Cost and Aid: Master of Health Administration

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We understand the challenges of paying for and funding higher education goals, and we work with current and prospective students to be transparent and connect them to the assistance they need. To identify the best sources of financial support, we encourage potential and current students to review the information below.


The UW Master of Health Administration (MHA) 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.

Course fees are charged on a per-credit basis and are the same for Washington state resident and nonresident students. In addition to course fees, students pay other required fees each quarter, including registration, technology, and U-PASS (bus and transportation) fees. Costs for textbooks and other course materials are extra.

Payments are due by the third Friday of the quarter.

Cost per Credit$910
Total Required Credits76
Estimated* Total Cost of Degree$69,160
*Estimated cost is based on 2024–2025 rates and does not factor in other required fees, textbooks, or expected annual fee increases.

Financial Aid and Funding

A variety of financial aid, funding, and resources are available to students.

Scholarships for Current Students

Our program, department, school, and university provide various scholarships for students. MHA students are eligible for the program and department scholarships below.

Health Systems Excellence, Equity, and Distinction (HSEED) Award

Amount: Up to $5,000

The UW Department of Health Systems and Population Health (HSPop) established the Excellence, Equity, and Distinction (HSEED) Award to increase diversity in public health — including people who are LGBTQIA+, veterans, community members of color, from lower income backgrounds, and/or have disabilities.

Who Can Apply: First-year students who meet the HSEED eligibility criteria.

Current Topics in Health Care Award

Amount: $3,000 – $5,000 (varies per year depending on available funding)

This award recognizes a student who demonstrates an outstanding understanding of the field through their response to an emerging topic in health care administration.

Who Can Apply: First- and second-year students

Emerging Leader Award

Amount: $3,000 – $5,000 (varies per year depending on available funding)

This award honors an innovative and inclusive leader who brings a unique lens to the field of health care administration. The award includes students with non-traditional leadership experiences, who expand the definition of leadership and add value to the field.

Who Can Apply: First- and second-year students

Impact Award

Amount: $3,000 – $5,000 (varies per year depending on available funding)

This award honors students who exemplify principles of service; commitment to the needs of communities, to programs that improve the human condition, and to efforts to protect and empower all individuals. It recognizes students who demonstrate service to unserved and underserved communities and populations because of oppression and/or racism.

Who Can Apply: First- and second-year students

Application Overview

Our MHA scholarships listed above share the same deadline and application form. Essay requirements, details, and the link to the application form are emailed directly to current students. MHA scholarship essays must be unique to the year and specific to the award. Please do not submit an essay from a previous year, and do not submit the same essay for each award. Students can apply for more than one scholarship but cannot receive more than one award.

Award decisions are made by the program directors and a review committee of teaching faculty. Applicants are anonymous during the review process. Award winners are recognized publicly in the alumni newsletters and other communication channels.

Application Opens: Autumn Quarter
Application Deadline: Autumn Quarter
Applicants Notified: Prior to the start of Winter Quarter

Prior Scholarship Recipients

UW Employment: Research or Teaching Assistant Positions

Research assistant (RA) and teaching assistant (TA) positions may be available. Students (and prospective students) can search the UW School of Public Health student funding and opportunities board.

Please Note: You can filter your search by the type of opportunity, such as RA/TA.

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Resources for International and/or Undocumented Students

We welcome international and/or undocumented applicants. International students must have a visa status that allows for academic study at the University of Washington.

Additional Student Resources

The UW Department of Health Systems and Population Health (HSPop) has a list of student resources and financial support, including student services such as counseling, housing, and/or child care, among others.

If you contact the Office of Student Financial Aid or other UW offices, it’s helpful to share that you are inquiring about a fee-based program. Fee-based students are not eligible for tuition exemptions or university grants.

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MHA Scholarship Recipients

Congratulations to the MHA scholarship recipients for the 2022-2023 academic year!

Stephanie Do

Current Topics in Health Care Award

Tyler McKlosky

Emerging Leader Award

Vy Mai

Impact Award

Arsiema Hailemichael