Master of Science Program

The Health Informatics accreditor of the University of Minnesota is the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). The College’s accreditation for master's degree in Health Informatics has been reaffirmed through 2029-2030 All inquiries about the program’s accreditation status should be directed by mail to CAHIIM, 200 East Randolph Street, Suite 5100, Chicago, IL, 60601; by phone at (312) 235-3255; or by email at [email protected].

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There are two Master of Science options: MS Plan A and MS Plan B. Plan A is research-oriented, and is designed primarily for health professionals who are seeking additional training in health informatics. Plan B is course-oriented, and is intended for non-health professionals who wish to be trained in this area but need additional coursework to become fully qualified. The coursework and credit amount for both plan is the same, however Plan A requires a 10 credit thesis while Plan B requires a 4 credit final project. Both programs are 36 credits that can be completed in as little as two years at a full-time pace. The full list of required courses can be found at the bottom of the page. Students can also consult the Student Handbook, which contains all information related to the program requirements. 

Below are the admissions requirements for the MS. To the right are the deadlines for fall and spring cycles. Note that we accept applicants in both the spring and fall, however international students are encouraged to only apply during the fall cycle. Applications are reviewed only after the deadline. 


To serve as the academic home for health informatics professional students pursuing a Master of Science in Health Informatics. It will provide a thorough, broad-based, cutting-edge, high-quality educational program that facilitates initial entry and advancement in the health informatics workforce and/or prepare them for doctoral studies in the field.


A workforce of trained health informatics professionals with skills in the information and healthcare sciences who are contributing to solving important problems in health.