Master's Degree Application Requirements
To receive priority consideration for admission and departmental financial assistance, residential program applications should be submitted prior to March 1. All applications received after March 1 will be reviewed on a rolling basis. All applications for fall semester (residential) admission must be received by:
- June 30 for international students
- July 15 for domestic students
- July 31 for current MU students
- Rolling basis for executive program students
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Requirements for all Master's Degree Applicants
Applicants must have:
- A minimum of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution.
- An updated resume or curriculum vitae.
- International students whose native language is not English must submit test scores from TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) of 100 or better on the internet based exam or IELTS (International English Language Testing System) of 7.5 or better.
- Three recommendations from professional colleagues.
- A personal essay that:
- outlines your professional plans and career objectives;
- explains how you became interested in health administration/health informatics and how your prior training and experience would help your career;
- includes specific issues and problems in health care you consider challenging and why;
- indicates if you intend to apply to the traditional (residential) on-campus degree program or the distance education (executive) format.
Depending upon your situation, you will also be required to submit other documentation and, in some cases, complete prerequisite courses.
An interview with the Admissions Committee will be required; alternate arrangements can be made for applicants who are unable to travel to the Columbia campus for the interview.
When reviewing applications, each application is reviewed in its entirety. Occasionally, a particularly strong attribute is judged to offset another aspect of the application that may be below the stated criteria.
Requirements for Residential Program Applicants
The department now accepts applications via HAMPCAS for the Residential Master of Health Administration (MHA) program.
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.
Students submitting an application through HAMPCAS should still apply through the University of Missouri Office of Graduate Studies.
Applicants must have:
- Maintained a 3.0 GPA during your last 60 hours of undergraduate coursework. (If your GPA was less than 3.0, you can gain conditional acceptance into the program if approved by the Admissions Committee and Graduate Studies.)
- Acceptable scores on the GRE or GMAT test. GRE or GMAT scores on the verbal, quantitative and analytical writing sections should fall at or above the 50th percentile.
Requirements for Executive Program Applicants
The Executive Programs admit students from diverse educational and experiential backgrounds. Academic achievement and professional accomplishments are viewed as strong indicators of success in the program and in the field and, as such, are given special consideration in the admissions process.
Applicants must have:
- A minimum of two years of technical, clinical, or administrative experience in health care or the health sciences (nursing, home health care, speech therapy, physical therapy, occupational therapy, laboratory medicine, clinical engineering, information systems, etc.) documented in a current resume or curriculum vitae; applicants should be employed at the time of application and are expected to maintain employment for the duration of the program.
- A statement of support from the applicant's employer stating that they understand you are applying for the program and that they support you in doing this. Applicants who are self-employed or are principals in their organization can omit the statement of support. Your letter of support can also be used as a letter of recommendation. Just be sure that your employer states in the letter that they both support and recommend you.
- GRE and/or GMAT test scores are not required as we use your professional experience to waive these exams.