Fall – March 15 (Applications must be complete by December 15 for priority scholarship consideration.)

Spring – N/A

Individuals interested in applying to this program should submit their application and supporting documents through SOPHAS, a general online application for schools of public health, or through HAMPCAS, an online application for healthcare management professions. A graduated fee is charged for these applications, depending on the number of accredited schools to which you apply.

Standardized test scores:

GRE general test (institutional code 5268), LSAT, MCAT, or GMAT.  Not required for Fall 2021 application, however, students may submit their scores if they feel it would be beneficial.

Recommendations required:

Two (2) recommendations

Prior academic records:

Transcripts are required from all colleges and universities attended, whether or not credit was earned, the program was completed, or the credit appears as transfer credit on another transcript. Transcripts must be forwarded to SOPHAS or HAMPCAS in their original sealed envelopes directly from the institution.

Official transcripts from institutions outside the United States must be accompanied by an official transcript evaluation from an accredited independent evaluating agency. Please be sure you request a detailed evaluation that includes all course titles, credit hours, grade-point average (GPA), United States degree equivalency, and date of degree conferral. Please refer to the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services for a list of acceptable foreign credential evaluation services.

Statement of purpose:

In no more than 1500 words, state your purpose in undertaking graduate study in your chosen field. Include your academic objectives, research interests, and career plans. Also discuss your related qualifications, including collegiate, professional, and community activities, and any other substantial accomplishments not already mentioned in the application. 

The Committee reviews your Statement of Purpose to determine your motivation for pursuing a career in public health.

Additional requirements:

Prerequisite coursework in introductory statistics and accounting at the undergraduate level is required.

International applicants only:

Please review International Applicant Information carefully for details on required documents, earlier deadlines for applicants requiring an I-20 GW, and English language requirements. Detailed documentation needed for this program is available here.

PLEASE NOTE that all programs in the Milken Institute School of Public Health require the following minimum English language test scores for admission:

  • Academic IELTS: an overall band score of 7.0 with no individual band score below 6.0.
  • TOEFL: 100 on Internet-based.

Supporting documents not submitted online should be mailed to:
Office of Admissions
Suite 200
Milken Institute School of Public Health
950 New Hampshire Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20052

Contact for questions: ~ 202-994-2160 (phone)
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday

Prerequisites for admission into the MHA program include an undergraduate course in financial accounting and an introductory course in statistics earned with a minimum grade of B.

The following requirements must be fulfilled: 50 credits, including 31 credits in core courses, a 2-credit health policy selective course, 11 to 14 credits in elective courses, and 3 to 6 credits in field experience. 

Students select one of five focus areas. The following two focus areas require 6 credits in a residency to fulfill the field experience requirements: acute and ambulatory care management and post-acute care management (including long-term care). The following three focus areas require 3 credits in an internship to fulfill the field experience requirement: information systems and financial management; operations management; and strategic management and policy.

Core courses
HSML 6202Introduction to Health Services Delivery
HSML 6203Introduction to Health Management
HSML 6204Quality and Performance Improvement
HSML 6206Quanitative Methods and Epidemiology in Health Services
HSML 6207Health Services Information Applications
HSML 6208Medical Informatics
HSML 6209Health Services Finance
HSML 6210Health Services Financial Applications
HSML 6211Health Economics
HSML 6212Community Health Management and Advocacy
HSML 6213Health Services, Marketing, and Planning
HSML 6215Health Law for Managers
HSML 6216Human Resources Management and Organizational Behavior
HSML 6218Seminar: Health Services Management and Leadership
HSML 6254Seminar: Ethics in Health Services Management
PUBH 6080Pathways to Public Health
Health policy selectives
One health policy course selected from the following:
PUBH 6012Fundamentals of Health Policy
PUBH 6325Federal Policymaking and Policy Advocacy
PUBH 6356State Health Policy
PUBH 6370Medicare/Medicaid Law and Policy
PUBH 6374Pharmaceutical Policy
PUBH 6378HIV Policy in the US
PUBH 6380Bridging Health Policy and Health Information Technology
PUBH 6399Topics in Health Policy (Substance Use Disorder Policy) *
PUBH 6399Topics in Health Policy (Cost-Benefit Analysis in Healthcare) *
PUBH 6399Topics in Health Policy (Maternal and Child Health Policy Analysis) *
PUBH 6561Maternal and Child Health Policy Analysis
Students whose focus area requires a fellowship take 11 credits in courses selected from the following; students whose focus area require a residency take 14 credits in courses selected from the following:
HSML 6231Management of Acute Care Hospitals
HSML 6236Post-Acute Care Management and Leadership
HSML 6238Ambulatory Care Management
HSML 6245Disaster Management for Health Care Organizations
HSML 6247Consulting in Health Care
HSML 6263Advanced Health Financial Applications
HSML 6270Research in Health Services Administration (Independent Study)
HSML 6285
HSML 6286
Readings in Health Services Management
and Readings in Health Services Management
HSML 6299Topics in HSML
Field experience
Students select either the fellowship or residency or internship focus area.
Students pursuing the fellowship focus area in acute and ambulatory care management or post-acute care management (including long-term care) take the following two courses for a total of 6 credits:
HSML 6274Fellowship
HSML 6275Fellowship
Students pursuing a residency in information systems and financial management, operations management, or strategic management and policy take the following 3-credit course: 
HSML 6271Residency

*Only specific topics indicated for PUBH 6399 count toward this requirement.

Graduation Requirements

  1. Graduate Credit Requirement: 50 graduate credits are required.
  2. Grade Point Requirement: A 3.0 (B average) overall grade-point average is required.
  3. Time Limit Requirement: The degree must be completed within five years.
  4. Transfer Credit Policy: Up to 12 graduate credits that have not been applied to a previous graduate degree may be transferred to the MHA, upon approval. Credits must have been earned from a CAHME accredited institution in the last three years with a grade-point average of 3.0 or above. 
  5. Transfer to Degree Program Policy: Up to 18 credits may be transferred to the MHA from the Health Administration Generalist Certificate. Students wishing to transfer to a degree program may apply to do so via the online change of concentration petition after completion of three or more courses and a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above. A grade of B or above is required for a course to be eligible for transfer. Students interested in applying to an MHA degree program should meet with the program director regarding program-specific admission requirements. Transfer credits must have been completed within the past three years.
  6. Residency or Internship Requirement: Successful completion of a 6 credit residency or 3-credit internship.