Master of Health Informatics applicants are required to complete a four year bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university prior to enrollment in the master’s degree program.
The online application for entry into the Fall 2020 cohort will open in September 2019. All required supplemental materials are outlined below.
Payment of the application fee is required in order to submit a completed online application and may be paid via credit card or electronic check. The application fee is $75 (US) for all applicants.
Applicants are required to submit online (as part of the online application process) scanned or electronic versions of transcripts for all previously completed or in-progress undergraduate and graduate coursework.
In addition, one official transcript from each undergraduate and graduate program attended must be mailed or submitted electronically directly to the Health Informatics program by each college or university attended. Applicants who have not yet completed a bachelor's degree may submit a current transcript at the time of application and a final transcript upon conferral of the bachelor's degree.
Electronic versions should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org (preferred).
Transcripts can be mailed to:
School of Information
333 Maynard, Suite 500
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
TOEFL scores are required if English is not your first language. See exceptions to this policy and more details on our international applicants page.
Scores from the TOEFL exam, taken within the past two years, of 600 or higher on the paper-based test or 100 or higher on the internet-based test (iBT) are required. Official scores must be submitted electronically directly to the University of Michigan by the testing organization. The institution code for the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor is 1839. The Health Informatics program does not have a specific department code; you may list "99."
Applicants may choose to take the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) proficiency exam instead of the TOEFL (minimum score of 7.0 required).
Letters of Recommendation
Applicants are required to submit three letters of recommendation. Recommendations should be written by faculty members or supervisors who can provide substantive letters; who know your academic abilities, classroom work, personal qualities, and professional demeanor; and who have taught or supervised you and can speak to your potential for successful graduate study. If you are currently or were recently a student, faculty members are appropriate recommenders. For current or recently graduated students, we strongly encourage a minimum of one letter of recommendation from a faculty member.
Other possible recommenders include employers and leaders in organizations with which you have volunteered. It is important that they are able to speak to your intellectual abilities and potential for leadership in the field of health informatics. Personal friends and family members are not appropriate recommenders.
Please note that we do not accept emailed letters of recommendation and we do not accept letters through the University of Michigan Reference Letter Service. All letters of recommendation must be uploaded into the online application portal by the letter writer.
The online application includes a section for registering your recommenders. Once registered, recommenders can submit their letters online.
All applicants are required to upload a current resume or curriculum vitae as part of the online application.
Statement of Academic Purpose
A statement of academic purpose and personal statement are required of all applicants. In the online application, you will be instructed as follows:
Based on your understanding of the health informatics field and on your reading of the description of our program, please draft an essay that addresses the following questions:
1. What are the critical issues in the field of Health Informatics? Which of these are of greatest interest to you?
2. What are your short-term and long-term career goals? How would the University of Michigan Master of Health Informatics program help you achieve these goals?
3. What specific personal, professional, or educational experience would you bring to the program and to the field?
Your essay should be three to four (3-4), double-spaced pages with 1-inch margins on all pages. Do not include a cover sheet.
How have your background and life experiences, including cultural, geographical, financial, educational or other opportunities or challenges, motivated your decision to pursue a graduate degree at the University of Michigan? Please also discuss or explain any unusual patterns or anomalies in your academic or professional record (for example gaps in work or education, or a poor semester performance).
The Personal Statement should be one to two (1-2) pages double-spaced with 1-inch margins on all pages. Do not include a cover sheet.
Please include the following information in the header of all pages of your essays:
1. The document title "Statement of Academic Purpose" or “Personal Statement”
2. Your full name as it appears on the application
3. Your 8 digit U-M ID number (if known)