Admissions for Health Informatics and Bioinformatics, M.S.

View this link for information specific to international students.

University Requirements

  1. A baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution of higher education
  2. Submission of all required admission materials, including:
    • Completed graduate application for admission
    • $30 nonrefundable application fee (unless you have previously applied to Grand Valley)
    • Official copies of transcripts from all institutions of higher education previously attended. Transcripts must be sent from those institutions directly to the GVSU Admissions Office. NOTE: We do not require official transcripts from Grand Valley.
    • Test scores from the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language), or IELTS (International English Language Testing System), or MELAB (Michigan English Language Assessment Battery), or successful completion of the ELS 112 course for applicants whose native language is not English. Only original score reports will be accepted.

Program Requirements

In addition to the University requirements of admission, all students seeking a degree for the MS in Health and Bioinformatics must also meet the following requirements:

  1. U.S. students must have an overall undergraduate grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4-point scale or a satisfactory score on the GRE or GMAT test. All international students must have a satisfactory score on the GRE or GMAT test, regardless of their undergraduate GPA.
  2. Resume detailing work experiences and accomplishments
  3. Personal statement of career goals and background experiences, including an explanation of how this program will help achieve educational and professional objectives
  4. Recommendations: Two professional or academic recommendations received online, addressing the candidates potential for graduate study completion. You will provide the emails of two references in your account at, and they will be sent a link to fill out for their online recommendation


Applicants for the Professional Science Masters in Health Informatics and Bioinformatics must have an underlying base of knowledge relevant to graduate studies in the Health Informatics or Bioinformatics fields. This knowledge can be demonstrated by previous academic study or work experience. Consultation with a program faculty advisor will be necessary to verify appropriateness of work experience as a substitute for academic preparation.

Alternate Admission Procedure

Admission to the M.S. in Health Informatics and BioInformatics status may be full or conditional; conditional admission may be granted to applicants with deficiencies in their background.

Candidates without sufficient relevant background experience may satisfy any deficiency with appropriate graduate or undergraduate courses, as recommended by a faculty advisor in the program and approved by the Health Informatics and BioInformatics Admissions Committee and the Program Director.

When identified deficiencies are satisfactorily met, the applicant will be granted full admission to the program. Applications for admission will be reviewed as they are submitted.

Page last modified February 25, 2021