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MHA 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/hybrid formats of the 1) Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA) degree program, and 2) the following Graduate Certificate programs: Certificate in Healthcare Administration; Certificate in Population Health Management; Certificate in Global Health, and the Certificate in Practice Management for the Healthcare Professional (online only). Unless noted otherwise, references below to "MHA" are interchangeable with all Graduate Certificate requirements.

Are you a candidate for the Seton Hall MHA program?

The MHA 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.

Full-time employees of Atlantic Health System (AHS) and Hackensack Meridian Health (HMH) may be eligible for partner tuition discounts. Please email [email protected] for more details.

On-campus or online/hybrid?

During the application process, students declare whether they want to pursue the entire program online/hybrid or on-campus. The use of online/hybrid designation attests to the required three intensive residencies together with online education. Your choice of 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 due to the course sequence and formatting for online/hybrid courses.

Application Deadlines:

Applications for admission to the Online MHA Program are due:

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

Applications for admission to the On-Campus MHA Program are due:

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

MHA 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 MHA 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 student must submit a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) Score Report documenting an internet-based score of 90 or above. The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) can also be accepted documenting a score in the 6.5 band or above. Exception to this requirement may be granted if the 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 [email protected].

Please Note:

  • The enrollment rate for the MHA program in the 2019-2020 academic year was 35%. (Note: This statistic does not include students enrolled in the Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Administration program who have not matriculated into the MHA degree program.)
  • Scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) are not required for admission to the MHA program.
  • International Students: The MHA at Seton Hall University has always welcomed international students as members of its learning community. All students must meet the established admission requirements. The MHA shares protocols and policies with the Director of the Office of International Programs to ensure compliance with all federal and university rules. All international students are required to complete 9 credits per semester per their visa and university requirements. Given the requirement of 9 credits of study per semester, international students are expected to follow the 2-year plan to finish within the time allotted by their visa. International students admitted to the MHA program are responsible for obtaining their own housing and transportation as well as living expenses and any other incidental program expenses. Students who wish to enroll in HCAD 7991 – Internship are required to obtain authorization from the MHA Program Director and the Office of International Programs. Additionally, students are responsible for their own transportation to and from any internship site and maybe required to provide other appropriate identification if registering for internships.

How to Apply:

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

Admissions Questions:

Patrick McDermott
Assistant Dean for Graduate Enrollment and Student Affairs
School of Health and Medical Sciences
[email protected]
(973) 275-2062

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

  • Student Type: Graduate Program Applicant
  • College to which you are applying: School of Health and Medical Sciences
  • Program Level: "Master's" or "Certificate"
  • Term: Year/Semester you intend to begin the program