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Admission requirements, MSc in health informatics

Applications are no longer being accepted for the May 2014 entry point.

Candidates are required to have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university and may include such health professionals as physicians, nurses, therapists and laboratory technologists, as well as IT professionals working in the health sector. Those with a bachelor’s degree in a non-health or non-IT related field are also encouraged to apply with the understanding that they will be required to have taken at least one health course and one IT course from either the school’s undergraduate program or elsewhere depending. These requirements may be waived if the candidate already has the appropriate knowledge and/or relevant work experience.

All applicants are required to submit the standard UVic graduate studies application package according to the guidelines from the Faculty of Graduate Studies, and must include in this package additional materials required by the School of Health Information Science (see below). The application procedures are outlined below.

  1. Standard UVic Graduate Studies Application Package

    • Consult Graduate Admissions and Records for instructions. The “Steps to Applying for Admission” link is particularly useful.
    • Applicants are responsible for obtaining the appropriate transcripts, assessment reports, GRE test scores and other documents outlined in the application package.
    • Applicants who are not Canadian, should follow the links for “International Student Information” which provide the information on minimum requirements from other countries, proper submission of your documents, TOEFL tests, visas and more.
  2. Additional material required by the Health Information Science applications

    • A 1-2 page expression of interest which provides your rationale for wanting to take a graduate degree at the School of Health Information Science. It should include your thoughts on how you intend to apply the knowledge learned from this program in the workplace. If relevant, mention should be made of any support you have from your employer to enrol in this program and whether it includes protected-time or expectations to work on a major project.
    • A personal resume (CV) which includes your education background, employment history, professional/academic affiliations and other achievements such as publications or awards. It should be a maximum of 4 pages long.
    • International students will also need to provide a letter from a current employer confirming employment status with the organization, and that they plan to continue to work there during the 2-3 years that they are enrolled in the program. International students in the Distributed Masters should only plan to stay in Victoria for the 2-week workshop in May/June, in both year one and year two. They are expected to return to their country in between these workshops to continue working for their employer.
  3. Submit the completed Graduate Studies Application Package along with the School’s requirements to the Graduate Admissions and Records Office (GARO). GARO will notify you by mail if you satisfy the requirements to enter Graduate Studies at the University of Victoria. If so, your application will be sent to the School of Health Information Science who will notify you by mail or email that it will process your application by a certain date.

  4. Once accepted into one of the school’s programs, confirmation of your intent to pursue studies must be sent to the Graduate Admissions and Records office within two weeks of notification from the School of Health Information Science.

Once a students’ program (distributed or on campus) is in progress they will not be able to switch into the other stream. Those wishing to do so are required to first withdraw from that program and reapply to enter another program.

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