Master’s Degree

  • Fall term admission – by August 1st
  • Spring term admission – by December 15th
  • Summer term admission – by April 15th

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MS degree students will need to apply through the UW-Graduate School. You will need to create an account or sign in to an existing account. Please ensure you have the materials listed above ready to go when you are ready to apply.

Contact program staff at if you have any questions or visit the Graduate School’s Admissions FAQ page.

Graduate “Capstone” Certificate

  • Summer term admission – by May 1st
  • Fall term admission – by August 15th
  • Spring term admission – by January 1st

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Capstone Certificate students apply as University Special students through Adult Career and Special Student Services (ACSSS).  Applications are received and processed by ACSSS, with a final decision held for approval by the Clinical & Health Informatics Program Director.

Personal statement

Describe your reasons for applying and your career goals.  Depending on your situation, it may help to also answer one of the following questions:

  • What will make you successful in CHI graduate program coursework?
  • What challenges do you anticipate facing while being a graduate student? What support might you need?
  • What unusual circumstances would you like considered when we review your application? This may include reasons for past academic performance, career changes, life challenges, etc.

If you don’t have previous academic or career experience in health, information technology, or similar fields, the statement should include a statement about why you are interested in Clinical Health Informatics and how you plan to apply knowledge from this program professionally.

All applicants must have:

  • a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
  • a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 on the last 60 credits of degree
  • completed (or are in the process of completing) a college-level statistics course, analytical/computational course, or equivalent work experience
  • a proficient English language test score, if applicable. The required proficiency scores are: TOEFL IBT 92, PBT 580; or IELTS 7.0

Ideal applicants may have:

  • work experience in information technology, statistics, computer science, health care, or similar field(s) – or are highly motivated to pursue a career change
  • a focused area of interest in informatics, data analytics, clinical care or research, health information technology or similar
  • taken a college-level statistics or analytical/computational course, or equivalent work experience

Application materials required:

  • Online application
  • Resume/CV
  • Official Transcripts
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Statement of purpose addressing prompt

How Do I Get In?  Will I Qualify?

We are often asked, “How can I make it into a program like this?”

Your access to this opportunity may be easier than you think!  For a multi-disciplinary program like ours, with coursework from 5 different renowned schools/colleges at a world-class university, we savor having students with diverse backgrounds and skills.

Please note, however, that we do not provide a visa to study in the United States, since all coursework is online.  And without the Program Director’s approval, Clinical & Health Informatics students cannot:

  • accept graduate assistantships or other appointments that would result in a tuition waiver
  • enroll in other UW-Madison graduate programs
  • take courses outside the approved curriculum

“The Capstone Certificate was the perfect option to ease into formal education after sixteen years of full-time employment in nursing.  The program provided me with the opportunity ‘get my toes wet’ before committing to the master’s degree and continue at a pace that works for me, my job, and my family”.

– Sarah Wolf, RN, BSN, CCP Capstone Certificate 2022, Current MS-CHI Student

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