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Application Process


Application Deadline

The final application deadline is August 2 for the August 26 start, or apply by July 5 for priority admission consideration

Applications are reviewed as they are received. All application materials, including test scores, should be received by the deadline to ensure the greatest chance to register for classes. Applications received after the indicated deadline will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Please contact an Admissions Advisor at to determine the possibility of late submission if your application file will not be completed on time.

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Admissions Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent earned from a regionally accredited institution in the United States
  • Total GPA of 3.0 or higher (on a 4.0 scale) in your highest completed degree
  • International students must provide evidence of English Language Proficiency—see the International Students page for details on score requirements

Application Materials

  • Official transcripts
  • Online university application
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Statement of purpose
  • Resume or CV
  • TOEFL or IELTS scores (international students)


Applicants are required to create an account in the online application system, which allows them to save their application and track the progress of materials submitted via the application system. Our master's degree and certificate specializing in health informatics are both offered through the College of Communication and the School of Information.

If you are a U.S. citizen or permanent U.S. resident, all required application materials should be sent to the Division of Graduate Studies at or by mail to:

Division of Graduate Studies
Kent State University
Cartwright Hall
P.O. Box 5190
Kent, OH 44242

Please be sure to include your full name and Kent State ID (9 digit number starting with 8) on all submitted documents. For questions, contact Graduate Admissions at +1 330-672-2661 or

If you are not a U.S. citizen or permanent U.S. resident, all required documents should be submitted to the Office of Global Education at or by mail to:

Office of Global Education
Kent State University
106 Van Campen Hall
625 Loop Rd.
Kent, OH 44242

For questions, contact International Admissions at +1 330-672-7970 or


Request an official transcript from each college or university in which eight credits or more were earned, excluding previous credits from Kent State University. Official transcripts must be sent directly from each institution.


Three letters of recommendation are required. References should be able to attest that you possess the ability and skills needed to succeed in your graduate studies. Generally the best references are professors, but senior-level managers from your current or previous workplaces can also serve well. Letters should include a signature and be submitted on the sender's company or organization letterhead. To complete your request for letters of recommendation, enter your recommenders’ contact information on the online application form and select “Yes” when asked if you want to use the online recommendation system.


Please include a typed, double-spaced statement of no more than 1,000 words, describing:

  • Your interest in the program
  • How your background, experience and/or education have prepared you for the program
  • Your career goals
  • How the program will help actualize your professional objectives


Please submit a current resume or CV with your application.


All international applicants whose education has been primarily outside of the United States must provide objective evidence of proficiency in the English language, with some exceptions. See the English Language Proficiency page on the International Admissions site to determine whether you will be required to submit TOEFL or IELTS scores.

Contact the Educational Testing Services for further information on TOEFL, or contact the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) for IELTS testing. For more information on score requirements, please see the International Students page.


The online Master of Science in Health Informatics consists of 36 credits. The online Postbaccalaureate Certificate in Health Informatics is 18 credits in length.

  • In State: The cost per credit hour is $725.00
  • Out of State: The cost per credit hour is $735.00.

An additional Distance Learning fee for all students enrolled in a distance learning course is $12.00 per hour. Program tuition and costs are estimated and subject to change. For comprehensive tuition information, please refer to the tuition rates posted on the Bursar’s website.

We recognize that pursuing a graduate degree is a significant investment. Your Admissions Advisor can answer your questions on program costs, discuss how a Kent State degree compares to others and connect you with financial aid representatives when you are ready to discuss your financing alternatives. Please contact an Admissions Advisor for more information on tuition and fees either by email at or toll-free at +1 844‑234-4073.


School of Information iSeed Scholarship

At the Kent State University School of Information, we put students first and believe that veterans and students from underrepresented backgrounds are an important part of our diverse community. In order to strengthen that community, we are pleased to offer the iSeed Scholarship. This $1,000 scholarship is available to students who are veterans and/or are from underrepresented groups in their first semester of an MLIS or MS program in the School of Information at Kent State. In order to be eligible for the scholarship, applicants must be admitted to a Kent State University MLIS or MS program. Applications can be made at any time, but will not be reviewed until after admission.

Interested students may complete the form at to be considered for the scholarship.

Admissions FAQs

How long has the HI program existed at Kent State?

The program began in 2011.

I live near Kent State. Given this is an online program, would I be able to have a face-to-face visit with my professors if I so choose?

Absolutely. You can request a meeting with your advisor.

I live out-of-state. How do I have a face-to-face meeting with my advisor?

Simply contact your advisor by email and ask to have a face-to-face meeting. We can use any platform you like, including WebEx, Zoom, GoToMeeting or FaceTime.

Do I have to have a degree in computer science or be a healthcare professional to apply to the program?

No, you may have a baccalaureate degree in any subject to apply. As long as you have a GPA of 3.0 or higher (on a 4.0 scale) in your undergraduate degree, you may apply and will be accepted to the program. Opportunities exist in the summer to take an optional course that will introduce you to hospitals, healthcare personnel and what it means to be a health informatics specialist.

Do I need to take the GRE to apply to the HI program at Kent State?

No. The GRE is not required for admission.

What if my undergraduate degree GPA is less than 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale)? Should I not bother to apply?

You should still apply. We have a category of admission designated “Conditional.” If your GPA is less than 3.0, your application will be reviewed by the Program Coordinator, who will make a decision about admission.

What is Conditional Admission?

Applicants who do not meet the minimum university and/or program requirements may be considered for conditional admission. Admission in such cases will depend heavily on other indicators of the student’s ability to handle graduate-level work. These might include strong performance on standardized tests, your GPA in the major and/or other experiences that are clearly indicative of strong academic ability.

NOTE: In order to be compliant with federal and state laws related to online education and consumer protection, Kent State University may not be able offer online programs to students residing in certain states. In addition, some state laws may impose limitations that could affect a program of study, including inability to offer on-ground internships. Since this compliance undergoes continuous updates, non-Ohio residents interested in pursuing any School of Information programs are advised to consult official Kent State information on state authorization before applying to this program.