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The UW Master of Health Informatics and Health Information Management (MHIHIM) program is designed for professionals working in health care settings who want to advance into mid- and senior-level leadership roles in health informatics and health information management. The program also serves IT and business professionals who want to apply their skills to enter a health-related field.

The Master of HIHIM program is a self-sustaining, fee-based program administered by the UW Department of Health Systems and Population Health (HSPop) in partnership with UW Continuum College.

Autumn 2025: Master of HIHIM Application Timeline

Application Opens: September 1, 2024
Priority Application Deadline: November 30, 2024
General Application Deadline: February 6, 2025
Applicants Notified: Within six weeks of the application deadline

Application Steps

To apply to the UW Master of Health Informatics and Health Information Management (MHIHIM) program, submit your application materials online to the UW Graduate School. We recommend you begin your application early in order to complete all requirements on time. Details are outlined below.

Step One: 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.

Meet Eligibility Criteria

Minimum Eligibility Criteria

  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university in the United States or an equivalent degree from an international institution, preferably in business, information technology, health informatics, health information management, or a health-related field
    • Students who have a degree in a different field, but relevant work experience, are also considered.
  • Minimum grade point average: Students must meet one of the following options
    • 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent measures of performance from an institution with no grading system) for credits earned at the institution awarding the bachelor’s degree
    • 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for the last 90 graded quarter credits or 60 graded semester credits
  • Demonstrated English language proficiency for applicants whose first language is not English

International and/or Undocumented Applicants

We welcome international and/or undocumented applicants.

International students must have a visa status that allows for academic study at the University of Washington. Because the UW Master of Health Informatics and Health Information Management (HIHIM) program is a part-time program, international students who require F-1 or J-1 visa status are not eligible.

To learn more about applying to the University and available financial options, visit our department’s student resources page.

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

Book an Advising Appointment

Meet one-on-one with our program recruitment specialist for a more in-depth discussion about the program and whether it is a good fit.

Advising Appointment

Connect with a Student Ambassador

Student ambassadors are current students who help prospective students learn about the Master of Health Informatics and Health Information Management program at the University of Washington. Student ambassadors have a wide variety of relevant experiences and interests.

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Step Two: Prepare to Apply

Draft written materials, obtain unofficial transcripts, designate people to write letters of recommendation, and apply for fee waivers early.

Request Unofficial Transcripts

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.

UW will request official transcripts when an offer of admission is made (international applicants) or accepted (domestic applicants).

Update Resume or Curriculum Vitae (CV)

Make sure your resume or curriculum vitae (CV) are up to date. The resume or curriculum vitae should include a complete history of your academic and professional work experience as well as any volunteer work, membership in professional organizations, licenses, honors (such as scholarships and awards) and publications.

Letters of Recommendation

Number Needed: 3

Identify three people who will write letters of recommendation, such as academic advisors, professors, supervisors, or mentors. Consider asking current or former employers, managers, or teachers. Professional recommendations are preferred. Choose recommenders who can speak to your potential for, and/or commitment to a career in health services management.

As part of the online application system with the UW Graduate School students designate recommenders by providing names and email addresses. The online application system then will email specific instructions to each recommender. Applicants can return to the online application to check whether the application system has received the recommendations.
Applicants are expected to ensure recommendations are submitted to the online application system by the deadline.

GRE Scores (optional)

The GRE is no longer required! However, if applicants feel their GRE scores are a better representation of their academic preparedness for the program than their transcripts, they may include their GRE scores.

If you choose to submit GRE scores, you must self-report them in the online application with the UW Graduate School AND have scores sent directly to UW from the Educational Testing Service using the UW institutional code. Scores from the testing services must arrive by the application deadline to be considered. GMAT will not be accepted in place of the GRE.

UW Institution Code: 4854

Application Fee and Waiver

The UW Graduate School application fee is $90. Waivers are available to qualified applicants.

Please request an application fee waiver as soon as possible, at least seven days before the application deadline.

If you request an application fee waiver, DO NOT pay the fee or submit your application until you receive approval or denial. The application fee cannot be reimbursed. Contact us if you have not heard about your fee waiver and need to submit your application.

Fee Waiver Info

Proof of English Language Proficiency (select students)

Applicants whose first language is not English might need to share proof of English language proficiency.

Test scores must be sent directly to the UW by the Educational Testing Service using the UW institution code. Only scores less than two years old will be accepted.

UW Institution Code: 4854

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Step Three: Apply Online

The online application process is done through the UW Graduate School.

Do not submit your application to the UW before applying or receiving your fee waiver. Undocumented students can request a fee waiver if they plan to submit as a domestic applicant.

You can save your application in the UW Graduate School application system and come back to it at any time to continue working on it. After submitting an application, your status can be confirmed by logging into the application system.

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