Early Entry

Exceptional undergraduate students at UNC Charlotte may be accepted into the Master’s or Graduate Certificate program in Health Informatics and Analytics can begin work toward a graduate degree before completing their bachelor's degree. 

Admission Requirements

  • Completion of at least 75 undergraduate credit hours (although it is expected that close to 90 credit hours will have been earned by the time the first graduate course is taken)
  • Minimum 3.5 overall undergraduate GPA
  • Submit application online at mygradschool.uncc.edu and provide supporting documents
  • Recommendation by the Graduate Program Director and approved by The Graduate School
Note: the GRE is NOT required of Early Entry applicants to the Health Informatics and Analytics program. Instead, applicants must meet with the Graduate Program Director prior to submitting an application Applicants must submit all other elements of a standard graduate application to the program.

Continued Enrollment Requirements

  • Completion of Early Entry Program Form, and approved by the Undergraduate Coordinator, Graduate Program Director, and Graduate School, prior to registering for graduate coursework each semester
  • Maintain a minimum 3.0 overall undergraduate GPA
  • Graduate School policy limits undergraduate students to 15 hours of graduate credit before completing their baccalaureate degree.  
    • Our early entry certificate students are limited to 6 graduate credits
    • Our early entry master’s students are limited to 12 graduate credits

Double-Counted Courses

This Early Entry Program is accelerated; up to 9 credit hours earned at the graduate level may be substituted for required undergraduate hours. In other words, up to 9 credit hours of graduate coursework may be “double counted” toward both the undergraduate and graduate degrees (or up to 6 credit hours of graduate coursework for the certificate). Students may leave the program with their baccalaureate degree, or they may complete the remaining coursework required to earn the master’s or certificate. Students pursuing the Early Entry option can reduce the time needed to earn both degrees by one semester.

More Information

While admission is open to students pursuing any undergraduate major at UNC Charlotte, students from computer science, data science, health, or health administration-related majors are this program’s focus. Interested students must consult with the HIAN Graduate Program Director about their eligibility and competitiveness for this program before applying.

For additional details on Early Entry to Graduate Programs, see the “Degree Requirements and Academic Policies” section of the Graduate Catalog and the Graduate Admissions website.