Online Master of Science in Health Care Data Analytics frequently asked questions

M.S. in Health Care Data Analytics curriculum questions

What's the difference between a health care data analytics degree and a health informatics degree?

Health care data analytics is a good choice of degree for those who are interested in making big-picture improvements to health care and the patient experience.

Professionals working in health informatics plan for and administer health information technology (IT) systems while health care data analysts analyze the data collected by those systems to make educated recommendations for changes.

Read more about health informatics and health care data analytics here.

Do I need clinical experience in health care to work in health analytics?

Clinical experience isn’t necessary for a successful career in health care data analytics. While some nurses, health techs, clinicians and others working on the patient-facing side of health care (or simplify to “working in direct patient care”) may choose to pursue the HCDA master's degree to pivot to from a clinical career, the previous experience isn’t necessary.

Marquette’s online HCDA curriculum is purposefully designed to provide students a comprehensive understanding of the science of data analytics in the context of health care. Courses focus on both disciplines to properly prepare all students for dynamic careers in the field.

General admissions questions

How do I start my online application?

To start your HCDA application, visit our graduate online application portal.

What if I forget my password?

Use the “Forgot your password?” link on the login page. You will be prompted to enter your email address and date of birth in order to reset your password.

What if I have problems while completing the application?

If you need assistance with the application, please contact your Admissions Advisor at 844-640-0408, or email us at onlineHCDA@marquette.edu.

What if I cannot find my undergraduate school listed on the application?

Occasionally, institutions do not appear on the list of schools from which you can select in the online application. If this happens to you, please proceed with submitting your transcript; we will update the list and your application once we receive your transcript.

Can I save my application and work on it later?

Yes, the application will save automatically when you leave the page.

Do I need to provide my GRE score for the online HCDA master's program?

The GRE is not required for admission to the online HCDA master’s program.

However, other admissions requirements do exist including demonstration of basic information systems competence and statistical literacy by all applicants and a minimum TOEFL score report of 80 for international applicants (or other acceptable proof of English proficiency).

Does Marquette need to receive all application materials by the application deadline?

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Admitted students may begin their program in spring, summer, or fall.

All application materials must be received by the document deadline to have your file considered for your chosen term.

We will consider incomplete applications on a case-by-case basis for reasons that may include delay in test score reporting or letters of recommendation that were mailed rather than emailed. If this occurs, we will evaluate internally whether to move forward with the application for the upcoming term.

Do you accept e-transcripts sent directly from the issuing institution?

Yes. Please send electronic transcripts to gradadmit@marquette.edu.

Where can I mail my transcript?

Marquette University Graduate School
1250 W. Wisconsin Ave, Room 205
Milwaukee, WI 53233

Can I submit a hard copy of my application?

Scanned copies of application documents may be sent to gradadmit@marquette.edu.

Do I need to submit copies of all my transcripts, even if I only took one course at an institution?

Yes, please submit copies of transcripts from all current and previous colleges you attended.

How long does my personal statement need to be?

While we do not prescribe a length for your personal statement, please ensure it answers each of the following questions:

  1. Describe your career goals and the role you see for this degree in reaching those goals.
  2. Describe your interest in the field of health care data analytics and reasons for seeking admission to this program.
  3. List and describe any relevant professional and/or community activities in which you are currently or have previously been involved.
  4. List and describe any distinctions, honors or awards that you have received for your academic, professional or civic duties.

Who should I ask for letters of recommendation?

Your two letters of recommendation should come from close professional or academic contacts who can best speak to your potential for future success in the program and in a future analytics career role.

How do I demonstrate basic information systems competency and statistical literacy?

Basic information systems competency is considered demonstrated by:

  • A grade of B or above in a previous introductory coding/programming course at Marquette, OR
  • Proof of successful completion of an introductory online Python programming course from an approved provider or other provider later approved by Marquette

Statistical literacy can be demonstrated by:

  • A grade of B or above in previous introductory statistics course at Marquette, OR
  • Proof of successful completion of an introductory online statistics course using R (programming language) from an approved provider or other provider later approved by Marquette

Is financial aid available?

Financial aid, which is typically not merit-based, is available to those who apply and qualify. Contact an Admissions Advisor for more information about your financial aid options.

Does Marquette University accept tuition reimbursement?

For information regarding tuition reimbursement, you will need to contact your employer.

When will I be notified of an admission decision?

Once all your application materials are received, you will be notified within a week of a decision.

Is the application deadline flexible?

For domestic students, the application deadline is flexible, but the decision about when to start the program includes ensuring you have enough time to complete the online orientation and become acclimated with MU before classes begin.

What are the application requirements?

  1. A completed online application form and fee.
  2. Copies of all college/university transcripts except Marquette.*
  3. A statement of purpose discussing career goals and how the program will help to reach them.
  4. Up to two recommendation letters from people who can best speak to your potential for future success as a graduate student.
  5. An optional resume.
  6. (For international applicants only) a TOEFL score or other acceptable proof of English proficiency.

*Upon admission, final official transcripts from all previously attended colleges/universities, with certified English translations if original language is not English, must be submitted to the Graduate School within the first five weeks of the term of admission or a hold preventing registration for future terms will be placed on the student’s record.

Does Marquette need to receive all application materials by the application deadline?

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Admitted students may begin their program in spring, summer, or fall.

All application materials must be received by the document deadline to have your file considered for your chosen term.

We will consider incomplete applications on a case-by-case basis for reasons that may include delay in test score reporting or letters of recommendation that were mailed rather than emailed. If this occurs, we will evaluate internally whether to move forward with the application for the upcoming term.

International student questions

Do you accept the IELTS (International English Language Testing System) for International Students?

Yes. The minimum IELTS score for admission to Marquette University is 6.5 with at least a 6.5 in each of the four categories . Visit marquette.edu/grad/english-proficiency.php for more information.

Do I have to submit IELTS/TOEFL scores if I have earned a degree from a U.S. institution?

IELTS/TOFEL scores are not required if you have earned a degree from a U.S. institution. We waive the IELTS/TOEFL checklist item when we see that an international student earned a degree at an institution where the language of instruction was English.

If I earned my bachelor’s degree outside of the U.S., what official documents does Marquette require for the HCDA master's program?

First, you must complete the online application. International students must also have 2 years of work experience with documentation to substantiate this. Foreign transcripts that are issued in a language other than English must be submitted as an official transcript and accompanied by a certified English translation. Please note that evaluations such as those from WES and ECE are not official transcripts.

Does Marquette accept TOEFL scores issued more than two years prior to applying?

MU may consider TOEFL scores earned just beyond two years prior to your application date on a case-by-case basis, but we do not guarantee that they will be accepted.

Is F-1 visa sponsorship available to online students?

No. Marquette cannot issue Form I-20 for online degree programs.


Online experience questions

Why should I choose an online program?

An online program is designed specifically to provide flexibility for working professionals. It is built to be completed on a part-time schedule.

Is it possible to complete this program while also working a full-time job?

Yes. To help make this possible, we connect you with a dedicated Student Success Coordinator to offer support as you plan your schedule and navigate the program in a way that meets your specific needs.

Approximately how many courses should I expect to complete each year?

Students are expected to complete two courses/six credits annually.

How much time each week should I be spending on my coursework?

The weekly time commitment will vary based on course assignments and readings. In general, you can expect to spend about 3-4 hours per week for each credit for which you are enrolled.

For example, for a typical 3 credit course you can expect to spend approximately 9-12 hours per week on coursework. You can also expect that some of that time will be spread out throughout the week as you will spend time on discussions, projects and other activities with your classmates.

Is this a self-paced program?

Courses are not self-paced, but instead in each course students interact as they participate in discussions and submit assignments by particular deadlines. However, you will choose which and how many courses you will take each term.

How will I interact with my classmates?

You will interact with your classmates in our intuitive online learning system, D2L, which includes discussion boards that promote conversations about course topics.

Will I be expected to log on to my computer at the same time as the other students and instructor?

The online HCDA program is completely asynchronous, meaning students are not required to be online at the same time. The program does feature specific deadlines for assignments and discussions, but as long as you meet the deadlines, you can complete your work when it is convenient for you.

What are the technical requirements?

The minimum computer requirements for our online programs can be found here.

Will I be able to access my courses on my mobile device?

Yes. Many online courses are friendly to mobile devices.

Will the degree I earn be labeled an online degree?

You will earn a Marquette degree. Marquette provides the same quality educational experiences across courses and programs regardless of mode of delivery. Your diploma will read "Master of Science in Health Care Data Analytics,” without reference to mode of delivery ("online").
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