Admissions Requirements and Checklist | M.S. Health Informatics

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1. Preparation

  • B.A./B.S. degree from an accredited college or university
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0

Note: Meeting minimum entrance requirements does not guarantee admission.

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2. Application

Transcripts required: B.A./B.S. transcript showing degree conferred, any post-baccalaureate transcript, and any transcript with foundational courses.

Request official transcripts for receipt on or before the application deadline.

Must be in the original sealed envelope from the school, or from a certified electronic official transcript provider such as Parchment, Docufide, Scrip Safe, National Clearinghouse or other certified, online transcript service.

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Mail to:
The College of St. Scholastica 
Office of Graduate and Extended Studies Admissions
1200 Kenwood Avenue
Duluth, MN  55811

Please order early — transcripts can take up to 4-6 weeks to arrive.

  1. Complete the Online Application. You will need to use an updated browser, preferably Firefox, Chrome, or Safari (please do not use Internet Explorer).
  2. Upload a complete HIIM Essay (word or pdf). As part of the online application, the admissions essay should meet the following requirements:

    As part of the online application, the admissions essay should be written in essay format, address all of the questions below, represent your highest level of academic writing, and demonstrate your ability to participate in a rigorous, fast-paced, graduate program. Revisions will be requested if these requirements are not met. Sample essay.

    • Written in essay format
      1. 500 words
      2. 12-point Times New Roman font
      3. Typed and double-spaced
      4. One-inch margins
    • Address all of the essay questions/statements below
    • Represent your highest level of academic writing
    • Demonstrate your ability to participate in a rigorous, fast-paced, online graduate program.
    Revisions will be requested if these requirements are not met. Sample essay The essay should address the following:
    • What life experiences have prepared you to be successful in the online learning environment at the College of St. Scholastica?
    • Discuss the greatest challenges facing the Health Informatics and Information Management industry in the next five years.
    • What are the career goals that lead you to pursue a master's degree in Health Informatics (HI) and how do those goals align with the mission of the HI profession?
  3. In the online application, enter contact information for two references who observe and evaluate your leadership competencies or abilities. These individuals will receive an email request to complete an online recommendation form, with an optional letter upload. The subject of the email will include "Please submit your recommendation for *First Name *Last Name".
  4. Upload Resume as part of the online application.
  5. An admissions Interview may be requested by the Admissions Committee.
  6. Upon receipt of all application materials, the application packet will be forwarded to the Admissions Committee for review and the admissions decision.

If you have international transcripts or non-citizen status, you will need to complete the online program application and send additional documentation. Please see the International Admissions Policy for complete details.

There are many financial aid options available to help you pay for your education. Contact the OneStop Student Services office early in the application process at (877) 287-8716 or


3. Post-Completion

After you are notified a decision has been made regarding your application, log into your application portal to accept or decline using the Decision Response form.

As a college student at St. Scholastica, you get to take the lead in your own education and assume responsibility for your success. Please use our accepted students information page to help you along the way, and remember, your advisors and instructors are here to guide and support you as you proceed through your journey toward a degree.

You may be eligible to receive transfer credits for coursework you’ve completed. See our Graduate Transfer Credit Policy for more information and complete a  Credit Transfer Application Form. This form can be completed and provided to your program advisor and/or program department contact. Also, see Program/Transfer Guide for MS Health Informatics.

Application Deadlines

Early submission is encouraged; applications are reviewed as they are completed. Applications completed after the following deadlines will be submitted for the subsequent term.

Fall: Aug. 5
Fall mid-term: Sept. 30
Spring: Dec. 9
Spring mid-term: Feb. 17
Summer: April 21

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