Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

1. Are the programs offered accredited?

The traditional two-year, on-campus MHA program has been continuously accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Education of Health Services Administration (ACEHSA) since 1966. Currently the residential and the executive MHA programs are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME).

2. What is the application deadline?

We operate on a rolling admission which means that we accept applications until the program begins August for residential students and January for executive students, or until the cohort is full (25 students). To receive priority for potential financial support within the department, residential program applications should be submitted prior to March 31.

3. Where do I mail application materials?

HMI
c/o Admissions
CE707 CS&E Building
Five Hospital Drive
Columbia, MO. 65212

4. Do I need to submit my letters of recommendation via the online application or can I mail them in?

You can submit your letters of recommendation via the online Graduate School Application or you can mail them directly to the HMI Office at the following address:
HMI c/o Admissions
CE707 CS&E Building
Five Hospital Drive
Columbia, MO. 65212

5. How long does the statement of purpose need to be?

There is no set length for the statement of purpose, but here are some ideas or key points to address in the statement:
  • Your professional plans and career objectives
  • How you became interested in health services management/health informatics and how your prior training and experience would help your career
  • Specific issues and problems in health care you consider challenging and why
  • Indicate if you intend to apply to the traditional (residential) on-campus degree program or the distance education (executive) format

6. What is the minimum TOEFL requirement for international students?

The minimum TOEFL requirement for international students is a score of at least 100 on the internet based exam.

7. What are the minimum GRE or GMAT requirements?

We like to see applicant scores in the 50th percentile on the GRE and GMAT exams.

8. Where do recent graduates find jobs and what is the average starting salary?

We recommend that our residential students apply for fellowship positions during their second year of study. While many students do accept fellowship positions after graduation, many students select job positions as well. The average salary for our recent residential graduates is between $55,000 and $62,000 per year. This varies depending on geographic location, size of organization, and scope of duties and responsibilities.

9. Do I need to have the prerequisite courses completed prior to beginning the program?

No, we build the prerequisite courses into the plan of study if you have not previously taken them in the past. However, we highly recommend enrolling in the prerequisite courses if you can before beginning the program.

If you are an executive applicant you can complete some of the prerequisite materials via independent study through our website after acceptance to the program.

10. As an applicant for the Executive program are GRE or GMAT test scores required?

No, we use your 3+ years of health care experience to waive these exams.

11. For the Executive program am I required to attend all executive onsite weekends?

Yes, all executive students are required to attend all scheduled weekend on-site sessions. You will know the weekends you are responsible for being on campus for the entire two-year program at orientation.

12. I am applying to the Executive program, what does my letter of support need to include?

The letter of support for the executive program needs to be a short note from your employer stating that they understand you are applying for the program and that they support you in doing this.

13. I am applying to the Executive program; can one of my letters of recommendation also be my letter of support?

Yes, your letter of support can also be used as a letter of recommendation. Just be sure that your employer states in the letter that they both support and recommend you.

14. What is the cost of the Executive program?

The cost of the executive program is $700 per credit hour for both in-state and out-of-state students. The executive Master of Health Administration program is 42 credit hours to complete and the executive Master of Science in Health Informatics program is 33 credit hours to complete.

15. How many credit hours is each course worth?

Each HMI course is worth 3 credit hours, unless otherwise stated.