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Application deadlines

The application for Fall 2021 is available here.

Priority deadline for admission and scholarship consideration: January 15, 2021

Final application deadline for Fall 2021: May 1, 2021

Applicants from any academic or professional background are welcome and encouraged to apply to the Master of Health Informatics program. While there are no prerequisites for the master’s degree program, we recommend that applicants acquire or refresh their knowledge of a relevant analytic discipline, such as basic statistics or computer programming, prior to enrollment. Applicants are not discriminated against on any basis, including age, race, ethnicity, disability or sexual orientation.

All undocumented individuals are eligible for admission to any degree program at the University of Michigan and consideration for merit based awards whether or not they have been granted Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA). For help navigating the application process, please contact the Health Informatics program at

Application requirements overview

All applicants:

  • Online application and $75 application fee, payable by credit card or electronic check
  • Official transcripts sent by the college/university attended to
  • Three letters of recommendation submitted via the online application system
  • Statement of academic purpose and personal statement
  • Resume

International applicants:

  • All the above, plus official TOEFL scores submitted by the testing agency to U-M code 1839

More information on these requirements is below.


As part of the online application, applicants will submit scanned or electronic versions of transcripts for all previously completed or in-progress undergraduate and graduate coursework.

In addition, one official transcript from each undergraduate and graduate program attended must be mailed or submitted electronically directly to the Health Informatics program by each college or university attended. Applicants who have not yet completed a bachelor's degree may submit a current transcript at the time of application and a final transcript upon conferral of the bachelor's degree.

Electronic versions should be emailed to (preferred).

Mail transcripts to:

MHI Admissions
School of Information 
333 Maynard, Suite 500
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Please note that we are not accepting physical transcripts at this time since our staff is working remotely due to office closures for COVID-19. Please send all transcripts electronically to

TOEFL requirement

TOEFL scores are required if English is not your first language. See exceptions to this policy and more details on the international applicants page.

Scores from the TOEFL exam (taken within the past two years) of 600 or higher on the paper-based test or 100 or higher on the internet-based test (iBT) are required. Official scores must be submitted electronically directly to the University of Michigan by the testing organization. The institution code for the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor is 1839. The Health Informatics program does not have a specific department code; you may list "99."

Applicants may choose to take the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) proficiency exam instead of the TOEFL (minimum score of 7.0 required). 

In addition to the in-person TOEFL and IELTS options, we also accept the TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition, which is an online alternative that is identical in content, format and on-screen experience to the in-person TOEFL.

Letters of recommendation

Three letters of recommendation are required. Recommendations should come from faculty members or supervisors who can provide substantive letters, who know your academic abilities, classroom work, personal qualities and professional demeanor, and who have taught or supervised you and can speak to your potential for successful graduate study.  

If you are a current or recent student, faculty members are appropriate recommenders. For current or recently graduated students, we strongly encourage a minimum of one letter of recommendation from a faculty member.

Other possible recommenders include employers and leaders in organizations where you have volunteered. It is important that they are able to speak to your intellectual abilities and potential for leadership in the field of health informatics. Personal friends and family members are not appropriate recommenders.

Please note that we do not accept emailed letters of recommendation and we do not accept letters through the University of Michigan Reference Letter Service. Letter writers must upload their letters of recommendation to the online application portal themselves.

You will register your recommenders through the online application. Once registered, recommenders can submit their letters online. 


All applicants must upload a current resume or curriculum vitae as part of the online application.

Statement of academic purpose and personal statement

Academic purpose: Based on your understanding of the health informatics field and your reading of the description of our program, submit an essay that addresses the following questions:

  • What are the critical issues in the field of health informatics? Which of these are of greatest interest to you?
  • What are your short-term and long-term career goals? How would the University of Michigan Master of Health Informatics program help you achieve these goals?
  • What specific personal, professional or educational experience would you bring to the program and to the field?

Your essay should be three to four pages double-spaced with one-inch margins on all pages. Do not include a cover sheet.

Personal statement: How have your background and life experiences, including cultural, geographical, financial, educational or other opportunities or challenges, motivated your decision to pursue a graduate degree at the University of Michigan? Also discuss or explain any unusual patterns or anomalies in your academic or professional record (for example, gaps in work or education or a poor semester performance).

The personal statement should be one to two pages double-spaced with one-inch margins on all pages. Do not include a cover sheet.

Head all pages of your essays with this information:

  • The document title "Statement of Academic Purpose" or “Personal Statement”
  • Your full name as it appears on the application
  • Your eight-digit U-M ID number (if known)


The application for admission automatically provides scholarship consideration; there is no separate scholarship application. Please review the requirements and instructions before beginning the application process.

Interested in learning more? Join us for one of our virtual information sessions.

The Master of Health Informatics at the University of Michigan is a joined degree, featuring courses and faculty from the School of Information, School of Public Health and the School of Medicine Department of Learning Health Sciences.