Frequently Asked Questions

Below you will find the answers to the most common questions about our program. If you need an answer to something that isn’t listed below, please email your question to healthadmin@vcu.edu.

Why choose an MHA vs. an MBA?

Application Process

Where do I submit my application?
When is the application deadline?
What is considered a complete application?
How do I apply to the MHA/JD or MHA/MD programs?
Is an on-campus interview required for admission? Why?

Admissions

What is the timeline for admissions decisions?
When do classes begin?
Do prerequisites need to be completed before admission?
Where should I complete the prerequisite courses?
What are the guidelines for acceptable prerequisite coursework?

Tuition & Financial Aid

What is the cost of attending the MHA program?
Are scholarships available? What are the eligibility criteria?
How do I apply for financial aid?
Are opportunities for part-time employment available?
How many hours per week will I be able to work?

Curriculum

Do you offer dual degree programs?
What is the total number of graduate credit hours required?
Do you offer electives?
Do you have part-time students? Night classes? Summer school?
Is an internship and/or residency required?
How does the residency matching process work?

Student Life & Housing

Are there opportunities to interact with current students before being admitted?
Where do students live in Richmond?
Is campus housing available?

Career Development & Job Placement

Are there opportunities for networking with alumni and other healthcare leaders?
Does the Department aid in career development?
Where do new graduates find jobs? What are typical job titles?
What are typical characteristics of the first job after graduation?