Admissions

Application Deadlines for Fall

Round 1: November 15
Round 2: January 15
Round 3: March 15

Rolling admissions are available through May 31 based on seat availability.

Application Requirements

The quality of our student body speaks volumes about the quality of our MHA program. At the David Eccles School of Business, while we don’t require any specific educational background for prospective MHA students, we look for individuals with a demonstrated commitment to healthcare through volunteer or work experience in a healthcare setting, plus intellectual curiosity and potential for leadership.

Strong applicants for the MHA program will have 6-12 months of paid or volunteer experience in healthcare administration. While we do accept transfer credit in some cases, the maximum amount of credits that can be transferred from a master degree program at another school is six. All of our programs accept students who have undergraduate degrees in disciplines other than business. However, depending on the program you are applying to, there may be pre-requisite coursework that is required for admission.

The application process is completed entirely online. Please do not mail any application materials to our office. Once you have submitted your application, you can check the status of your materials in your application portal. Admissions decisions are issued 4-6 weeks after the application deadline, via mail and email.

Bachelor's Degree

MHA applicants must have completed the equivalent of a four-year U.S. bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university. An academic or employment background specifically in business is not required to apply for the MHA program.

Minimum GPA

Applicants must have earned their degree with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0. Consideration will be made for applicants meeting this 3.0 GPA over the last 60 hours taken in their undergraduate course work.

Healthcare Experience Requirement

A career in healthcare administration requires caring, dedicated individuals who have a passion for improving the human condition. We have found that one of the most critical components of a competitive MHA application is an indication of an individual’s understanding of and demonstrated commitment to the field of healthcare administration. We assess these factors via an individual’s prior exposure to the healthcare environment. As such, the MHA program strongly suggests that competitive applicants obtain at least 6 to 12 months of healthcare administration experience. This experience can be obtained through a variety of paid and volunteer experiences.

  1. PAID EXPERIENCE – Competitive applicants will complete at least six months of paid work experience in healthcare administration. Those working in a clinical role will qualify if their roles are/were supervisory or included team or project management. Those working in a part-time position may qualify if the role includes supervisory and operational responsibilities. OR
  2. VOLUNTEER EXPERIENCE – Competitive applicants will complete at least six months of healthcare administration-related volunteer experience. The experience should be such that the responsibilities and deliverables of the position are similar to those of an employee and thus prepare individuals for a career in healthcare administration. Volunteer positions must include meaningful assignments with measurable results; working alongside those in a managerial or supervisory capacity. Volunteers should have regular access to managers and opportunities to attend meetings, conferences or other similar events.

Examples of volunteer positions that would likely assist in increasing the quality of an application include: EMT, conducting patient satisfaction surveys, leading benchmarking projects, steering committee role for healthcare-related fundraising event

Examples of volunteer positions that would not normally qualify to increase application quality include: answering phones at an information desk, delivering items to patient rooms, custodial, receptionist, emergency room attendant

Standardized Test Score Requirement (GMAT / GRE)

All MHA applicants are required to take the GMAT or GRE standardized tests.* Scores are used to indicate aptitude for business studies and are valid for five years.  If an applicant has taken the GMAT or GRE more than once, the highest score will be considered.

Score Reporting

Please note that official GRE/GMAT scores take 2-4 weeks to reach the University, and official scores need to be received and processed before application deadlines. Please account for this timeline when scheduling exams and sending official score reports.

GMAT/GRE Preparation

The University of Utah offers GMAT and GRE preparation courses through the Office of Continuing Education.

You may also consider using free online resources, such as:

GMAT/GRE Score Information

  • The MHA program does not have a minimum GMAT or GRE score requirement. A score at or above the average is competitive for the program.
    • Average GMAT: 580-600
  • For applicants who take the GRE, we convert all GRE scores to the GMAT scoring scale in order to maintain consistency when considering applications. You can use the ETS conversion tool to convert GRE scores to GMAT scores.

We do encourage applicants to submit their application as soon as they can. However, we cannot make an admissions decision until we have received your official GMAT/GRE score as reported from the test administrator, so please take this into account when scheduling your test date.

*In some cases, the GMAT/GRE requirement may be substituted with an LSAT, MAT or MCAT score above the 50th percentile. The GMAT/GRE requirement may be waived for applicants already holding a professional-level degree (Ph.D., JD, DDS, etc.).

English Language Proficiency Requirement

International applicants must demonstrate English language proficiency and the ability to contribute to classroom discussions and interact in a team environment.

International and permanent resident applicants who do not hold a bachelor’s or graduate degree from a U.S. or English-speaking institution in accepted countries (Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand or the United Kingdom) are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).

The MHA program minimum score requirements are:

  • TOEFL: 100
  • IELTS: 7.0

Applicants who score below the minimums are strongly encouraged to retake the exam before submitting an application. A video interview may also be required for admission. Please note the Eccles School has different minimum score requirements than the University.

Score Reporting

Official TOEFL/IELTS scores take 2-4 weeks to reach the University, and official scores need to be received and processed before application deadlines. Please account for this timeline when scheduling exams and sending official score reports.

  • Our TOEFL code is 4853 for the University of Utah.
  • During or after the IELTS exam, you have the option to select the University of Utah to report your score electronically.
Essays

There are two required essays, one optional essay  and one short answer question in the application for the MHA program.

Essay 1 (required for all applicants) – 750 word maximum

Statement of Purpose – Use this essay to describe why you are choosing to pursue this degree at this time in your career. Include information about what you hope to achieve while in the program and why a career in healthcare administration is motivational and meaningful to you.

Essay 2 (optional for all applicants) – 250 word maximum

The essay is optional, and may be presented in 250 words or less. It should be used to address any weaknesses (low GMAT/GRE or GPA) or inconsistencies in your application.  You may use it to explain your choice of recommenders or to provide other information that our admissions committee should know about your application that hasn’t been previously addressed.

Essay 3 (required for all applicants) – 500 word maximum

What do you hope to contribute to healthcare as a result of completing your MHA program? Be specific, 5 years and 10 years after graduation.

Two Letters of Recommendation

Two letters of recommendation are required for the application, and it is preferred that they both come from professional relationships. At least one should come from a previous or current employer, either from full-time employment or an internship. The title or status of those you select is not necessarily important. What does matter is how closely your letter writers have worked with you and whether they can attest to your ability to add value to the workplace or professional team environment.

The best letters of recommendation will provide insight and actual examples of your potential to succeed in a competitive and challenging environment. When selecting your references, here are a few more points to consider:

  • Choose someone who knows you well. It’s a definite red flag when a recommender responds “fairly well” or “not well” to the question about how well they know you.
  • You are responsible for ensuring that both recommendations are submitted before the application deadline.
  • References of a personal or social nature are strongly discouraged.

All recommendations must be submitted online. You will be asked to supply the contact information, including email addresses, for your recommenders on the online application. Your recommender will then be sent a link to an online recommendation form. In addition to completing the form, your recommender will have the opportunity to cut and paste or upload a letter of recommendation.

You may log in to your application to check the status of your recommendations, as well as send a reminder to your recommender to complete the online recommendation form. You may also change your recommenders in this section.

Professional Resume

Please prepare a business resume that includes your employment history in reverse chronological order, with titles, dates, and whether you worked part-time or full-time. Your educational record should also be in reverse chronological order and should indicate dates of attendance and degree(s) earned. Other information appropriate to a business resume is welcomed and encouraged. The resume should not be more than one page in length (up to 50 lines). Please make sure your resume is updated and specific for this application.

Short Answer Healthcare Experience

In addition to the resume, there is also a short-answer question that will ask you to briefly describe your experience in healthcare administration. This is not an essay and should be simple and clear on how your experience meets this expectation.

Transcripts

The online application will ask you to list in chronological order all colleges and universities attended, including the University of Utah, regardless of length of attendance. Include each college you have taken courses from, including concurrent enrollment, study abroad, correspondence courses, etc.

You will then be asked to upload an unofficial transcript for each institution of higher education you have listed, regardless of length of attendance (this includes the University of Utah). These unofficial transcripts must be submitted separately, meaning notation of accepted transfer credit does not replace the need for an unofficial transcript from the university where credits were transferred from. Your application will not be considered complete until all unofficial transcripts have been received, so please attach unofficial transcripts for each institution of higher education you have attended before submitting your application.

Electronic copies of your unofficial transcripts should be submitted online with your application. We do not require official transcripts at the application stage – unofficial transcripts are sufficient. Please do not mail hard copies of your transcripts.

Application Fee

When you are ready to submit your application, you will be directed through a payment process. The application fee is $55 and may be paid via credit card or check. Please note that if you choose to pay by check, your application will not be reviewed until the payment is received.

An additional $30 fee will be charged for:

  • Applications for spring submitted after November 1
  • Applications for fall submitted after April 1

Military Applicants – Request an Application Fee Waiver

We are happy to waive the application fee for military applicants in any status, including spouses or dependents. To request a military application fee waiver, please send your request to MHAInfo@Eccles.Utah.edu prior to submitting your application. (Note a fee waiver can not be applied after you submit.)

  • We recommend submitting the application at least 2 weeks prior to program deadlines
  • The online application will ask for personal information such as your address, social security number, date of birth and questions used to determine residency status.

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