Admission Requirements

The ideal candidate for admission to the Master of Science in Health Administration program has received the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree or higher, can comprehend and communicate effectively in English, has the recommendations of at least three persons in a health-related or advanced education field, has performed satisfactorily on one or more standardized test, and is interested in pursuing a career in public health or a related field with a focus on managing health-related programs and organizations.

Application Options

Students graduating from the University of Louisville can apply directly to the School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies (SIGS). All other applicants must apply through the Centralized Application Service for Public Health (SOPHAS).

Required documentation for full admission

Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution or its equivalent
Recommended minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
Completed application to SIGS and SOPHAS
Application Fee
Official transcripts of all degrees
Resume or curriculum vitae
One-page personal statement written by the applicant that is a clear, substantive description of his or her goals in public health and health care management, noting any professional or research experience.
Three letters of recommendation written within the last twelve months.
For evening track admissions, official score from any of the following standardized tests: GRE, GMAT, MCAT, LSAT, or DAT.
-- Scores must be no more than 4 years old.
-- If applicant does not have a terminal degree from an accredited U.S. institution, then the GRE is required. 
-- The requirement is waived if applicant has a terminal degree for a U.S. institution or has obtained and can provide a copy of the Confirmation of ECFMG® Certification (Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates).
International applicants: Foreign credential evaluation of all degrees from non-U.S. institutions. Please contact the MSHA program prior to completing this requirement.
Admission interviews by the HMSS Health Leadership Committee are required and are in addition to your application for admission. An interview provides the HMSS Health Leadership Committee an additional source of information and perspective about your potential fit for the University of Louisville.

If candidate’s primary language is not English, one of the following:

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) exam with a minimum score of 90 (after conversion for test type)
  • Passing the exit examination for the advanced level of the Intensive English as a Second Language Program at the University of Louisville
  • Degree from an accredited U.S. institution (requires provisional admission with evaluation of English language competency and potential requirement to pass the exit examination for the advanced level of the Intensive English as a Second Language Program at the University of Louisville)

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