Admissions Requirements

COVID-19 APPLICATION UPDATE: The GRE/GMAT requirement has been waived for the 2020-2021 admissions cycle. For more infromation about our programs and how to apply, Click here to sign up for our upcoming virtual information session.

At the Department of Health Administration, admissions is all about the right fit. We want you to be in the right health management program for your background, career goals, learning style and personal interests. The program selects highly qualified applicants with 1-2 years of experience in some aspect of the health care industry. If this describes you, we encourage you to attend an informations session (virtual, held monthly), explore the FAQ section of this site, and email us at healthadmin@vcu.edu with any questions. 

Prerequisites: For the 2021 admissions cycle, the Department of Health Administration has elected to suspend our previous requirement that incoming students complete Financial Accounting, Microeconomics, and Statistics prerequisite courses before matriculating into the program. Students enrolling in either the MHA or MSHA programs for Fall 2021 will complete alternative prerequisite modules selected and provided by the Department.  Details will be communicated directly to admitted students upon their acceptance of our offer of admission.

Transcript: Your transcript should show a conferred or in-progress baccalaureate or graduate degree from a fully accredited college or university. An overall GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4-point scale in undergraduate work and/or evidence of achievement in a substantial amount of graduate-level work is required. Transcripts from all postsecondary institutions (including community or junior colleges, summer sessions, and extension programs) are required.

Standardized test scores: All applicants must demonstrate a satisfactory score of at least 50th percentile on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Graduate Management Aptitude Test (GMAT). Report test scores to HAMPCAS using the code 7474 (GRE) and LP8-QF-23 (GMAT). Note: this requirement has been waived for the 2020-2021 admissions cycle.

Application Process

The Department of Health Administration uses a rolling admissions process. This means that we begin reviewing applications as soon as they are deemed complete. Applications open on September 1. The first interview days are held in November of each year and continue monthly until the class is full.

COVID-19 APPLICATION UPDATE: The GRE requirement will continue to be waived for the 2020-2021 admissions cycle. 

Application Checklist:

  • Complete HAMPCAS Application
  • Request official transcripts

All applications for the MHA program must be submitted via HAMPCAS, the national centralized service that allows applicants to apply to health management programs across different colleges and universities throughout the U.S by way of a single, web-based application. 

To start the HAMPCAS application process visit the following link www.hampcas.org.

Application Materials

A complete application must include the following items (all submitted via HAMPCAS):

Transcript: Your transcript should show a conferred or in-progress baccalaureate or graduate degree from a fully accredited college or university. An overall GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4-point scale in undergraduate work and/or evidence of achievement in a substantial amount of graduate-level work is required. Transcripts from all postsecondary institutions (including community or junior colleges, summer sessions, and extension programs) are required.

Resume: Your resume should demonstrate evidence of personal achievement, scholarship, intellectual ability and professional promise for a career in health administration.

Personal Statement/Statement of Purpose: Your personal statement is your opportunity to highlight your background, interests, plans, and decision to pursue a MHA degree. Most importantly, this is your opportunity to communicate your passion for the field of health administration and demonstrate why you are a good fit for the program and VCU. Applicants can also use the personal statement to explain any inconsistencies in other components of the application. Please limit personal statements to no more than two typed pages.

Three Letters of Recommendation: You must submit three letters of recommendation, preferably from academic and/or work supervisors who can speak to your character and leadership ability. 

Standardized Test Scores: All applicants must demonstrate a satisfactory score of at least 50th percentile on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Graduate Management Aptitude Test (GMAT). Report test scores to VCU using the code 7474 (GRE) and LP8-QF-23 (GMAT). Note: This requriement has been waived for the 2020-2021 admissions cycle.

Next Steps: Interview                                                                                                               

Eligible applicants will be invited to an on-campus interview day. The day includes meeting with three members of the Admissions Committee (consisting of faculty, students, and alumni/ae), question and answer sessions with current students, and a tour of the campus and our building. If you are selected for an in-person interview based on your application materials, you will be notified and an interview will be scheduled between November and March, depending on when you complete your application. 

2020-2021 COVID-19 UPDATE: Due to the University's continuing response to the COVID-19 pandemic, all admissions interviews are being conducted virtually via Zoom for students entering Fall 2021. 

After the in-person interview, if you have been accepted, you will receive an email with a link to complete the VCU Supplemental Information Application. This step requires a fee. Please DO NOT complete this step unless you have been notified of acceptance to the program.

International student? TOEFL is required. International students should contact the department directly regarding the administrative residency requirement prior to applying. The Office of International Admissions has helpful information for international applicants.

Dual degree applicant? Students must apply separately and be accepted by both programs of interest in order to pursue the dual degree.

MHA Program FAQ