Business Administration: Healthcare M.B.A.

School of Business

Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.): DE
Location(s): Online Learning

Program Overview

Program format: Part-time
Total credits: 52.5

The Online Healthcare MBA program is specifically designed for experienced healthcare professionals looking to gain business skills needed to become health services managers, administrators, and executives.

Applicants with backgrounds in healthcare are particularly well-suited to pursue this program. Students in the program are healthcare professionals seeking success in the boardroom, an entrepreneurial venture, policy, and come from both the private and non-profit sectors. The GW Healthcare MBA recognizes this diversity and includes a curriculum that is practical for a broad range of careers.

Admission Requirements

Admission deadlines:


1 October 19
2 December 7


1 January 11
2 March 15


1 May 3
2 June 28
3 July 12


Standardized test scores:

Unofficial GMAT or GRE scores should be uploaded to your online application. Should you be offered admission and choose to enroll, an official copy of your standardized test score will be required prior to enrolling in classes. The GMAT report code is QK4-4F-28 and the GRE report code is 5246. You can register year-round to take the GMAT or the GRE, however the test date must be within past five years of the time of application. A GMAT/GRE score report is required as part of the application process for all part-time MBA Programs at GW (professional, professional cohort, online and healthcare). However a waiver for this requirement will be considered for applicants with over five years of relevant, professional, full-time work experience. Candidates with more than three but less than five years of professional, full-time work experience may also apply for a waiver.

Evaluation of relevant experience is at the discretion of the admissions committee. Several factors are considered in the review of a waiver request, including the rigor of prior undergraduate and graduate coursework, academic performance, evidence of quantitative and analytical skills, prior work experience, current job responsibilities, and professional certifications. 

To request a waiver, please provide a brief summary that outlines why you believe you are qualified for the test score waiver along with your resume and unofficial copies of academic transcripts. Please note that a GMAT/GRE waiver is NOT automatic and an approved waiver request does not guarantee admission to the program.

Recommendations required:

One (1) recommendation (academic or professional)

A professional letter is strongly preferred. Your letter writer will be prompted via email to submit on your behalf.

Prior academic records:

Transcripts are required from all colleges and universities attended, whether or not credit was earned, the program was completed, or the credit appears as transfer credit on another transcript.  Unofficial transcripts from all colleges and universities attended should be uploaded to your online application. International applicants should upload the English-language version of their transcripts or a copy of a credentials evaluation.

Official transcripts are required only of applicants who are offered admission. If offered admission, please mail your official transcripts to:

Graduate Admissions

School of Business

The George Washington University 

Duques Hall, Suite 550

2201 G Street NW

Washington, DC 20052


Statement of purpose:

The admissions decision is not just about who you are as a candidate, but also what value you will contribute to the MBA class as a whole. The best essays highlight how the MBA will build upon your existing skills and experiences to advance a set of clear short-term and long-term goals. The most compelling essays will include specific examples of programs, experiences, coursework, and opportunities offered by GW. Make sure the content of your responses speak directly to the essay questions, and remember that this is your opportunity to add your voice to your application while distinguishing yourself from the applicant pool!

Choose a topic from the list below and upload one (1) essay in a double spaced document to the “Statement of Purpose” field in your online application. 

Essay Option 1
Discuss why you are interested in pursuing an MBA at this point in your career (250 words), why GW -- and the specific program to which you have applied -- is the best fit for your MBA experience (250 words), and discuss how you will leverage both your professional and academic experiences thus far to achieve your post-MBA career goals (250 words). Dual/joint degree applicants should answer each topic with your specific degree experience in mind.

Essay Option 2

Please share any additional information that addresses any concerns you may have regarding your application. Topics from past applicants include explaining gaps in professional experience, standardized test scores that fall below the typical range, or your decision to not ask your direct supervisor for a recommendation. You may also discuss any steps you’ve taken to prepare for the demands of the MBA curriculum, such as recent quantitative coursework.

Re-Applicant Essay: (required only for re-applicants, maximum of 500 words)

Please describe any actions you have taken to strengthen your candidacy since your last application. Focus on any steps you have taken toward professional and personal growth.

Additional requirements:

A current resumé is required.

Please list your entire work history including start and stop dates. You can upload the resume in the "Employment History" section of the online application form.

Quantitative Aptitude:

Candidates without previous undergraduate or graduate quantitative couse work, strong quantitative skills displayed on the GMAT or GRE test, or quantitative centered professional experience, may be asked to demonstrate their abilities by taking a class (such as calculus) at an accredited instituition prior to beginning MBA coursework. 

International applicants only:

Please review International Applicant Information carefully for details on required documents, earlier deadlines for applicants requiring an I-20 or DS-2019 from GW, and English language requirements.

PLEASE NOTE that the minimum English language test scores required by this program are:

  • Academic IETLS: an overall band score of 7.0 with no individual band score below 6.0; or
  • TOEFL: 600 on paper-based, or 100 on Internet-based; or
  • Academic PTE: 68

Exceptions to this Requirement

You may be exempt from this requirement if you have earned a bachelor, master, or doctoral degree from an instiuition in which English is the language of instruction and the official language of the country in which the university is located. 

In addition to the United States, applicants from the following countries (PDF) are exempt from this requirement. 

You have earned a bachelor, master, or doctoral degree from an instuition that is accredited by a U.S. regional accrediting agency--see list of approved schools

Supporting documents not submitted online should be mailed to:
The George Washington University
Graduate Admissions Processing Center
50 Northwest Point Boulevard
5th floor
Elk Grove Village, IL 60007

Contact for questions:
[email protected] ~ 1.888.989.7066