What should I include in my statement of purpose? How many words?

We recommend a one- to two-page discussion of the following:

  • Information about yourself
  • Your interest in the Minnesota MHA Program
  • What you hope to accomplish by completing the program
  • Career plans and goals for the future
  • Your insight/perception of the program, the field of healthcare administration
  • Your involvement with the field (work, volunteer, or other exposures to healthcare administration)
  • An explanation of any issues or problems we should be aware of.

How can I prepare for the interview?
Study current issues in healthcare, especially healthcare reform. Read up on current issues. Know the difference between management and leadership.

What scholarship opportunities exist for international students?
We offer limited scholarships to international students. International students are encouraged to seek opportunities through International Student & Scholar Services

How are students prepared for the post-graduate employment market?
Students are not guaranteed a particular position or an administrative fellowship at graduation. However, 100% of domestic students seeking fellowships and jobs in the past 25 years have been able to secure them. The newly established Leadership Accelerator offers students a comprehensive set of programming aimed at career search strategies as well as professional and leadership  development.

My GPA is lower than 3.0. What can I do to build my application? Realistically, do I have a chance?
The program evaluates each application from a wholistic perspective, taking into consideration test scores, academic performance, leadership potential and letters of recommendation. All applicants are strongly encouraged to contact Stephanie Hagel at shagel@umn.edu.

How many students have prior work experience? How important is work experience?
Most students do not have full-time healthcare management experience. However, exposure to the field is important. All students have gained exposure through part-time work, volunteering, shadowing, and meeting with a healthcare executive or program alumnus. Approximately 20% of students have prior work experience in healthcare administration.

How many credit hours are required per semester?
Students take between 16 and 18 credits per semester.

Do you offer a dual MHA/MBA degree?
Yes, we offer a three-year dual degree option in collaboration with the Carlson School of Management. MHA students are able to apply to the program during their first year in the MHA program. Learn more at the Carlson School page. Many students take electives at the Carlson School even if not enrolled in the dual degree program.

What is a cohort model?
The cohort learning model occurs when a group of students  take their  required courses together across the  two-year program. This model allows for students to build strong relationships, better understand strengths, build strong relationships, and form strong professional teams.

Is an MHA a business degree? Why does it sit inside the School of Public Health?
An MHA degree will have considerably greater depth of healthcare institutional knowledge as well as an application of business skills within the healthcare sector. The Minnesota MHA degree also has a significant focus on how the social determinants of health influence health and healthcare disparities. .

What should I know about living in Minnesota?
Minneapolis-St. Paul, known as the Twin Cities, is home to a vibrant cultural scene. The metro area is home to a strong mix of healthcare organizations that make Minnesota a perfect learning laboratory for any student interested in pursuing a leadership role in healthcare delivery or financing. The Twin Cities are routinely listed among the most livable big cities with access to excellent entertainment, food, sports, and nature.

Can I work while completing the program?
The program is time and teamwork intense, requiring homework and group work throughout the week. We recommend students work no more than 10 hours per week.

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