Master of Science in Bioinformatics

Applying for Admission


In light of COVID-19 restrictions that may impact standardized testing and other application requirements, the Office of Admissions is willing to work with current and prospective applicants to ensure consideration for the Fall 2020 semester.

Applicants for admission to the Master of Science in Bioinformatics 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 or applications started after the deadline will not be considered for admission.

Application Deadlines

Fall semester:  U.S. citizens or permanent residents – August 15

Fall semester:  International applicants – July 15

Spring semester:  U.S. citizens or permanent residents – January 15

Spring semester:  International applicants – December 15

Students applying to the Master of Science in Bioinformatics program must submit the following:

*The TOEFL exam or IELTS exam is required for international applicants whose native language is not English. 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. On the TOEFL, and a minimum score of 550 (paper-based exam), 213 (computer-based exam) or 79 (Internet-based exam) is required. On the IELTS, a minimum score of 6.0 is required for graduate level study at UMKC.

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.

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

The following will be submitted online with the UMKC General Application for Admission:

One-Page Goal Statement

All applicants must submit a one-page goal statement explaining their interested in the Master of Science in Bioinformatics program.

Letters of Recommendation

A minimum of two letters of recommendation are required from individuals such as professors, advisors, administrators or employers who can speak to your academic ability and other personal characteristics. Family members and/or friends of the family should not provide letters of recommendation. Letters of recommendation are considered confidential material at the UMKC School of Medicine; information provided in letters of recommendation will not be shared with the applicant. The applicant is required to submit the names and email addresses of those providing the letters of recommendation.

Resume or Curriculum Vitae

All applicants must submit a current CV or Resume. The CV or Resume should minimally include your current address, employment history, and prior education.

Step 2: Transcripts & Test Scores

All applicants are required to submit official college/university transcripts to the university.  Transcripts may be sent 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

TOEFL scores are required for international applicants whose native language is not English and should be submitted electronically by identifying UMKC as a score recipient.  The UMKC TOEFL code is also 6872.

IELTS scores should be sent to the International Student Affairs Office at the address listed above.