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Masters in Health Administration | Admission Requirements

The Master of Health Administration program's criteria for admission are:

  • A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university. A GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale is necessary to be competitive.  Previous graduate work should reflect a GPA of 3.0 or above.
  • A competitive score on the GRE or the GMAT is required for residential MHA applicants.  For Executive MHA students, if the applicant does not have a cumulative point average of 3.0 or higher from their undergraduate school(s), a GRE or GMAT is required.  A GRE score of 300 (50th percentile or higher), and 4 or higher on the analytical section; or a GMAT score of 500 suggests a student's ability to be successful in the program.
  • Three reference forms from individuals who can comment on the applicant's professional background, academic capabilities, and motivation. (Applicants provide the email address of three individuals on the application and the recommendation form is electronically sent to be completed).
  • Undergraduate courses (one each) in statistics and microeconomics should be completed prior to entering the program. (Undergraduate Accounting is suggested but not required.)
  • Students should have working knowledge of word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software.
  • For MHA Executive Track candidates, one or more years of healthcare experience is required. A resume should be submitted. 

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Aptitude Tests
Applicants must submit satisfactory scores on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE - verbal, quantitative, and analytical) or the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT). Scores older than five years may be considered on an individual basis. Applicants with terminal degrees (e.g., M.D./D.O., D.M.D./D.D.S., J.D., Ph.D./Dr.P.H./Sc.D.) may request a waiver of the GRE or GMAT.

Application Procedures
The Residential MHA curriculum is designed for Fall semester entry. Applicants should submit all materials no later than March 1 to be considered for acceptance for the Fall semester. The admissions committee will begin reviewing applications in November. It is to the applicant’s advantage to submit completed applications as early as possible.

The Executive MHA curriculum is designed for summer semester entry. Applications for summer session are due March 1. Individuals applying to the Executive MHA program are expected to have one or more years health experience or comparable professional work experience.

Last Published with Edits:July 17, 2015 11:17 AM
Last Comprehensive Review: July 2015

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