Masters of Science in Biomedical Imaging Program (MSBI)

The Masters of Science in Biomedical Imaging (MSBI) program is intended for students with Bachelors degrees, advanced pre-doctoral students, postdoctoral fellows, residents, researchers and faculty members who wish to master biomedical imaging and research methods to enhance their research designs and broaden their investigative projects. The degree can be completed in one year of full-time study or two years of part-time study.

Interested in applying for the 2015-2016 academic year? Our online application portal is presently closed.  We anticipate having another round of applications beginning April 1, 2015. Please check back then.

Program Requirements

Students who have graduated with an undergraduate degree in the basic sciences or engineering will be considered for admission to the Masters of Science in Biomedical Imaging (MSBI) Program. In addition to the transcripts from the Bachelor’s degree, GRE or MCAT scores will be required.  These scores must be no older than June, 2011.  Foreign applicants will be eligible under the same conditions, but they must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a minimum acceptable score of 550 (paper version), 80 (Internet Based Test), or 230 (computer-based).  The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exam is also accepted with a minimum score of 7. TOEFL or IELTS scores must be no older than June, 2013. 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.


The Masters of Science in Biomedical Imaging (MSBI) program is fully self supported. Tuition and fees for the 2014-2015 Academic year are $32,500, which includes approximately $5,750 for non-programmatic items (e.g., Health Services, Millbury Union and Library privileges). Tution and fees for the 2015-2016 Academic year have not yet been determined; however, they are projected to increase somewhere between 10-15% from the current year and are subject to change without notice. Part-time students may spread tuition over two years, but are responsible for the non-programmatic components in the second year. All graduate students will be provided benefits in accordance with UCSF Graduate Division policies.

Application Process

Applications are handled via our online application portal, which typically opens in early-to-mid-November of each year.

Applicants will be required to submit the following information:

  •     General Information
  •     Undergraduate History/Transcripts
  •     GRE or MCAT Scores (June 2011 or newer)
  •     TOEFL/IELTS Scores (June 2013 or newer)
  •     Research Experience (1-page limit)
  •     Statement of Purpose (1-page limit)
  •     Two Letters of Recommendation
  •     Application Fee ($80 US residents/$100 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. If you choose to submit MCAT scores, in lieu of GRE scores, an electronic report should also be sent to the program administrator.