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.
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.
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.
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:
Supporting documents not submitted online should be mailed to:
Office of Admissions
Milken Institute School of Public Health
950 New Hampshire Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20052
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.
|HSML 6202||Introduction to Health Services Delivery|
|HSML 6203||Introduction to Health Management|
|HSML 6204||Quality and Performance Improvement|
|HSML 6206||Quanitative Methods and Epidemiology in Health Services|
|HSML 6207||Health Services Information Applications|
|HSML 6208||Medical Informatics|
|HSML 6209||Health Services Finance|
|HSML 6210||Health Services Financial Applications|
|HSML 6211||Health Economics|
|HSML 6212||Community Health Management and Advocacy|
|HSML 6213||Health Services, Marketing, and Planning|
|HSML 6215||Health Law for Managers|
|HSML 6216||Human Resources Management and Organizational Behavior|
|HSML 6218||Seminar: Health Services Management and Leadership|
|HSML 6254||Seminar: Ethics in Health Services Management|
|PUBH 6080||Pathways to Public Health|
|Health policy selectives|
|One health policy course selected from the following:|
|PUBH 6012||Fundamentals of Health Policy|
|PUBH 6325||Federal Policymaking and Policy Advocacy|
|PUBH 6356||State Health Policy|
|PUBH 6370||Medicare/Medicaid Law and Policy|
|PUBH 6374||Pharmaceutical Policy|
|PUBH 6378||HIV Policy in the US|
|PUBH 6380||Bridging Health Policy and Health Information Technology|
|PUBH 6399||Topics in Health Policy (Substance Use Disorder Policy) *|
|PUBH 6399||Topics in Health Policy (Cost-Benefit Analysis in Healthcare) *|
|PUBH 6399||Topics in Health Policy (Maternal and Child Health Policy Analysis) *|
|PUBH 6561||Maternal 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 6231||Management of Acute Care Hospitals|
|HSML 6236||Post-Acute Care Management and Leadership|
|HSML 6238||Ambulatory Care Management|
|HSML 6245||Disaster Management for Health Care Organizations|
|HSML 6247||Consulting in Health Care|
|HSML 6263||Advanced Health Financial Applications|
|HSML 6270||Research in Health Services Administration (Independent Study)|
& HSML 6286
|Readings in Health Services Management|
and Readings in Health Services Management
|HSML 6299||Topics in HSML|
|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:|
|Students pursuing a residency in information systems and financial management, operations management, or strategic management and policy take the following 3-credit course:|
*Only specific topics indicated for PUBH 6399 count toward this requirement.
- Graduate Credit Requirement: 50 graduate credits are required.
- Grade Point Requirement: A 3.0 (B average) overall grade-point average is required.
- Time Limit Requirement: The degree must be completed within five years.
- 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.
- 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.
- Residency or Internship Requirement: Successful completion of a 6 credit residency or 3-credit internship.