Admission to the program is decided by the program faculty with the advice and counsel of an admissions committee.

Each cohort consists of 30–35 students. There are many more applicants than slots in the program, resulting in highly competitive admission. The cohort is filled via rolling admissions, meaning applicants have better consideration the earlier they complete their application.

Cohorts are intentionally designed to provide varied perspectives. These perspectives are informed by professional, educational, geographic, age, organizational, and ethnic diversity among others. This diversity of perspectives provides for a remarkable learning experience. and includes diversity in profession, gender, ethnicity, age, geography, and type of organization.

Program-specific Requirements

  • At least three years management or clinical leadership experience in a health care organization
  • Preferred undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Within the Statement of Purpose and Objectives in the application describe career interests, the relevance of the MHA degree to the applicant’s personal development and a description of what that applicant feels they can contribute to the learning of peers in their cohort.
  • Resume
  • Transcripts
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Please note, the GRE or other standardized testing is not required for admission to the MHA Executive program.


  1. Submit application in SOPHAS
  2. The Program receives completed applications from SOPHAS 2-4 weeks after application is complete and verified.
  3. The Program reviews the application and makes an admission decision in approximately one week.
  4. Candidate is notified of the final admissions decision.

For admitted students, please note that our in-person Spring kickoff will be held in Minneapolis on January 11-13. This 3-day event is an opportunity for you to start developing relationships with your cohort, get oriented to the program, and get introduced to your spring courses.

If you have any questions about this event, please email Emily, program coordinator, at

Application Timeline

New cohorts start each January.

Final Application Deadline: November 15

August 1, 2023 – Complete applications submitted in SOPHAS prior to August 1 will receive reimbursement for their SOPHAS application fee ($140) as a credit to their student account upon successful matriculation and enrollment in January 2024.

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