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Application for the Master of Science in Health Informatics

Please contact the program for more information regarding the program start date. Contact Dr. James Zoller, 843-792-3849; zollerjs@musc.edu


The Master of Science in Health Informatics (MSHI) program at the Medical University of South Carolina is designed to ensure graduates are prepared (a) to select, implement, use, and evaluate health care information systems such as electronic health records (EHRs) and data management and analytic systems; (b) to lead organizational efforts in health informatics and IT; and (c) to apply data analytical skills to transform patient care and the care delivery process. The program offers a thesis option to students interested in conducting health informatics research.  As an academic medical center, MUSC is equipped to provide students with firsthand experience in working with our clinical data warehouse and in conducting health informatics research. Our program is also closely aligned with MUSC medical center complex, where clinical and administrative information systems are widely deployed. Students may gain firsthand experience with EHR systems, telemedicine/telehealth, patient portals, mobile technologies, and health information exchange, while collaborating with expert clinicians and researchers in the field. Graduates of the program will be prepared to assume positions as data analytics officers, clinical system analysts, health IT project managers, and chief medical/nursing information officers in hospitals, physician practices, and other health care settings.

State Authorization Information:

Due to various Department of Education and state higher education regulations, MUSC College of Health Professions distance programs are currently only authorized to enroll students residing in the following states: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia ,Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Jersey, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, Washington DC, West Virginia, Wisconsin.

We regret that the current regulations prevent us from offering our high quality distance education programs to students in all states at this time. However, please know that we will be exploring mechanisms to address these restrictions and will post any updates on this site.

International Applicants

Due to the distance-education nature of this program, MUSC is unable to issue I-20 forms to allow students to obtain F-1 student visas. Only U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and those holding other valid U.S. visas will be accepted.


  • One or more years in health care or IT experience preferred (or comparable professional work experience).
  • A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university. A GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scales necessary to be competitive. Previous graduate work should reflect a GPA of 3.0 or above.
  • A competitive score on the GRE or the GMAT if the applicant does not have an overall grade point average of 3.0 or higher from their undergradute school. A GRE score of 1000 (verbal + quantitative) or a GRE score of 301 on the current GRE, and 4 or higher on the analytical section; or GMAT score of 500 suggests a student's ability to be successful in the program.
  • Three reference forms from individuals who can comment on the applicant's professional background, academic capabilities, and motivation. (Applicants provide the email address of 3 individuals on the application and the recommendation form is electronically sent to them to complete.)
  • Students should have working knowledge of word processing, spreadsheets, presentation software and knowledge of databases.

Eligibility for admission is based on the GPA, the GRE or GMAT, the personal statement, interviews, resume and references. Admission requirements can be found at http://academicdepartments.musc.edu/chp/.

Qualifed candidates will be interviewed by the Admissions Committee and/or program director; the interviews will be held in person or via Skype.

Application Process

In addition to the application itself the applicant must complete supplemental reference materials specific to the program to which he or she is applying. These forms are available in PDF format within the application and are also sent through email once an application is submitted. Applicants are required to submit official transcripts from each post-secondary school attended and all materials must be received by the application deadline.

Application Deadlines

Tenative Start TermApplication TypeAvailableDeadline
Fall 2014RegularOct. 31, 2013April 15, 2014

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Last Published with Edits:February 14, 2014 11:08 AM
Last Comprehensive Review:Fall 2013

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