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Frequently Asked Questions

The Biomedical Data Science certificate program includes at least 16 credits. Depending on what courses you are planning to take and when they are offered, you will most likely need at least 2 semesters to complete all coursework. If you are a university employee, tuition benefits will pay for no more than 2 credit-bearing courses per semester, so if these are 3 credits each it would take you at least 3 semesters to complete the certificate. You will have a maximum of 5 years to complete the certificate program.
Most PM courses are offered late afternoon or evening and some of them will be online or hybrid. All other courses offered are during daytime.
A 3-credit course requires at least 9 hours of work (per federal regulations) per week.
It depends on the track you selected for the certificate program. Usually some basic biomedical and statistical knowledge will be ideal.
The certificate program was recently revised to better meet the needs of prospective students, and that we are therefore in the early phase of growing the program. Currently, there are two students enrolled in the program.

The Biomedical Certificate Program has both Fall admission and Spring admission. If you plan to apply for the Fall admission, you should submit your application by May 1. If you plan to apply for the Spring admission, you should submit your application by Nov 1.

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See our Tuition and Fees Schedule for the tuition cost per credit. The tuition rate currently is $1,718 per credit. As an employee who has been worked at UR for at least one year, you will be eligible for tuition benefits. The tuition waiver is 80-95% depending on salary level.
Of the School of Medicine and Dentistry’s minimum required 12 credits for an Certificate of Advanced Study, no more than 4 credit hours may be accepted as transfer credit for course work previously taken at the University of Rochester or another university. However, per the University policy, credit hours applied to two degrees, at the University of Rochester or at another institution, cannot be applied to a third degree.


  1. Course must be at the graduate level.
  2. Course must be an integral part of the proposed program of study.
  3. Course must be completed within 5 years of the date of matriculation.
  4. A grade of B or higher must be received.


  1. Complete a Petition for the Transfer of Courses Form.
  2. Attach to the Petition for the Transfer of Courses Form:
    1. The course description from a catalog.
    2. The course syllabus.
    3. If already taken, an official transcript.
  3. Meet with the course director to discuss the petition and to obtain initials if request is approved.
  4. Submit the petition to the Offices for Graduate Education and Postdoctoral Affairs. Once received, the Senior Associate Dean for Graduate Education will review and make a final decision on the petition.
  5. The student will receive written notification within one month of the review.
  6. Upon completion of the course (when taken after matriculation), the student must provide the Graduate Registrar with an official transcript showing the course and final grade. Once received, notation will be made to the student’s official record and transcript.
The University does not grant academic course credit for prior experiences at any level of achievement.
It wouldn’t be appropriate to consider such courses as an elective for the certificate program, which is designed to be a short, focused curriculum on data excellence.