Master of Science in Health Informatics

Important Dates

Applicants must complete and submit the online application by April 1, 2021. There is a two-week grace period allowed for receipt of all Letters of Recommendation. The Admissions Committee will begin reviewing completed applications in April and extend interview offers on a rolling basis. The interview slots and entering class are filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

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Applicants must have, or be in the process of completing, a bachelor’s degree.

How do I apply?

The application is online. Admission is granted for the fall semester only.

A complete application will include:

  • Finalized and Submitted Online Application

    How do I apply?

    The application is online. Admission to the MSHI is granted for the fall semester only.

    When is the application deadline?

    The application deadline is April 1, 2021. Supporting materials, such as transcripts and letters of recommendation, must be received within two weeks after the deadline to be competitively reviewed by the committee in a timely manner.

    What is the application fee?

    There is no application fee.

    Where do I send additional application materials?

    We accept letters of recommendation and undergraduate and graduate transcripts electronically. There is no need for printed copies of these documents during the review phase. Students may also upload a resume, CV, or other documents directly within the online application. Official transcripts sent by the institution will be required prior to matriculation if an applicant decides to attend UT Southwestern.

  • Unofficial Transcripts

    Do I need transcripts from all of the institutions I attended or just from the institution from which I received my bachelor’s degree?

    You must upload an unofficial transcript from every institution that you attended as part of the online application.

  • Three Letters of Recommendation

    Please have the names and email addresses of your three references before you begin the application.

    How many letters of recommendation are we allowed to submit?

    A minimum of three letters is required, but you may submit up to five.

    Do my letters of recommendation need to be received by April 1?

    No. Supporting materials, such as transcripts and letters of recommendation, must be received within two weeks after the deadline, April 14, 11:59 PM CST, to be competitively reviewed by the committee in a timely manner.

    When will my recommenders be notified of my request?

    While completing the application and prior to submission of your application, you will be able to send an initial request by clicking a “send request” button next to that recommender’s completed information. It is recommended that you first reach out to your recommenders and alert them of the request.

    Once you send the request via the application system, your Recommendation Provider will receive a personal link to use to upload his/her letter.

    Please note, the link is not transferrable and will expire in 7 days. You can monitor the receipt of your LORs via the application system and resend the request emails as needed.

  • GRE Scores - Optional

    Are GRE Scores Required?

    No, general GRE exam scores (institutional code 6686) are optional for the Master of Science in Health Informatics program.

Applicant Evaluation

The most heavily weighted factors are letters of recommendation and professional and/or research experience(s). As far as the professional and research experiences, not only who, what, when and where, but also how well you understood the work or research itself beyond just the techniques that you carried out, and ultimately, how you communicate these elements in your personal statement. When evaluating applicants, the admission committee will consider:

  • Letters of recommendation
  • Research experience
  • Professional experience
  • Grade point average
  • Undergraduate curriculum breadth and rigor
  • Personal statement and motivation for a career in health informatics**
  • Personal integrity
  • English language competency
  • Race/Ethnicity*
  • Socioeconomic background

*As authorized by the Board of Regents, and subject to the approval of the UT System, the UT Southwestern Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences added race and ethnicity to the broad range of criteria considered for student admission and for the awarding of scholarships and fellowships beginning with the 2006-2007 academic year.

**The Master of Science program in Health informatics aims to increase and strengthen the health information technology workforce in North Texas. We seek candidates that are motivated to apply learned materials in their current and future positions.

What should my personal statement be about?

Your personal statement is a chance for us to get to know you as a potential student in our programs. A good statement tells us your informatics journey and story, clearly and concisely describes your educational, professional, and research experience, and shows us your drive, motivation, passion, and maturity. We do appreciate when students are concise, 1,200 words or less.

Briefly describe, in two pages or less (1,200 word limit), your reasons for pursuing a graduate education in Health Informatics. Particularly discuss the following:

  • Why do you want to pursue a Master of Science in Health Informatics?
  • What will you do with the skills you gain in the Master of Science in Health Informatics program?
  • Tell us about your time management, communication, and writing skills.

Financial Aid

UT Southwestern encourages all students to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon as possible. More information about loan funds and other financial aid can be obtained by sending an to the Office of Student Financial Aid.


      • About the UT Southwestern Graduate School

        The goal of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences is to provide students with the tools, skills, and support necessary to forge a solid foundation upon which they can build successful careers as leaders in biomedical research and education. Alumni of the Graduate School maintain a legacy of excellence through their work at top research institutions throughout the world.

      • Application Status

        How can I check if my application is complete?

        After you officially submit your application, within about 24-48 hours, you will receive an email from UT Southwestern with instructions for logging into our student system that will allow you to check on the completion status of your application and which transcripts and letters have been received. This email will also include instructions for you to be able to resend the request for a letter from one of your letter writers.

        I made a mistake on the application, but already submitted it. Now what do I do?

        Please Admissions.

        When will applicants be notified about admissions decisions?

        Admission review is conducted on a rolling basis, with invitations to interview emailed directly to the primary email address provided by the applicant.

        How do I check my application review status?

        Administrative staff cannot inform you of your application status via email or phone. You will be notified via the primary email address supplied by you if you have been invited to interview for our program. All other applicants will be contacted with a final status determination when all interview invitations have been extended.

      • GPA and GRE

        My institution does not use the 4.0 GPA scale, how do I calculate my GPA?

        The section for entering GPA in the application offers you the opportunity to enter the information in the appropriate score format.

        Do I need to use an international transcript translation service to submit my grades?

        No, you can submit the transcripts or copies of the transcripts in their original format.

        I am currently in the U.S., but not on an F-1 visa. What kind of visa is needed to be a graduate student at UT Southwestern?

        At this time, UT Southwestern Medical Center is not able to sponsor students in F-1/J-1 visa status in order to enroll in the Master of Science in Health Informatics program. Please contact the Graduate School or the Office of International Affairs if you have any questions about future University sponsorship.

        Is the GRE exam required?

        No. GRE test scores may be submitted by the applicant but are not required at this time. The GRE Institution Code is 6686.

        What is the school code for the GRE and TOEFL score reporting?

        Our GRE and TOEFL institutional code is 6686. No departmental code is needed.

        Is there a minimum GPA requirement for your program?

        UT Southwestern’s Graduate School has no minimum GPA. We consider each applicant holistically when reviewing for admissions. We will publish average GPA data in future cycles, once we have matriculated our inaugural class.

      • Tuition, Fees, and Insurance

        Tuition, fees, and insurance information is available on the Financial Aid website. Please contact the Office of Student Accounting with any questions.

        Who do I contact with additional questions?

        Please the Office of Student Accounting with any questions.

        Applicants eligible for federal aid may file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to establish eligibility for student loans. Please the Office of Student Financial Aid with any questions.

      • Program Format & General Questions

        Can the program be completed online?

        The Master of Science in Health Informatics program is an in-residence program that is intended to be offered fully in-person at the UT Southwestern campus in Dallas, Texas.

        Does the MSHI have part-time and full-time options?

        You can enroll as a full-time student and complete the program in 2 years. You can enroll as a part-time student and complete the program in 2.5 years.

        Are MSHI courses during the day or evening?

        The MSHI courses will be offered in the evening. A student enrolled in an elective outside of the MSHI program will attend the course based on the elective’s schedule.

        What types of professional and research experiences do admitted students typically have?

        It really depends on individuals. The committee will review all your materials, including transcript, personal essay, reference letters, CV, etc. to reach a decision.

        Do you accept transfer students into the program?

        No, we do not. For more information, please us.

        Can International Students Apply?

        At this time, UT Southwestern Medical Center is not able to sponsor students in F-1/J-1 visa status in order to enroll in the Master of Science in Health Informatics program. Please contact the Graduate School or the Office of International Affairs you have any questions about future University sponsorship.

        Are there scholarships available?

        The MSHI program is not able to offer direct scholarship support to students at this time. All prospective students are encouraged to apply for financial aid and seek sources of outside funding to support their studies.

        Can medical students pursue this degree?

        UT Southwestern is currently designing a Doctor of Medicine/Master of Science in Health Informatics (M.D./M.S. in Health Informatics) dual degree program at UT Southwestern Medical School. To learn more about when this option will be available, please contact

        Medical students at UT Southwestern and other LCME accredited medical schools holding a bachelor's degree who are interested in completing the program during an approved leave of absence are also eligible to apply. 

        Is tuition assistance available to The University of Texas system employees?

        Please visit the University of Texas System for more information.

        Can I speak to someone on campus?

        MSHI program staff are currently working from home due to COVID-19 and are not able to meet prospective students in-person at this time.

        To discuss setting up a time to speak with a member of the MSHI program staff, please the program.

        Who can I reach out to if I still have more questions?

        If your question was not answered, please the program.

Contact the Graduate School

Lisa Gardner, Ph.D.

Assistant Dean

Phone: 214-648-0718

Lisa Gardner, Ph.D.

Stuart Ravnik, Ph.D.

Associate Dean

Phone: 214-648-0733

Stuart Ravnik, Ph.D.

Nancy Street, Ph.D.

Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion

Phone: 214-648-0721

Nancy Street, Ph.D.

Deborah Evalds

Administrative Coordinator

Phone: 214-648-0007

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