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MA Biomedical Informatics (Part-Time)

 Course Level
Masters / PG
Part Time

4 Years
 Start month

 Tuition fee

27180 USD
27180 USD

Application fee

International 105 USD
National 105 USD
Department of Biomedical Informatics
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)7.5
TOEFL-IBT (min)100
TOEFL-PBT (min)600
GRE (avg)315

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About this course

The Free Standing Master of Arts (MA) program prepares students for practical, hands-on careers in informatics. Alumni have gone on to work at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Columbia University, entered industry, or enrolled in our PhD program.

There are two tracks for the MA degree: the applied track for workforce training and the research track. There is some overlap with coursework, and either track may be pursued full- or part-time. While both tracks culminate in a master’s essay, the content for the applied track essay is a summer practicum, whereas the content for the research track is a project. If attending full-time, the applied MA track can be finished in 12 months (coursework in the Fall and Spring terms with a full-time summer practicum). The research track typically takes 18-24 months on a full-time basis. For part-time students, both tracks must be completed within 4 years.

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Eligibility Criteria

The basic requirement for admission as a student in the Biomedical Informatics program is a bachelor’s degree in computer science, engineering, mathematics, physics, biology, nursing, medicine, public health, information management, or similar discipline. The general requirements for admission are defined by the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS).

Students who enter without requisite coursework in computer science from previous study may be required to take remedial coursework at Columbia University to ensure fulfillment of program requirements

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Course Modules


  • a minimum of 30 points of Columbia University instruction and 2 residence units
  • Oral I/Breadth Examination
  • Master’s Essay
  • Practicum (Applied MA only)

Transferring points: The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences will permit transfer of up to 15 points of graduate courses previously taken at Columbia University if they were not used toward another degree at Columbia.

Residence units: The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences requires 2 residence units for the MA degree. These accrue based on the number of courses for which you enroll (see Tuition and Funding section below). Master’s students are responsible for monitoring their transcript and addressing any discrepancies with the number of residence units with Student Administrative Services.

Oral I/Breadth Examination: A one-hour, closed oral exam is administered by faculty members to assess a student’s breadth of knowledge of the field, the ability to express this knowledge verbally, reason with it, and synthesize concepts from different areas. The exam is normally taken from May-July or in December/January. MA students may take this examination no more than twice. Failure of two consecutive examinations may result in dismissal.

Essay: After enrolling in BINF G6001 Projects in Biomedical Informatics, students submit a master’s essay, the culmination of a research or practicum project. The essay requires two faculty readers, one of whom is the research advisor from the projects section in which the student enrolled; the other is a faculty member appointed within the department chosen by the research advisor and student.

Practicum: Applied MA students take a practicum at the end of their coursework during the summer to obtain hands-on experience in informatics before completing their degree. Placements vary and are dependent upon availability. The practicum provides the students with the opportunity to put learned theory into practice in a work setting.

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How to Apply

Supporting Documents:
To expedite review, copies of transcripts should be uploaded as part of the on-line application. These may be unofficial copies. The application will also contain instructions for the electronic submission of letters of recommendation. Official copies of transcripts must still be sent directly to the Office of Graduate Affairs, 630 West 168th St., P&S 3-435, New York, NY 10032. All supporting documentation should be received no later than December 31, 2016.

Test Scores:
To direct GRE and/or TOEFL scores to us, specify Institution Code 2619 on your Education Testing Service (ETS) forms. No department code is necessary for GRE reporting. For TOEFL reports, please use department code 45.

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