Applying to the program

Students entering our graduate programs must hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution. Two types of students are typically accepted: 1) students coming from an engineering background, holding a degree in electrical engineering, computer science, biomedical engineering, or other data science-related discipline; and 2) students from a biomedical background, including physicians, who have demonstrated a sufficient level of expertise in computer science or other information-related discipline in order to participate in a graduate-level informatics program. All students, regardless of background, should have completed one year each of calculus and linear algebra, chemistry, and physics. Notably, these prerequisites are meant to be guidelines: well-qualified applicants may not meet all such requirements, and if accepted will be required to complete identified requirements through remedial coursework during the first year. In addition to these conditions, applicants must meet any requirements set out by the respective home departments and Schools.

We also encourage potential applicants to contact faculty before applying to the program with questions regarding research and the curriculum.

Applying to Bioengineering

Students who are interested in pursuing the MSc or PhD in Bioengineering should apply directly to the UCLA Bioengineering Department, and select the Medical Imaging Informatics (MII) track. In your application, please select a preferred advisor from the MII faculty list in order to ensure that your application is reviewed and considered for funding through our training program. If you have questions about the MII track, please send them to and the Student Affairs Officer, Ms. Anne-Marie Dieters (

Deadlines for applications are December 1 of each calendar year for acceptance into the following academic year. Please consult the Bioengineering Department's site for details on application requirements. The application is online and can be accessed from the UCLA Graduate Division site.

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Applying to Bioinformatics

Students wanting to pursue a degree through the Bioinformatics Interdepartmental Program should apply directly through the UCLA Graduate Program in Biosciences (GPB) and select the home area of Bioinformatics. Detailed information and requirements for the application process can be found on the GPB site. If you have questions, please send them to the Student Affairs Officer, Ms. Mandy McWeeney (

Deadlines for applications are December 1 of each calendar year for acceptance into the following academic year.

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Clinical Informatics Fellowship

The UCLA Department of Medicine has launched an ACGME-accredited clinical informatics fellowship program. This new program provides a 1–2 year fellowship in clinical informatics for MDs, engaging them in a breadth of informatics research and applications ongoing in the UCLA Health System's hospitals and clinics. Details about this fellowship can be found on UCLA's Clinical Informatics Fellowship site. Fellows accepted into this program can be considered for the MSc track in biomedical informatics through the Bioinformatics Interdepartmental Program, with support through the Specialty Training and Advanced Research (STAR) program. Individuals interested in the fellowship program should contact its Director directly with inquiries.

Applications for the fellowship program are accepted starting in July of each year.

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