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Admission Requirements

Qualified applicants for the online Master of Science in Health Informatics program must hold a bachelor’s degree, which can be in any field, and have a minimum 3.00 cumulative GPA (on a 4.00 scale). The bachelor’s degree or diploma for applicants educated internationally must be from a school or university that grants degrees equivalent to the U.S. bachelor’s degree.

We welcome students of all educational and professional backgrounds, but MSHI students typically have experience in health and rehabilitation sciences, health information management, information science, computer science, biology, management, nursing, or other clinical fields.

To apply to the online MSHI program, you must complete and submit the following:

  • Online Application
  • Resume
  • Official transcripts
    • Transcripts must be submitted from anywhere you took classes, including study abroad programs.
      • Mailing Address:
        University of Pittsburgh
        School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences
        Office of Admissions
        4020 Forbes Tower
        Pittsburgh, PA 15260
      • Official e-transcripts:
  • Two letters of recommendation
    • Letters of recommendation should come from individuals who have taught you in academic settings and/or supervised clinical, research, or professional activities. These letters should address academic, professional, and personal attributes, as well as your potential for meaningful graduate study.
  • Essay
    • This essay should discuss your goals, strengths, skills, and experiences that will contribute to success in the program and in the profession. You should also include a brief statement discussing your interest in the field and reasons for applying to the University of Pittsburgh.

Additional requirements for international applicants:

If you have questions, reach out to an enrollment advisor at any time at or (412) 274-5540.

Upcoming Deadlines

Pitt’s online MS in Health Informatics program offers multiple start dates per year, in the spring, summer, and fall. Students are admitted on a rolling basis. Applicants who submit an application by the early decision and priority deadlines are eligible to receive an application fee waiver. Applicants who submit an application by the early decision deadline will receive an admissions decision within one week.

Applications are currently being accepted for the cohorts listed below:

Cohort Summer 2020 Cohort Fall 2020 Cohort
Early Decision Deadline February 3, 2020 May 25, 2020
Priority Deadline March 9, 2020 June 29, 2020
Final Deadline March 30, 2020 July 20, 2020
Course Start May 4, 2020 August 24, 2020

Financing Your Degree

Online Master of Science in Health Informatics students can expect to pay $40,392 in total tuition (based on 2019-2020 academic year rates). This cost does not include registration and student fees.

  • Cost per credit: $1,122

There are many forms of financial aid to help fund your graduate studies at Pitt.

In order to apply for Federal student aid, you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) using Pitt’s school code: 008815. As a graduate student, you may qualify for the following two federal loans:

  • Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan: Most graduate-level students may be eligible to receive up to $20,500 per academic year through the Direct Unsubsidized Loan.
  • Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loan: The PLUS loan is credit-based and used to supplement the Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan. The maximum PLUS loan amount offered is the student’s cost of attendance minus any other financial aid received.

Please visit the SHRS website for more detailed information on financial aid.

Your current employer may be willing to provide financial assistance for your graduate education, so it is a good idea to check with your manager or HR department to see if there are potential opportunities for tuition support. If you have questions about approaching this conversation with your employer, our enrollment team can provide helpful tools and insights for exploring this opportunity.

If you have questions, reach out to an enrollment advisor at any time at or (412) 274-5540.