education and your individual financial needs. Financial planning for the IPhD program should include estimated tuition and fees, supply costs and living expenses.

IPhD Studies Estimated Education Fees, 2020-2021
Semester Expense Estimate
Fall/Spring Resident Tuition $406.70 (per credit hour)
Metro Rate Tuition* $406.70 (per credit hour)
Non-Resident Tuition $643.40 (per credit hour)

*Graduate, non-professional students who are legal residents of Atchison, Douglas, Franklin, Jackson, Jefferson, Johnson, Leavenworth, Miami, Shawnee, or Wyandotte counties in Kansas will be assessed educational fees equivalent to those of a Missouri resident (the “in-state” rate). Metro Rate is contingent on meeting Residency rules established by the Office of Admissions.

Contact the Admissions Office for more information:

Phone: 816-235-8625 (UMKC)
E-mail: metrorate@umkc.edu
Web site: www.umkc.edu/metrorate

All numbers above are approximate and do not include additional university and program fees or any living expenses. For exact tuition and fee figures, please see the Cashiers Office Website.

Financial Aid

The UMKC Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships can assist with providing additional information regarding financial aid programs, including federal and state grant and loan programs. In addition, the UMKC Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships can offer you more information on the types of expenses you can expect, as well as the type of assistance that might be available to you.

In general, students interested in merit or need-based financial aid may be eligible for various loans, grants and/or other financial aid programs. To be considered for such programs, a student must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA is available through the UMKC Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships or online at www.fafsa.gov.

The priority date for filing the FAFSA is February 1.

For additional financial aid information, contact:

UMKC Office of Student Financial Aid & Scholarships
University of Missouri-Kansas City
101 Administrative Center
5100 Rockhill Road
Kansas City, MO 64110449
Phone: 81635-1154
Web site: www.sfa.umkc.edu

Scholarships & Fellowships

The School of Graduate Studies offers a variety of scholarships and fellowships. Applicants are invited to apply to all for which you are eligible. Interested candidates will also want to check with the faculty coordinator in your disciplines to see if there are other scholarships/fellowships available. Click on Fellowships/Assistantships or Scholarships for links to opportunities with the School of Graduate Studies.

Contact the faculty coordinator in either your primary or co-discipline to inquire about assistantships. As part of the application information requested, the applicant is asked whether he/she wants or needs financial support. If the applicant requests financial support, that request will be communicated to the faculty of the disciplines that are chosen.

Some disciplines which require full-time laboratory research will automatically provide stipend and tuition support. For other disciplines, the applicant must explicitly request support from the faculty in the discipline or from the chosen Research Advisor.

Application Timeline

Fall Semester Admission:

January 1: Application is Available

The application process involves two separate applications: The UMKC Application for International Student Admission (for international applicants only) or the UMKC General Application for Admission (U.S. citizens or permanent residents only).

April 1: Application Deadline

The UMKC Application for International Student Admission (for international applicants only) or the UMKC General Application for Admission (U.S. citizens or permanent residents only) is due by this date.  All supporting documents must also be postmarked via mail or submitted online by this date (this includes transcripts, test scores, goal statement, resume/CV, and letters of recommendation). Applications that become complete late will be reviewed on a space-available basis, and incomplete applications will not be considered for admission.

Please review the list of co-discipline disciplines to check for application deadlines. All application materials must be received in the Graduate Studies Office by the earliest discipline deadline. (For example, if one discipline’s deadline is February 1 and the other is March 15, then application materials must be received by the February 1 deadline).

End of May: Offers of Admission are Extended

Applications for the Bioinformatics Primary Discipline are all reviewed following the final application deadline. Applicants offered admission will be emailed the admissions decision from the School of Medicine Office of Admissions. All decisions of the admissions committee are final.

August: Classes Begin

Students who have been offered admission for the fall semester and who have accepted the offer of admission will matriculate to the Interdisciplinary PhD Studies Program with the Bioinformatics Primary Discipline in August.

Requirements & Eligibility

The requirements for admission to the Bioinformatics Primary Discipline are governed by the Department of Biomedical and Health Informatics at the UMKC School of Medicine and the UMKC School of Graduate Studies. An admissions committee within the Department of Biomedical and Health Informatics is composed of faculty from the department who screen applications and determine which students will be considered for admission. The committee may deem a phone conference or interview necessary to determine admission, and this is at the discretion of the committee members.

Applicants offered admission to the Bioinformatics Primary Discipline begin their IPhD coursework in August of each year.

Coursework

Applicants for admission to the Bioinformatics Primary Discipline within the IPhD studies must have earned, or soon will earn, a baccalaureate degree from a nationally accredited college or university. Baccalaureate degrees must be in a scientific discipline, or the applicant should hold a health-related professional degree. A master of science or master of arts degree is preferred, but not required.

Applicants must meet both the general and the discipline specific criteria for admission and be recommended for admission by the doctoral faculty review groups in at least two disciplines. Upon approval by the graduate dean, students are admitted to the School of Graduate Studies.

The general criteria for admission for Interdisciplinary Ph.D. program study include:

  • Recommended undergraduate grade-point average of at least 3.0
  • Recommended graduate grade-point average of at least 3.5

Preferred Pre-Requisite Coursework*:

  • Calculus (2 semesters),
  • Introductory Biology (2 semesters),
  • Introductory Computer Science (2 semesters),
  • Statistics or Probability (1 semester).

*If students have successfully completed a professional doctoral degree (e.g. MD, DDS, DO, PharmD), these pre-requisites may be waived.

Applicants not admitted to UMKC will not be considered for admission to the Bioinformatics Primary Discipline.

GRE Score
  • The GRE exam is required from all applicants to the Interdisciplinary Ph.D. programs*.
  • GRE scores must have been earned within five years of the application deadline.
  • A minimum combined score of 300 (GRE Revised General Test) on the Verbal and Quantitative sections is required.
  • UMKC GRE code: 6872

*The GRE is not required for admission If the applicant has attained a Master of Arts, Master of Science, or a professional degree from a U.S.-accredited institution.

TOEFL or IELTS Score
  • The TOEFL exam or IELTS exam is required for international applicants whose native language is not English*.
  • 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 have earned a Master of Arts, Master of Science or a professional degree from a U.S.-accredited institution, or applicants who are currently participating in 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

Interviews for the Bioinformatics Primary Discipline may be deemed by the admissions committee on an individual basis. The interview may take place in person or as a phone conference with the admissions committee and may be waived if the committee sees fit. If you would like to meet with a faculty advisor prior to applying for the Bioinformatics Primary Discipline, please contact the Office of Admissions, and we would be happy to connect you with a program advisor.

Applying for Admission to the Primary Discipline

Applicants for admission to the Primary Discipline in Bioinformatics within the Interdisciplinary PhD program must submit all applications and application materials by the appropriate deadline in order to be considered for admission. Applications that become complete after the deadline will be reviewed on a space-available basis. Incomplete applications will not be considered for admission.

Deadline: April 1

Applicants for admission to the Primary Discipline must submit all applications and supporting documents no later than April 1. If April 1 falls on a weekend, the deadline will move to the next business day. Applicants selected for admission will begin coursework in the fall semester.

The deadline is the same for both domestic applicants (U.S. citizens and permanent residents) and international applicants.

Students applying to the Bioinformatics IPhD Primary Discipline must submit the following:

  • UMKC General Application for Admission (U.S. citizens or permanent residents only)
    • Narrative statement/Statement of intent, addressing specific research interests and motivation to join the program
    • Resume/Vita
    • Three letters of recommendation uploaded electronically
  • UMKC Application for International Student Admission (international applicants only)
  • Official college/university transcripts
  • Official GRE scores
  • Official TOEFL scores (international applicants only)

Application Process

Step 1: UMKC General Application for Admission

U.S. citizens and permanent residents must complete the UMKC General Application for Admission. Please follow the instructions provided on the application. When selecting a primary academic plan, select

*Interdisciplinary PhD Studies

After selecting this primary academic plan, applicants should select Biomedical and Health Informatics as the Primary Discipline. Other disciplines are selected and identified as Co-disciplines, and an applicant may select up to three Co-disciplines.

In order to complete the general application, your computer must support the following:

FIREFOX 3.5 and 3.6 (Both Windows and MAC)
IE 7, 8 and 9 (Only Windows)

9.0 (Vista and Windows 7 only. XP not supported)
8.0 (All versions of Windows)
7.0 (Windows 2003, XP and Vista only)

SAFARI 3, 4, 5 (Only on MAC)

International applicants should complete the UMKC General Application for Admission and visit the International Student Affairs Office website for additional information.

Step 2: UMKC Supplementary Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Documents

Once the UMKC web application is submitted, applicants will upload the following documents to the UMKC General Application for Admission.  Additional supplemental materials for Interdisciplinary Ph.D. applicants must be uploaded as .PDFs.

  • Narrative statement/Statement of intent
  • Resume/Vita
  • Three letters of recommendation (The applicant provides referee contact information in the Application site. The referee receives an email invitation to upload the reference letter into the site.)
  • Writing sample (not required of all disciplines, check applicable discipline requirements at IPhD Studies). Please note: the narrative statement is NOT the same as the writing sample.
Step 3: Transcripts & Test Scores

All applicants are required to submit official college/university transcripts to the university.

U.S. citizens or permanent residents may send official transcripts to:

University of Missouri – Kansas City
Office of Admissions – Processing
5115 Oak Street
Kansas City, MO 64112

International applicants should submit transcripts to:

University of Missouri-Kansas City
International Student Affairs Office
Student Success Center
5000 Holmes Road, G-04
Kansas City, MO 64110

GRE scores should be submitted electronically by identifying UMKC as a score recipient. The UMKC GRE code is 6872.

TOEFL or IELTS scores are required for international applicants whose native language is not English.

  • 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:

University of Missouri-Kansas City
International Student Affairs Office
Student Success Center
5000 Holmes Road, G-04
Kansas City, MO 64110

– – – – –

If you have any questions about your application or the application process, please do not hesitate to contact the School of Medicine Office of Admissions at 816-235-1870 or medicine@umkc.edu.

Faculty

Doctoral Faculty with Primary Affiliation in Bioinformatics

 

Jenifer Allsworth, Ph.D.,  Department Vice Chair
Primary Research Area: Epidemiology, Women’s Health

Julie Banderas, Pharm.D.
Primary Research Area: Pharmacotherapy, Adherence

Jannette Berkley-Patton, Ph.D.
Primary Research Area: Community Based, Behavior, Health Outcomes

Jared Bruce, Ph.D.
Primary Research Area: Clinical Neuropsychology

An-Lin Cheng, Ph.D.
Primary Research Area: Multivariate Statistics

Mary M. Gerkovich, Ph.D., Associate Professor Emeritus
Primary Research Area: Behavior and Adherence

Mark Nichols, Ph.D.,  Department Chair
Primary Research Areas: Molecular pharmacology, oncology, endocrinology

Mark Patterson, Pharm.D. (School of Pharmacy)
Primary Research Area: Pharmacotherapy, Outcomes

John Spertus, M.D., M.P.H.
Primary Research Area: Cardiovascular Outcomes

Karen Williams, Ph.D.,  Adjunct Emeritus Faculty
Primary Research Area: Health Outcomes

 

Doctoral Faculty with Secondary Affiliation in Bioinformatics

Gerald Wyckoff, Ph.D.
Primary Research Area: Genetics

Deendayal Dinakarpandian, Ph.D.
Primary Research Area: Medical Informatics

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