Master of Health Administration

The role of health care is changing in the United States, and with it, the responsibilities of health care administrators. Pay for performance, preventive care, and diverse population health are new models by which health care organizations will be held accountable. The Master of Health Administration (MHA) program is designed to equip tomorrow’s professionals with the tools to succeed. 

The need for qualified professionals has never been greater: according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there will be 20 percent more health care administration jobs by 2026, which significantly exceeds the nationally-predicted average growth rate of 7 percent for all other professions.

Moreover, the median national salary for the profession was reported at $98,350 in 2017. However, in New York State, the median salary was $136,770 for health care managers in 2017, according to the United States Department of Labor.

How to Apply

To be eligible for admission consideration, you must have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution of higher learning. We do not require a particular major, though we do require a minimum GPA of 3.0. We do not need GRE or GMAT scores.  Admission to the program is very competitive and considers a range of factors attesting to your professional preparedness. The baccalaureate and GPA requirements, in themselves, do not guarantee admission.    

In addition, you must provide the following:

  • Completed application form, including all required demographic and education information
  • Current curriculum vitae or resume
  • Transcripts for all programs from where a college degree was earned
  • Provide the name and email of one professional who can provide an email assessing your ability to succeed in advanced degree study in health care management
  • Personal statement (up to 500 words or fewer) clearly explaining your motivation for attaining this degree and desired outcomes from the program
  • Personal statement clearly explaining your motivation for attaining this degree and desired outcomes from the program
  • TOEFL, or testing equivalent (such as IELTS, CAE, PTE) with a score of 100 or higher, or equivalent only if you are from a non-English-speaking country and did not earn a degree from an English-speaking university or curriculum,
  • GRE or GMAT scores may be submitted as additional evidence of preparedness for rigorous graduate education, but are not required for admission

International Students

Admissions requirements for international applicants includes both government and school regulated processes. Our MHA program is offered on a full time and part time basis; students who are F1 visa-holders in the US are expected to register for a full-time course of study of 9 credits per term, until the term they expect to graduate. During this last term, a student may take fewer than 9 credits. F1 visa-holders are expected to meet the 44-45 credits required for the MHA degree.

We require that transcripts from colleges and universities outside the United States and Canada be evaluated by World Education Services or equivalent (i.e., NACES). Please visit this site for instructions. The TOEFL or IELTS is required for international applicants for whom English is a second language or those who have not received a university degree at an English-speaking institution. Successful applicants typically have TOEFL scores of 100 or above and IELTS band scores of 7.5 or above. Applicants submitting IELTS scores must send them directly to our admissions office at the following address:

Director of Admissions Processing and Systems
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Office of Enrollment Services
One Gustave L. Levy Place, Box 1002
New York, NY 10029

Housing: Mount Sinai does not offer student-housing, but upon request can provide you with resources to aid in your housing search.

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Have 5+ years of health care experience already? Then you may want to consider our Health Care Delivery Leadership Master’s Program

Application Deadline and Decisions

Our admissions committee will review competitive applicants as soon as the applications are complete. Therefore, it is an applicant’s best interest to submit as early as possible.

We offer 3 entry points into the program—Winter/Spring 1 (early January), Spring 2 (late March/early April), and Fall (early September). The following are deadline application dates:

  • Winter/Spring 1 Application deadline: November 15
  • Spring 2 (late March/early April): February 15
  • Fall (early September): July 15
    Applicants still wishing to start in the fall term can email their CV to who will respond and review possibilities with you.

Once admitted, you will be directed to an online enrollment site. You will have two weeks from the time of admission to accept our offer and pay a deposit. We apply your deposit toward your first semester’s tuition. Prior to the start of the semester, you will receive an email from Enrollment Services with pre-matriculation requirements (toxicology screening, health exams, background check authorizations and more). You cannot register for courses until this onboarding process is completed and you receive your student credentials (I.D. email, network logon)