Table of Contents
- All Students
- Residential Program Tuition and Fees and Funding Options
- Executive Program Tuition and Fees and Funding Options
- Distance Graduate Certificate Program Costs
- Veterans, Active Duty Service Members, National Guard and Reserves
- International Students
- AmeriCorps/VISTA/Teach for America/Missouri College Advising Corps
The Masters of Science in Health Informatics is a degree targeting professionals and those holding a related undergraduate degree who are interested in researching and applying health information technology to health care. As such, successful applicants should anticipate funding tuition and living costs for the duration of their studies. While there are opportunities for a paid assistantship this is without a tuition waiver and these competitive positions are limited. Details on the potential costs are below.
The MU Office of Student Financial Aid processes all financial aid awards. Students who wish to receive a financial aid package must file a FAFSA. The financial aid office also provides cost of attendance information for MU Graduate students. Please note that tuition listed for the estimated cost of attendance assumes nine (9) credit hours of enrollment in the Fall and Spring semesters.
Residential Program Tuition and Funding Options
Residential Program Costs
Total cost will depend on residency status and each student's specific plan of study – the tuition calculator can provide estimates taking into account these factors. The MS in Health Informatics degree requires 37 credit hours. Course fees for elective or dual degree courses in other programs and additions or adjustments to the degree plan may increase total tuition and fees.
Departmental Scholarships for Residential Students
The BBME Department awards scholarships to Residential students on an annual basis. Multiple $1,000 and $2,000 scholarships are available.
Students who wish to be considered for a scholarship from BBME are encouraged to submit their application by November 1, the priority deadline. Students are also encouraged to submit a FAFSA.
Students often pursue part-time employment opportunities on campus, and may search current job listings through HireMizzouTigers powered by Handshake. Students must be admitted and have an active pawprint and password in order to access Handshake.
MU benefits-eligible employees may receive partial reimbursement for tuition fees.
External Scholarship Opportunities
Several organizations provide scholarships to Master's students in Health Informatics programs, for which students are welcome to apply. A list of possible external scholarships and further information is available on our External Scholarships page. If you receive an external scholarship award, please notify BBME as soon as possible.
The MU Office of Graduate Studies sponsors a Spring Fellowship Competition each year, through which fellowships are awarded to incoming students. Students do not apply on their own; academic programs nominate candidates and submit the requisite application materials to the Office of Graduate Studies. Students who wish to be considered for fellowship nomination should apply by mid-January for admission for the upcoming academic year.
Details on graduate assistantships are available from the Graduate School.
All BBME students are expected to have a laptop computer with the following specifications currently recommended by the Division of Information Technology (http://doit.missouri.edu/software/):
- Operating system: Windows 10 or above
- Productivity: Microsoft Office 2019 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.
Executive Program Tuition and Funding Options
Executive Program Costs
Total cost will depend on residency status and each student's specific plan of study – the tuition calculator (https://cashiers.missouri.edu/cost/graduate-tuition/) can provide estimates taking into account these factors. The MS in Health Informatics Executive degree requires 33 credit hours. Course fees for elective or dual degree courses in other programs and additions or adjustments to the degree plan may increase total tuition and fees.
External Scholarship Opportunities
Several organizations provide scholarships to Master's students in Health Informatics programs, for which students are welcome to apply. A list of possible external scholarships and further information is available on the External Scholarships page. If you receive an external scholarship award, please notify BBME as soon as possible. Please note that most of these scholarships are awarded by academic year, while the Executive program runs on a calendar year.
In addition to tuition and fees and books and supplies, financial aid budgets for Executive students do automatically include funds for room and board, transportation, and personal expenses. Students may choose the amount of award they wish to accept.
Educational Assistance Benefit
Benefit-eligible MU employees may wish to take advantage of MU's Educational Assistance program. The Educational Assistance Program provides a 75 percent reduction in tuition for up to six credit hours (two courses) in the Fall and Spring semesters and three credit hours (one course) in the Summer semester. The executive MS in Health Informatics degree requires a maximum of two courses per semester, and MU employees can complete the degree for just 25 percent of the regular tuition within a two-year timeframe.
Distance Graduate Certificate Program Costs
Total cost will depend on residency status and each student's specific plan of study – the tuition calculator (https://cashiers.missouri.edu/cost/graduate-tuition/) can provide estimates taking into account these factors. Each certificate requires 12 credit hours. Course fees for additional elective courses and additions or adjustments to the study plan may increase total tuition and fees.
Veterans, Active Duty Service Members, National Guard and Reserves
Veterans should contact MU Veterans Center for help applying for veteran's benefits.
Veterans along with active duty service members, members of the National Guard and Reserves, and their dependents may be eligible for the Mizzou Online Military Tuition Award
Before the University of Missouri can issue immigration documents, international students must provide evidence of financial support, and must show adequate funding for at least one year (12 months) at MU based on current estimated annual expenses. Please note that tuition and fees listed for the estimated expenses assumes enrollment in nine (9) credit hours in Fall and Spring semesters. See tuition and fee sections for tables listing tuition and fees specific to BBME Executive and Residential degree and certificate programs. Most BBME students will owe higher amounts of tuition and fees each year due to the number of credit hours required for BBME degree programs.
International students are eligible for BBME departmental scholarships and are encouraged to submit their application by November 1, the priority deadline. Some external scholarships are open to international students. See our list of possible external scholarship awards for eligibility criteria.
Medical Insurance Requirement for International Students
All international students are required to carry medical insurance and will be automatically enrolled in the university's international student insurance plan through Aetna. Premiums for mandatory health insurance are included in the residential tuition and fee tables. International students with an assistantship position will receive either a partial or full subsidy applied automatically to their insurance premium.
International Student and Scholar Services Fees
International students are charged an international student services fee of $100/semester ($50 for the summer semester). This is included in the residential tuition and fee tables.
International students who hold F or J visas have the option to pursue employment in the United States, but must follow work authorization requirements. Students may work up to 20 hours per week on campus during the Fall and Spring semesters and may work more than 20 hours per week on campus during the summer semester and other designated university breaks.
Assistantships and Fellowships
Graduate Assistantship positions (see further information in Residential student funding options section) and Graduate fellowships are open to international students. To be eligible for Graduate Teaching Assistantship (GTA) positions, international students must complete an assessment of oral English language proficiency and achieve results required for the GTA position. International students accepting GTA positions must complete the Orientation for New International TAs (ONITA) before the first semester of teaching or assisting at MU. ONITA takes place the week before the start of the Fall and Spring semesters. These requirements do not apply to Graduate Research Assistantships (GRA) positions. To be considered for Graduate fellowships, students should apply by mid-January.
The Curator's Grant-in-Aid scholarship (GIA) is awarded to international students who have completed at least two regular semesters of study at MU. Students must have completed two regular semesters at MU (Fall and Spring terms) to be eligible to apply. GIA scholarships for graduate students waive from one to nine credit hours of tuition per semester. GIA scholarships are awarded on a semester-by-semester basis, and students must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 to be eligible. Financial need is also taken into account by the GIA Review Committee in awarding the scholarships.
Global Tiger Scholarships
The MU Alumni Association's Global Tiger Scholarship is available to returning international students. These awards are for $1,000 and are generally non-renewable.
AmeriCorps/VISTA/Teach for America/Missouri College Advising Corps
Students who have recently completed a term of service with Americorps, VISTA, Teach for America, or Missouri College Advising Corps may be eligible for nomination for a MU AmeriCorps/VISTA/TFA/MCAC graduate fellowship award. Awards are made for three to four students per year who receive support for years equal to the number of years of service, with a stipend equivalent to the current value of a .25 FTE assistantship - $8,194 - from the Office of Graduate Studies. Academic departments must nominate students for the fellowship. Students who wish to be considered for nomination must apply by mid-January for admission for the upcoming academic year, and should indicate on their application they have completed a term with AmeriCorps, VISTA, TFA, or MCAC. Nominees must have and maintain a 3.5 GPA.