Admission Requirements

Get started on your degree this January – Applications Accepted Through December 1st

The following elements are the standard admissions requirements for the MS in Health Care Informatics program.

  • Bachelor’s degree from an approved, accredited school
  • Basic computer and information management skills, including familiarity and experience with Microsoft Office products (Word, PowerPoint, Excel)
  • Bachelor’s GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Completion of the online University Application
  • Official transcript from the university that conferred your bachelor’s degree
  • Resume/CV
  • Basic understanding of medical terminology (Non-health care professionals will need to complete the online medical terminology course by the end of the first term. This course is not part of the degree curriculum.)
  • One year of work experience (preferred but not required)
  • A short statement of purpose
  • Letter of recommendation from your current employer or two letters of reference
  • An admissions interview will be required for all on-campus program applicants and may be requested of some online applicants

Applications are accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis. Online students can apply and start in any semester (spring, summer, or fall). On-campus students may apply to start in Spring and Fall only.

Please contact your advisor at (888) 832-0239 or use the chat feature on this page if you are interested but do not meet all published admissions requirements. Our application review process always includes a holistic look at your experience and background, and we understand that a low undergraduate GPA or lack of professional experience is not necessarily indicative of your potential success in our program.

are you an international applicant?
  • International applicants must meet additional requirements for admission, including:
    • A Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) exam – the new TOEFL at Home test is a great option
    • A course by course transcript evaluation and report by World Education Services (WES). No other transcript evaluation will be accepted for degrees earned outside the U.S.
  • If you are currently in the U.S. on an F-1 or M-1 student visa, you are not eligible to pursue the online section of our program, per U.S. immigration regulations.
  • Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the on-campus section of the MS-HCI program is currently being offered remotely. International students may still apply to start with the on-campus section but will take courses remotely from their home country. When federal, state, and local guidelines allow, the university will resume processing visas for international students to travel to the United States.
  • International students who are currently in the United States on an F-1 student visa may be able to transfer the F-1 record to University of San Diego. Please contact an enrollment advisor if you think this situation applies to you.


We understand that some universities are experiencing delays in fulfilling requests for official transcripts. If this is the case for you, please send your enrollment advisor a copy of your unofficial transcripts. We can likely make an admission decision based on your unofficial transcripts, but please note that if you are admitted, you will still need to supply official transcripts as soon as possible.