Admission Criteria and Process
- A bachelor's degree with an overall grade point average of 3.0 or higher.
- A graduate-level statistics course (may be completed prior to admission or during the first semester of enrollment)
- Graduate Record Exam (GRE) Please provide code 6895 to your testing location so that the results are forwarded to KUMC.
- Satisfactory criminal background check: All incoming students are required to pay for a background check. This one-time fee must be paid directly to the company performing the background investigation. You will be asked to provide information and make the payment once you have been officially accepted into the program.
The deadline for applications for the Fall 2016 semester is April 1, 2016. All applicants are considered on an individual basis. If the above admission requirements are not met, opportunities may be provided for admission with a condition that must be removed before attaining regular graduate status. Apply online.
The following materials are needed to complete the application. Applications are considered 2 times per year. If you do not complete your application for the semester you indicated on your application, your file will become inactive. It will be your responsibility to notify us if you wish to apply for a subsequent semester.
- Application to the Graduate School
- Official GRE Results: Although the Health Informatics program does not have a minimum GRE score, the score is considered during the admissions process and is required.
- Official transcripts from all post-secondary college or university that you have attended. These transcripts must be sent in a sealed envelope directly from each institution to the KU Center for Health Informatics, 3901 Rainbow Blvd, MS 4043, Kansas City, KS 66160 or if your institution offers electronic delivery, have transcripts sent to HealthInformatics@kumc.edu.
- Three letters of reference on the forms provided in the application packet. Preferably, the references will be from a former instructor, current employer, and professional colleague
- Statement of applicant's detailed professional objectives and reasons for interest in the KUMC MSHI program
- An informational interview with a Center for Health Informatics representative. A representative will contact you to arrange this interview.
- $60.00 application fee (non-refundable). Please send the check or money order payable to the University of Kansas Center for Health Informatics.
Additional Guidelines for International Applicants
- Students who earned a bachelor's degree outside of the U.S. must have their transcripts evaluated by an outside agency such as the Educational Credential Evaluators or the World Education Services.
- Minimum English proficiency requirements are posted for students from abroad and students whose first language is not English. Please provide code 6895 to TOEFL or IELTS when you request to have your scores forwarded to KUMC. A link to a list of countries whose students are exempt from the English testing requirements is also posted on the academic English requirements web page.
- View the International Programs at KUMC website for information about the required fee, forms, visas, and residency status. If you carry a Resident Alien "green card" or military visa, please include a photocopy of your cards with your application materials. If you require visa sponsorship, please notify the Office of International Programs at InternationalProgs@kumc.edu or at +1-913-588-1480.
The Center for Health Informatics endeavors to fulfill its responsibilities to the changing needs of society by selecting applicants who, in the judgment of the admissions committee, demonstrate the academic achievement, maturity, integrity, and motivation necessary for successful advancement. In addition, the committee looks for applicants who will contribute academic, nonacademic, and socioeconomic diversity to the class. The committee is interested in evidence of capacity for mature and independent scholarship. One of the essential functions of a university is to help all individuals realize their potential. In an effort to foster this activity, the Center for Health Informatics subscribes to the KU Statement on Diversity and Inclusion.
Computer Competency and Standards
Students entering all programs of study at the University of Kansas Medical Center are expected to have basic skills in using a computer. Please refer to the recommendations for purchasing computers. During your studies in health informatics you will be participating in simulations in Second Life (www.secondlife.com/) so be sure you have a microphone/headset and a video card that is capable of carrying the graphics in Second Life. You will be expected to have access to Microsoft Office, Microsoft Access, and Microsoft Visio in order to complete assignments.
Sep 16, 2015