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HIHIM Application Timeline for Autumn 2024

Application Opens: November 15, 2023
Early Acceptance Deadline: January 15, 2024
General Deadline: March 15, 2024
Space Available Deadline: June 15, 2024

Application Steps for Transfer & Post-Baccalaureate Students

Transfer, International Transfer, UW Bothell, UW Tacoma, and Post-baccalaureate applicants must complete the UW application for HIHIM and the HIHIM program application.

IMPORTANT: Do NOT use the general UW transfer or international application on the UW Office of Admissions website to apply to the HIHIM program. HIHIM is not listed on the general UW transfer application and has a unique link for applying to University of Washington. The UW application for HIHIM is linked below.

Research the Program

Review Our Website

Learn as much as you can about the focus, format, and program expectations to consider if the program is right for you. You can also sign up for our admissions newsletter to learn more about the program and application process.

Attend an Information Session

We highly recommend that prospective applicants attend one of our monthly information sessions on Zoom to learn about the program’s format, curriculum, admissions, career outlook, and more.

Information Sessions

Prepare to Apply

Follow the steps below to prepare to apply to the HIHIM program.

Complete HIHIM Admissions Prerequisites


  • Minimum 90 credits
  • Minimum grade of 2.0 in a Statistics course (4-5 credits)
  • Minimum grade of 2.0 in a Human Anatomy & Physiology course or series (5-6 credits; with lab preferred)

For early application cycle, all prerequisites must be completed before applying. For general application cycle, prerequisites can be in progress if they will be completed before starting HIHIM classes.

Schedule a Transcript Review Appointment

Transfer credits may or may not be accepted by the University of Washington. We recommend ALL transfer students schedule an appointment with the HIHIM adviser to go over unofficial transcripts, prerequisites, and graduation requirements.

To Schedule an Appointment:

Obtain unofficial transcripts from each college or university where you have earned a degree or taken relevant coursework. Download unofficial transcripts or scan printed copies. Email hihim@uw.edu a copy of your unofficial transcript(s) from ALL institutions you’ve attended in the past with. Please use “Transcript Review” as the subject line. Then book a 15 or 30 minute advising appointment to discuss the review with the HIHIM adviser.

Draft Statement of Purpose

Length: 750 words (max)

The HIHIM program seeks to enroll students who are academically prepared, exemplify integrity, and offer a diversity of perspectives, backgrounds, and talents.

Entering cohorts include students who demonstrate an awareness of the value of overcoming adversity or disadvantage to achieve their educational goals. They are committed to representing the health informatics and health information management profession in the communities they will serve and lead.

  • Explain why Health Informatics and Health Information Management (HIHIM) is critical to the field of healthcare. Include why you are personally interested in HIHIM as a career
  • Describe a time when you overcame difficulties/challenges. If you experience difficulties that impact your academics while in the HIHIM program, how would you work to get support/overcome these challenges?
  • What motivates your interest in healthcare in the field of HIHIM? Can you describe any personal exposure and/or career experience you have with healthcare?

The Statement of Purpose is not intended for you to share personal information that you are not comfortable providing.

Prepare UW Admissions Materials

Official Transcripts

While the HIHIM program application only requires unofficial copies of transcripts, the UW Admissions office must receive official copies of transcripts from ALL institutions you have attended in the past.

Delays in admission decisions happen when transcripts are not received by UW Admissions. We recommend sending transcripts to UW Admissions as early as possible, and we STRONGLY recommend sending official transcripts electronically.

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Exams for Credit

Did you participate in Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB) or A Level & AS Level exams? If so, you will likely need to send in documentation for these credits even if they appear on your transfer school transcript. Learn more:

AP Exams

IB Exams

A & AS Level Exams

Application Fee & Fee Waivers

Submitting the UW Application requires paying a non-refundable application processing fee. The fee must be paid online and must be submitted at the time you apply. There is no fee for the HIHIM program application.

If you would like to request a UW application fee waiver, please submit the request as soon as possible. You will need to wait to see if your fee waiver has been approved or denied by UW Admissions before submitting your application. Please plan enough time to hear back prior to the deadline to submit your application.

International Transfer Applicants – English Proficiency

International Transfer applicants must demonstrate English proficiency.

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Undocumented Applicants

Undocumented Applicants should review the Undocumented Student Resources page. Make sure to read the Undocumented student frequently asked questions for applying to UW.

Undocumented Student FAQs


All transfer applicants (including International, UW Bothell, UW Tacoma and Post-Baccalaureate students) must apply to both the University of Washington AND the HIHIM program. Returning students will need to start by submitting the Returning Student Request Form.

Not sure what type of student you are?

University of Washington Application

HIHIM is not listed on the general UW transfer application and has a unique link for applying to University of Washington. Do NOT use the general UW transfer or international application on the UW Office of Admissions website to apply to the HIHIM program.

Please pay close attention to the information below.

Students applying to HIHIM only should apply to the University of Washington for HIHIM application.

Students applying to HIHIM AND other majors should apply to the University of Washington for HIHIM application AND the General University of Washington Transfer application.

Transfer, international, or post-baccalaureate applicants who have already applied to other UW majors and paid an application fee will still need to fill out the application in the appropriate link below and pay the associated fee.

UW Admissions Application Materials

  • Official transcripts from ALL institutions attended in the past (electronic preferred)
  • Application fee (or fee waiver)

Not sure what type of student you are? Contact us.

UW Application for HIHIM

Returning Student Request Form

HIHIM Program Application

Access the online HIHIM application below – note that you are able to save your progress. There is a required section for uploading unofficial transcripts.

HIHIM Application Materials

After submitting your application, log in to check your application status.


Admitted Students

Admitted students are required to attend a New HIHIM Student Advising Session in August and HIHIM Orientation in September. Admitted students will be required to complete a learning module for basic knowledge of computers and standard productivity software, information retrieval skills, and electronic communication skills.


Contact us (hihim@uw.edu) if you have any questions about applying to or preparing for the HIHIM program.