Graduate Admissions

Thank you for your interest in our program! 

Online applications are available starting early September. Please visit the Rackham webpages for additional information and the online application link.

For prospective Ph.D. students, there are two paths. 

  1. Apply through the Program in the Biological Sciences (PIBS): Most students are encouraged to apply through this path. PIBS is an umbrella program that offers first year graduate students flexibility in exploring opportunities from fourteen graduate programs including our own. An advantage of PIBS is that if you are unsure of your academic focus, you have a much larger pool of faculty in whose labs you can rotate before making a final selection as to which program you will join. For example, if you are also interested in the Biophysics or Human Genetics program, you may spend a semester in the lab of someone who is a faculty member in those programs. After 10 months in PIBS, you then work with a primary advisor and select which program you will permanently join.  Visit the PIBS website for more complete information. Even if you do not have a strong background in biology, you can still apply to Bioinformatics through PIBS!
  2. Apply direct to the Bioinformatics Program: If you already have identified your mentor and/or are transferring from another U of M program, apply direct  here.

Prospective Master’s students should apply directly to the Bioinformatics Program through the Rackham Graduate School at the University of Michigan.

If you have any questions contact the Bioinformatics Graduate Program at

The Ph.D. application deadline is December 1. All materials are due at that time.

Diversity Information for Applicants

The Bioinformatics Graduate Program encourages applications from traditionally underrepresented minorities, students with disabilities, and those from disadvantaged backgrounds. There are numerous funding opportunities and resources on campus to contribute to students overall well-being while pursuing studies.
Several resources can be found on the Rackham Graduate School website.

In addition, the Program regularly has faculty participation at events around the country, such as the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students.

Application Deadlines

Ph.D. applications for Fall term enrollment are due December 1.

M.S. applications for Fall term enrollment are due March 1.

The deadlines are for all international and domestic applicants.
Please note that applications submitted early will not be reviewed prior to the deadline.

Want to know more about applying to the University of Michigan? Rackham Graduate School has a page for prospective students and it provides answers to lots of frequently asked questions to assist you in the application process.


Rackham Application: The online application is available on the University of Michigan Rackham Graduate School website.

All application materials should be submitted electronically when possible.

PIBS Application: Program in Biomedical Sciences Application

Codes for Sending GRE and TOEFL Scores

  • University of Michigan Horace Rackham Graduate School (R1839 for GRE and 1839 for TOEFL)
  • There is no Department Code! (Use "5199" for GRE and "99" for TOEFL) Rackham Application Program Code
  • Bioinformatics PhD Program = 01637
  • Bioinformatics MS Program = 01638

Application Materials

All applicants must meet Rackham's Minimum Requirements for Admission.

The Bioinformatics Graduate Program also requires the following:

  1. GPA, minimum 3.2/4.0 (exceptions to be made as deemed appropriate)
  2. Letters of recommendation (3 required)
    NOTES: Submitting only the Rackham Recommendation for Admission Form is insufficient; forms must be accompanied by a letter from the recommender. All letters are due by the application deadline.
    Without them, applications will not be considered complete or reviewed by the Program Admissions Committee.
  3. Statement of Purpose:
    The Statement of Purpose should be a concise, well-written statement about your academic and research background, your career goals, and how Michigan's graduate program will help you meet your career and educational objectives.
  4. Personal Statement:
    The Personal Statement should be a concise, well-written statement about how your personal background and life experiences, including social, cultural, familial, educational, or other opportunities or challenges, motivated your decision to pursue a graduate degree at the University of Michigan. This is not an Academic Statement of Purpose, but a discussion of the personal journey that has led to your decision to seek a graduate degree.
  5. Resume/CV
  6. Transcripts
    Please submit transcripts electronically with your online application.
  7. A GRE score is optional for PhD applicants. Master’s students must submit a GRE general exam score. 
  8. If you are taking the TOEFL exam, please note that applicants with a score of less than 100 will not be considered for admission.

Funding Sources

Ph.D. Students

The Bioinformatics Graduate Program will provide tuition, healthcare coverage and a stipend on a 12 month basis. This level of support will be maintained throughout a student's tenure in the Program, provided he or she remains in good academic standing, making reasonable progress toward the degree as determined by the Graduate Directors, with faculty input. It is expected that the student will be supported directly by the mentor's laboratory, beginning some time in the second year. The expected time to degree is typically 5 years.

Master's Students

Please be aware that the Bioinformatics Program does not offer financial support to Master’s students. There are occasional work opportunities available which may help defray your expenses; however, we cannot guarantee the availability of such opportunities, and most will not cover tuition and living expenses in full.

Sources of Aid on Campus