Master of Health Administration

Executive Master of Health Administration admission requirements

All applicants to the Executive Master of Health Administration must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited university or college, show evidence of satisfactory preparation in math and computer skills, and have an acceptable academic record.

Application, admission, and degree-granting requirements and regulations shall be applied equitably to all individuals, applicants and students regardless of age, gender, race, disability, sexual orientation, religion or national origin.

Application reviews begin as soon as applications are received.

Application criteria and requirements

In general, degree applicants will need to submit the following:

The Executive MHA requires an on campus presence once a semester. Applicants should be prepared to travel six times over the course of the two year program.

  • Must be currently working full-time in health care
  • At least three to five years of health care related work experience (in a clinical or non-clinical position).
  • Résumé or CV
  • Three letters of recommendation – one from immediate supervisor or senior leader
  • 3.0 or better GPA in undergraduate or other master's level program
  • Most recent transcript
  • Baccalaureate degree from an accredited university or college with an expected grade point average of 3.0 (official transcript).
  • Personal statement
  • Competent written and oral communication skills.
  • Required pre-requisites

Students meeting these requirements are not guaranteed admission. 

Eligible applicants may be invited to do an online interview. 

Note:  All applications must be verified by HAMPCAS prior to the deadline.  Applications generally take four to five weeks to be verified by HAMPCAS.  Applications that are not fully completed, including verification by HAMPCAS are not guaranteed full consideration by the MHA admission committee.

Pre-requisites do not need to be completed prior to submission of application but is strongly recommended to be completed prior to enrollment in the program.

Students must earn a grade of “C” or better in required pre-requisite courses prior to enrolling. Required undergraduate pre-requisite courses include:

  • An undergraduate accounting course (e.g. PBHL-H 200: Health Care Accounting or pre-approved equivalent) must be completed before you will be permitted to enroll in PBHL-H 508: Managing Healthcare Accounting Information for Decision Making.
  • An undergraduate statistics course (e.g. PBHL-B 300: Introduction to Biostatistics or pre-approved equivalent) must be completed before you will be permitted to enroll in PBHL-H 518: Statistical Methods for Health Service.

GRE scores are not required for admission. To strengthen the application, GRE scores are strongly recommended if the cumulative GPA from all undergraduate institutions attended is below 3.0.  Official GRE test scores taken with the past 5 years are acceptable.

To submit official GRE test scores or substitute exams scores to HAMPCAS use the following designation code 0416.

Your personal statement is an opportunity to highlight your background, experience, and interests that influenced your decision to apply to our MHA program. You may also use the personal statement to explain any inconsistencies in other components of the application. Generally, personal statements of around 500 words are most effective. The personal statement should be uploaded electronically to HAMPCAS.

Your résumé should demonstrate evidence of personal achievement, scholarship, and service. Include all of your work and volunteer experience. Résumés should be uploaded electronically to HAMPCAS.

U.S. or Canadian transcripts
Official post-secondary transcripts from all institutions attended must be sent directly from the institutions to HAMPCAS. This includes previous study at Indiana University campuses. U.S. applicants who studied at foreign institutions as part of a study abroad experience at their U.S. college or university do not need to provide a WES evaluation of their study abroad coursework.

HAMPCAS
Transcript Department
P.O. Box 9122
Watertown, MA 02471

Foreign transcripts
All applicants with foreign academic credentials must provide a World Education Services (WES) ICAP course-by-course evaluation of those credentials. Because this process can take some time, applicants should submit their transcripts to WES at least one month in advance of the application deadline.

Through special arrangements with HAMPCAS, WES will deliver its credential evaluation report directly to HAMPCAS by secure electronic transmission. This expedites the delivery of the evaluation report as well as images of the applicant’s verified transcripts to HAMPCAS and allows HAMPCAS to process the report most efficiently.

See more information on WES

DO NOT mail any other documents to HAMPCAS, including thesis, dissertations, or pre-secondary or secondary transcripts.

International applicants will be required to submit official transcripts, marksheets and diplomas from all colleges and universities attended to the IUPUI Office of International Affairs (OIA). OIA will evaluate your transcripts to determine if eligibility requirements for graduate study have been met.

Please mail transcripts, marksheets and diploma to:

Office of International Affairs
Indiana University-Purdue University in Indianapolis
902 W. New York Street, ES2126
Indianapolis, IN 46202

Office: (317) 274-7000
Fax: (317) 274-2213
Email: 
Web: international.iupui.edu

Three letters of recommendation are required from professional sources that can provide an unbiased critical assessment of your abilities, skills, strengths, and weaknesses. Examples of professional and academic sources are academic advisors, professors, preceptors, or immediate supervisors.

Recommendation letters must be submitted electronically to HAMPCAS.

Examples of sources that are not acceptable include coworkers, colleagues, classmates, and relatives.

International applicants

The Indiana University Fairbanks School of Public Health requires applicants whose native language is not English or whose academic study was done exclusively at non-English speaking institutions to prove English proficiency by providing either official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) scores. Scores must be under two years old.

The preferred minimum English language test scores for admission to the Fairbanks School of Public Health are:

Internet-based TOEFL: minimum score of 106
Computer-based TOEFL: minimum score of 263
Paper-based TOEFL: minimum score of 620
IELTS: minimum score of 7

For more information about:

  • TOEFL exam, visit toefl.org
  • IELTS exam, visit ielts.org
  • IUPUI TOEFL requirements, review The Office of International Affairs section on English proficiency for graduate students.

International students who reside in the U.S. at the time of application must submit either TOEFL, ILETS or IUPUI EAP (English for Academic Purposes) exam scores.

International applicants who do not reside in the U.S. at the time of application must submit their TOEFL or ILETS scores with their application and, if admitted to the MHA program, must also complete the EAP exam upon arrival to Indianapolis.

The USMLE and ECFMG do not fulfill the required proof of English proficiency when applying to the MHA program. Applicants who have passed the USMLE or ECFMG must also submit TOEFL, ILETS or EAP scores.

For further information on the EAP, contact the IUPUI School of Liberal Arts. To schedule a test date and time please call the testing center at 317-274-2620.

Foreign transcripts
All applicants with foreign academic credentials must provide a World Education Services (WES) ICAP course-by-course evaluation of those credentials. Because this process can take some time, applicants should submit their transcripts to WES at least one month in advance of the application deadline.

Through special arrangements with HAMPCAS, WES will deliver its credential evaluation report directly to HAMPCAS by secure electronic transmission. This expedites the delivery of the evaluation report as well as images of the applicant’s verified transcripts to HAMPCAS and allows HAMPCAS to process the report most efficiently.

See more information on WES

DO NOT mail any other documents to HAMPCAS, including thesis, dissertations, or pre-secondary or secondary transcripts.

International applicants will be required to submit official transcripts, marksheets and diplomas from all colleges and universities attended to the IUPUI Office of International Affairs (OIA). OIA will evaluate your transcripts to determine if eligibility requirements for graduate study have been met.

Please mail transcripts, marksheets and diploma to:

Office of International Affairs
Indiana University-Purdue University in Indianapolis
902 W. New York Street, ES2126
Indianapolis, IN 46202

Office: (317) 274-7000
Fax: (317) 274-2213
Email: 
Web: international.iupui.edu