Master of Health Administration Applicants

Master of Health Administration applicants

Application, admission, and degree-granting requirements and regulations shall be applied equitably to all individuals, applicants and students regardless of age, gender, race, disability, sexual orientation, religion or national origin.

Application reviews begin the first week of October. In order to be considered for first-round interviews in November, applications must be completed by mid-September. Beginning in January, interviews are held monthly, until the class is filled. In order to be considered for scholarships, applicants should submit their application by February 15. 

Traditional MHA admissions criteria

  • Baccalaureate degree from an accredited university or college with an expected grade point average of 3.0 (official transcript).
  • Personal statement
  • Résumé or CV
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Students must earn a grade of “C” or better in required pre-requisite courses prior to enrolling. Required undergraduate pre-requisite courses include:  
    • An undergraduate microeconomics course (e.g. ECON-E 201: Microeconomics or pre-approved equivalent) must be completed before you will be permitted to enroll in PBHL-H 514: Health Economics.
    • An undergraduate accounting course (e.g. PBHL-H 200: Health Care Accounting or pre-approved equivalent) must be completed before you will be permitted to enroll in PBHL-H 508: Managing Healthcare Accounting Information for Decision Making.
    • An undergraduate statistics course (e.g. PBHL-B 300: Introduction to Biostatistics or pre-approved equivalent) must be completed before you will be permitted to enroll in PBHL-H 518: Statistical Methods for Health Service.
  • Competent written and oral communication skills.

Students meeting these requirements are not guaranteed admission. 

Eligible applicants may be invited to campus for an interview in person. Due to limited interview spots, it is important that you submit your application early, in order to secure an interview spot. Applicants who are unable to travel to Indianapolis may request a virtual interview.

Please note that all applications must be verified by HAMPCAS or SOPHAS prior to the June 1 deadline. Applications generally take four to five weeks to be verified by HAMPCAS and SOPHAS. It would be to your benefit to have your application fully complete and submitted by April 30. Applications that are not fully completed, including verification by HAMPCAS or SOPHAS, by June 1 are not guaranteed full consideration by the MHA admission committee.

Executive MHA admissions criteria

  • At least three to five years of health care related work experience (in a clinical or non-clinical position)
  • Must be currently working full-time in health care
  • Résumé
  • Three letters of recommendation – one from immediate supervisor or senior leader
  • 3.0 or better GPA in undergraduate or other master's level program
  • Most recent transcript
  • No GRE

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

Due to disruptions caused by the pandemic, the Fairbanks MHA program will not require a GRE score at this time.

Personal statement

Your personal statement is an opportunity to highlight your background, experience, and interests that influenced your decision to apply to our MHA program. You may also use the personal statement to explain any inconsistencies in other components of the application. Generally, personal statements of around 500 words are most effective. The personal statement should be uploaded electronically to either HAMPCAS or SOPHAS.


U.S. applicants
Official post-secondary transcripts from all institutions attended must be sent directly from the institutions to either HAMPCAS or SOPHAS. This includes previous study at Indiana University campuses. U.S. applicants who studied at foreign institutions as part of a study abroad experience at their U.S. college or university do not need to provide a WES evaluation of their study abroad coursework.

Transcript Department
P.O. Box 9122
Watertown, MA 02471

P.O. Box 9111
Watertown, MA 02471-9111

Applicants who have not earned a degree at the time of application submission will be required to submit an official transcript upon completion of their undergraduate degree. The final official transcript should indicate the degree earned and the date of conferral. These final official transcripts must be sent directly from the awarding institution to:

IU Fairbanks School of Public Health
Office of Student Services and Admissions
Attn: Cher Pearcy
1050 Wishard Blvd., 6th Floor
Indianapolis, IN 46202

International applicants
All applicants with foreign academic credentials must provide a World Education Services (WES) ICAP course-by-course evaluation of those credentials. Because this process can take some time, applicants should submit their transcripts to WES at least one month in advance of the application deadline (January 1).

Through special arrangements with SOPHAS, WES will deliver its credential evaluation report directly to SOPHAS by secure electronic transmission. This expedites the delivery of the evaluation report as well as images of the applicant’s verified transcripts to SOPHAS and allows SOPHAS to process the report most efficiently. Go to for more information.

DO NOT mail any other documents to SOPHAS, including thesis, dissertations, or pre-secondary or secondary transcripts.

International applicants will be required to submit official transcripts, marksheets and diplomas from all colleges and universities attended to the IUPUI Office of International Affairs (OIA). OIA will evaluate your transcripts to determine if eligibility requirements for graduate study have been met.

Please mail transcripts, marksheets and diploma to:

Office of International Affairs
Indiana University-Purdue University in Indianapolis
902 W. New York Street, ES2126
Indianapolis, IN 46202

Office: (317) 274-7000
Fax: (317) 274-2213


Three letters of recommendation are required from professional sources that can provide an unbiased critical assessment of your abilities, skills and strengths and weaknesses. Examples of professional and academic sources are academic advisors, professors, preceptors or immediate supervisors. Examples of sources that are not acceptable include coworkers, colleagues, classmates and relatives.

Recommendation letters must be submitted electronically to HAMPCAS or SOPHAS.


After your application has been received by the Fairbanks School of Public Health, you will be contacted regarding the interview process, if applicable.

International applicants

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

The Indiana University Fairbanks School of Public Health requires applicants whose native language is not English or whose academic study was done exclusively at non-English speaking institutions to prove English proficiency by providing either official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) scores. Scores must be under two years old.

The preferred minimum English language test scores for admission to the Fairbanks School of Public Health are:

Internet-based TOEFL: minimum score of 106
Computer-based TOEFL: minimum score of 263
Paper-based TOEFL: minimum score of 620
IELTS: minimum score of 7

Applicants must submit:

TOEFL scores to SOPHAS using the following designation DI Code 5688
IELTS scores must be uploaded electronically to SOPHAS.

For more information about:

TOEFL exam, visit
IELTS exam, visit

For more information on IUPUI TOEFL requirements, review The Office of International Affairs section on English proficiency for graduate students.

English placement test

International students who reside in the U.S. at the time of application must submit either TOEFL, ILETS or IUPUI EAP (English for Academic Purposes) exam scores.

International applicants who do not reside in the U.S. at the time of application must submit their TOEFL or ILETS scores with their application and, if admitted to the MHA program, must also complete the EAP exam upon arrival to Indianapolis.

The USMLE and ECFMG do not fulfill the required proof of English proficiency when applying to the MHA program. Applicants who have passed the USMLE or ECFMG must also submit TOEFL, ILETS or EAP scores.

For further information on the EAP, contact the IUPUI School of Liberal Arts. To schedule a test date and time please call the testing center at 317-274-2620.

EAP Test