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Timelines & Requirements

Admission requirements

Students are admitted to the Master of Science in Health Informatics and Information Management (MSHIIM) program in the fall, spring, and summer semesters. To apply, you must have the following:
  • A Bachelor’s degree from an institution with full regional accreditation for that degree
  • A minimum GPA of 2.7 on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent)
  • Satisfactory GRE scores on a test taken within the last five years (Minimum composite score of 280 required)

*You do not need the GRE if you meet one of the following requirements.

  • A cumulative grade point average of 3.25 or higher on a 4.0 scale for a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university in the U.S.
  • Official admission into and demonstrated success in a regionally accredited graduate program in the U.S. Demonstrated success is defined as grades of A or B in at least 9 hours of graduate work.
  • Graduation from a regionally accredited college/university in the U.S. at least 15 years ago or more.

We also ask that you have knowledge in the following areas

Information Systems (IS):

  • Related undergraduate degree in MIS
  • Undergraduate or graduate coursework that covers knowledge of IS
  • Appropriate, verifiable IS or IT experience

Health Care:

  • Related undergraduate degree in Health Information Management (HIM) or another health care field
  • Undergraduate or graduate coursework that covers knowledge of health care
  • Appropriate, verifiable health care experience


  • Related undergraduate degree in statistics or related field
  • Undergraduate or graduate coursework that covers knowledge of statistics
  • Appropriate, verifiable experience working with statistics

You may be asked to demonstrate competency in these areas. If you do no have the appropriate coursework or experience, you may still be admitted to the program. If you are admitted this way, you may be required to complete additional support courses as part of your program.

Application deadline

 Your application is due by:

  • August 15 for admission for the following Fall semester
  • November 15 for admission for the following Spring semester
  • April 15 for admission for the following Summer semester

The application deadline is subject to change, to accommodate available capacity and program needs. We encourage you to submit your application as early as possible.

If you’re applying for an assistantship, please send in your assistantship form along with your application. 

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Graduation requirements

Our MSHIIM program requires a total of 33 credit hours beyond the baccalaureate. This includes:

  • Successful completion of all courses listed on your MSHIIM Plan of Study within the 5-year time limit
  • Achievement of a GPA of at least 3.0 (a "B" average), with no more than 6 credit hours of a "C" grade and no grade below a "C" in the courses on your Plan of Study
  • Satisfaction of Regental standards for residency, this is satisfied by completing all but a maximum of nine credit hours of your coursework at DSU (distance courses count as "at DSU")
  • Core courses (30 credits): These courses build background and skills that should be common to all masters-level health informatics professionals.
  • Master's research problem/project (three credits): This capstone course provides an opportunity to apply new knowledge and skills.
  • A comprehensive exam

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Office of Graduate Studies and Research
(605) 256-5799

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