Department of Health Sciences

MHA funding opportunities

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. 

See Executive and Residential tuition and fee sections for tables listing tuition and fees specific to MHA Executive and Residential programs. These tables reflect gross tuition and all fees for the entire degree program. Each student’s actual net tuition and fees will depend on whether any financial assistance (financial aid, scholarships, educational assistance, etc.) is received. 

The MU Office of Cashiers maintains a list of current tuition and fees as well as information about billing and due dates and payment options

External scholarships for students entering the first year of the master’s degree

  • Corris Boyd Scholars Program Recipient awarded $40,000 scholarship toward tuition and other expenses at AUPHA full-member graduate school program. Eligible applicants must have applied and been accepted to AUPHA full master’s degree program; be a US citizen or permanent resident; be a student of color (African American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian American, Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, Latino/Hispanic, Multiracial); have a minimum 3.0 GPA. Application submissions begin in February and are due in mid-April. See AUPHA website for details. 
  • Heartland Health Lowell C. Kruse Healthy Choices. Healthy Lives. Scholarship The Kruse Scholarship provides financial assistance to a first-year, full-time graduate student from the region studying in areas leading to improved quality of life for the residents of our region (Ray County excluded) including, but not limited to, Health Care Administration, Early Childhood Development, Not-For-Profit Management, and Educational Leadership. This scholarship is funded by Mosaic Life Care and managed by Heartland Foundation. Application deadline is May 15th. 

External scholarships for students entering the first or second year of the master’s degree 

  • American College of Medical Practice Executives (ACMPE) Scholarships: part of Medical Group Management Association (MGMA). Numerous scholarships available – see link above for specific requirements. Scholarships range from $1,000 to $5,000. Applications may be posted on MGMA website in April; due June 1. 
  • National Association of Health Services Executives (NAHSE): Haynes Rice Award; Florence Gaynor Award (for women only); Ellis Bonner Award (for non-traditional students only). Student must be a NAHSE member. All awards are $2,500. Applications due mid-May – see NAHSE website for details. 
  • Richard P Covert, PhD, LFHIMSS Scholarship for Management Systems: Student must be a HIMSS student member. For those focused on Management Engineering. $5,000 plus all-expense paid trip to Awards Banquet at annual HIMSS Conference and Exhibition. Applications open mid-August and are due mid-October – see HIMSS website for details. 

External scholarships for students entering the second year of the master’s degree 

  • ACHE Albert W. Dent Scholarship: For minority students only. Student must be a U.S. or Canadian citizen and be able to demonstrate financial need; preference given to Student Associates of ACHE; $5,000 award. Applications open January 1 and are due March 31. See ACHE website for details. 
  • ACHE Foster McGaw Scholarship: Student must be a U.S. or Canadian citizen and be able to demonstrate financial need; preference given to Student Associates of ACHE; $5,000 award. Applications open January 1 and are due March 31. See ACHE website for details. 
  • The Bachrach Family Scholarship for Excellence in Healthcare Administration: established to create an endowed scholarship at AUPHA with the intent of creating a durable legacy to the education of students in areas and at institutions that contributed to the success of David and Linda Bachrach. The $5,000 scholarship will be available to students enrolled ‘full-time’ in a CAHME accredited residential graduate program in healthcare administration during their second year of the program of study. It recognizes their demonstrated successful academic performance as an undergraduate, as well as during their first year of graduate study, with preference to otherwise qualified students who are the first in their immediate family to pursue graduate level education, qualified students who can demonstrate an economic need for such financial support, and/or qualified female applicants. Application deadline is in early April. See AUPHA website for details. 
  • AUPHA Winston Health Policy Scholarship: Student must be a U.S. citizen. Two letters of nomination – one from a faculty member in your degree program and one from a preceptor or employer – are required as part of the application process. Award is $10,000; in the fall, students selected for the scholarship will be hosted at a one-day health policy symposium in Washington, DC. Applications open mid-February and are due mid-April. See AUPHA website for details. 

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.

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.