How to Apply: International Health IT Students

The International Application Deadline for Spring 2023 has passed.
Fall 2023 International Application Deadline: May 1, 2023
Fall 2023 Semester Begins: August 30, 2023

The following information is provided for international applicants interested in applying to the Masters of Professional Studies in Health Information Technology. International applicants should read the information provided carefully prior to applying.

At a Glance

Locations & Delivery

  • UMBC Campus (Catonsville)
  • Hybrid (online & in-person classes)

Programs Offered


International Student Admission Requirements

Please note that all international applications for the Health Information Technology program are due:
May 1 for each fall semester
October 1 for each spring semester.

All students need to meet the following minimum requirements:

  • A bachelor’s degree in Information Systems, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Health Education, or a related field (Applicants with professional experience in the IT or Health Information Technology fields are strongly encouraged to apply.)*
  • Minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 on 4.0 scale, or equivalent. Applicants with grades on a scale other than 4.0, will be evaluated based on standards for the country of their degree.
  • GRE scores are not required for admission.
  • English proficiency scores (Exceptions to English Proficiency Requirement):
    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores: 99 iBT or 10.5 Essentials
    • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) scores: Minimum score 7.0
    • Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic scores: 68
    • Duolingo English test: Minimum score 130
    • Scores must be less than 2 years old.

*If you have a three-year degree versus a four-year degree, your transcript will be reviewed to determine whether you have met the necessary pre-requisites for the program. Eligibility for admission can only be determined upon receipt of a complete application.

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Application Process

All international applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible to allow sufficient time to receive all the necessary documents and to process and assess the application.

International applications are accepted for the fall and spring semester. We encourage all international applicants to send in their documents at least six months prior to the start of the semester for which they are applying. To apply, complete a Graduate Degree Application and use program name: Health Information Technology (MPS)

  • Apply online (International application for the spring semesters is due October 1, for fall semesters is due May 1).
    • Select program Health Information Technology >> Degree Code – Master’s
    • Submit your statement of goals as an attachment in the “Personal Statement” section
    • Insert names of references into “References” section (Note: we only require two. Put N/A in third line)
    • Complete residency information
  • Request official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions to be sent to UMBC Graduate School, 1000 Hilltop Circle, Baltimore, MD 21250 or emailed to gradschool@umbc.edu.
  • Submit resume as an attachment in the “Resume” section or to gradschool@umbc.edu.
  • Request for test scores to be sent by ETS to UMBC (code 5835)

All documents should be mailed to:

UMBC Graduate School, M.P.S Health Information Technology
1000 Hilltop Circle
Baltimore, MD 21250 U.S.A.

Your application packet should include the following documents:

  • Completed graduate degree application (including residency form). Use program code PRST-HIT.
  • Two letters of recommendation (if you choose to forego the online option, please see the printable form).
  • Personal statement outlining the student’s goals and expectations of the program. Statement should include applicant’s background, qualifications, career experience, and any additional pertinent information.
  • Resume (When applying online, upload your resume to the graduate school application.)
  • Official transcript(s) from each college & university attended
  • TOEFL or other English Language test scores* forwarded to UMBC by ETS – UMBC’s institutional code is 5835
  • Application fee ($50 online)

*Please note: All international students are required to submit English Language scores unless you hold an undergraduate degree from a U.S. institution or hold a degree from an English-speaking country on the list of exceptions.


Obtaining Immigration Documents

If you intend to apply for an F-1 visa and require an I-20 from UMBC, you will be required to provide a copy of a valid passport and proof of financial support. Please refer to International Student and Scholar Services’ (ISSS) page on I-20 Information and Financial Requirements for more information. All immigration related questions should be addressed to ISSS through a Help ticket.


Financial Aid/Tuition/Assistantships

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