How is MHA@GW different from other MHA programs offered by the Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University?
The online MHA program is specifically designed for experienced professionals with two years of full-time health sector experience or three years full-time experience in any other industry, and who are looking for an online program to advance their health administration career.
How is this program like the residential MHA programs offered by the Milken Institute School of Public Health?
The MHA@GW has the same selective admissions criteria as that of the on-campus program. MHA@GW leverages the same world-class, full-time faculty members who teach other on-campus degree programs, and the subject matter is based on the curriculum delivered on campus. Students in the program enjoy the benefits of being a GW graduate student, including access to library resources, student services, career services and a global network of well-connected and successful GW alumni. Graduates become part of the HSML and GW Alumni Association, and are able to participate in GW’s on-campus commencement.
Who will my classmates be?
MHA@GW students are selected from a pool of professionals with experience across the health care and health services industries from the United States and around the world. We look for candidates with strong professional and academic backgrounds who can thrive in GW’s collaborative online environment. We apply the same rigorous admissions standards that we require of our on-campus programs.
Are there any required campus visits?
Students must attend four immersive campus visits over the two-year program.Although the program curriculum is accessed and completed online, as members of the George Washington University family, MHA@GW graduates are welcome to participate in the on-campus commencement ceremony in Washington, D.C. Students also have the opportunity to take advantage of GW’s vast professional network and community resources.
How long does it take to complete the MHA@GW?
The MHA program can be completed in as little as two years and as many as four. As an MHA@GW student, expect to dedicate approximately 10 hours per week during each of your eight 10-week online cohorts.
Is MHA@GW delivered completely online?
While the majority of the course content and live class sessions are attended and completed online, students are also required to periodically attend hands-on immersion learning experiences.
Will my course schedule be flexible?
You are required to attend weekly, live online classes, and you complete coursework and assignments as your schedule allows, within specified deadlines.
What is the program’s curriculum?
MHA@GW delivers a curriculum designed to produce leaders who possess the values, knowledge and skills to achieve optimal delivery of health care. The curriculum focuses on building expertise in financial and medical fields, but also in areas such as human relations, management theory, ethics, law and critical decision making.The program includes eight 10-week learning modules, broken into four separate cohorts. The online classes are supplemented by four on-campus immersions and Systems Thinking and Learning project for a total of 50 credits.
What can I expect from my courses?
Each course is designed and delivered by a full-time professor and requires:
- Preparation outside of class, including group work and assignments that may include case studies, readings, projects and papers.
- Attendance in weekly live classes, which may include discussions, role-play and breakout groups.
- Completion of highly produced multimedia course content.
How much time should I expect to be in class?
The MHA@GW academic year is divided into eight 10-week modules. All classes meet for 10 full weeks, and you should expect to spend about 90 minutes in live class sessions per week per class. Students should also expect to dedicate approximately 10 hours per week to studying, preparation and completing self-paced coursework outside of the live sessions.
What type of career support can I expect as an MHA@GW student?
You have access to the Student and Alumni Career Advising group, which offers a range of services and resources to students. Some of these services include discussion of job search strategies, resume review and mock interviews. You have access to an extensive jobs database and the GW Career Advisor Network
, an online directory of GW alumni who offer career strategy assistance to other alumni and current students.
Will my diploma denote that I took classes online?
Your diploma will not state that you took classes in an online format, and as a member of the prestigious George Washington University family you will be invited to participate in GW’s on-campus commencement ceremony in Washington, D.C.
What are the requirements for admission?
To be considered for admission, applicants should have a strong academic background and must hold, at minimum, a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution of higher learning or an international institution that is accredited by the country’s ministry of education or comparable governmental agency. Applicants must have at least two years of full-time health sector experience or three years full-time experience in any other industry, and be currently employed in the health care field.
What is required of the application?
For your MHA@GW application to be considered complete, you must submit the following through our application portal
- The MHA@GW online application
- Official transcripts from all prior undergraduate, graduate and professional study
- A minimum of two letters of recommendation from academic or professional contacts
- Official and valid TOEFL or IELTS scores for non-native English speakers
- Certified English evaluation of all international transcripts, even if the transcript is in English (recommended service: World Education Services, Inc.)
- Resume or CV
- Statement of purpose
- Face-to-face interview conducted via web camera.
- Application fee
Application materials will be reviewed by HSML faculty.
Is work experience required?
At least two years of full-time health sector experience or three years full-time experience in any other industry.
Is an undergraduate degree required?
Yes, you must hold a bachelor’s degree. International candidates must have a college-level education equivalent to an American undergraduate or baccalaureate degree (the same as a first university degree). Generally this is a four-year degree. There are a number of universities around the world that offer three-year undergraduate programs. If you received a bachelor’s degree upon completion of a three-year undergraduate program, you are eligible to apply to our program. A minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 is typically required for admission into the MHA@GW.
Do I have to take the GRE, GMAT or other standardized tests to apply to MHA@GW?
No. As this program is designed for experienced professionals currently employed in the field, no prerequisite standardized testing is required.
Is an interview required?
Yes, applicants are required to complete a face-to-face interview via web camera.
Are there any prerequisite courses?
Yes. MHA@GW students are required to have earned a B or better in Financial Accounting and Introduction to Statistics. If you have not taken one or both of these courses, or earned the required grade, you have the option to complete them as self-paced, online StraighterLine courses. After completion of the StraighterLine course(s), you can request a transcript be sent to MHA@GW to fulfill the prerequisite requirement. Learn more about how StraighterLine works here
If you have additional questions about these requirements, contact an admissions counselor at 1-855-642-2849
or via email
Do you accept transfer credits?
Yes. The maximum number of credits that may be transferred is 12 taken at a graduate level. Restrictions include:
- Grade must be a B or better
- The course must have been completed in the last three years
- The course must not have counted toward any other degree program
If you have further questions, please speak to your admissions counselor.
If I begin my studies as an MHA@GW student, can I later switch to another program?
No. Students can petition to transfer to another program, but that there's no guaranteed admittance.
What are the language requirements for non-native English speakers?
International students whose native language is not English are required to take either the TOEFL or the IELTS. The minimum TOEFL score requirement is 100. For the IELTS, applicants must have an overall score of 7, with no individual band score under 6. Please review the Language Proficiency and International Testing Requirement
. If you have additional questions about the testing requirements, contact admissions via email
Can I apply to the MHA@GW completely online?
Yes. The MHA@GW application is entirely online and includes all of your personal information, contact information for your recommenders and payment of your application fee. You are required to mail in official copies of all undergraduate and graduate credit-bearing transcripts.
Can I request that my transcripts be sent electronically?
Many schools issue transcripts electronically, either through their own web services or through vendors. If this option is available through the institutions you attended, please specify that your transcript(s) be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org or select MHA@GW - Online Program if listed as an option through a vendor. This will expedite the delivery of your transcript(s) and the completion of your application.
What are the tuition and fees for MHA@GW?
MHA@GW students are charged tuition on a per-credit-hour basis, and the rate of tuition for the 2017 academic year is $1,655 per credit. You must complete 50 credits to earn your Master of Health Administration, totaling $82,750 at current tuition rates. Please keep in mind that this is only an estimate, as GW tuition rates are reevaluated each year. There are no required GW fees.
What are my financing options?
Federal student loan programs are available for U.S. citizens and permanent residents. You may be eligible for veteran benefits, grants and scholarships. You can also explore employer tuition benefits and private funding. For more information about funding options for MHA@GW, please visit our Financial Aid
Will I know what my financial aid award is before I have to submit an enrollment deposit?
We hope to provide you with full financial aid information as soon as possible; however, the process may not be complete prior to the enrollment deposit deadline. U.S. students are potentially eligible to receive up to $37,167 in Direct Unsubsidized Loans per 11-month academic year, provided they meet the basic eligibility requirements. Students can also review the additional loan options to determine the best program for covering the remaining amount of their estimated cost of attendance. International applicants are not eligible for federal student loans.
How will I be reimbursed for the enrollment deposit I submit?
Your enrollment deposit will be credited to your student account.
How will my employer contribution toward tuition affect my loan eligibility?
Students receiving partial tuition coverage through their employer may borrow the difference between the total cost of attendance and the amount of their employer contribution.
When can I begin the student loan application process?
Student loan applications will not be processed until you are admitted to the program, but you can begin the process at any time by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online
. GW’s school code is 001444.
Do I have to borrow the maximum loan amounts?
No. You can borrow as much or as little of the loan amounts available to you.
How do I apply for a scholarship?
Your application for admission serves as the application for scholarships. There is no separate application for these awards.
How would a fellowship affect my loan eligibility?
Your fellowship amount will reduce your tuition balance and is normally credited equally over all payments. The reduction to the tuition amount proportionately reduces your loan eligibility.
How is tuition billed?
Tuition is billed once you have registered for classes.
Is my tuition tax deductible?
Please consult your accountant or tax advisor for specific advice. IRS Publication 970
provides basic information about the tax benefits for education. We are unable to answer tax questions.
Do you accept military scholarships?
Yes. The George Washington University proudly participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program and accepts the GI Bill. The Office of Veterans Services
offers a high level of financial and student support services.