Before You Apply

Start planning now

It’s never too early to start planning.

Early preparation is the key to a smooth (and successful!) application process. Give yourself the best chance of acceptance by doing your research and putting your best application forward.


If you’re interested in one-on-one advising, contact us at 866-674-4842. Enrollment advisors are available to answer your questions and provide detailed instructions on the application process.

Know your deadlines

Applications are accepted three times a year and are due April 1 for Summer, July 1 for Fall, and November 1 for Spring term.

Don’t wait until the last minute to apply! Start early and give yourself plenty of time to collect all your materials.

Check your requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution that equals a U.S. bachelor’s degree
  • Master’s or professional degree from an accredited institution
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) for all undergraduate degrees, graduate and professional degrees and any additional post-degree coursework
  • Prerequisite courses (listed below)

International Students: If English isn’t your native language, you might need to take an English proficiency test. Check out the International Requirements to see if this applies to you, then read through the International Students section of the Applying page for more information about the minimum scores we accept.


All prerequisites must be taken and completed with an A or B grade before registering for program courses. Prerequisites are based on previous academic records and work experience.

  • HIM 486 Foundations of Health Information Management
  • BHIS 406 Medical Terminology for Health Information Management (in English)
  • BHIS 460 Introduction to Health Informatics

Limited admission

If you are accepted under the condition of limited status, you may receive no grade below an A or a B in any of the 400- or 500-level courses taken until you’ve accumulated 10 hours in the program (excluding prerequisites). Failure to do so will result in automatic dismissal from the University. Other conditions may also apply.

Limited admission status students must meet these requirements and progress to full degree status within three semesters or any shorter amount of time established in the letter of acceptance.

Prepare your documents

You can start the application and upload the materials on the same day! To expedite the process collect transcripts,  a current resume and complete the personal statement form (in the application). Get started on those now! Refer to the Applying page for all the specifics.

The application process is paperless. Please don’t mail or email any materials. Documents that you will upload must be in PDF format, no larger than 5 MB in size. “Portfolio” PDFs and secured PDFs which require a password are not compatible with our system.

International Students: You might have a few extra things you need to provide. Read through the International Requirements page to make sure you have everything you need.

Have your test scores sent in advance

International Students: Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores must be submitted to UIC directly from ETS using the institutional code 1851. Paper score reports will not be accepted.

Think about funding

See what funding options are available to you. HI certificate students are classified as degree-seeking, which means you’re eligible for financial aid. The Graduate College has some great information on financial resources and funding opportunities.