MHA Programs Application Requirements and Forms
Full-time MHA Program:
Priority Deadline November 1
Regular Deadline March 1
Executive MHA Program:
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.
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.
November 1 (11:59 PM Pacific Time) - Priority Application Deadline: MHA Full-time Program
Complete applications received by November 1, 2013 will receive full consideration for admission to the 2014 MHA cohort and program scholarships. Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit applications early.
Complete applications are reviewed on a continual basis. You will receive a response within seven days of the program's receipt of your complete application. Incomplete applications are not reviewed.
Competitive applicants will be invited to attend the UW MHA Program Visit Day, scheduled Friday, November 15. Invited applicants are strongly encouraged to attend this event, which will include an interview with a member of the admissions committee. To be considered for admission, invited applicants must attend Visit Day or make arrangements to interview with a member of the admissions committee via phone/Skype.
Applicants not invited to Visit Day may be placed on a wait list.
Admissions and scholarship offers will be communicated by November 22. Intent to enroll and enrollment deposit ($250) are due by December 6.
March 1 (11:59 PM Pacific Time) - Final Application Deadline: MHA Full-time Program
Complete applications received after the November 1 deadline will be considered as space allows.
Complete applications are reviewed on a continual basis. You will receive a response within seven days of the program's receipt of your complete application. You will not be eligible for program scholarships. Incomplete applications are not reviewed.
Competitive applicants will be invited to meet with an admissions committee member. Offers will be extended within seven days of this interview. Intent to enroll and enrollment deposit ($250) are due two weeks after an offer is made. Specific dates will be communicated as needed.
Admissions will close when the incoming cohort is filled.
We are committed to providing clear and timely communication throughout the application and admission process. If you have questions about this process, please contact Lacey Patzer, Program Coordinator, at 206.543.8778 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
April 30 (11:59 PM Pacific Time) - Executive MHA Program Deadline
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.
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.
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.
Supplemental Program Application: (download
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 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.
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
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.
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.
An application fee is required by the Graduate School for each application submitted. The application fee is $75 but will increase to $85 starting September 3, 2013.