To be considered for admission to the MHA@GW program, applicants should have a strong academic background and hold 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 also have at least two years of full-time health sector experience or three years of full-time experience in any industry. All students must currently be employed in the health sector field and those students with less than two years of experience must pass an online examination prior to enrolling in Module 1. As this program is designed for experienced professionals, no prerequisite standardized testing is required for application (i.e., GRE/GMAT results are not required).
To complete your application for MHA@GW, you must submit the following:
Applicants who submit their application by the priority deadline may be eligible to have the $75 application fee waived. Contact your Admissions Counselor to see if you qualify.
Statement of Purpose
You are required to submit a statement of purpose with your application at the time of submission. Your statement should address the following questions:
Why do you want to earn your MHA?
What do you hope to accomplish in your career?
If you feel you would like to provide the admissions committee a more complete picture of your academic or personal background beyond your statement of purpose, you may include an addendum with your application.
Please note that your statement of purpose should be original and in your own words. Plagiarism of your statement of purpose and objectives may be reason for non-review of your application or academic dismissal.
Letters of Recommendation
Two letters of recommendation are required, and both must be written within one year of the date of submission. These letters should speak to your ability to succeed in the MHA@GW program, from an academic and a professional perspective. Academic references are strongly encouraged and should be from a faculty member whose class you completed within the past five years. Letters must be submitted by at least two of the following recommenders:
A current supervisor or manager who has direct knowledge of your skills and how they will translate into a health administration role.
A health administration professional, who has served as a mentor and can speak to your abilities in your role and your potential for career advancement.
A faculty member from a course taken within the past five years who can speak to your ability to succeed in the MHA@GW program.
Mail official, sealed transcripts from each academic institution you have attended, including community college coursework, to:
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 via email 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.
International students may also be required to submit TOEFL or IELTS scores as well as a World Education Services (WES) evaluation of any foreign transcripts. If you earned credits at an international institution outside of a study-abroad program, you will need to have your coursework evaluated by World Education Services (WES).
Completion of Prerequisite Courses
Applicants are required to have earned a B or better in both Financial Accounting and Introduction to Statistics. If you have not taken one or both of these courses, or earned the required grade, you still have the ability to apply to the program. Pending acceptance, students will have the option to complete these courses at a local college or through a self-paced, online StraighterLine program. Students will need to complete these courses by the end of their second MHA@GW course module.
After completion of the StraighterLine course(s), you can request a transcript be sent to MHA@GW for a guaranteed credit transfer. If you have additional questions about the prerequisite courses or about StraighterLine, contact an admissions counselor at 1-855-642-2849 or via email.
Applicants are required to participate in a live, face-to-face interview with an admissions manager. The interview is conducted via web camera.
Interviews can be scheduled through your MHA@GW admissions counselor.
Resume or CV
In a current resume or CV, list any relevant professional and academic experience, including volunteer work, and honors and awards.
If you have questions about these requirements, contact an admissions counselor at 1-855-642-2849 or via email.