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M.H.A. Admission Requirements  

The Healthcare Administration program welcomes your application and questions about the admission process.

Please note: The admission criteria listed below are for the on-campus and online formats of the 1) Master of Healthcare Administration (M.H.A.) degree program and the 2) Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Administration program. Unless noted otherwise, references below to "M.H.A." are interchangeable with "Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Administration".

Are you a candidate for the Seton Hall M.H.A. program?

The M.H.A. program draws individuals from varied healthcare organizations, including hospitals, assisted-living facilities, managed care organizations, healthcare systems and pharmaceutical companies, in addition to clinical professionals and military personnel. While mid- to senior-level professionals in healthcare and related fields comprise a large number of applicants, individuals who are highly motivated and disciplined, and who have earned a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university, are welcome to apply for admission consideration.

On-campus or online?

During the application process, students declare whether they want to pursue the entire program online or on-campus. The format you choose does not affect the admission decision. At this time, a blended format (taking courses both online and on-campus) is not offered.

Application Deadlines:

Applications for admission to the Online M.H.A. Program are due:

  • July 1 for the Fall semester (begins with August Intensive/Residency)

Applications for admission to the On-Campus M.H.A. Program are due:

  • August 1 for the Fall semester
  • December 1 for the Spring semester

M.H.A. Admission Requirements:

  • Completion of the Seton Hall University graduate school admission application
  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited college.
  • Minimum 3.0 (on 4.0 scale) cumulative GPA on most recently conferred degree. However, for those applicants whose GPAs fall in the 2.8 to 2.99 range, consideration can be given to professional experience working in healthcare. Students below 2.8 are not encouraged to apply.
  • Applicants with international degrees must have their academic records evaluated by a member agency of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES).
  • Three letters of recommendation indicating that the applicant possesses the aptitude and ambition to complete a course of study for the M.H.A. degree. Preferably, letters should be from current or previous employers and/or from last school attended.
  • Statement of goals and career interests.
  • Curriculum vitae or résumé.
  • If English is not the native language, a TOEFL score of 550 or above (if paper-based score) or 213 or above (if computer-based score) or 79 or above (if internet-based score). Exception may be granted if applicant is a U.S. resident and a graduate of a U.S. college within the previous two years.
  • If accepted, international applicants must also submit a Request for Certificate of Eligibility (Form I-20 AB) and a Declaration and Certificate of Finances. Please contact the Office of International Programs for more information at

Please Note:

  • The acceptance rate for the M.H.A. program in the 2014-2015 academic year was 58.73%. (Note: This statistic does not include students enrolled in the Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Administration program who have not matriculated into the M.H.A. degree program.)
  • Scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) are not required for admission to the M.H.A. program.

  • How to Apply:

  • Complete the online application for graduate admission to Seton Hall University. Select the following from the drop-down menus when prompted:

    • Student Type: Graduate Program Applicant
    • College to which you are applying: School of Health and Medical Sciences
    • Degree: "M.H.A." or "Certificate"
    • Program
      • For the M.H.A. Degree, select: "Master of Healthcare Administration (On Campus)" or "Master of Healthcare Administration (Online)"
      • For the Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Administration, select: "Healthcare Administration Certificate (On Campus)" or "Healthcare Administration Certificate Online"
    • Term: Year/Semester you intend to begin the program

    Admissions Questions:

    Patrick McDermott
    Director of Graduate Admissions
    School of Health and Medical Sciences
    (973) 275-2062

    Qualified students are admitted without regard to race, color, religion, age, disability, natural origin, sexual orientation, ancestry or gender.

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