Application Instructions

Requirements

MHI

MHI

Academic

  • Bachelor's degree from a regionally-accredited institution
  • 3.0 undergrad GPA (Please include unofficial transcripts for all undergraduate courses taken.)
  • 3.0 GPA for any post-baccalaureate degrees (Please include unofficial transcripts for all graduate courses taken.)
  • 6 semester-credits or 9 quarter-credits in life or health sciences
  • Programming language course or experience- Experience must be explained and uploaded in "additional materials" section in the application.

GRE
The GRE is required for all applicants unless they already have a master's degree from a regionally-accredited university in the United States or have been working in the field for at least 10 years. The University of Minnesota institutional code is 6874.

  • GRE- quantitative score at or above the 50th percentile (∼153)
  • GRE- verbal score at or above the 50th percentile (∼152)

Other

  • Complete demographic, educational history, and work history fields of application
  • Personal statement explaining why you want a degree in informatics
  • Transcripts for all post-secondary courses
  • 2 letters of recommendation. Letters must be from supervisors or faculty rather than peers.
  • Application fee ($75 for US citizens/permanent residents; $95 for international applicants)

MS

MS

Academic

  • Bachelor's degree from a regionally-accredited institution
  • 3.3 undergrad GPA (Please include unofficial transcripts for all undergraduate courses taken.)
  • 3.3 GPA for any post-baccalaureate degrees (Please include unofficial transcripts for all graduate courses taken.)
  • 6 semester-credits or nine quarter-credits in life or health sciences
  • Programming language course or experience- Experience must be explained and uploaded in "additional materials" section in the application.

GRE
The GRE is required for all applicants unless they already have a master's degree from a regionally-accredited university in the United States or have been working in the field for at least 10 years. The University of Minnesota institutional code is 6874.

  • GRE- quantitative score at or above the 75th percentile (∼159)
  • GRE- verbal score at or above the 50th percentile (∼152)

Other

  • Personal statement must explain why you are applying for an MS rather than an MHI.
  • Transcripts for all post-secondary courses
  • 2 letters of recommendation. Letters must be from supervisors or faculty rather than peers.
  • Application fee ($75 for US citizens/permanent residents; $95 for international applicants)

Clinical Informatics PhD

Clinical Informatics PhD

Academic

  • 3.5 GPA for undergraduate- and graduate-level degree(s) (Please include unofficial transcripts for all undergraduate and graduate courses taken.)
  • 6 semester-credits or nine quarter-credits in life or health sciences
  • Programming language course or experience- Experience must be explained and uploaded in "additional materials" section in the application.

GRE
The GRE is required for all PhD applicants unless an applicant already has a PhD from a regionally-accredited university. The University of Minnesota institutional code is 6874.

  • GRE- quantitative score at or above the 75th percentile (∼159)
  • GRE- verbal score at or above the 50th percentile (∼152)

Other

  • Personal statement must include research interests. It is recommended that applicants also name faculty with whom they would like to work.
  • Transcripts for all post-secondary courses
  • 3 letters of recommendation. Letters must be from supervisors or faculty rather than peers
  • Interview
  • Application fee ($75 for US citizens/permanent residents; $95 for international applicants)

Other PhD tracks

Other PhD tracks

Academic

  • 3.5 GPA for undergraduate- and graduate-level degree(s) (Please include unofficial transcripts for all undergraduate and graduate courses taken.)
  • 6 semester-credits or nine quarter-credits in life or health sciences
  • College-level calculus
  • College-level linear algebra
  • College-level statistics

The GRE is required for all PhD applicants unless an applicant already has a PhD from a regionally-accredited university. The University of Minnesota institutional code is 6874.

  • GRE- quantitative score at or above the 75th percentile (∼159)
  • GRE- verbal score at or above the 50th percentile (∼152)

Other

  • Personal statement must include research interests. It is recommended that applicants also name faculty with whom they would like to work.
  • Transcripts for all post-secondary courses
  • 3 letters of recommendation. Letters must be from supervisors or faculty rather than peers
  • Interview
  • Application fee ($75 for US citizens/permanent residents; $95 for international applicants)

International Applicants

International Applicants

English test (TOEFL, IELTS, or MELAB)
English scores are required for almost all applicants whose first language is not English, regardless of citizenship. The University of Minnesota institutional code is 6874.

  • Exceptions
    • The applicant has a degree from an English speaking country
    • The applicant has taken at least 16 semester-credits or 24 quarter-credits, within the past 24 months, in residence as a full-time student at a university in an English speaking country
  • TOEFL
    • Reading≥19
    • Writing≥21
    • Cumulative≥79
  • IELTS
    • Reading≥6.5
    • Writing≥6.5
    • Total≥6.5
  • MELAB≥80

After you are accepted
Check out our International Applicants page for more information.

FAQs

FAQs

Do I need to take the GRE?

  • Applying to the MS or MHI
    • If you have been working in the field for 10 years, you do not have to take the GRE
    • If you have a master's degree from an regionally-accredited university, you do not have to take the GRE.
    • If you have a master's degree from another country, you may not have to take the GRE.
  • Applying to the PhD
    • If you have a PhD in a related field, you may not have to take the GRE.

How to complete the application

Deadlines

Fall PhD and all international deadline: February 15
Domestic MS and MHI students may apply by February 15 for an earlier decision.
Fall MHI and MS domestic deadline: June 15
Spring deadline (domestic MS and MHI only): October 15
We do not accept students for the summer.

All application materials are due on or before the deadline. This includes letters of recommendation and test scores. If we do not receive your full application by the deadline, we reserve the right to make a decision based on the incomplete application.

The admissions committee will review all applications after the deadline, regardless of the submission date.

Application instructions

  1. Connect to the Application System.
  2. Create an account or log-in to your existing account.
  3. Once inside the system, you willl create a PIN number and an email will be sent to your email account.  You may also create a login with a Google, Facebook or LinkedIn account.
  4. Once inside the Application System, click "Create Application." 
  5. Complete the "Program Selection" section click "Continue." To move between sections use the navigation bar on the left side of the page.
  6. Complete the "Biographical" information and click "Continue."
  7. Complete the "Personal Background" information and click "Continue."
  8. In the "Academic History" section be sure to add all the institutions you have attended.  Click "Add Institution."  A dialog box will appear.  Complete all the information including GPA.  Be sure that you put your GPA or your grade and grading scale (if not on a 4.0 scale) in the GPA information section.  Click "Continue."   
  9. Attach your GRE scores along with any other scores you may have in the "Test Score" section. 
  10. In the "Test Score" section, if you included the University of Minnesota institutional code, 6874, when you took your GRE, ETS will send us your scores.
  11. Complete the "Employment" section and click "Continue." 
  12. Under the "Materials" section, attach your Personal Statement, Diversity Statement and Extenuating Circumstances statement (optional). There is also a link to upload your resume, a writing sample, a description of research and a link to upload additional materials. You are required to complete the Personal statement on the "Materials" section." The Extenuating Cirmstances statement is a place to explain any extenuating circumstances that might effect your application (i.e. low GPA, low test scores, etc. Click "Continue." 
  13. Complete the "Recommendation" section and click "Continue."  The system will notify the individuals you chose to write a recommendation via email. They will submit their letter through the application system.
  14. On the "Confirmation and Signature" page, put your full name and click "Continue."  
  15. Once you come to the "Review" page, you will have the option to review your application for completeness, finalize it and pay the application fee.

Recommendations

The recommendation system in the application system is completely online. You will enter the contact information for your references, and the application system will email your references requesting a recommendation.

  • The Application System requires the following information for each reference:
    • Name
    • Complete address
    • Phone number
    • Email address
    • Title or position
    • Institution or company name
  • The Application System gives you the option to waive the rights to see your letters of recommendation. This choice is up to you; however, your references will be notified of your decision.
  • Make sure you select "yes" for the last question on the page: "Will this provider be submitting the letter of recommendation online?". If you have a reference who is unable to provide an online recommendation, please contact the health informatics graduate program at hinfgrad@umn.edu.