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Admissions | Online Master of Science in Health Informatics

Admission Overview

Qualified applicants for the Online Master of Science in Health Informatics program and certificates 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. The University of Pittsburgh will determine whether or not the applicant’s international equivalent of a bachelor’s degree is acceptable.

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. Please note that a GRE is not required for admission to the program.

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

Online Application

Application Fee

Application fee of $50. Application fees previously paid cannot be refunded.


Unofficial Transcripts

Transcripts from all institutions attended are required with your application. You may use unofficial transcripts to submit your application, however, if you are admitted and decide to enroll, you will need to provide official transcripts to the SHRS Admissions Office.

Mailing Address:
University of Pittsburgh
School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences
Office of Admissions
4044 Forbes Tower
Pittsburgh, PA 15260

Official e-transcripts:

One Letter of Recommendation

This letter should come from an individual who has taught you in academic settings and/or supervised clinical, research, or professional activities. It should address academic, professional, and personal attributes, as well as your potential for meaningful graduate study.


This 2-3 page 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 statement discussing your interest in the field and reasons for applying to the University of Pittsburgh.

International Applicants

Additional requirements for international applicants:

Academic Credential Evaluation

English Language Proficiency Requirements

Frequently Asked Questions

No, the GRE is not required for admission.

Unofficial transcripts from all institutions attended are sufficient to include with your application. However, students who are admitted to the program and decide to enroll must provide the SHRS Office of Admissions with official transcripts from all institutions. Obtaining official transcripts is often a long process, and students are encouraged to request these important records as early as possible to avoid disruptions to enrollment.

No, we welcome students from all educational and professional backgrounds. Please note, however, that students enrolled in the Online MS in Health Informatics program typically have experience in health and rehabilitation sciences, health information management, information science, computer science, biology, management, nursing or other clinical fields.

No, work experience is not required. Our program will prepare you to step into a variety of professional roles with confidence. Upon graduation, you will possess the skills to communicate effectively, identify health care needs, leverage technical knowledge, support clinical decisions, lead working groups, and adapt along with the rapidly evolving health informatics industry.

While times vary, most applicants receive a decision within two weeks. Applicants who submit by the early application deadline will receive a decision within one week.

Yes, students have a variety of options to fund their degree. If you are a recent University of Pittsburgh graduate or a graduating senior, you may be eligible for the Pitt2Pitt Scholarship, which provides students enrolled in the Online MS in Health Informatics program with up to $5,000 in tuition support each year.

Students can also review Fastweb, a free scholarship search platform and database featuring a host of scholarship opportunities. In addition, students are encouraged to complete their FAFSA form each year to determine their eligibility for financial aid. Finally, your current employer may be willing to provide financial assistance for your graduate education. Connect with your manager or HR representative.

Our team is here to assist you. Connect with an enrollment advisor today to learn more about the application process, admissions, the curriculum and more.


If you have questions, reach out to an enrollment advisor at any time at or 412-218-0662.

Upcoming Deadlines

Pitt’s Online MS in Health Informatics program and certificates offer 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 deadline will receive an admissions decision within one week.

Early Application Deadline
Priority Application Deadline
Final Application Deadline
Fall 2024
June 3, 2024
July 1, 2024
July 29, 2024