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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 in the third essay in the application.

GRE
The GRE is required for all applicants unless they already have a master's degree from a regionally-accredited universirty 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 in the third essay in the application.

GRE
The GRE is required for all applicants unless they already have a master's degree from a regionally-accredited universirty 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)

PhD

PhD

Academic

  • Recommended: Master's degree or equivalent from a regionally-accredited institution. Preferred fields: science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM) or something related to informatics
  • 3.5 GPA for master's 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 in the third essay in the application.

GRE
The GRE is required for all PhD applicants. 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
  • Qualifying Exam- this is taken 1-3 semesters into the program, but students cannot continue with the PhD if they do not pass
  • 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.

How to complete the AY application

Deadlines

Fall PhD and all international deadline: February 15
Fall MHI and MS domestic deadline: June 15
Spring deadline (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.

Application instructions

  1. Connect to the ApplyYourself (AY) Application System.
  2. Create an account or log-in to your existing account.
  3. Click on the "Application for Admission" link in the middle of the page.
  4. Once inside the system, you will use the left-hand navigation or the "save and continue" button on the bottom of each page to navigate through the application. The "Application Instructions" link explains how to upload your transcripts. The rest of the links are application steps.
  5. Beginning with "Personal Information" work your way through the application system, clicking "save and continue" to move between sections.
  6. In "Educational Background" make sure to include all colleges and universities you have attended, even if you did not complete a degree program. You should upload unofficial copies of your transcripts on this page, using the "upload document" button under each entry.
  7. Make sure to add your GPA or your grade and grading scale (if not on a 4.0 scale) in the GPA information section of "Educational Background"
  8. In the "Test Information-Self Reported" section, please remember to check all of the boxes for the tests you have taken and document the date(s) of your exam(s) and your scores(s). If you included the University of Minnesota institutional code, 6874, when you took your GRE, ETS will send us your scores as well.
  9. You may skip the "Awards and Activities" section, but it may strengthen your application if you have awards and activities related to the field of Health Informatics
  10. You are required to complete the first  statement on the "Applicant Statement" section.
  11. The third statement is a place to explain any extenuating circumstances that might effect your application (i.e. low GPA, low test scores, etc.)
  12. You are free to include any additional information in the "Program Supplementary Information" section.
  13. Please see below for information about submitting your recommendations.
  14. When you are ready to submit your application, select the "Submit" button on the top of the screen. You will need to pay the application fee at this time.
  15. After you have completed and submitted your application, we will be able to download it from ApplyYourself.

Recommendations

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

  • ApplyYourself requires the following information for each reference:
    • Name
    • Complete address
    • Phone number
    • Email address
    • Title or position
    • Institution or company name
  • ApplyYourself 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.