MHA Admissions

MHA Program Application Requirements

  • Applications are accepted annually for Fall enrollment only through HAMPCAS, the Health Administration, Management and Policy Centralized Application System
  • For Admissions Deadlines, click here
  • Applicants must hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with a 3.0 GPA or better
  • Official transcripts from all post-secondary schools should be submitted directly to HAMPCAS. You must provide transcripts from the original institution for all transfer credit. Failure to do so will result in a delay in the processing of your application
  • Three letters of reference from a professor or supervisor, preferably with experience in a related field of study.  If the applicant is a current student or has graduated within the last two years, at least one letter must be from a college or university faculty member with whom the applicant has studied.
  • Personal statement addressing your interest in health administration and your qualifications for the MHA Program
  • Resume or CV

Students are not required to submit GRE or GMAT scores to apply, but are welcome to submit these for consideration if you have limited quantitative undergraduate coursework. Scores should be no more than five years old and should be transmitted directly from the testing agency. Please use our program code: 2683.

In select circumstances, students who do not meet the minimum GPA requirement but are deemed an appropriate fit for the Program through the holistic evaluation of their application may be admitted conditionally upon approval by the MHA Program Admissions Committee.

Additional information for international applicants

  • Unfortunately, our program is not STEM-designated. Therefore, we cannot offer OPT extension at this time.
  • Due to visa processing times, international students should apply to the Program in Public Health's MHA or MPH programs by April 15th.
  • Transcripts for all degrees earned in schools outside the U.S. or Canada are required to have a course-by-course educational credential evaluation completed by an agency accredited by the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES). We require the use of World Education Services (WES). This evaluation provides a U.S. course equivalent including semester hours earned, course content, and corresponding letter grade for all courses listed on the international applicant’s transcript.  This evaluation must be completed before the application can be considered for admission. The requirement for evaluation of transcripts is waived for graduates of foreign medical schools with a current license to practice in the U.S.
  • International applicants who trained in non-English speaking schools and do not reside in an English speaking country are required to take either the TOEFL or IELTS exam. Students whose scores on either of these exams are more than two years old must retake the test. The expected minimum score is for the IELTS exam is 7, with no subsection below 6. The expected minimum score on the TOEFL Internet Based Test is 90.
  • For more information about international students services, please visit the SBU Visa and Immigration website.

For further information or to make an in-person appointment, please email To join us for an information session, please click here for our upcoming session schedule.