Please use the online application to apply to any of the Coordinated Doctoral Programs in Biomedical Sciences and the MA Program in Biomedical Informatics. We do not accept paper applications. Please note that the applicant must submit all materials directly, not through an agent or third-party vendor, with the following exceptions: submissions by the US Department of State’s Fulbright Program and its three partner agencies IIE, LASPAU and AMIDEAST; submissions by the Danish-American Fulbright Commission (DAF); and submissions by Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD). In addition, the applicant will be required to attest to the accuracy and authenticity of all information and documents submitted to Columbia. If you have any questions about this requirement, please contact the Office of Admissions at

Applicants who hold American doctorates or their international equivalents in the same or similar fields as those to which they propose to apply, or who have completed most of the work required to earn the PhD elsewhere (i.e., beyond the equivalent of the Columbia M.Phil and/or three years of doctoral coursework) are not eligible for admission. Failure to disclose this information may result in the rescinding of an offer of admission, or to termination for a current student.

Please find the Application Guidelines below.  For more inforamtion, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions.  Please note that applicants for both PhD and MA Programs in Biomedical Informatics are required to submit their general GRE scores, which should be no more than five years old. GREs are NOT required for all other programs/tracks, although you may submit them. 

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Application Guidelines


Our on-line application for fall 2022 admission will be available mid-September. We ask that we receive your completed application, including all test scores, no later than December 1, 2021. We do not offer spring term admission.

Program Selection

Our programs are designed to provide maximum flexibility in selecting a mentor and research area. If you are undecided as to which program best serves your needs, you are encouraged to contact the individual Program Directors.

Application Fee

The $110 application fee can be paid by credit card at the time of application or subsequently via check (payable to Columbia University). Please do not send international postal coupons.  Our programs will waive the application fee for: (1) US citizens or permanent residents currently enrolled in a US college/university who demonstrate financial need.  Please provide a letter verifying your Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) signed by a financial aid officer at the institute you currently attend; (2) participants in the following programs: AmeriCorps, Bill and Melinda Gates Millennium Scholar, Leadership Alliance Summer Research Early Identification Program, MARC, RISE, NIH PREP, Peace Corps, Teach for America, etc.  Please provide a letter from the program officer confirming your participation in the program; and (3) applicants who are currently serving in the US military.  Please email your request to

Refund Policy

Once submitted, your application fee is not refundable. The only exception to this policy is when duplicate payment is submitted for the same application for the same admissions cycle.

If you have questions about this policy or believe you are eligible for a refund, please contact us at


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 will be requested for accepted students.

Instructions for Submission of Transcripts When Accepting an Offer of Admission

Domestic Institutions

  • Electronic transcripts: Receiving electronic transcripts via a point-to-point system that bypasses the student (using vendors such as Parchment, Credentials Solutions, and the National Student Clearinghouse) enhances efficiency and ensures authenticity of materials. All admitted students who have attended a college or university in the United States must submit electronic transcripts directly from their school, delivered directly to
  • Paper transcripts: If an admitted student’s U.S.-based institution does not offer electronic delivery, the student must write to the respective Columbia admissions office with the link to their prior U.S. institution’s webpage concerning transcript orders to confirm that paper is the only option and obtain permission to submit a paper transcript. If a paper transcript is the only option, it must be sent directly from the other institution to Columbia, and not delivered or forwarded via the student.

International Institutions

  • International institutions outside of the People’s Republic of China/PRC: Admitted students who attended international institutions must submit an electronic transcript to if their school offers secure online delivery. If the school cannot send transcripts electronically through a secure online system, they must contact World Education Services (WES) and order a course-by-course evaluation and International Credential Advantage Package to be mailed directly to Office of Graduate Affairs, Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons, 630 W 168th Street, VP&S 3-435, Box 108, New York, NY 10032.  
  • International institutions in the PRC: Admitted students who attended institutions in the PRC can access a unique resource through CHESICC, the credentials verification service affiliated with the PRC’s Ministry of Education, to arrange for submission of a “Verification Report of China Higher Education Student’s Academic Transcripts” AND a “Verification Report of China Higher Education Qualification Certificate”. These should be delivered electronically to

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 reporting. All tests should be taken at least six weeks before the application deadline to ensure timely receipt by the admissions office.


  • Application available: Mid-September
  • Application deadline: December 1st
  • Admission interviews: January - March
  • Initial round of acceptance: Late-February
  • First-year classes start: Late-August

Other Programs

Biomedical Informatics is the only program that, in addition to a PhD program, also offers a terminal Master’s program. This program is not part of the Coordinated Doctoral Programs. However, the online application should also be used to apply to this Master’s Program.

To apply for admission to the MD/PhD program, do NOT use the online PhD application form. Please visit :

Columbia University Irving Medical Center - MD/PhD Program 

Applications and information for the Department of Biological Sciences and all other doctoral programs of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences that are not at located at Columbia University Irving Medical Center should be obtained from:

107 Low Library
Columbia University
New York, NY 10027
Tel: 212-854-4737
Fax: 212-854-2863 

Additional Information

For assistance from the Office of Graduate Affairs, contact us:

phone - 212-305-8058
fax - 212-305-1031
email -