At the Department of Health Administration, admissions is all about the right fit. We want you to figure out if VCU is the right place for your background, career goals, learning style and personal interests. We encourage you to attend an Information Seminar, explore the Current Students section of this site, and contact us with any questions.
Required Application Materials
Online Application: You must submit the online application required for admission to the VCU Graduate School. Click here to begin. There is a nonrefundable application fee of $65.
Applying through HAMPCAS: The MHA Program at Virginia Commonwealth University is a participant of the Healthcare Administration, Management, & Policy Centralized Application Service (HAMPCAS). HAMPCAS is the national centralized application service that provides applicants with the capability to apply to health management, administration, and policy programs across different colleges and universities throughout the U.S by way of a single, web-based application. To start the HAMPCAS application process visit the following link www.hampcas.org. All documents submitted via HAMPCAS will be accepted; however, please be advised that in order for your application to be considered you are also required to:
Create an account and complete the VCU Graduate School online application at the forllowing link: http://www.graduate.vcu.edu/admission/prospective/apply.html
Pay the separate VCU application fee of $65.00 and
Submit your GRE or GMAT scores directly to VCU (see school codes below).
If you are only applying to VCU you may want to do so through VCU’s online application process rather than HAMPCAS as the HAMPCAS system is designed to give the greatest benefit to applicants who wish to apply to multiple schools.
Transcript: Your transcript should show a conferred or in-progress baccalaureate or graduate degree from a fully accredited college or university. An overall GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4-point scale in undergraduate work and/or evidence of achievement in a substantial amount of graduate-level work is required. Transcripts from all postsecondary institutions (including community or junior colleges, summer sessions, and extension programs) are required. Have all/any transcripts sent to Suzanne Havasy at the mailing adress below.
Standardized test scores: All applicants must demonstrate a satisfactory score of at least 50th percentile on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Graduate Management Aptitude Test (GMAT). The GRE code is 5570. The GMAT code is LP8-QF-23. Scores must not be more than five years old. Report test scores to the VCU Graduate School.
Resume: Your resume should demonstrate evidence of personal achievement, scholarship, intellectual ability and professional promise for a career in health administration. E-mail your resume to Suzanne Havasy.
Personal Statement/Statement of Purpose: Your personal statement is your opportunity to highlight your background, interests, plans, and decision to pursue a MHA degree. Most importantly, this is your opportunity to communicate your passion for the field of health administration and demonstrate your uniqueness. Applicants can also use the personal statement to explain any inconsistencies in other components of the application. There are no specific guidelines or length for the personal statement. Email your personal statement/statement of purpose to Suzanne Havasy.
Three Letters of Recommendation: You must submit three letters of recommendation, preferably from academic and/or work supervisors. Each letter must accompany this form provided by the VCU Graduate School.
Ms. Suzanne Havasy, MHA Program Coordinator
Department of Health Administration
1008 East Clay Street
P.O. Box 980203
Richmond, VA 23298-0203
International student? TOEFL is required. International students should contact the department directly regarding the administrative residency requirement prior to applying. Please apply directly through the Office of International Education.
Dual degree applicant? Students must apply separately and be accepted by both programs of interest in order to pursue the dual degree.
Prerequisites: Prerequisite course work must be completed before enrollment in the Program. To be eligible for admission, course work must include basic preparation in microeconomics, financial accounting, and statistics as well as working knowledge of college-level algebra. Required prerequisite courses must be from an accredited university or college and have been earned with a grade of C or higher within 5 years of application. Click here for prerequisite courses offered at VCU.
Interview: Eligible applicants will be invited to an on-campus interview day. The day includes meeting with three members of the Admissions Committee (consisting of faculty, students, and alumni/ae), question and answer sessions with current students, and a tour of the Grant House.
Application Deadlines: Application review begins the second week in November. The deadline to be considered for the first round of interviews held in December is November 20th. The regular admission deadline is February 1st and interviews are held on a monthly basis until the class is filled.
Tuition and fees: Click here for information about University tuition and fees.