FAQ

How do I know which program I am eligible for?

If you have a doctoral degree, you will be eligible to apply for the 36 credit masters program that can be completed in one year full time or two years part time. If you have a bachelors or master’s degree, you will be eligable to apply to the 48 credit program that can be completed in 18 months. 

 

What materials are required for application and what is the deadline?

For both master’s programs, applicants must submit the following via our Application Portal

  • Online Application form
  • CV
  • Letter of Interest
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation
  • Transcripts from all schools where you have received a degree, or completed coursework  - uploads of unofficial transcripts are acceptable at the time of application. Official transcripts are required upon admission. 

 Your application will not be reviewed until all aspects of the application have been received. 

 

Can I enroll in the program part time?

You can enroll in the accelerated post-doctoral program part time and complete the master’s degree over two years. You cannot complete the 48 credit post-baccalaureate program part time at this time. 

 

Do you offer any online or evening courses?

We do not offer any course work online at this time. One of the benefits of this program is being in the Harvard environment, and being able to meet leaders in the field. All courses are currently offered between the hours of 9am and 5pm 

 

What is the cost of the program?

Both programs are charged per credit.

Read more information on the tuition and fees of the 36 credit post-doctoral program.

Read more information on the tuition and fees of the 48 credit post-baccalaureate program.

 

Are scholarships available?

Please contact us for more information on scholarships here (contact us page: https://informaticstraining.hms.harvard.edu/contact)

 

How do I apply for financial aid?

Accepted students that are eligible for aid will receive instructions on applying for financial aid sometime in the Spring semester. For more information on the financial aid process, please see here (https://hms.harvard.edu/departments/financial-aid/masters-students)

 

Do I need to take the GRE or TOEFL?

No GRE scores are accepted at this time. 

The TOEFL exam is required for applicants whose native language is not English, with the exception of non-native English speakers who earned a bachelor's or graduate degree from an institution at which English was the sole language of instruction.

 

What is the TOEFL code that I should use for submitting my TOEFL exam score through ETS?

Applicants submitting a TOEFL score should select "3151 Harvard Med Sch Grad Educ MS" 

 

Can international students apply?

Yes! International student will fill out the same application, and let us know through the online application whether or not they are an international candidate. If a visa is needed, Harvard will provide an F-1 visa for incoming students. 

 

Do graduates of the program qualify for extended OPT?

Yes. The Master of Biomedical Informatics is considered a STEM degree and eligible students who complete the degree on a F-1 visa have the option to apply for a STEM OPT extension after their initial post-completion OPT period. 

 

What if my school does not issue a transcript in English?

If your institution does not provide a transcript in English, you must obtain a certified English translation through a credential evaluation origanization such as World Education Services (www.wes.org). 

 

Can I speak to someone on campus? Are there information sessions?

Members of our program staff are available to meet with prospective students at the Department of Biomedical Informatics in Countway Library on the HMS campus if you are local or visiting the Boston area. We can also set up a phone call to discuss more about the program. Please visit our 'Contact Us' page to get in touch about setting up a meeting or phone call.  Also, please check out the Harvard Medical School Department of Biomedical Informatics Facebook Page to learn about any upcoming Facebook Live information sessions or to view past sessions. 

 

Who can I reach out to if I still have more questions? 

If your question was not answered, please ask us here (contact us page: https://informaticstraining.hms.harvard.edu/contact