Graduate degrees and certificates for the Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Informatics are awarded by the UI Graduate College.  Applicants must meet the admissions requirements of both the Graduate College and the department.  

Requirements for the M.S. and Ph.D. include:

  • A bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited American college or university, or an equivalent degree from another country as determined by the Office of Admissions.
  • A minimum grade-point average (GPA) of 3.00, or the foreign equivalent as determined by the Office of Admissions.
  • Your official GRE General Test scores from the Educational Testing Service (the University's Institutional code is 6681)
  • The Health Informatics subprogram will accept one of the following official scores, GRE, PCAT or MCAT from the Educational Testing Service (the University's Institutional code is 6681)
  • For applicants whose native language is not English and who do not hold a degree from a US college or university, a score of 550 or higher on the paper-based (213 on the computer-based or 81* on the Internet based) Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). The University's Institutional code is 6681. All students submitting IELTS scores must earn a minimum score of 7.0, with no subscore lower than 6.0, and must take the on-campus English Proficiency Evaluation prior to registration.  For more information about English proficiency testing, please visit the Graduate College webpage:

* Please note: Bioinformatics requires a TOEFL score of 563 or higher on the paper-based (223 on the computer-based or 85 on the Internet based).

Click here for International Student Admission Requirements to the Graduate College.

Application deadlines for M.S. and Ph.D.*

We accept applicants for the fall semester only.  The application deadline is February 1st.

*applications to the Graduate Certificate program can be submitted at any time, but please note classes are offered only on the regular semester basis. 

Application Information (M.S. and Ph.D.)

Graduate Application Process

The graduate application process

  1. Submit an online application to the Graduate College -

Required Documents:


Unofficial transcripts will be accepted during the Graduate College Application process only.  These transcripts should verify that you hold an undergraduate degree with a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale and will be accessible by the Informatics Admissions Committee for review. Official transcripts showing your baccalaureate (or higher) degree(s) will be required if you are admitted.

Statement of Purpose

Your Statement of Purpose should be at least one page in length but no more than two pages (and font of no less than 10 pt)

Current Curriculum Vitae or Resume

Letters of Recommendation (three required)

You will indicate the contact information for your three letter writers during the application process.  Your three letters of recommendation should come from people who can assess the scope and quality of your past academic or professional work. At least one should be an academic reference. There are no special forms for these letters, however, they are to be written on the recommender's letterhead and indicate the writer's name and his or her association with you (e.g., instructor, employer, supervisor). All letters must be signed.

Admissions decisions are typically announced approximately one month to six weeks after the program admission deadline.  

It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that all materials have been received by both the Graduate Admissions.


Each candidate's application, along with the University of Iowa application form, official transcripts, test scores, and letters of recommendation, will be evaluated by a committee of subprogram faculty, who then make an admissions recommendation to the Graduate College. If approved, the IGPI Director will notify the Office of Graduate Admissions of the admissions action.

Questions? Please contact the Informatics program office at (319) 384-1197 or



Requirements for the Certificate include:

The Informatics Certificate Program is open to graduate students in good standing (if non-degree seeking, see below) who wish to complement their own disciplinary studies with foundational and applied knowledge in informatics. Students must complete a minimum of 18-24 semester hours for the Informatics Certificate with at least 9 hours in Foundations of Informatics coursework, and the remaining hours in Disciplinary Requirements.

Application deadlines for Certificate 

Applications for the certificate programs are accepted on a rolling admissions basis.

Application Information (Certificate)

Certificate applications must be submitted for admission at least one semester prior to the semester in which the student seeks to complete the certificate requirements. The application packet must include:

  • Good academic standing in an existing University of Iowa graduate program.
  • A cover letter describing how the particular subprogram’s certificate program fits into your primary program of study.
  • A letter of support from your advisor.
  • The plan of study for the subprogram specifying a list of courses satisfying the certificate, with grades for completed courses.

Bioinformatics Plan of Study

Geoinformatics Plan of Study

Health Informatics Plan of Study

Information Science Plan of Study

Application materials should be submitted to the program coordinator at

Applicants may also contact the subprogram coordinator for further information.

Non- Degree Candidates  - This option is available for all subprograms: Bioinformatics, Geoinformatics, Health Informatics, and Information Science.

Apply as a non-degree seeking student

Please make sure you select the certificate subprogram you are applying for during the application process:
Health Informatics
Information Science Informatics

Subprogram Requirements: email the following documents to
Statement of Purpose
3 Letters of Recommendation


Each candidate's application will be evaluated by a committee of subprogram faculty, who then make an admissions recommendation to the Graduate College.  

Non-degree students will be assigned an advisor after their application and admission to the G9 program, but are encouraged to work with the IGPI Program Coordinator on their initial plan of study.