Frequently Asked Questions
NOTE: please refer to our Admissions page for application deadlines, detailed requirements, and forms.
Can I transfer into your program if I began my MHA at another university?
We welcome you to apply (we only admit for autumn quarter). If you are accepted into the program, you can pursue course waivers as described in our waiver policy.
How long does it take to complete the degree/program?
Most students will complete the MHA or Executive MHA program within two years, although unusual circumstances may occur in which students petition to lighten their course load during a specified period of time, lengthening their stay in the program. Students in a concurrent degree program typically take an additional one to three quarters to complete their programs. MHA students participate in a summer internship between the first and second year. Executive MHA students take courses year round for 24 consecutive months.
Is it possible to observe a class before I submit my
Yes. Class observations can be arranged with prior notice and are contingent upon schedule and faculty approval. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to request a classroom visit.
- Day MHA: We generally limit classroom visits to the third through seventh weeks of the quarter. MHA classes are not conducted during the summer quarter.
- Executive MHA: The optimal time for classroom visits is during the second onsite session of the quarter.
Is an interview required for admission?
Yes, competitive applicants will be invited to attend the MHA Program Visit Day, which will include an interview, or will arrange for an interview via Skype/phone with members of the admissions committee. For more details, please see the Admissions page.
What is the minimum GPA you will accept?
The standard cumulative GPA requirement is 3.0 or higher. Applicants with a cumulative GPA below 3.0 are considered for admission only if they show outstanding abilities and/or potential in other areas. UW MHA Program applicants who are offered admission tend to have a cumulative GPA of 3.3-3.5.
What is the minimum GRE or GMAT score you will accept?
In general, an applicant's GRE or GMAT scores should place them at or above the 50th percentile for each section of the test. Scores below the standard are not used as a tool for screening out applicants, nor do high scores guarantee admission. Other qualifications are carefully considered. NOTE: Executive MHA Program applicants are not require to submit test scores.
Do you accept MCAT or LSAT scores?
We only accept MCAT or LSAT scores for MHA/MD and MHA/JD applicants, respectively.
Can I submit recommendations that I received previously?
No. We have a program-specific recommendation form that must be submitted through our online application process.
Do you accept applications submitted through HAMPCAS?
Yes. For details please refer to the Application Process section of our Admissions page.
When will I find out if I have been accepted?
Applicants who submit completed applications by November 1 and are invited to the MHA Program Visit Day (November 15), will receive notification of decision by November 22. Applicants who submit their application after November 1, will receive a response within seven days of the program's receipt of their complete application.
Is there any financial aid provided by the program/department?
Please see our page on financing the MHA degree at depts.washington.edu/mhap/finances.
Where are classes held?
MHA classes are typically held in the Health Sciences Center at the south end of the University of Washington main campus (http://www.washington.edu/home/maps) in Seattle.
Executive MHA classes are held in the UW Educational Outreach Park 140 facility in Bellevue.