Master of Health Informatics Eligibility and Prerequisite Requirements
To be considered for admission, applicants must meet the following requirements:
A completed bachelor's or graduate degree from an institution that is accredited by one of the regional accrediting organizations (e.g. Higher Learning Commission).
Grade Point Average
A cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 (B) or higher on a 4.0 scale. If the applicant's GPA is less than 3.0, an explanatory statement should be submitted addressing any factors that influenced previous academic performance, and how the applicant plans to ensure future academic success.
If you are unsure of your cumulative GPA, please use these instructions as a guide to help you determine if an explanatory statement is necessary.
Work experience in a healthcare field is encouraged but not required.
How do I apply?
Please read the application instructions below before completing the online application at the bottom of this page.
The MHI application priority deadlines are July 1 (fall) and January 1 (spring). Applications received after the deadline will be considered on a space available basis.
Only complete applications with required materials received by the published deadline will be considered for eligible scholarships.
Prepare a personal essay that demonstrates written communication skills and clarifying your purpose in pursuing a graduate program in health informatics. All applicants whose cumulative GPA is below 3.0 must also include an explanatory statement. Please submit one document addressing the following and provide a separately titled section in the same document if submitting an Explanatory Statement. Do not exceed four pages, double-spaced, using 12-point font.
- What are your career goals? How will the MHI degree from St. Catherine University help you meet your career goals?
- With our MHI degree, how do you hope to contribute to the field of Health Informatics?
If you are an applicant who does not meet the minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA requirement, please include an explanation of factors that affected previous academic performance, as well as your plan to ensure academic success in a graduate program. This statement should be limited to 400 words and is in addition to the personal statement described above.
Leadership in Health Informatics Scholarship
This is an optional topic - it is not required as part of the application process for admission into the graduate program. Only individuals who wish to be considered for this scholarship should address the topic below (one page, titled “Leadership Statement”, as a separate section, in the personal statement). Please note that this essay MUST accompany your application for admission and will be a part of your full review. Post decision submissions will not be eligible for consideration.
St. Catherine University seeks to develop and advance innovative professionals in the health informatics field. To support this, the University awards scholarships to new students who demonstrate the capacity to lead and influence change by applying the tools of health informatics to improve the quality of care, achieve efficiencies across systems, and create positive change for health systems and the communities they serve. Provide specific examples for how you meet these criteria, either through past accomplishments or through goals you can articulate for your career in the future.
COVID-19 Impact Statement
This is an optional topic - If you feel as though your pathway to a graduate education program was personally, or professionally impacted by the global COVID-19 pandemic, please describe the impact you experienced (one page, included as a separate topic in the personal statement).
Some impacts you may want to consider when responding include:
Personal: Changes in your living situation; caring for yourself or a loved one who was directly impacted; seeking out new volunteer opportunities that arose from the crisis.
Professional: Loss of a job or needing to seek new opportunities; other professional or financial barriers.
If you have already submitted the MHI application form, you may upload your personal statement via your Application Status page (instructions for accessing the status page were provided at the time you submitted the application). Please include your full name at the top of the statement.
If you wish to submit the personal statement prior to the MHI application, or if you are unable to upload the document to your Application Status page, you may send the statement as an attachment via email to email@example.com with “MHI Personal Statement” in the subject line.
Submit a current résumé. Please differentiate between paid work experience and volunteer activities. Indicate whether the experience/activity was part-time or full-time in nature, specify the dates of employment/volunteering and list the responsibilities involved.
If you have already submitted the MHI application form, you may upload your résumé via your Application Status page (instructions for accessing the status page were provided at the time you submitted the application).
If you wish to submit the résumé prior to the MHI application, or if you are unable to upload the document to your Application Status page, you may send the résumé as an attachment via email to firstname.lastname@example.org with “MHI Résumé” in the subject line.
Two recommendations are required for MHI applicants.
MHI recommendation forms must be completed by individuals who can attest to the intellectual ability, professional competence and leadership ability of the applicant. Only professional or academic references will be considered; personal references are not acceptable.
A link to the recommendation form will be sent when the Recommendations section of the MHI application form has been completed. Please alert your references in advance to expect an email from St. Catherine University. These are confidential recommendations submitted directly from the references to the Office of Graduate Admission; applicants who wish to view the recommendations are responsible for making the appropriate arrangements with their references.
Transcripts are required from each post-secondary institution attended (including PSEO coursework), even if courses are recorded on another transcript and regardless of the number of credits earned. For the initial review of your application, we will accept official transcripts sent directly from the institution or scanned copies of official or unofficial transcripts. All documents must be up-to-date and include your name, institution name, all courses taken with grades and degrees received (if applicable). Screenshots from your institution’s website or degree evaluations from your student portal will not be accepted. Unofficial transcripts may be uploaded using your applicant status page (a link is sent once you’ve started an application) or sent as an attachment to email@example.com.
Upon an offer of acceptance, applicants are required to submit official transcripts from baccalaureate and graduate (if applicable) degree granting institutions before registration for courses is allowed. Paper transcripts must be mailed in a sealed envelope directly from the registrar of each institution to the Office of Graduate Admission at St. Catherine University. Transcripts that do not meet these criteria will be considered unofficial and will not be used to complete the applicant’s file. Electronic transcripts must be sent directly from the institution to St. Catherine (firstname.lastname@example.org); electronic transcripts forwarded by the applicant will not be accepted.
Applicants whose native language is not English are required to complete the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a minimum score of 550 on the paper-based test or 80 on the iBT, or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with a minimum score of 6.5.
This requirement is waived for applicants who have completed a bachelor’s or graduate degree in the United States.
Applicants with a college or university degree completed outside of the United States must submit an official course-by-course evaluation from World Education Services (WES), as well as original transcripts and official translations of all documents not in English. All costs related to document translation and evaluation are the applicant’s responsibility.
Electronic documents may be directed to:
Paper documents may be mailed to:
St. Catherine University
Graduate Admission #4027
2004 Randolph Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55105
It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that her or his application is completed by the deadline. Fulfillment of the admission requirements does not guarantee admission to the program. No credentials will be returned to the applicant.
International Applicant Instructions
Please review the information below regarding other application materials that may be required for international applicants.
Earlier deadlines may apply for international applicants to ensure that all immigration requirements can be met in time for you to enroll in the desired term. Contact your admission counselor with questions.
International Student Forms
International applicants for graduate study must complete the International Information section of the MHI application form.
Some international applicants may be required to submit additional documentation, such as a credential evaluation, language test scores, etc. Please review the application instructions for your graduate program for more information.
Please submit application materials to the Office of Graduate Admission; review your graduate program application instructions for submitting educational documentation and test scores. The Admission Committee will not review your application until we have received all required documents.
St. Catherine University
Office of Graduate Admission 4027
2004 Randolph Avenue
Saint Paul, MN 55105