On-Campus Online

Master of Science in Health Care Informatics

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applying to the ms in health care informatics program

To apply to the MS in Health Care Informatics (MS-HCI) program, please submit an application, official transcripts, letters of reference and your resume. International applicants must also submit official TOEFL/ILETS/Duolingo scores and an official evaluation of foreign transcripts by one of the agencies listed at the bottom of this page.

USD is pleased to offer a dedicated enrollment staff to assist interested students throughout the application process. There is no charge for this service. Simply fill out the inquiry form at the top of this page and an advisor will reach out to you. You may also reach us by phone at (888) 832-0239.


Application Materials

College/University Transcripts

Applicants are required to provide official transcripts documenting their undergraduate degree. Official transcripts are sent directly from the college or university to the University of San Diego Office of Graduate Admissions. This is usually done electronically to [email protected]. If your undergraduate university cannot send transcripts electronically, they can be sent via postal mail to:

Office of Graduate Admissions
University of San Diego
5998 Alcala Park
San Diego, CA 92110-2492

Please note that transcripts sent via postal mail will likely cause delays in the processing of your application.

Resume

A resume describing the nature, scope and areas of responsibility of all your work experience is required. Please upload your resume with your application.

Statement of Purpose/Personal Statement

The essay, required of all candidates, gives us a better understanding of you as a person, your career goals, and your familiarity with the range of health informatics positions you might assume after graduation. It also provides a sample of your writing ability. The statement is submitted with your application.

Recommendations

Applicants are required to submit one letter of support, ideally from a current employer. Letters of support from professional colleagues, past supervisors, or academic advisors will also be accepted.

Interview

All prospective students will be scheduled for an admissions interview once their application is complete and ready for review. This interview will be held via Zoom teleconference with the Academic Director, with the goal of exploring your career aspirations, discussing the academic expectations and requirements of the program, and answering any remaining questions you have.


Additional requirements for admission


Are you an international applicant?

International students applying to our on-campus MS-HCI program will need to be accepted earlier than the published deadlines to allow time for visa processing.

The next available start term for International Students is Fall 2025 (classes start September 2025). Please note these deadlines:

Required Documentation for International Applicants

International students with private funding who are interested in applying for the on-campus MS-HCI program will be required to meet additional requirements for admission, including:

Important Visa Information


At a Glance

Prepare for your career in Health Care Informatics or Healthcare Data Analytics with our HIMSS-approved program. Earn your degree at our San Diego campus or completely online.

20 months
30 Units
$925
September 3
August 2
20 months
30 units
$1,750
September 4
August 2

Frequently Asked Questions

Is a degree or work experience in health care required for admission?

Your bachelor’s degree can be in any discipline, and health care experience is not required. If you have not worked in health care, you will be required to complete an online medical terminology course which is not part of the degree curriculum. This will help give you a foundational understanding of the terms and concepts discussed throughout the program.

Is a GRE or GMAT required for admission?

No! Neither the GRE nor the GMAT are required for admission to the MS-HCI program.

What if my GPA is slightly below the minimum required for admission? Can I still be considered for acceptance?

Absolutely! We understand that you are more than your undergraduate GPA . Your undergraduate GPA may potentially be offset by work experience, an admission essay, or fulfillment of a graduate-level course to show readiness for success in your graduate degree. During your admission interview, our Academic Director will explore your career goals and identify any ways our team might be able to better support you through your graduate studies. Ultimately, our goal is your success. We want to ensure that the students who are admitted to our program have the experience, tools and resources they need to graduate from the program and pursue their career goals.

Is this a STEM program?

Health Care Informatics is a STEM-designated degree, and international students enrolled in the on-campus program will have the option for OPT during the summer term via the elective course HCIN 545.

How many units is my program?

The MS-HCI program is a total of 30 units. You’ll take a total of ten required 3-unit courses over 5 terms. Students enrolled in the on-campus program will also have the option to take additional elective courses including a practicum.

What is the cost of tuition for the MS-HCI Program?

Tuition for the MS-HCI program varies depending on whether you attend on campus or online.

    • ONLINE: $925/unit. The total tuition cost for the 30-unit program is $27,750
    • CAMPUS: $1,750/unit. The total tuition cost for the 30-unit program is $52,500

Tuition amounts shown on this website, or in other university publications or web pages, represent tuition and fees as currently approved. However, the University of San Diego reserves the right to increase or modify tuition and fees without prior notice and to make such modifications applicable to students enrolled at USD at that time as well as to incoming students. In addition, all tuition amounts and fees are subject to change at any time for correction of errors. Please note that the displayed tuition covers only the cost of courses, and additional expenses such as books and other fees are not included.

What is the difference between the on-campus and the online degree programs?

Whether you attend online or on-campus, you’ll find the faculty and curriculum substantially the same. Below is a list of the primary differences:

  • The cost per unit varies: $925/unit online vs. $1,750/unit on-campus
  • Campus-based students also have additional fees associated with being on campus (health services, parking, etc)
  • Online students take one accelerated class at a time, and classes run year-round. Each online class lasts just 7 weeks. On-campus students take 3 classes concurrently over a 14-week term during Spring and Summer, and do not have course requirements over the Summer term.
  • New students may start the online program in Fall, Spring or Summer, but the on-campus program only accepts new students in the Fall.

International

Our borders are open to international students of all regions.

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