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 is required 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 version (223 on the computer-based version or 85 on the Internet-based version).

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.

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 of the Graduate Admissions.

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, with a font no smaller 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.


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 will 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