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Admissions Requirements


Admissions Requirements

Master's Degree Admissions Requirements

All students applying to the Master of Science in Health Informatics degree program must submit the following for admissions, regardless of full or provisional status:

  • Admission application
  • $65 non-refundable fee
  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent from a regionally accredited university
  • Minimum overall grade point average of 3.00 out of a possible 4.00 with a minimum grade point average of 3.00 in the sciences
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
  • Resume
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Statement of purpose (details below)
Statement of Purpose Statement of Purpose

Definition: A statement of purpose is a prospective graduate student’s brief statement describing relevant past education, work experience and any extenuating circumstances the admission committee should know. It also should inform the committee how the applicant intends to apply the degree to his or her career. Relevant information is defined as anything that will demonstrate that the applicant is able to be successful in the program.

Format: The statement of purpose should be written in three or four main parts, or sections. These sections can be presented in the order the applicant believes will make the most compelling case, but in general should include:

  • An introductory statement explaining the applicant’s motivation for joining the program.
  • A section detailing how relevant educational, professional and life experience has prepared the applicant for the program.
  • A section detailing how the program will help the applicant become a greater asset to an organization and/or the general population, and what the applicant expects to do with the degree.
  • If applicable, a section explaining extenuating circumstances (i.e., a life event or other conflict that hindered the applicant's ability to excel academically).

Recommended Length: The written length of the statement of purpose should be as short or as long as the applicant needs to adequately make the case. However, a good range is 250-1,000 words.

International Students International Students

International Students

Applicants who do not require a visa who are from countries where English is not the official language must demonstrate proficiency in English* in one of the following ways:

  • By providing scores of 79 or higher on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL iBT)
  • By providing a score of 6.5 or higher on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).
  • By earning a score of 500 (or 153 after August 2011) on the GRE Verbal exam.
  • By earning a baccalaureate or higher degree at a regionally accredited institution in the U.S.
  • By earning a baccalaureate or higher degree at a foreign institution where English is the primary language of instruction (must be officially documented on transcript).

All foreign transcripts that are not in English must be accompanied by a certified English translation and a credential evaluation from any National Association of Credential Evaluators, Inc (NACES) or Association of International Credential Evaluators, Inc. (AICE) approved agency certifying equivalency to the U.S. degree.

 


Graduate Certificate Program Admissions Requirements

All students applying to the For-Credit Graduate Certificate in Health Informatics must submit the following for admissions:

  • Admission application
  • $65 non-refundable application fee
  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent from a regionally accredited university
  • Minimum overall grade point average of 3.00 out of a possible 4.00 with a minimum grade point average of 3.00 in the sciences
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
  • Resume
  • Statement of purpose (details below)
Statement of Purpose Statement of Purpose

Definition: A statement of purpose is a prospective graduate student’s brief statement describing relevant past education, work experience and any extenuating circumstances the admission committee should know. It also should inform the committee how the applicant intends to apply the degree to his or her career. Relevant information is defined as anything that will demonstrate that the applicant is able to be successful in the program.

Format: The statement of purpose should be written in three or four main parts, or sections. These sections can be presented in the order the applicant believes will make the most compelling case, but in general should include:

  • An introductory statement explaining the applicant’s motivation for joining the program.
  • A section detailing how relevant educational, professional and life experience has prepared the applicant for the program.
  • A section detailing how the program will help the applicant become a greater asset to an organization and/or the general population, and what the applicant expects to do with the degree.
  • If applicable, a section explaining extenuating circumstances (i.e., a life event or other conflict that hindered the applicant's ability to excel academically).

Recommended Length: The written length of the statement of purpose should be as short or as long as the applicant needs to adequately make the case. However, a good range is 250-1,000 words.

International Students International Students

USF does not issue I-20 documents to international applicants enrolling in a certificate program. International students may pursue an online program from outside the U.S., without an I-20. Please note that immigration regulations do not allow international degree-seeking students to enroll in more than one on-line course per semester. You must make sure that adding an on-line certificate does not lead you to violate this regulation.

International students who do not hold the required degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution must submit translated transcripts, along with a credential evaluation from any National Association of Credential Evaluators, Inc. (NACES) approved agency certifying equivalency to the U.S. degree.