Admission Criteria and Process

Admission Criteria

We anticipate that strong applicants to this program will have some experience in both technology design/development and health, solid grades in past schoolwork, and outstanding recommendation letters.

Applications for September, 2017 are due January 20, 2017. After that, they will continue to be accepted until slots are full.

(Select college: Computer and Information Science and program: Personal Health Informatics)
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Applicants must meet one of the following criteria:

  • A bachelor’s or higher degree in a technical discipline (e.g., computer science or information science, computer systems engineering) with either academic or work experience demonstrating a commitment to working in health, or
  • A bachelor’s or higher degree in a health science discipline (e.g., nursing, medicine, physical therapy, pharmacy, public health, psychology) with either some academic coursework in technology, such as a course in programming or design, or work experience where the applicant participated in the development, adaptation, or evaluation of consumer- or patient-facing health technology.

Otherwise outstanding applicants without programming skills may be advised to take one or more introductory programming courses prior to entry.

Applicants must also meet the following requirements:

  • Minimum undergraduate GPA: 3.0 or equivalent
  • Minimum GRE General Test score: 1200 (roughly 308 in new system)
  • Minimum GRE Analytic Writing score: 3.5
  • Demonstrated English proficiency with minimum TOEFL Internet-based test score of 105 (computerized test score of 260), or equivalent (international applicants only)

Application Process

Application materials will include transcript(s), a research statement, a resume/CV, three letters of reference, GRE scores, and TOEFL score for international applicants. Applications to the program will be evaluated by an Admissions Committee comprising members of the Personal Health Informatics Doctoral Program faculty. Applications received by the priority deadline will be reviewed first and are most likely to receive funded offers, but strong applications received after this time will be considered as well.

The research statement should describe the applicant’s background, experience, and interest in graduate school and research. In addition, it should address the following topics: (1) Why the applicant wishes to pursue a degree in Personal Health Informatics versus another field, (2) the applicant’s technical experience, strengths and areas that will need improvement to work in personal health informatics, and (3) the applicant’s prior exposure to working in the domain of health and wellness and how the applicant anticipates that experience impacting the work the applicant foresees doing at Northeastern. Evidence of prior research experience should be highlighted in the research statement.

All scores can be sent directly from ETS using the following INSTITUTIONAL CODE 3679, GRE Department Code 0402, and TOEFL Department Code 78.

See the FAQ about the program for additional information.

Applications are submitted electronically. Apply online. (Select college: Computer and Information Science and program: Personal Health Informatics)

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