Applicants must apply online to the East Carolina University Graduate School.
• Fall 2013 semester: May 1
• Spring 2014 semester: October 15
The minimum admission requirements for the program are:
- An earned undergraduate degree from an accredited institution and completion of the following prerequisite courses within 5 years of making application: computer programming (3 s.h. minimum) and statistics (3 s.h. minimum);
- An undergraduate GPA of 3.00 or better;
- Acceptable scores on the verbal, quantitative, and analytical sections of the GRE or GMAT; or completion of the Health Informatics certificate program with a GPA of 3.5 or higher;
- Positive letters of recommendation and a résumé;
- A statement of purpose outlining the goals for pursuing a graduate education in health informatics and information management; (In your statement include whether you are interested in the RHIA or a non-RHIA degree option.)
- Acceptable TOEFL or IELTS score for foreign students whose first language is not English; and
- Other criteria as required by the Graduate School.
These admission criteria apply for all three options: non-thesis; thesis; or RHIA:
- Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended.
- Official GRE or GMAT scores or official Health Informatics certificate program transcript.
- Official TOEFL or IELTS scores.
- The ECU application for graduate admission form.
- Three letters of recommendation.
Note: Meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee acceptance into the HIIM degree program.
It is expected that students who enter the MS HIIM will have completed an undergraduate degree in a health sciences or computer and information sciences related field, with at least one programming course (JAVA is recommended) and at least one statistics course in the previous five years. If computer programming experience is needed, it is recommended that applicants take CSCI 2310/2311 Algorithmic Problem Solving and Programming Laboratory. This course is generally offered in the Spring Semester at East Carolina University.