How to Apply for the MSBI Program?

The third wave of applicants will be accepted via the Graduate Division Application portal from May 6 - June 17, 2020. Applicants will be considered on a first come first basis at this time until the class is full. Thank you for interest in the MSBI program.


Program Requirements

Students who have graduated with an undergraduate degree in the basic sciences or engineering will be considered for admission to the Master of Science in Biomedical Imaging (MSBI).  In addition to the transcripts from the Bachelor's degree, GRE or MCAT scores will be required.  These scores must be current and valid. 

Foreign applicants will be eligible under the same conditions, but they must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).  The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exam is also accepted.  TOEFL or IELTS scores are valid from these institutions for a maximum of two years from the test date.  Foreign students who have demonstrated proficiency in English by completing one year of full-time study with a minimum GPA of 3.2 in an accredited university in the United States are exempt from this requirement.

Test Type (Minimum Score):

  • Paper based TOEFL 550
  • Computer based TOEFL 213
  • Internet based TOEFL iBT 80
  • IELTS 7


The Master of Science in Biomedical Imaging (MSBI) is fully self supported. Tuition and fees for the 2020-2021 academic year are $41,937, which includes a range of services such as Health Insurance-GSHIP, Health Services, Millbury Union and Library privileges. The expected tuition for 2021/22 is currently pending approval of UCOP.  Part-time students pay a pro-rate amount that reflects 50% of program costs and 100% of university services.  All graduate students will be provided benefits in accordance with UCSF Graduate Division policies.

Official Transcripts

UCSF policy requires verification of conferral of Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution. University policy requires:

  • Authenticity of transcripts must be verified by the graduate programs (sent by the institution or through a recognized service).
  • For applicants from a US institution we require confirmation that a qualifying degree was conferred, the name of the degree, and the date of conferral.
  • For applicants from foreign institutions we require one of three combinations*:
    • Final official transcript with evaluation** (note: translation/English-language alone is not sufficient).
    • WES evaluation of the final transcript, without the transcript itself (in this case other services will not be accepted).
    • Final official transcript without an evaluation, with the unofficial transcript and its associated evaluation from the application.
  • The Registrar’s office and the Graduate Division do not require the paper transcripts; verified electronic files are sufficient.
  • Official Transcripts are required and should be sent to the attention of the program administrator.

* Other documentation may be considered at the discretion of the Graduate Division

** World Education Services is the preferred evaluator, but other services listed by the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES®) will be accepted:

Student Financial Aid

Submitting a Financial Aid Application

MSBI Need-Based Awards:

The MSBI Program annually awards up to three need-based financial awards to graduate students.  These awards are usually in the amount of $4,000 and are applied as a credit to tuition over the Fall, Winter, and Spring academic quarters. To be eligible for these awards, an MSBI student need only complete and submit a UCSF Financial Aid Application. The UCSF Office of Financial Aid makes an assessment of need and ranks all students accordingly. The MSBI Program’s Need-Based Awards are determined based on this ranking and students are notified of these awards near the beginning of the Fall Academic Quarter each year.

Federal Work Study Program:

MSBI graduate students that complete and submit a UCSF Financial Aid Application and receive a United States Federal student loan are eligible for the Federal Work-Study (FWS) Program. This program permits students to earn up to $9,000 per year in part-time employment.  The FWS Program pays 75% of the student’s hourly wage; the employer contributes 25%.  This program is not open to international scholars.  If you are interested in the FWS Program, you need to complete and submit a supplementary Work-Study Application to UCSF Office of Student Financial Aid.  Once approved, you will then need to find a job on campus and the UCSF Office of Student Financial Aid will assist you in the hiring process.  If you would like additional details about the FWS Program, please contact MSBI Program Administrator or the UCSF Office of Financial Aid.

Application Process

Applications are handled via our online application portal, which will be open May 6 - June 17, 2020 (third wave).  Please go to the Graduate Division Application portal to apply:  Apply here.

Applicants will be required to submit the following information:

  •     General Information
  •     Undergraduate History/Transcripts (Transcripts from foreign institutions must be accompanied by a World Education Services (WES) Credential Evaluation.)
  •     GRE or MCAT scores (current and valid - less than 3 years)
  •     TOEFL/IELTS scores (current and valid - less than 2 years)
  •     Statement of intended course of study (i.e., Full-time v. Part-time enrollment)
  •     Research Experience (1 page limit)
  •     Statement of Purpose (1 page limit)
  •     Two Letters of Recommendation (minimum)
  •     Application Fee ($105 US residents/$125 international)

Official GRE/TOEFL/IELTS Scores:

Scores should be sent to UCSF, institution code 4840. A department code is not required. The GRE General Test is required; the Subject Test is recommended but not required.

Official Transcripts/MCAT Scores:

Official Transcripts are required and should be sent to the attention of the program administrator. Transcripts from foreign institutions must be accompanied by a World Education Services (WES) Credential Evaluation.  If you choose to submit MCAT scores, in lieu of GRE scores, an electronic report should also be sent to the program administrator.