Residential Program Costs and Financial Aid

Up-to-date Graduate tuition and fee information is available at Total cost will depend on resident status and each student's specific course of study. The residential MHA degree requires a total of 54 credit hours, the MS in Health Informatics degree requires a total of 36 credit hours, and the three-year dual MHA/MS in Health Informatics degree requires a total of 69 credit hours. Course fees for elective or dual degree courses in other programs or additions to the degree plan will affect total cost. If you have questions regarding the cost of your program of study, please contact

Computing Resources: All HMI students are expected to have a laptop computer with the following specifications currently recommended by the Division of Information Technology (

  • Operating system: Windows 7 or above
  • Productivity: Microsoft Office 2013 or later
  • Anti-virus: Microsoft Security Essentials

Software can be purchased for reduced prices through the TigerTech website. If students do not wish to work exclusively in a windows environment, dual boot and Parallels should be considered.

Note: Due to the computing intensive courses present in the HI program, all informatics students are required to have a laptop PC. Note that a Mac is not acceptable due to the difficulty of installing and operating various computational tools used in these courses.

Departmental Funding for Residential Students

The HMI Department awards a limited number of graduate research assistantships (GRAs) and scholarships each academic year. Students who wish to be considered for departmental funding should apply by the priority application deadline, March 1. Students who apply for admission by March 1 are automatically considered for departmental funding; a separate application is not required. Funding is awarded on the basis of merit, and awards are made based on the information provided by the applicant. Departmental funding is competitive and is not guaranteed.

Graduate Research Assistantships (GRAs)

HMI awards a limited number of GRAs each academic year. Research project needs and funding determine the nature and availability of GRA positions. Students with a GRA receive a full tuition waiver for up to 16 credit hours of degree-applicable coursework per semester, as well as a stipend for hours worked. GRAs are typically nine-month appointments and require at least 10 hours of work per week (.25 FTE); some positions require 20 hours per week (.50 FTE). For further information about assistantships at MU, please see Students awarded a GRA may choose to enroll in subsidized health insurance through the Graduate School's Student Medical Insurance program.

TIPS for Kids GRAs: Rising second year students have the opportunity to apply for GRA positions with the Training in Interdisciplinary Partnerships and Services (TIPS) for Kids program. TIPS for Kids is based at MU's Thompson Center and provides education and leadership training in autism and other neurodevelopmental disabilities. See or contact, for more information.

HMI Departmental Scholarships

Maienschein Memorial Scholarship: Named for Gary Wayne Maienschein, a native of Kansas City, MO, who was a Blue Cross Blue Shield of Missouri employee for more than 30 years, the Maienschein Scholarship is awarded annually to a Missouri resident who majors in the areas of health care administration and health care policy, and who demonstrates high scholastic ability. The Maienschein Scholarship is an award of $1250 ($625 per semester is credited directly to the student's bill).

AUPHA Foster McGaw Scholarship: The Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA) Foster McGaw Scholarship provides financial support to graduate students in health administration. Scholarship funds are awarded each year to all AUPHA full graduate programs, and faculty within these programs disperse the monies at their discretion to students most deserving of recognition. The scholarship was endowed by Foster G. McGaw, founder of the American Hospital Supply Corporation. The McGaw Scholarship is a cash award of $750.

External Scholarship Opportunities