What is Biomedical Data Science?
Biomedical Data Science is the interdisciplinary field that encompasses the study and pursuit of the effective uses of biomedical data, information, and knowledge for scientific inquiry, problem-solving, and decision-making, driven by efforts to improve human health. Biomedical Data Science investigates and supports reasoning, modeling, simulation, experimentation, and translation across the spectrum, from molecules to individuals to populations.
Who should apply?
Potential students include both students with bachelor’s degrees in an area of data-science (e.g., computer science, statistics), as well as health professionals and clinicians (e.g., M.D.s, Pharm.D.s, D.N.P.s, R.N.s). It is expected that admitted candidates will have demonstrated an aptitude for computer science and math, fundamental programming skills, knowledge of data structures and algorithms, and at least two semesters of college calculus. We will however consider candidates who have a wide range of undergraduate backgrounds; providing opportunities to develop necessary skills immediately upon entering the program.
The 31-credit program will cover core concepts, as well as allow for concentrated coursework in both methodology and application. The goal of the program is to prepare graduates to (i) understand and apply key concepts and methodologies from computer science and statistics, (ii) demonstrate knowledge of biological, biomedical, and population health concepts and problems, and (iii) contribute to the solutions of the central computational problems in biomedicine, using methods from computer science, statistics, and engineering. Click HERE to access the Program Handbook.
Applying to the Program
Admission to the MS Program in Biomedical Data Science requires:
- A formal on-line application with required fee through the UW Madison Graduate School https://grad.wisc.edu/apply/
- Three letters of recommendation
- Official transcripts from each higher-education institution attended
- A statement of purpose,
- GRE or MCAT scores
- Applicants whose native language is not English, or whose undergraduate instruction was not in English, must provide an English proficiency test score (TOEFL, MELAB, or IELTS)
This campus has moved to completely electronic admissions. Do not send paper transcripts or any other paper documents. You must scan official transcript(s) issued by your postsecondary academic institution(s). It is important that your email address is accurate so that we can respond to you effectively.
The Department of Biostatistics and Medical Informatics admits graduate students once a year, for the fall semester. We do not make preliminary evaluations of any applicant inquiry based on email communication. No decision will be made until after the deadline has passed and a completed file (including the application fee) has been received.
Important Dates and Deadlines
Application Period Begins: Early November
Application Deadline: January 12
Acceptance Offers Made: Early March
Deadline for Accepting Offers: April 15
Please fill out the Graduate School Application https://grad.wisc.edu/apply/
Note that your application is not considered complete until the Graduate School’s application fee is paid.
Letters of Recommendation
Three letters of recommendation are required, and they must be submitted electronically. Directions for this can be found on with the Graduate School Application.
We require that you send a copy of a transcript from each undergraduate institute that you attend. The best way to do this is to scan a copy of your official transcript (issued by your college or university) from each college or university you have attended and upload it. Please do not mail transcripts to the department or the Graduate School. No paper transcripts will be accepted during the application process.
If you are offered admission, you will be required to submit paper official transcripts. Please do not send them until they are requested.
Please Note: No subject GRE is required, but we do require either the general GRE which includes verbal, quantitative and analytical writing assessment, or the MCAT. Please arrange for test scores to be sent electronically (no paper copies) to the Graduate School by using the UW Madison institution code (1846).
The Graduate School requires the TOEFL or IELTS exam for international applicants unless they qualify for an automatic waiver. For further information on TOEFL requirements, please see the Graduate School Admission Requirements. http://grad.wisc.edu/admissions/requirements/
All of the above material is required; none can be waived.
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