Strong quantitative and communication skills are essential. Prior experience in health care is not required; however, the MHA program does give consideration to applicants with relevant professional work experience, superior credentials, and demonstrated leadership potential.

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Effective 2021, SPH is not requiring the GRE for all master’s and doctoral degree programs. Learn more about our decision regarding the GRE.

Admissions Requirements

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  • Preferred undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Statement of Purpose and Objectives
  • Resume
  • Transcripts
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • TOEFL score of 600 on paper test or 250 on computer test or 90 on internet-based test for applicants whose native language is not English

The Minnesota Timeline

  1. Submit your application in SOPHAS
  2. Program receives completed application from SOPHAS in 4-6 weeks after submission.
  3. Program reviews application and determines if applicant moves to interview stage.
  4. Applicant is invited to on campus interview.
  5. Admissions committee makes final admission decision, program will notify candidate of outcome.

Priority Application Deadline: January 15, 2022
Final Application Deadline: March 15, 2022

Preparing to Apply

Applicants are advised to prepare for the program’s finance and statistics coursework. The faculty highly recommend the following coursework prior to matriculation:

  • Statistics
  • Accounting
  • Microeconomics
  • Applicants are encouraged to obtain health care and/or relevant work experience.

Exploring the Field

Prospective students are encouraged to explore the field of health care management, learning about the field, talking with managers in the field and developing a sense of their goals. Applicants are asked in the admissions interview about their career goals. Applicants with a clear sense of career goals, and what they can contribute to the field, receive a strong recommendation.

The American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) website is a good place to begin your research, listing both the various healthcare settings and functional areas in which managers work.

The Association for University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA) offers prospective students the resources for exploring the field and finding programs of study.

Gain Experience

Examples of student preparatory experiences:

  • Admissions in a hospital emergency room
  • Nursing aide in a long term care center
  • Volunteer at local hospital – wheeling patients to and from surgery
  • Assistant researcher at a cancer center
  • Transcription support technician at a local hospital
  • Clinic office manager
  • Administrative internship

Do Your Homework

Books and journals:

Professional Association Websites:

Nour Saad
“I received support from faculty, classmates, and a vast alumni network every moment as I progressed through the program. These lifetime connections will continue as I progress through my career. ” Nour Saad ‘17, Administrative Fellow, Sutter Health
Dan Mangelson
“So many doors of opportunity opened because of my experience with and reputation of the Minnesota MHA Program.” Dan Mangelson ‘17, Administrative Fellow, InterMountain Healthcare
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