Health Care Informatics Application Instructions

The application and the application fee are submitted electronically. The references and resume are also submitted electronically within the application. Test results are submitted directly from the testing agency to the University of San Diego Office of Graduate Admissions.

Office of Graduate Admissions
University of San Diego
5998 Alcala Park
San Diego, CA 92110-2492


The priority application deadlines are November 1 for spring admission and March 1 for fall admission.

College/University Transcripts

Applicants are required to upload unofficial transcripts within the application. Official transcripts are mailed directly from the college or university to the University of San Diego Office of Graduate Admissions. The college or university may also send them electronically to

Letters of Recommendation

Applicants are required to submit two letters of recommendation. Recommendations are intended to provide a professional evaluation of an applicant's potential academic success in graduate study, and therefore letters of recommendation should be requested from either professors or employers. Do not submit personal recommendations.


A resume describing the nature, scope and areas of responsibility of all work experience is required.

Statement of Purpose/Personal Statement

The essay required of all candidates is intended to give us a better understanding of you as a person, your career goals and your understanding of health care informatics.


Only qualified applicants will be contacted to schedule an interview based on initial review of their application.

Application Fee

An application fee of $50.00 will be paid upon submission of the application. The application fee is non-refundable.

Foreign Transcripts

Foreign credentials/transcripts submitted with an application for doctoral study are required to be evaluated by World Education Services ( A course-by-course evaluation is required.

Test of English as a Foreign Language or International English Language Testing System

The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is mandatory of all international applicants except those who are from English speaking countries or applicants who have attained a Bachelor’s Degree or Master’s Degree from an accredited school in the United States.

The English Language Academy is available on campus for students interested in improving their speaking and writing skills in the English language.

The University of San Diego's minimum scores are:


237 on the computer-based test
580 on the paper-based test
83 on the internet-based test


Band score 7

Financial Aid

To apply for financial aid, applicants complete the FAFSA.  The USD code number is 010395.  The FAFSA deadline is April 1 annually.  Applicants are advised to apply by the April 1 deadline even if the admission decision is pending. Questions regarding the FAFSA and the financial aid process should be directed to the Office of Financial Aid.

Office of Financial Aid
University of San Diego
5998 Alcala Park
San Diego, CA 92110-2492
(619) 260-2700