Admissions 

At the Department of Health Administration, admissions is all about the right fit. We want you to be in the right health management program for your background, career goals, learning style and personal interests. We encourage you to attend an Information Seminar, explore the Current Students section of this site, and Contact Us with any questions. 

Application Process

Applying through HAMPCAS: The MHA Program at Virginia Commonwealth University is a participant of the Healthcare Administration, Management, & Policy Centralized Application Service (HAMPCAS).  HAMPCAS is the national centralized application service that provides applicants with the capability to apply to health management, administration, and policy programs across different colleges and universities throughout the U.S by way of a single, web-based application. To start the HAMPCAS application process visit the following link www.hampcas.org. Applications are now being accepted.

All applications must be submitted via HAMPCAS. 

 By February 28 (or preferably sooner to take advantage of rolling admissions), all applicants must:

  1. Complete the HAMPCAS application for VCU
  2. Send your Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Graduate Management Aptitude Test (GMAT) scores. The GRE code is 7474. The GMAT code is LP8-QF-23.

After your face-to-face interview, if you have been accepted, you will receive an email with a link to create a VCU Online Application account. Complete the VCU Supplemental Information Application.  Be sure to click MHA Program.  This step requires a separate fee.

International student? TOEFL is required. International students should contact the department directly regarding the administrative residency requirement prior to applying. The Office of International Admissions has helpful information for international applicants.

Dual degree applicant? Students must apply separately and be accepted by both programs of interest in order to pursue the dual degree.

Application Materials

Prerequisites: Prerequisite course work must be completed before enrollment in the Program. To be eligible for admission, course work must include a 3-credit course in microeconomics, financial accounting, and statistics as well as working knowledge of college-level algebra. Required prerequisite courses must be from an accredited university or college and have been earned with a grade of C or higher within 5 years of application. To inquire if a prerequisite course meets the admission requirement, please send the title and course description to mha@vcu.edu.

Transcript: Your transcript should show a conferred or in-progress baccalaureate or graduate degree from a fully accredited college or university. An overall GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4-point scale in undergraduate work and/or evidence of achievement in a substantial amount of graduate-level work is required. Transcripts from all postsecondary institutions (including community or junior colleges, summer sessions, and extension programs) are required.

Standardized test scores: All applicants must demonstrate a satisfactory score of at least 50th percentile on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Graduate Management Aptitude Test (GMAT). Report test scores to HAMPCAS using the code 7474 (GRE) and LP8-QF-23 (GMAT).

Resume: Your resume should demonstrate evidence of personal achievement, scholarship, intellectual ability and professional promise for a career in health administration.

Personal Statement/Statement of Purpose: Your personal statement is your opportunity to highlight your background, interests, plans, and decision to pursue a MHA degree. Most importantly, this is your opportunity to communicate your passion for the field of health administration and demonstrate your uniqueness. Applicants can also use the personal statement to explain any inconsistencies in other components of the application. There are no specific guidelines or length for the personal statement.

Three Letters of Recommendation: You must submit three letters of recommendation, preferably from academic and/or work supervisors. Letters of recommendation are submitted through HAMPCAS.

Interview: Eligible applicants will be invited to an on-campus interview day. The day includes meeting with three members of the Admissions Committee (consisting of faculty, students, and alumni/ae), question and answer sessions with current students, and a tour of the Grant House.

Application Deadlines: Application review begins in October. The deadline to be considered for the first round of interviews held in November is mid-September. The regular admission deadline is February 28 and interviews are held on a monthly basis until the class is filled.

Tuition and fees: Click here for information about University tuition and fees.

Helpful links: 

MHA Program FAQ’s 
Prospective student information
Richmond area information