Admission Criteria and Process

Admission Requirements

  1. A bachelor's degree with an overall grade point average of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale
  2. A graduate-level statistics course (may be completed prior to admission or during the first semester of enrollment)

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.

Admission Materials

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.

  1. Application to the Graduate School
  2. Official Graduate Record Exam (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. Please provide code 6895 to your testing location so that the results are forwarded to KUMC.
  3. Official transcripts from all post-secondary college or university that you have attended.  Each college or university should send these transcripts in a sealed envelope directly 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.
  4. 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.  Submit these references with your online application. 
  5. Resume.  Submit your resume with your online application.  
  6. Personal written statement of applicant's career goals and motivations for seeking graduate-level training in health informatics.  Submit this statement with your online application.
  7. An informational interview with a Center for Health Informatics representative.  A representative will contact you to arrange this interview.
  8. $60.00 application fee (non-refundable). Please include your payment as directed in the online application process.
  9. Satisfactory criminal background check:  After being accepted into the program, all incoming students are required to complete a background check. A one-time fee must be paid directly to the company performing the background investigation.  Instructions will be emailed to students when they are accepted to the program.

Additional Guidelines for International Applicants

  1. Students who earned a bachelor's degree outside of the U.S. must have their transcripts evaluated on a course-by-course basis by an outside agency such as the Educational Credential Evaluators or the World Education Services. This evaluation will take the place of the official copy of academic transcripts.  Please have the agency send their evaluation report directly to the KU Center for Health Informatics, 3901 Rainbow Blvd, MS 4043, Kansas City, KS 66160.  
  2. 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.  
  3. 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 online application process provides a place to attach copies of I-20 paperwork, passport, and other supplemental documentation if needed. 

Admission Considerations

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.

Tuition and Fees

For a complete list of tuition and fees, please refer to the KUMC information starting on page 12 of the KU Comprehensive Fee Schedule

Costs for the program vary and are subject to change.  An estimate for completion of the MS in Health Informatics program is approximately $20,000 for Kansas residents and $27,000 for non-residents.  This estimate does not include the cost of books, supplies, insurance, or living expenses.  For more information about Kansas residency requirements, please refer to this page.

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.

Last modified: Feb 08, 2016
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