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Community Health:

Master of Science in Health Administration (MSHA)

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Application Updates for Fall 2020 Applicants

Our domestic student application and scholarship consideration deadlines have been extended to July 1st. Also, historically our program has required an official GRE score when applying to our program. Due to COVID-19 interruptions optional waivers are available for applicants on a case by case basis. Please contact us at msha@ahs.illinois.edu for further information. All applications must be received by July 1st to be considered for a scholarship.

Application Requirements

MSHA Program
(Apply via SOPHAS

•    Minimum GPA of 3.0
•    GRE scores
•    Official Transcripts
•    Personal Statement
•    Resume
•    3 Letters of Recommendation
•    TOEFL/IELTS scores for international applicants: The Graduate College will now temporarily accept Duolingo English Test examination results for tests taken between February 1 and August 1, 2020. The Duolingo English Test will be accepted as an alternative to TOEFL and IELTS for proof of English proficiency for impacted applicants. A minimum score of 105 will be required for admission. See this link for more information about English proficiency requirements.

Requirement Details

Grade Point Average (GPA)

All applicants must have at least a 3.0 GPA (out of 4.0 GPA) to apply to the MSHA program. GPA is calculated from the last 60 hours (approximately two years) of undergraduate coursework.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is administered by the Educational Testing Service. The results must arrive at the Department by the application deadline. Therefore, make sure that you make arrangements and take the test on time. The Institution Code that you must enter in the GRE application for our MSHA program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is 4229. There is no minimum score required for admission.

We do not accept other exams (MCAT, GMAT, USMLE, NBDE) in place of the GRE.

Official Transcripts

MSHA 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. For more information, please visit this page.

Personal Statement

This statement is a very important part of your application. Your statement should be uploaded to your online application. Please include comments on why you are interested in the Master of Science in Health Administration program, what education and skills you expect to acquire through the degree, and how you expect to use your degree after graduation. Briefly describe any previous health administration-related experience including volunteer time, paid work, internships, coursework, and pertinent training. The Personal Statement is particularly important for applicants who completed their last degree five or more years ago. Applicants with professional work experience are encouraged to explain how they think their work experience has prepared them for graduate study at the University of Illinois. The statement should be a maximum of two pages (1.5 spacing). There are no additional writing samples required.

Letters of Recommendation

Request three letters of recommendation (preferably from those who are acquainted with your educational background and academic abilities). We strongly recommend you obtain at least two letters from professors who know you well academically. The third letter could be from someone who has a background in health administration (e.g., internship preceptors, supervisors at work). Please do not obtain personal references or letters from those who are not familiar with your academic skills or who have not directly witnessed your participation in any healthcare-related activities.

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 >102 (IELTS > 6.5) 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 visa requirement information and detailed statement of the financial resources that will enable you to live in the US for the duration of your studies at the University of Illinois. You will find the Declaration and Certification of Finances form and related information here.


See additional information regarding international applicant requirements.


Contact Information

  • MSHA Program
  • Department of Kinesiology and Community Health
  • 1206 S. Fourth Street
  • Champaign, IL 61820
  • Phone: 217-244-1075
  • Email: MSHA@ahs.illinois.edu