Admission Requirements

Master of Science (MSHI) and Post-Master’s Certificate (PMC HI) in Health Informatics Programs

Applicants will be considered on an individual basis by anonymous submission to the Biomedical Health Information Sciences (BHIS) Committee for Academic Affairs. Individuals determined to be deficient in one or more areas may be recommended to the Graduate College for limited standing admission upon the condition that the deficiencies are completed through appropriate coursework or prerequisites, prior to starting the program coursework. The applicant must meet the UIC Graduate College admission requirements and specific program admission requirements. Program requirements supersede the graduate school requirements.

Gainful Employment Disclosure for Post-Master’s Certificate in Health Informatics.

The general education requirements may be completed online at UIC through Online Pathways.See which subject areas we recommend to fulfill our general education requirements

Graduate College Requirements

Application Fee

$70, non-refundable application fee which is required at the time of application submission.
Students with international transcripts will need to pay an additional $50 evaluation fee.

Degree Requirements

Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution that equals a U.S. bachelor’s degree

Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution that equals a U.S. bachelor’s degree and master’s or professional degree from an accredited institution.

*For those with an MBA, the degree must be granted either by UIC or another school accredited by AACSB International—The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (

Grade Point Average (GPA)**

Grade Point Average (GPA) minimum 3.0/4.0 cumulative for all undergraduate degrees, graduate and professional degrees and any additional post-degree coursework.

**A final cumulative GPA of 3.0/4.0 for UIC’s Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Health Informatics will also be accepted. Credit for courses taken in the program no more than 5 years in the past.


Registrar-issued transcripts (copies) from the following:

  • All colleges or universities attended
  • All coursework taken after the first bachelor’s degree
  • Transcripts must state degree conferred from awarding institution
  • Mark sheets or grading scale legends
  • International students refer to: International Requirements

English Proficiency Requirements for International Students

Click here for review the English proficiency exemptions.


Total Score: 95
Listening: 22
Writing: 24
Reading: 24
Speaking: 24


Overall Score 7
Listening: 6.5
Writing: 6.5
Reading: 6.5
Speaking: 6.5

PTE Academic

Overall Score: 54
Writing: 56
Reading: 51
Speaking: 53


Total Score: 585 or higher

English Proficiency Waiver Letter Instructions

The request for English Proficiency test scores automatically populates in the checklist for International applicants. If the international applicant intends to submit a waiver letter please select that option on the application. For a domestic or permanent resident applicant that is required to fulfill the English proficiency requirement, the request for test scores does not populate. Admissions audits the application, and then adds the option of the test score requirement or a waiver letter.

Academic Calendar

Three start dates per year offer the flexibility to begin your program. Classes are offered in each Spring, Summer, and Fall semester. Each course is eight weeks long, enabling you to take up to two classes per semester for the graduate programs and four to six for the bachelor’s program. Please note that the application deadlines for the Health Informatics programs may differ from the university’s application deadlines.

All dates are subject to change, please contact your enrollment advisor to confirm. 

Summer 2020

  • Application Deadline – 4/1/20
  • Classes Begin – 5/18/20

Fall 2020

  • Application Deadline – 7/1/20
  • Classes Begin – 8/24/20

Application Instructions

Master of Science (MSHI) and Post-Master’s Certificate (PMC HI) in Health Informatics Programs

  1. Complete the application and pay your application fee.
  2. Approximately 3 days later, you’ll receive an application confirmation email from UIC Admissions to upload documents. Please submit your documents in PDF format as soon as possible.
  3. While you wait for the application email, write your personal statement, update your resume and create a list of references (for Master’s applicants only).
  4. Once the application is confirmed upload your documents. Refer to the UIC’s admissions FAQ if you have issues.
  5. Fill out the FAFSA if you are applying for financial aid. Use code number 001776 to designate the University of Illinois at Chicago.
  6. Please check your application frequently to insure all materials are submitted before the deadline date. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Limited Standing

Students admitted to the master’s health informatics program or post master’s certificate program on limited admission status must meet the conditions imposed by limited status and progress to full degree status within two semesters or any shorter amount of time set forth in the letter of acceptance.

Students accepted to Health Informatics programs under the condition of limited status must complete 10 credit hours in their first two semesters(including summer) and receive no grade below a B in any courses, including prerequisites. Other conditions may also apply. Failure to comply with conditions of admission may result in dismissal from the University.

Transfer credits may not be used to satisfy limited status requirements. Students admitted to any program on limited status may not take a semester off until the requirements are met and the student is placed on full academic standing.

This is because the limited standing requirements must be completed in within two semesters. Deferrals and Leaves of Absence may still be applied for, but students can’s take summers or semesters off until they come off of limited standing. Similarly some students on limited standing will not be able to drop or withdraw from classes in the early going because if they do not complete the required credit hours within two semesters they may be dismissed from the program by the Graduate College. Students must be advised accordingly.