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MHA Programs Application Requirements and Forms

Application Overview

  • Full-time MHA Program:
    January 15
  • MHA/MD Program:
    December 1
    (year prior to intended MHA curriculum enrollment)
  • Executive MHA Program:
    April 30

  • Admissions Philosophy
  • Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
  • Tuition and Expenses
  • Message to Applicants from Diverse Groups
  • Computer Proficiency Requirements

The UW MHA Program accepts applications from candidates who have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited University (or will have completed such a degree prior to autumn quarter of the year for which application is made).

Applications are accepted for Autumn Quarter only. Applicants with a cumulative GPA below 3.0 are considered for admission only if they show outstanding abilities and/or potential in other areas.

International applicants:
You are an international applicant if you are NOT a US citizen, immigrant, or green card holder. International students must have a visa status that allows academic study at the University of Washington. International applicants include students who hold US visas, such as F-1, J-1 Exchange Visitors, H-1, dependent visas or any other non-immigrant classifications.

Please review the Graduate School website for details: http://grad.washington.edu/admissions/prospective.

NOTE: Because the Executive MHA is a part-time, fee-based program, applicants holding or expecting to receive an F-1 visa are not eligible to apply.

Application Process

All applicants to the UW MHA Program must complete the UW Graduate School online application, which incorporates all program-specific application materials. The online application system features application status tracking. Review the requirements listed below before proceeding.

Applicants to the full-time MHA Program (not Executive MHA) may elect to apply through HAMPCAS (Healthcare Administration, Management & Policy Centralized Application Service). This service is best suited for people applying to multiple health administration programs; it is not recommended if the UW MHA is your only choice.

If you apply through HAMPCAS, use the How to Apply to the UW MHA Program through HAMPCAS checklist for guidance. All applicants, including those using HAMPCAS, are required to complete the UW Graduate School online application. If an application is submitted in HAMPCAS but not also in the UW Graduate School online application, the application will be considered incomplete and will not be reviewed.

MHA Concurrent Degree Applicants:

The application and admission review processes for the MHA and concurrent degrees (MBA, MD, MPA, and JD) are separate. Applicants to concurrent degree programs must complete both the MHA and relevant concurrent degree applications. See the information at http://depts.washington.edu/mhap/concurrent regarding websites and contact information for each of the concurrent degree programs. In any case, be sure to indicate on the Supplemental Program Application form the concurrent degree program to which you are applying.

NOTE: If you are currently enrolled in the MBA, MD, MPA, or JD program and now wish to apply to the MHA Program, please contact the MHA Program Office before proceeding.

MHA/MD applicants must submit their program application materials by December 1.

Required Application Materials and the UW Graduate School Online Application:

It is the sole responsibility of the applicant to ensure that all required application materials are submitted by the posted deadline. If any required materials are missing, the application will be considered incomplete and will not be reviewed. Applicants can review the status of their applications at any time after submission, to check on letters of recommendation, test scores, etc.

Graduate School Applicant Profile:
As you begin the online application process, you will create an Applicant Profile containing basic applicant data, such as your name, contact information, and geographical information. Based on the information entered in your Applicant Profile, the system will identify your application type (i.e., US citizen or international, degree seeking or graduate non-matriculated, etc.) and present you with the relevant checklist of application requirements and step-by-step instructions. You will build upon your application by submitting the information or materials required to fulfill this checklist.

NOTE: After creating your Applicant Profile, you will be asked to select the degree program to which you are applying.

  • For the full-time MHA Program select:
    Health Services Administration-In Residence (Day) Program (MHA )
  • For the Executive MHA Program select:
    Health Services Administration-Executive Program (MHA )

Résumé/Curriculum Vitae (CV):
The résumé or curriculum vitae should include a complete history of your academic experience, professional/work experience, volunteer work, membership in professional organizations and/or licenses held, honors received (scholarships, awards, etc.), and publications (if any). Where appropriate, items listed should be interpreted in terms of their relevance to health services, and include beginning and end dates.

Work Experience:
The MHA Program does not have a specific work experience requirement (i.e., a specific number of years required). However, the most competitive applicants for the full-time MHA Program do have some professional work experience, and preferably, but not necessarily, in the field of health care/services.

The Executive MHA Program is intentionally designed for working professionals with several years of clinical and/or administrative experience in health care/services.

Three recommendations are required. An electronic form is provided to the recommender through a direct email from Graduate Admissions once they are designated in the online application. Recommendations should be requested of individuals who have knowledge of your academic performance and/or performance in a work setting and who can evaluate your professional abilities and potential for or commitment to a career in health services management. Recommendations from relevant work experience (vs. academic experience) are preferred. If applying to the Executive MHA, at least two recommendations should be from professional/work references. Personal references are not appropriate.

NOTE: If you or the recommender has any concerns about the online recommendation process, please contact the Program Office. We advise applicants to discuss their application with recommenders prior to designating them in the Applicant Profile.

Supplemental Program Application:   (download form)
The MHA Program requires an additional application form to supplement the information required by the Office of Graduate Admissions.

Written Statements:   (download form)
Applicants are asked to provide responses to three questions which are outlined in the form linked above.

Applicants are required to upload an unofficial transcript to their online application for each college/university attended where a degree was earned (bachelor's degree or higher).

If an offer of admission is made, applicants planning to enroll must submit an official degree transcript (University of Washington transcripts excluded) to the Office of Graduate Admissions upon request.

Test Scores:
Test scores are not required for Executive MHA Program applicants.

Full-time MHA Program applicants must meet the following requirements:
Test scores are not required from individuals who have earned a master's degree within the last 10 years or a doctoral level degree (e.g., MD, PhD, PharmD, DDS, JD). These degrees must be from a US accredited institution. All other applicants must take the GRE or GMAT and have their official scores reported to the MHA Program. Scores must not be more than five years old from the application deadline. Test scores must arrive by the application deadline in order for your application to be reviewed; schedule testing dates accordingly.

  • GRE
    Use Institution Code R4854 for score reporting. Call 1-800-GRE-CALL or visit the GRE web site (www.gre.org) for information. Registration for the GRE can be completed through any university or through:

    Office of Educational Assessment
    University of Washington
    1400 NE Campus Parkway
    440 Schmitz Hall, Box 355837
    Seattle, WA 98195-5837
    206-543-1170 ext. 2
  • GMAT
    Use MHA Program Code 459-54-54 for score reporting. Visit the GMAT web site (www.mba.com) for information, including registration. The GMAT is required for application to the MHA/MBA Program.
  • MCAT or LSAT
    The UW MHA Program only accepts MCAT or LSAT scores for MHA/MD and MHA/JD applicants, respectively. These test scores should be submitted by photocopy to the MHA Program Office. Scores must not be more than 5 years old.

TOEFL Scores:
Applicants whose native language is not English -- and who have not received the equivalent of a bachelor's, master's, or doctoral degree from a regionally accredited US institution or an institution where all instruction is in English -- must submit a valid official score from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Only score reports less than two years old from the test date to the application deadline will be accepted. The minimum test score requirement is 237 (TOEFLC), 580 (TOEFL), 92 (TOEFLIbt), or 7.0 (IELTS). The University of Washington's Institution Code for score reporting is R4854.

No waivers of the English competency requirement will be given. For additional information, see the Graduate School website at http://www.grad.washington.edu/policies/memoranda/memo08.shtml.

Application Fee:

A $75.00 application (processing) fee is required by the Graduate School for each application submitted.

Begin the Online Application Process: