MS in Health Informatics

Abby Kazley, Ph.D., MSHI Division Director.

The online Master of Science in Health Informatics (MSHI) program at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) is designed primarily for working health care professionals who wish to specialize in health informatics with a focus on data analytics. Graduates are prepared to manage, use, and evaluate health care information systems such as electronic health records (EHRs), data management, and analytic systems. They also gain firsthand experience in working with leading experts in telehealth through MUSC’s Center of Telehealth, one of only two Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA)-designated Centers of Excellence for Telehealth in the nation. The program prepares students to assume positions such as:

·         Data Analytics Officers

·         Clinical Systems Analysts

·         Health IT Project Managers

·         Implementation Specialists

·         Chief Medical/Nursing Information Officers

The program offers a thesis option to students interested in conducting health informatics research.

The Master of Science in Health Informatics degree program is in Candidacy Status, pending accreditation review by the Commissionon Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education(CAHIIM).


  • A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university. A GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale is necessary to be competitive. Previous graduate work should reflect a GPA of 3.0 or above.
    •  As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, students applying for Fall 2021 will receive a GRE waiver. If the applicant does not have a combined GPA of 3.0 from all post-secondary schools, a competitive score on the GRE or the GMAT is required. 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.

    • Applicants with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher are not required to submit GRE or GMAT scores. Waivers will be granted to applicants with earned masters or doctoral level degrees.

  • Three reference forms from individuals who can comment on your professional background, academic capabilities, and motivation. (Applicants provide the email address of three individuals on the application, and the recommendation form is electronically sent to those individuals to complete.)
  • Applicants should have working knowledge of word processing, spreadsheets, presentation software, and databases.

Eligibility for admission is based on the GPA, the GRE or GMAT, the personal statement, work experience, interviews, resume, and references. One or more years of healthcare or IT work experience is preferred but not essential.

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

International Applicants

MUSC’s MSHI degree program is unable to admit international students requiring an F-1 visa. Applications will only be accepted from U.S. citizens, permanent residents, or those holding other valid nonimmigrant visa classifications that allow participation in lawful study while in the United States.

Distance Education Information

MUSC has been approved by South Carolina to participate in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements. NC-SARA is a voluntary, regional approach to state oversight of postsecondary distance education. Currently, MUSC accepts applications to the Master of Science in Health Informatics from students who live in all states.

To learn more please see the Office of Institutional Effectiveness' State Authorization page.

Application Process

In addition to the application itself, the applicant must complete supplemental materials specific to this program. 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

Start Term Application Type Available Deadline
Fall 2021  Regular July 1, 2020 Rolling