Admissions

NOTE: Applications for Summer and Fall are due February 15; applications received by May 1 will be considered on a space available basis.  Our MHA Handbook, linked below, describes the application process and the program in detail.  The Handbook supplements the information on our website.  We encourage interested applicants to download and review our Handbook.

The Program

The Master of Health Administration (MHA) degree prepares students for exciting careers in health services management for a variety of health related institutions in an evolving health care delivery system.  Structured to meet the highest professional and accreditation standards, the program is designed to address the needs of current health care managers, clinical professionals who anticipate future administrative responsibilities, and pre-professionals who wish to prepare for an entry-level career in health care administration.

The Master of Health Administration is a 51 hour degree program.  Students take 45 hours of core courses including a 3 credit hours internship, and 6 hours of elective courses.  Administratively located within the Department of Public Health Sciences, it is an interdisciplinary program with courses taught by faculty from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Belk College of Business and the College of Health and Human Services.  The Master of Health Administration degree program is fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME); and the Department of Public Health Sciences is a member of the Association of University Programs in Health Administration.

Students may enroll in the Master of Health Administration program on a full-time or part-time basis.  Classes are scheduled primarily in the evenings at the UNC Charlotte main campus and at UNC Charlotte Center City.

The MHA Program may also be combined with graduate certificates or dual degrees to provide further specialization, breadth, or depth.  We have established formal dual degree options with the UNC Charlotte MBA and Professional Science Masters in Health Informatics programs and the Charlotte School of Law's JD program.

Master’s prepared health service managers may work as chief or executive administrators, assistants to chief executives, or as directors and mangers of departments and units.  Examples of the settings where MHA graduates work  include: hospitals and hospital systems, physician practices and clinics, long term care facilities, managed care organizations, consulting firms, pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, local/state/federal health agencies, health insurance companies, and medical supply and equipment manufacturers.


Admission Criteria and Application Requirements

MHA Admission is considered annually, for a summer or fall start.  Applications are due by 15th February for full consideration.  General requirements for Master's students at UNC Charlotte can be found on the Graduate Admissions website at: Graduate Admissions Information.

Applications for the MHA program must be submitted through an online system called eGRAD through the website at UNC Charlotte.  The website includes general admission requirements.  All applications must be made on-line.  Applicants should review the requirements thoroughly before applying.  Questions regarding the general application process should be directed to the UNC Charlotte Graduate School.

1.  A Bachelor's degree is required before students can enroll in the MHA program.  An official transcript of undergraduate work is required.  Applicants who are in the process of completing a Bachelor's degree should submit an official transcript of all coursework taken.

2.  Official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) scores are required and must be submitted as part of application process.

3.  As stated on the UNC Charlotte website: "International students are required to submit proof of English language proficiency by submitting official test score  results from the  Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS)."

4.  Three letters of recommendations must be submitted from persons who can reflect upon the applicant's prior academic and/or professional performance and capability for serving as a health care administrator.

5.  The applicant must provide a career goal statement and a current resume.

Admission Criteria: Regarding standardized tests, the academic standard preferred by faculty is that applicants have a GPA of at least a 3.0, and combined verbal and quantitative GRE percentile scores of at least 90 (or the equivalent GMAT score).  We use a portfolio approach to evaluate applicants: An applicant's portfolio consists of reference letters, previous professional experience, goal statement, grade point average in undergraduate and previous graduate work (if applicable), and standardized test scores. The portfolio approach allows us to address the limitations of standardized test scores.  For mid-career students, the portfolio approach accommodates undergraduate work completed many years previously, which may not reflect the applicant’s current skills and motivation for graduate study.  The portfolio approach allows us to balance GRE scores with GPAs and letters of recommendation.

Applicants with a variety of undergraduate degree specializations have the potential to be successful in the program. Individuals with records of high quality professional experience who do not fulfill the formal requirements should discuss with the Director of the Health Administration Program other factors that may have a bearing on admission.



Application Instructions

Application Deadlines: Applications for full-time and part-time study are admitted for the fall; students have an option to begin in the summer.  For full consideration, applications are expected by February 15.  Applications received after February 15 will be reviewed until the University deadline, currently: May 1, space permitting.

The University Catalog, application forms and materials can be obtained from:

Graduate Admissions
UNC Charlotte
Cato 210
9201 University City Blvd.
Charlotte NC 28223-0001
704-687-5503 (Phone)
704-687-3279 (Fax)

The current Schedule of Courses is available online here.