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.
Fall semester: U.S. citizens or permanent residents – May 1
Fall semester: International applicants – April 1
Spring semester: U.S. citizens or permanent residents – November 1
Spring semester: International applicants – October 1
Students applying to the Master of Science in Bioinformatics program must submit the following:
- UMKC General Application for Admission (U.S. citizens or permanent residents only)
- UMKC Application for International Student Admission (International applicants only)
- One-page goal statement
- Two letters of recommendation
- Current resume or CV
- Official college/university transcripts
- Official GRE scores*
- Official TOEFL or IELTS scores (international applicants only)**
*U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and international applicants must submit GRE scores unless the applicant holds a master’s or doctorate degree from a regionally accredited institution in the United States, is currently in or has completed medical residency or medical fellowship or currently holds a faculty position 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. GRE or MCAT scores must have been earned within five years of the application deadline, and a minimum combined score of 300 (GRE Revised General Test) on the Verbal and Quantitative sections is required. Applicants who have passed Step 1 of the USMLE are not required to submit a GRE or MCAT score.
**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.
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.
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.
When completing the School of Medicine Online Supplemental Application, a student will need to list the names and email addresses of those providing letters of recommendation. After entering the information for each person providing the letter of recommendation, a student will need to click “Send Email Request” in order for the person providing the letter of recommendation to receive instructions for submitting the letter of recommendation electronically. Once the Online Supplemental Application has been submitted, no changes or additions to the Online Supplemental Application, including the reference section, may be made.
If recommendations are submitted via the general application for admission, the student is still required to submit the names and email addresses of those providing letters of recommendation within the Online Supplemental Application. The submitted letters may then be uploaded by the UMKC School of Medicine Office of Admissions.
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
GRE scores should be submitted electronically by identifying UMKC as a score recipient. The UMKC GRE code is 6872.
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.
If substituting the MCAT for the GRE exam, MCAT scores must be submitted electronically by identifying UMKC as a score recipient. The UMKC MCAT code is 808.