How to Apply to the Master of Health Information Science Program
Admissions criteriaFor admission to the Master of Health Information Science (MHIS) program, applicants must possess a four year B.HSc., B.Sc., B.A. or equivalent from an accredited university. The program normally requires at least a 78% overall average in the last two full-time years of the undergraduate degree. Admission to the program is competitive and meeting the minimum criteria does not guarantee admission.
Since this is an interdisciplinary program, students may be accepted with degrees in a variety of disciplines, including health sciences, social sciences, information science, communications, and computer science so long as the student demonstrates that she or he has a solid academic preparation in some aspect of health (broadly defined).
Applicants should develop a preliminary research idea, which will be submitted as part of the application package. They should review the list of core and affiliated HIS Faculty members to determine potential supervisors in their area of interest. Given the interdisciplinary nature of the program, research project/thesis topics will normally be decided during or immediately following the initial term of study.
How to apply
No application will be considered until it is complete. The responsibility rests with the applicant to ensure that all documents (i.e., transcripts, letters of reference, test results) are received by the application deadline.
The online application should be submitted at least two weeks prior to the application deadline to allow for the electronic collection of letters of recommendation.
Only a very small number of spaces will be available for highly competitive international applicants to FIMS thesis programs. Please consider this before completing your application and paying your fee.
Applicants to the MHIS program are not required to declare a supervisor, or contact them, in order to apply for the program. Students complete their first semester, and refine their interests, prior to connecting with potential supervisors. They can also decide between course-based or thesis-based program options at that time. A list of affiliated faculty members can be found here. It is recommended that you do some research in order to find potential matches to your area of interest, which you would include in the Statement of General Research Interest as part of your application. Please do not contact these professors prior to applying to the Master’s program.
Completed applications will be evaluated by the program, which makes the admission decision. The School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies sends out offers of admission.
Students born outside Canada whose first language is not English must provide proof of achieving a score of at least 107 (Internet-based) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or a score of 8.0 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), taken within the last 2 years.
- Name and personal information
- Contact information
- Academic background
- Transcripts from each post-secondary institution attended
- Past or current students of Western University are required to upload an electronic copy of their academic record to the online application. An unofficial academic record, available from your Western Student Center, can be used.
- If you have attended or are currently enrolled at any university or college other than Western, you MUST upload and attach an electronic copy or scanned PDF copy of your transcripts from each institution attended to the online application. Applicants who are offered a space in the program will be required to provide one official* copy of their transcript to the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies prior to the start of the program.
The School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
International and Graduate Affairs Building, Room 1N07
Western University, London, ON N6A 3K7
* Western considers a transcript official only if it is received in a university envelope that is sealed and signed on the flap by the official person in the office issuing the transcript. If the transcript and degree certificate are not in English, a certified translation must also be included. (Non-English transcripts from institutions within Canada do not require a translation.)
- Proficiency in English Scores (if applicable). Applicant must have testing service send score electronically to Western. Proof of proficiency in English is required from applicants whose first language is not English, and who have not completed a four year university degree in Canada, the US, or the UK.
- Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Minimum score required: 107 Internet-based. Western's TOEFL ID is 0984
- International English Language Testing Service (IELTS). Minimum score required: 8
- Referee Information
Applicants are required to enter the names and contact information (including e-mail address) of two academic referees (academic referees are people who have taught the applicant in a university degree credit course) into the online application. Once the application is submitted, each referee will receive a request via e-mail within 24 - 48 hours to complete an electronic recommendation form on the applicant’s behalf. A link to the form will be included in the e-mail. The applicant will receive an e-mail when Western receives the referee's letter of recommendation.
- Non-refundable application fee of CAD $100.00
- Anticipated objectives as a student in the program, including a clearly articulated statement of the area in which you would like to do a thesis and the relevance of your background (one - two pages)
- A sample of academic writing (5 - 10 pages)
- For permanent residents of Canada only, please include a photocopy of both sides of your Permanent Resident Card or a photocopy of your Record of Landing. If you are applying to be a permanent resident, but have not been granted landed-immigrant status, you must apply as an international applicant.
- Proof of name change, if applicable (photocopy of change of name documentation, such as marriage certificate or other legal change of name and a photocopy of photo ID showing your current name)
Faculty of Information and Media Studies
Room 2020, FIMS & Nursing Building
Phone: (519) 661-4017