Admission & Selection
The Master of Health Administration degree will require a minimum of 42 credit hours beyond an earned baccalaureate degree. A survey of several MHA programs accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME) shows that all require coursework greater than the 36-hour guideline. Students taking fewer hours would not get the education CAHME deems worthy of accreditation.
Minimum Admission Requirements
- A Bachelor's Degree*
- GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (applicant GPA's below the minimum required may be considered)
- GMAT or GRE scores (waived for applicants with 5 or more years of management or supervisory experience)**
- At least two years of supervisory experience preferred
- Practicing physicians and others holding a master's, law or doctorate degree may be admitted without the GMAT/GRE or supervisory requirement.
*Students with degrees other than health administration or business administration may be required to take leveling courses in statistics, financial and managerial accounting, and managerial economics (see below). These courses, if needed, must be completed prior to enrolling in MHA 6250 and/or MHA 6320.
**Significant weight is given to GRE aptitude (verbal and quantitative reasoning) with scores of at least 153 and 144 respectively. The GMAT aptitude score should be at least 500. However, indications of academic ability as expressed by undergraduate grade point average and professional experience will be of greater importance than specific undergraduate background and GRE or GMAT scores. Students considering an additional MBA should take the GMAT.
Students With a Degree in Health Administration or Similar
If you have recently earned an undergraduate degree in health services administration from an AUPHA-certified program or a degree in business from an AACSB-accredited school, you are not required to take MHA/MBA leveling coursework after admission to the MHA program.
Admitted students with an undergraduate degree from a non-AACSB accredited program may also be exempt from the leveling courses if a transcript analysis reveals sufficient undergraduate coursework in the areas of accounting, economics and statistics. Otherwise, you may be required to take additional MHA/MBA leveling coursework as part of your program of study.
Students With a Degree Other Than Health Administration or Similar
We encourage and welcome applications from those who hold undergraduate degrees in fields other than health administration or business. After admission, the MHA program director will evaluate your transcripts to determine which foundation courses will be needed. A customized program of study will then be developed for each student. You can take MHA coursework along with foundation courses, provided you have met the foundation prerequisites for the MHA classes.
U.S. Citizens and U.S. Permanent Residents
While applications may be submitted at any time, applicants should be aware of the following application review periods for the annual Fall semester entry point:
- Fall entry point: Applications will begin being reviewed by the MHA Admissions Committee in April and May; final application deadline for the annual Fall entry point is May 1 each year.
All international students must meet additional university and INS application requirements. For more information, click here. Due to these requirements, all international applicants must observe the following application deadlines:
- Fall entry point: International applicants must submit the MHA application forms by February 20 if living outside the U.S., and by March 1 if already living in the U.S.
Application Status and Notification of Admission
You will be notified in a timely manner shortly after each meeting of the MHA Admissions Committee as to your application status, whether accepted, declined, or on hold. Applications on hold will be reviewed in each subsequent meeting of the MHA Admissions Committee until their final status is determined.
If your application is declined, your file will remain active for the next 12 months and you may reapply at any time during that period without paying an additional MHA application fee. Please notify Enrollment Director Macey Buker (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you wish to have your file reconsidered at the next meeting of the MHA Admissions Committee.
If you wish to have your application reconsidered, you may wish to provide evidence of any changes that have occurred since the application was first submitted, such as new GMAT or GRE score reports, academic transcripts from subsequent coursework, updated work history, etc. This information will be added to your current file and forwarded to the MHA Admissions Committee for their consideration.