Stephens has been a leader in health information education since 1978, when we launched the first distance-learning program of its kind.

Today, the online Master of Science in Health Information Management prepares graduates for executive-level positions in health data and information management, health care operations, education and research that can impact the health of a population.

Advance your career and empower yourself to make a difference in health care by earning your MS-HIM at Stephens College.

Fall Term begins on Aug. 23, 2021.


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Program Features

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Delivery Method:

100% Online

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Time to Completion:

16 – 18 Months

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Total Coursework:

36 Credit Hours


Our 100% online format offers flexibility and affordability for working adults. The program is designed for students with various educational backgrounds and disciplines who want an advanced career as a health information professional.

Our inter-professional curriculum in healthcare, technology, law and business administration aligns precisely with the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) 2018 Graduate Curricular Competencies.


Efficient Degree Structure

  • 36 credit hours, completely online
  • Accelerated eight-week courses offered year-round (classes start five times per academic year)
  • Complete your master’s degree in as little as five semesters (attending full-time) or seven semesters (attending part-time)
  • Receive course credit for your RHIA credential


Admission + Affordability

  • No GRE or GMAT required
  • Affordable tuition and financial aid
  • A bachelor's degree in any field makes you eligible to apply. Individuals with undergraduate degrees in health information administration, nursing, information and computer technology, public health, population health, or business management are ideal students for the program.


Program Reputation

  • Expert faculty bring real-world healthcare experiences into the virtual classroom
  • Housed within an accredited and highly respected women’s college with co-educational graduate programs

I appreciate the reputation Stephens has for excellence in education; that's important to my investment. In addition, I wanted an education that focuses on many aspects of HIM and not just one topic for my master's degree.

Amber Stalcup-Penn, RHIA

What is Health Information Management?

Health Information Management professionals play a key role in maintaining, collecting, interpreting, analyzing and protecting patient information, which health care providers rely upon to deliver quality patient care.

HIM professionals interact with clinical, financial, administrative, information technology and legal staff to interpret data for patient care, research, and statistical reporting, planning and database content development.

The health information management discipline focuses on the integrity and confidentiality of patient information. Without educated HIM professionals doing the work, more errors occur, data is compromised and patient safety is at risk.


The Master of Science in Health Information Management will inspire students to learn through a rigorous and challenging curriculum that will enable them to grow and become leaders in the health data and information profession.


The Master of Science in Health Information Management program promotes lifelong learning that engages students with scholarship, creativity and applied learning through research under the direction of talented and experienced faculty. Graduates of the Health Information Management program are educated in health sciences with a focus on health care data and information, diversity of the health care population and a commitment to leadership, integrity and service.

Ready to advance your career? Start your future now.

Note: The Stephens College Master of Science in Health Information Management is not accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Health Information Management (CAHIIM), though the program is designed to align to standards set by CAHIIM. Completion of the M.S. in Health Information Management alone does not prepare learners to be eligible to sit for the Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) exam. Students should verify that they meet all requirements to sit for the RHIA exam by visiting AHIMA's certification page

However, Stephens College does offer a post-baccalaureate certificate, which is CAHIIM accredited. 

Explore the HIA Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Program >

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M.S. in Health Information Management

Kaitlyn Raith,
Graduate Admissions Counselor

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