To apply for the Health Informatics Program please visit the UC Davis Office of Graduate Studies website at

To apply for the Health Informatics Program, all applicants must meet the admission requirements outlined by UC Davis Office of Graduate Studies including:

  • A minimum 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent) from the institution where you have earned or will earn your bachelor's degree.

  • By the time they enroll, successful applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree or the equivalent that is comparable to a degree from the University of California both in distribution of academic subject matter and in scholarship achievement. In general, regional accreditation for U.S. institutions and authorization by a national higher education authority for international institutions are considered acceptable.

  • Applicants whose native language or language of instruction is not English must submit TOEFL or IELTS scores, unless they have earned or will be earning a bachelor's, master's, or doctoral degree from either a regionally accredited U.S. college or university or a foreign college or university which provides instruction solely in English.

For more information on the Graduate Studies admission requirements and to begin your application visit

The Master's degree program seeks to train the next generation of researchers, clinicians and leaders to advance the science of Health Informatics.  Successful applicants have backgrounds in health, technology or biology, and are enthused to develop new knowledge using health data and information systems.

Clinicians (M.D., R.N., Pharm.D., others)

Demonstrated through completed baccalaureate or higher level coursework, work experience, or clinical focus:

  • Successful completion of Clinical Education at the Baccalaureate level or higher
  • Working knowledge in technology, ideally computer science and programming

Healthcare Information Technology Professionals

Demonstrated through completed coursework or professional experience:

  • Working experience in Healthcare IT, biotech or similar experience
  • Knowledge of Human Disease and Conditions
  • Knowledge of Medical Terminology


Demonstrated through completed coursework, baccalaureate or higher degrees, personal research experience:

  • Applied background (Baccalaureate or higher) in computer science, information science, biology or related field
  • Domain experience in health information or biology

Questions regarding prerequisites may be directed to the UC Davis Health Informatics program office at 916-734-8710 or

TOEFL Scores:

Applicants whose native language or whose academic instruction is/was not English must successfully meet the following TOEFL requirements:

  • Internet-Based (IBT) — minimum score 100
  • Written Test — minimum score 600 or 250 for the computer-based test

Additional Information on TOEFL:

  • Official score reports sent electronically from ETS to UC Davis (Institution Code 4834)
  • TOEFL scores expire after two years. Scores that are older than two years will not be accepted by UC Davis.
  • For more information on TOEFL visit

IELTS Scores:

As an alternative to the TOEFL, applicants may submit scores from the Academic Modules of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) designed by the University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate and administered by the British Council worldwide. Their website address is Applicants must meet the following IELTS requirements:

  • The minimum band score required for admission to graduate study at UC Davis is 7 on a 9-point scale.

Additional Information on IELTS:

  • Official paper reports must be sent by mail directly from the IELTS testing center to the graduate program. Send all scores to the address found under Contact Us.
  • IELTS scores expire after two years. Scores that are older than two years will not be accepted by Graduate Studies.

Applications must be completed by the closing date listed below.  Any application not completed by the published closing date will not be reviewed. All applications submitted are reviewed for a Fall 2019 start date. The program does not offer alternative start dates outside of Fall Quarter.

  • Opening Date: Late September
  • Priority Deadline: January 15
  • General Deadline: March 1
  • Space Available Deadline: June 1