On-Campus MHSA Admissions & Applying

Applicant Review

Each applicant to the on-campus master's in health systems administration is reviewed holistically by the faculty admissions committee.  The applicant's three most important characteristics are:

  1. A willingness to work hard and to develop strong management skills
  2. An intense interest in understanding the health care system
  3. A commitment to making the country's health care system work better.

Webinars/ONLINE Information Sessions

Please feel free to listen to a previously recorded information session here.

Frequently Asked Questions

To learn more about the on-campus MHSA track, including application and admissions information, please browse the FAQs.


A basic Financial Accounting course must be successfully completed, with a grade of B (not B-) or higher, prior to enrollment in the program. The course does not have to be completed prior to application.

Demonstration of Quantitative Skills

An effective health care administrator is a leader and critical thinker. Applicants must demonstrate a capacity for strong quantitative skills and strong writing skills prior to entry into the program through prior course work and GRE/GMAT scores.

How to Apply

To apply to the on-campus MHSA, students should submit the items outlined in the Application Checklist below.

Application Checklist

  1. Graduate School of Arts & Sciences Application
  2. Resume/CV
  3. Statement of Purpose
  4. Three Letters of Recommendation
  5. Video interview: A video interview is required. Once your application has been submitted, an admissions representative will email you with directions concerning your video interview submission. Your video must be submitted no later than one week following the application deadline (January 22 if applying by the priority deadline)
  6. Application Fee
  7. Official transcripts: from all institutions where post-secondary coursework has been completed. Official transcripts should be sent directly from the institution electronically or via U.S. mail to Gregory Thornton at the address listed below.
  8. GRE/GMAT: Required of all applicants (for those with a verified and completed graduate degree, requirement may be waived). Test scores must be received by the application deadline. GRE reporting code: 5244; GMAT reporting: JT7-VN-43

Non-Native English Speakers and International Applicants

Please note these additional requirements:

  1. World Education Services (WES) ICAP evaluation of foreign degrees and coursework - applicants must have earned the U.S. equivalent of a bachelor's degree with a cumulative minimum GPA of 3.0.
  2. Applicants are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) if their native language is not English. A minimum score of 100 (iBT test) is required.  This requirement will be waived if applicant received a bachelor's or advanced degree from an accredited institution of higher education in the United States or from a university where English is the primary language of instruction.  Please note that applicants receiving degrees at universities in U.S. territories, such as Puerto Rico, are required to submit the TOEFL unless the primary language of instruction at the institution is English.

Admissions Contact

Gregory Thornton
(202) 687-3706

230-C St. Mary's Hall
3700 Reservoir Road NW
Washington, DC 20057-1107