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MSHI FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

MS in Health Informatics Admission Policy

Please visit Health Informatics Admissions to review the admissions procedure and application deadlines.

International Applicants

Who do I speak to about visa issues?

Please contact International Student and Scholar Services.

When do I need a TOEFL exam and what is the acceptable score?

Please visit Health Informatics Admissions to view the application requirements. For applicants whose native language is not English, the TOEFL is required with a minimum score of 79 on the iBT. These scores should be sent officially to SOPHAS using the SOPHAS-specific TOEFL code of: 5688. 

Are there scholarships available for international students?

Please contact International Student and Scholar Services.

Non-degree Seeking Students

Can I apply for financial aid if I am non-degree student?

There are certain situations in which non-degree students are eligible for financial aid. Please contact Student Financial Services. Visit Graduate Admissions: Non-degree Seeking Students for more information on how to enroll as a non-degree student. 

Can I take a course in the MS in Health Informatics program for personal enrichment?

Please visit Graduate Admissions: Non-degree Seeking Students for more information on how to enroll as a non-degree student. 

Financial Aid and Tuition

Is there financial aid available for MSHI students?

Financial Aid may be available for MSHI students. Please contact Student Financial Services.

How much will the program cost?

The tuition for the MSHI program is based on the University's tuition schedule which can be found on the Bursar's Office Homepage. Students may complete the degree online or in person on Temple's Center City Campus in Philadelphia. Please note the program is offered through the College of Public Health (CPH) and the tuition is based on the CPH part-time (per credit hour) rates. The tuition is also based upon whether you are a Pennsylvania Resident or Out-of-State Resident, or enrolled in the online program. Please note there are some additional services fees. 

General Questions

Do I need prior IT or clinical experience or education?

While a background in IT or prior experience as a clinician may prove helpful when competing for a position, neither is required for admission into the program.

What types of jobs would I expect to be eligible to apply for with a MSHI versus a BSHIM?

For a sense of the different career paths and job opportunities, please visit hicareers.com.

Am I eligible to sit for the RHIA exam after completing the MSHI program?

No. If you are interested in sitting for the RHIA exam, you should consider Temple's BS in HIM program.

When and where will courses be offered?

The program is designed to be a part-time program for working professionals. Classes are available online and in person at Temple University's Center City campus in Philadelphia. Online courses are delivered in a 7-week format. The capstone course HIM 9995 is a hybrid format with five Saturday classes.

How long do I have to complete this graduate program?

A student has five years from the time of matriculation to complete a graduate degree.