Is the TOEFL or IELTS required?
Yes, if English is not your native language the Graduate School requires that applicants submit current scores from either the IELTS or TOEFL exam. Scores older than two years will not be accepted. Taking both tests is not required.
UNC Charlotte's school code is 5105, a department code is not necessary.
Who is required to submit TOEFL or IELTS scores?
The TOEFL or IELTS exam is required for every applicant to the PSM or the Graduate Certificate whose native language is not English. This is a Graduate School requirement and cannot be waived. More information can be found on the Graduate School’s website.
What is the minimum required TOEFL/IELTS score?
A minimum TOEFL score of 220 (computer-based), 557 (paper-based), or 83 (Internet-based) is required. The minimum IELTS band score of 6.5 is required. This is a Graduate School requirement and cannot be waived.
Do applicants with "Three-Year Degrees" face special requirements?
Yes. International applicants who have earned three-year bachelor's degrees are required to submit a "foreign credential evaluation" along with their supplemental application requirement. Such evaluation must be performed by a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES), for example, the World Education Services (WES) (www.wes.org). Either a document-to-document or a course-by-course foreign credential evaluation meets this requirement. UNC Charlotte will consider such agency's assessment as to whether the academic credential earned is, or is not, equivalent to a U.S. bachelor's degree as well as its recalculation of grades. A listing of other NACES members is available at www.naces.org/members.htm.
International applicants who have earned a (three-year) bachelor's degree (such as a BBA or BCA from India) as well as at least one year of a master's degree and/or a post-graduate diploma, or those who have earned a standard (four-year) bachelor's degree (such as BEng) are not required to submit a credential evaluation performed by a foreign credential evaluation service as part of their application for admission.
My GPA is a percentage or it is not on a 4.0 scale. What GPA do I put on the application?
Several conversion tools are available online. We recommend the free WES evaluation tool.
Does this program qualify for Optional Practical Training (OPT)?
Yes, at present. OPT is temporary employment for students on F-1 visas. Employment must be related to the student’s major area of study. This program is STEM certified (CIP Code 51.2706, Medical Informatics) and can qualify for the 24-month extension. More information about STEM designations and OPT can be found on the US Citizenship and Immigration Services website.
What is the estimated annual cost of the program for international students?
Upon enrollment in the program, you must be prepared to pay for your tuition, fees, books, health care, travel, and any other costs.
The cost for graduate programs depends on a number of factors including tuition/fees/tuition increments, room and board, and health insurance, costs of books and supplies, miscellaneous and personal expenses. The total estimated cost is an estimate and can vary depending on the current university tuition and fees schedule; how many credit hours a student is taking in a given semester, whether they have any coursework completed already (e.g., previous UNC Charlotte courses or transfer credit).
The Health Informatics and Analytics Program incurs a tuition increment (surcharge) over and above basic graduate tuition. As such, be sure to select the Health Informatics and Analytics Program specific tuition and fee table listed under the College of Health and Human Services.
Please note the Master's program typically expects completion of the internship during the summer between the first and second years. Please consider the tuition and fees associated with this course during the summer within your financial planning.
Please see the University Calculator Graduate Cost of Attendance
For additional information on tuition and fees, please visit the Student Accounts website.
*NOTE: The amounts are approximate and subject to change.
For additional information on the OPT or visa process please visit the International Student and Scholar Office's website.