How to Apply
Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis and complete applications must be received by the following dates to be considered for admission:
March 1 - Priority deadline for scholarship consideration
March 1 - Final deadline for international students (to allow time for visa processing)
May 1 - Final deadline for domestic students
- Applicants to the MHA program submit their application through SOPHAS.
- Applications open in mid-to-late August each year.
- Applications to the MHA are accepted on a rolling basis. The earlier an application is received, the earlier it will be reviewed.
- The MHA program only accepts applications for Fall terms. We do not have Spring or Summer term start dates.
- SOPHAS APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS
A Complete Application Includes:
Applications will be reviewed when all the required materials listed below have been submitted through SOPHAS. Please see the Requirement Details box for more information about each item.
- Online SOPHAS Application
- Personal Statement
- Three Letters of Recommendation
- Official Transcripts
- TOEFL or IELTS scores (international students only)
- Optional: Graduate Record Exam (GRE) Test Scores
*All of the materials listed above must be submitted prior to the stated application deadline in order for an applicant to be considered for admission.
Grade Point Average (GPA)
All applicants must have at least a 3.0 GPA (out of 4.0 GPA) to apply to the MHA program. GPA is calculated from the last 60 hours (approximately two years) of undergraduate coursework.
MHA Program: Transcripts must show courses completed, grades, degree completed, and date of graduation. If you are in process of completing your degree, and expect to do so before you would enter the University of Illinois, have the current transcript sent now. After your degree is completed, you must arrange for another transcript to be sent directly to the University. Official transcripts are required to be sent directly to SOPHAS from all U.S. and English-speaking Canadian institutions.
If you attended a foreign school or earned your degree outside of the United States, you must have your foreign coursework evaluated by the World Educational Services (WES). SOPHAS will only accept evaluations obtained directly from WES. If a student studied abroad or participated in an exchange program through a U.S. institution, WES is not needed for that coursework. It is only needed if a degree was earned or if a foreign university was their primary school.
This statement is a very important part of your application. Use the following prompts to guide the writing of your personal statement. The personal statement should be 1-2 pages (1.5” spacing).
- Why are you interested in the MHA program at the University of Illinois?
- How will the education and skills you gain from the MHA program help you meet your academic and professional career goals?
- Describe any previous health administration-related experience including volunteer time, paid work, internships, coursework, and pertinent training
- Share unique personal qualities, characteristics, and/or skills you believe will enable you to be successful in the program
- If desired, share information to explain anything unusual in your transcripts or resume
Letters of Recommendation
This program requires 3 letters of recommendation with at least 1 letter from an academic professional* (e.g. professor or instructor) who can attest to your capability to pursue graduate studies. The other letters may come from academic or professional sources who can speak to your educational endeavors, work history, internship experience, and/or team building and leadership skills.
*Individuals who received a degree 2 or more years ago may submit a professional reference in place of an academic reference if desired.
Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
Beginning with the Fall 2021 application cycle, GRE scores are no longer required to submit your application to the MHA program. However, your application must demonstrate sufficient academic/quantitative preparedness to be considered for admission to the program. Your prior coursework, volunteer and/or work experiences, and recommendations are just a few of the items the admissions committee will review to gauge your preparedness for graduate studies.
Although the GRE scores are not required, the scores may provide helpful supporting information in some cases. Applicants that have taken the GRE and feel their scores would benefit their application are encouraged to submit the scores. If you would like to submit scores, we recommend you scan your official score report as a PDF file and attach it to your application. You do not need to submit official scores through ETS, but if you choose to, the GRE code for the University of Illinois MHA program in SOPHAS is 4229.
International Students Requirements
English Language Proficiency
If you are from a non-English speaking country, you are required to show English proficiency as measured by the TOEFL or IEFLTS exams. Our graduate college requires a minimum TOEFL iBT score of 103 or IELTS of 7.5 for full status admission. Detailed requirements for the TOEFL/IELTS (including exemption information) are outlined here.
Statement of Financial Resources
Upon being offered admission, if you are not a citizen or permanent resident of the United States, you need to provide the University Admissions Officer with a copy of your passport (also any dependents) and proof of funding. You will find the Declaration and Certification of Finances form and related information here. You will need to prove that you have sufficient funds to cover the estimated expenses for admitted students as described in the Declaration and Certification of Financed form. You may subtract the amount you have been awarded in scholarship funds for ONE year.
Once admitted, here are some helpful resources: