Admissions Criteria

Are you…

  • an early career engineering professional looking for advanced training in imaging science and machine learning?
  • a recent engineering graduate looking to enter the industry with more technical know-how than a traditional entry-level professional?
  • an international student looking to differentiate yourself with an advanced degree from a top engineering school?
  • interested in building a career in the medical and health care field?  

Then Illinois’ Master of Science in Biomedical Image Computing (M.S. in BIC) program is for you!

Students will be well-prepared for career opportunities in imaging science through the educational experiences gained within this program. The rigor and challenge inherent in the program is designed to prepare you to be capable of functioning at a higher level within the medical and health care industry through the ability to accept greater technical responsibility and to work more effectively.

Minimum Requirements 

For the M.S. in BIC program:

  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering, science or related discipline
  • GPA 3.0 minimum for the last two years of undergraduate study
  • GRE optional
  • For applicants whose degree is not from an institution where English is the official language, TOEFL or IELTS test results are required

Applicants need to have a solid engineering and computing foundation during their undergraduate studies.

  • Expected: an undergraduate degree in engineering or related quantitative disciplines; familiarity with multivariate calculus, linear algebra,  signals and systems and basic statistics.
  • Highly recommended: Exposure to probability theory and computer programming; at least one introductory biomedical imaging course.
  • Other recommended: Some exposure to image processing and analysis highly desirable.

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Selection Criteria 

Applications are reviewed in its entirety, not just grades.  Your personal essay as well as your letters of recommendation are just as important.  We understand that there may be extenuating circumstances to explain GPAs, so we look at your entire background.

In addition, even if your TOEFL score is less than the minimum required of 103, this just means that, if accepted to the program, you might have to take English as a Second Language when you are on campus.  It does not automatically mean that you will not qualify for our program. 

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, and we would be able to make a decision regarding your application sooner if you submit your application earlier than the deadlines noted.

M.S. in BIC Contacts


Assistant Director
1240E Everitt Laboratory, M/C-278
1406 W. Green St.
Urbana, IL 61801
Phone: (217) 333-8163

Faculty Program Director
4061 Beckman Institute, M/C 251
405 N. Mathews Ave.
Urbana, IL 61801
Phone: (217) 300-3713

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Phone: (217) 300-8066
1102 Everitt Laboratory, M/C 278
1406 W. Green St.
Urbana, IL 61801

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