The University of San Francisco: School of Nursing and Health Professions

Admission Requirements

Applicants must have earned a baccalaureate degree from an accredited program with a reputation for high academic standards and show evidence of excellent academic achievement and preparation for a rigorous graduate program.

This is usually evidenced by an earned GPA of 3.0 or better in the 60 highest-level credits. While no specific undergraduate degree is required, a degree in a quantitative field such as engineering, business, computer science, statistics, mathematics, or information technology, or a clinical degree (MD, Nursing, Doctor of Physical Therapy) with some programming and math is ideal. Alternatively, strong work experience with data or analytics may be used.

  • Minimum GPA 3.0 usually expected
  • Evidence of quantitative aptitude: grade of B or higher in Calculus I, a Computer Programming course (usually Java, C/C++, or Python) or strong GRE quantitative scores*
  • Knowledge of and commitment to healthcare as evidenced by coursework in clinical disciplines (nursing, medicine, other health-related professions), biomedical sciences, or work experience is highly desirable
  • Provide 2 letters of recommendation, preferably from academic references or references in industry or government who are familiar with the applicant's professional accomplishments. At least one should attest to the applicant's quantitative abilities.
  • Statement of career goals and professional aspirations. Please respond to the prompt: "Why do you want to pursue a graduate program in Health and Biomedical Informatics?"
  • For international students only: A Certificate of Finance, a passport copy, and TOEFL, IELTS or PTE Academic test scores. Refer to the International Graduate Student Admission page for test score requirements and additional information.

*Note: The GRE test is not required for admission consideration to the MSHI program. However, submission of GRE scores is highly encouraged for all applicants, especially for those without outstanding professional or academic experience. We consider primarily the quantitative score. Applicants should submit unofficial GRE score reports by uploading a copy of their report to the Educational Background section of the USF online application.

Use the online application form to upload copies of transcripts and all documents required below, and to provide names and email addresses of references. Mailed materials will not be accepted, everything should be submitted online. For more detailed information about applying please visit the How to Apply page.