Beyond completing the normal application process through the graduate school, applicants to the MHIT program should have a blend of experience and competitive academic record. An admissions scorecard will be used to evaluate applicants, weighing the applicant's undergraduate grade point average (GPA), GRE or GMAT* test scores, reference letters, previous professional experience, and career goal statement. This allows the balancing of test scores, GPA, experience in or motivation for a health IT career, and letters of recommendation.
- All applications for the MHIT program must be submitted through the Graduate Admission Office. The application can be found at
- A Bachelor's degree is required before enrollment, with an official transcript of undergraduate work. Pending completion of the degree, an official transcript of all coursework taken to date is required.
- Students typically have an undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0 and a minimum score of 300 on the new GRE exam (minimum 150 each on verbal and quantitative) or a GMAT score of 500 or higher. The equivalent score on the older form of the GRE exam would be a minimum of 450 verbal and 550 quantitative. However, the admission decision is based on an admissions scorecard rather than any one individual requirement.
- Official Graduate Record Examination scores (GRE) or General Management Admissions Test (GMAT) scores should be submitted to the Graduate Office.
- GRE or GMAT waiver may be available for applicants who meet requirements outlined below:
- Completion of a prior advanced degree (masters or higher) from a nationally accredited institution.
- A combination of an undergraduate cumulative grade point average of 3.25/4.00 or higher for the final 60 credit hours of the degree and three years or more of significant industry experience.
- Be an admitted graduate student in another USC program and have completed at least 9 credits of graduate study with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0
A personal interview with the program director may also be required.
- Applicants interested in pursuing a waiver should submit a GRE/GMAT Waiver Consideration Request form. Waivers are never guaranteed and must be approved by the MHIT admissions committee, whose decisions are final.
Dr. Neset Hikmet
Director, Graduate Studies in Health Information Technology
IT-oLogy Tower, Suite 1010
1301 Gervais Street
Columbia, SC 29201
Office of Graduate Admissions