Health Administration

Milken Institute School of Public Health

Master of Health Administration (M.H.A.), Graduate Certificate
Location(s): Foggy Bottom - Main Campus

Program Overview

The MHA program educates students who are committed to improving healthcare and health policy by engaging in and promoting improvements in programs and services. This program incorporates coursework in business and medical informatics training, knowledge of healthcare systems, management theory, finance law, policy, and critical values in decision making.

Our program prepares leaders with the values, knowledge and skills needed to achieve optimal delivery of health care.

With courses scheduled in the late afternoons and early evenings, our programs allow students to attain valuable career experience while they earn their degrees.


Admission Requirements


Fall – March 15 (Applications must be complete by December 15 for priority scholarship consideration.)

Spring – October 1

Individuals interested in applying to this program should submit their application and supporting documents through SOPHAS, a general online application for schools of public health, or through HAMPCAS, an online application for healthcare management professions. A graduated fee is charged for these applications, depending on the number of accredited schools to which you apply.

Standardized test scores:

GRE** general test (institutional code 5268), LSAT, MCAT, or GMAT.  **Not required for Fall 2021 application, however, students may submit their scores if they feel it would be beneficial.**

Recommendations required:

Two (2) recommendations

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. Transcripts must be forwarded to SOPHAS or HAMPCAS in their original sealed envelopes directly from the institution.

Official transcripts from institutions outside the United States must be accompanied by an official transcript evaluation from an accredited independent evaluating agency. Please be sure you request a detailed evaluation that includes all course titles, credit hours, grade-point average (GPA), United States degree equivalency, and date of degree conferral. Please refer to the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services for a list of acceptable foreign credential evaluation services.

Statement of purpose:

In no more than 1500 words, state your purpose in undertaking graduate study in your chosen field. Include your academic objectives, research interests, and career plans. Also discuss your related qualifications, including collegiate, professional, and community activities, and any other substantial accomplishments not already mentioned in the application. 

The Committee reviews your Statement of Purpose to determine your motivation for pursuing a career in public health.

Additional requirements:

Prerequisite coursework in introductory statistics and accounting at the undergraduate level is required.

International applicants only:

Please review International Applicant Information carefully for details on required documents, earlier deadlines for applicants requiring an I-20 GW, and English language requirements. Detailed documentation needed for this program is available here.

PLEASE NOTE that all programs in the Milken Institute School of Public Health require the following minimum English language test scores for admission:

  • Academic IELTS: an overall band score of 7.0 with no individual band score below 6.0.
  • TOEFL: 100 on Internet-based.

Supporting documents not submitted online should be mailed to:

Office of Admissions
Suite 200
Milken Institute School of Public Health
950 New Hampshire Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20052

Contact for questions:
[email protected] ~ 202.994.2160 (phone)
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday