mha admissions

Application Dates and Deadlines

A new cohort of the UW Master of Health Administration program starts every fall. Applications open on August 1 for the following year's cohort.

We strive to provide a response regarding your application within three weeks of the January deadline. The most competitive applicants will be invited to UW MHA program Visit Day. Applicants not invited to Visit Day may be placed on a waitlist.

Applicants invited to Visit Day are strongly encouraged to attend this event, which will include an interview with a member of the admissions committee. To be further considered for admission, invited applicants must either interview with a member of the admissions committee at Visit Day or make arrangements to interview via phone or Skype.

Admission Requirements

The following are the minimum admission requirements for the MHA program:

  • Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university in the United States, or its equivalent from a foreign institution
  • A minimum 3.0 grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) for the last 60 graded semester credits or the last 90 graded quarter credits
  • Demonstrated English language proficiency for applicants whose native language is not English

Required Application Materials

The following materials are required to apply to the Master of Health Administration program:

Application Steps

Applications to the MHA program are submitted online through the UW Graduate School application website. We recommend you begin your application early because multiple steps are required.

Step One: Prepare to Apply

Get transcripts from each college or university where you earned a degree. Download unofficial transcripts or scan printed copies.

Identify people who are willing to write letters of recommendation for you. Three letters of recommendation are required to apply. Consider current or former employers or supervisors, as well as former teachers, though professional recommendations are preferred. Make sure the people you choose can evaluate your leadership and management skills and speak to your potential for a career in health services management. You will need your recommenders' email addresses for the Graduate School application.

Update your résumé or curriculum vitae. The résumé or curriculum vitae should include a complete history of your academic and professional work experience as well as any volunteer work, membership in professional organizations, licenses, honors (such as scholarships and awards) and publications.

Complete the supplemental program application and written statements. You will need these for the Graduate School application.

Schedule and take the GRE or GMAT. GRE scores must be sent directly from the Educational Testing Service using institution code 4854 for the University of Washington. For score reporting of the GMAT, use the MHA program code 459-54-54.

In place of GRE or GMAT scores, MHA/MD and MHA/JD applicants only may submit MCAT or LSAT scores, respectively. Electronic score reports should be submitted to the MHA program office.

Scores cannot be more than five years old at the time of the application deadline. Test scores must arrive by the application deadline in order for your application to be reviewed; schedule testing dates accordingly.

Test scores are not required from individuals who have earned a master's or doctoral degree within the last 10 years from a regionally accredited U.S. institution.

Step Two: Apply

Start your online application to the UW Graduate School. Create an applicant profile. Your login and password will allow you to save your application and return to it later if necessary.

For program, select "Health Services Administration – In-Residence (Day) Program (MHA)."

Upload all required documents.

Designate the people who have agreed to write letters of recommendation for you. Your designees will be sent an email directing them to a secure website to submit their letters.

Pay the nonrefundable application fee.

After you've submitted your application, you can check on its status at any time by logging into the application page.

Graduate Nonmatriculated Students

If you aren't sure yet whether you want to pursue the MHA degree, you might consider enrolling first as a graduate nonmatriculated student. GNM status allows you to experience a small portion of the MHA curriculum and become familiar with our faculty and students.

Although GNM status does not guarantee admission to the MHA program, you may apply up to 12 credits toward degree requirements if you are admitted.

To apply to be a GNM student, you must submit an online application through the Graduate School site during the regular MHA application period.

Before you consider applying, please read the GNM policies in MHA Program Policies and Resources, and contact us if you have any questions.

International Students

International applicants must meet all application requirements for the program. You are considered an international applicant if you are not a U.S. citizen, immigrant or green card holder. International students must have a visa status that allows academic study at the University of Washington. For more information, see the UW Graduate School's International Applicant Information page.

Applicants whose native language is not English must demonstrate English language proficiency. If required, please submit TOEFL scores. Only scores less than two years old at the time of the application deadline will be accepted. Scores must be sent directly to UW by the Educational Testing Service using institution code 4854.

Important Dates

Aug 1, 2017 Applications Open
Jan 15, 2018 Application Deadline
Sep 2018 Classes Begin