USC Upstate Department of Informatics Graduate Mission Statement:
Information management professionals in the graduate program at USC Upstate are broadly prepared in information technology, communications, and business
theory. Graduates choosing the electives in Information Resource Management (IRM) understand unique challenges of managing people, projects, information,
knowledge, processes and information resources in today's quickly changing globalized market. Graduates choosing electives primarily in Healthcare Information
Management (HIM) understand how to apply and manage information management resources in the health sciences setting.
Individuals seeking admission to USC Upstate as a degree candidate, will be considered for full admission when the USC Upstate Admissions Office receives
all admissions material. However, students are eligible to take up to 6 hours of program courses pending receipt of all materials. Applications are reviewed
holistically in their entirety and in comparison to other applications received to select candidates who are a good fit for and who will be reasonably expected to
succeed in the program. If the student meets all criteria, the student will be accepted as a degree candidate. Requirements are:
• Professional resume
• Application as a degree-seeking student
• Graduate application fee
• State residency status form
• Two (2) letters of recommendation using forms provided in the application packet
• Official test scores: submission of either the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) or the Graduate Records Examination (GRE) is acceptable. Note: MAT and GRE
scores are only valid for five years.
• Official copies of all previous graduate and undergraduate studies
• A minimum GPA on all undergraduate coursework of 2.5 on a 4.0-point scale
• Proof of immunization for measles (rubeola) and German measles (rubella) if born after December 31, 1956
• An interview with a Department of Informatics faculty member
• A written statement of intent as to why the applicant wishes to apply to the program
As long as all other admission requirements have been fulfilled, a student may apply for conditional admission by submitting a written request to the chair of the
Department of Informatics in either of the following cases:
• If, after two attempts, the student fails to meet the required Miller's Analogy Test score of 390 or Graduate Records Examination of 146 on the verbal section
and 140 on the quantitative section
• The student has a GPA on all undergraduate coursework of below 2.5 on a 4.0-scale.
If the student is granted conditional admission, the student must maintain a GPA of 3.25 on the initial twelve (12) hours of USC Upstate graduate coursework to be
fully admitted as a Master's candidate, or meet the criteria set forth by the Informatics Graduate Faculty committee as appropriate. If the student fails to achieve
this GPA, the student may not continue in the Master's program.
Each candidate will be reviewed by an admissions panel consisting of faculty from the Department of Informatics. The panel will make recommendations includ-ing
possible remedial coursework (additional courses at the undergraduate level to repair any deficiencies in the candidate's background), to the chair of the
Department of Informatics who will make the final decision on admission. The Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences will be able to reverse any admission
decision made by the chair. Before a student begins the independent study or research portion of the curriculum, each student will be assigned a faculty mentor
to serve as the student's advisor. Some students may be offered graduate student stipends depending on availability of funding.
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