MHA Admissions

Applications for Fall 2025 Admissions will Open August 2024

The Master of Health Admission program is offered by the College of Applied Health Sciences at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Our admissions committee uses a holistic application review process including interviews. The MHA program welcomes anyone to apply who meets the criteria listed below. We expect to notify applicants with 2 to 6 weeks after application submission and verification.

Due to the importance that our program places on cohort learning, the Master of Health Administration program only accepts applications for Fall term intake. We do not have Spring or Summer intake start dates.

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Admissions Requirements:

  • A bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college in the United States or a comparable degree from a recognized institution of higher learning abroad, or its equivalent
  • A grade point average of 3.0 out of 4.0, or comparable GPA for an international applicant, for the last two years of undergraduate study
  • International applicants must meet minimum requirements based on their country of origin
  • All required application materials

For more details on minimum requirements, visit the Illinois Graduate College website.

Application Requirements:


Applying for the MHA program is easy! All materials listed below will be submitted through the Health Administration, Management & Policy Centralized Application Service (HAMPCAS).

HAMPCAS Application

All the items below must be completed online through the HAMPCAS. For assistance with the HAMPCAS application, please review the HAMPCAS application instructions.

Academic Credentials

Applicants must upload their academic credentials (transcripts, marksheets, certificates of degree, etc.) as required by the HAMPCAS portal. For the application review process, applicants do not need to submit official academic credentials. Unofficial or scanned credentials are acceptable. If admitted, applicants will be required to submit official credentials.

  • Uploaded credentials must include applicant's name, institution name, and a transcript legend, grade scale, or grade criteria
  • For domestic degrees, applicant transcripts must have the degree awarded information and the date the degree was conferred
  • For international degrees, applicants must include the certificate of degree. The HAMPCAS application portal requires credential evaluations (such as WES) to be included in your application. See International Applicants for more details. 
  • If applicants have not yet completed their undergraduate degree at the time of application, our admissions committee will review the applicant's application based on the in-progress transcripts uploaded

For help sending your transcripts to HAMPCAS, use this link from their Applicant Help Center.


A detailed resume must be submitted to HAMPCAS for admission consideration. While experience is not required, previous health and/or administration experience is beneficial to the application, as it will be considered by the admission committee. Please limit resume to 1-2 pages.

Applicant's professional resume should include: personal information, educational background, work experience (start and end dates for each position and brief description of responsibilities), internship experience (start and end dates and brief description of responsibilities), educational training, professional associations, leadership experience

Personal Statement

This statement is a very important part of the application. Use the following prompts to guide the writing of the 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

The MHA program requires three letters of recommendation. At least one letter must be from a professor or instructor who can attest to the applicant’s capability to pursue graduate studies. The admission review committee prefers, if possible, that this letter come from a professor/instructor who taught the applicant within their final 60 credit hours. 

The other letters may come from academic or professional sources who can speak to the applicant's educational endeavors, work history, internship experience, and/or team building and leadership skills.

Individuals who received a degree two or more years ago may submit a professional reference in place of an academic reference if desired.

English Proficiency Scores

International applicants only. If you are a non-native English speaker or do not meet one of the Graduate College's exemptions, you will need to uploaded your English language proficiency scores. All scores myst be dated within two years of the beginning of the proposed admission term. See link for full guidelines.

Applicants will be required to self-report scores in HAMPCAS Application:

  • Minimum TOEFL score for application review and admissions is 103
  • Minimum IELTS score for application review and admission is 7.5

Optional : Graduate Record Exam (GRE) Test Scores

As of Fall 2021, 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.

Additional Requirements for International Applicants


  • 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). HAMPCAS 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. Please note that WES evaluations are required prior to verification in HAMPCAS.  Applicants that are not verified in HAMPCAS prior to the stated application deadline, may not have their application reviewed.  Please plan ahead as you consider your timeline for applying. 

TOEFL or IELTS scores (international students only)

  • If you are from a non-English speaking country, you are required to show English proficiency as measured by the TOEFL or IELTS 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

Required upon admission: 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 (as well as 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.

All of the materials listed above must be submitted in order for an applicant to be considered for admission, unless otherwise noted.

Additional Resources for International Applicants

Contact Information

  • MHA Program
  • Department of Kinesiology and Community Health
  • 1206 S. Fourth Street
  • Champaign, IL 61820
  • Phone: 217-244-1075
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