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MHA - Admission

A complete application to the MHA program requires:

  1. A completed graduate application.
  2. A $30 non-refundable application fee unless the applicant has previously applied to Grand Valley State University and has paid this fee.
  3. An official transcript from each undergraduate and graduate institution.
  4. Three reference from informed sources.
  5. An essay on career and educational objectives (250 to 750 words).
  6. A resume
  7. Submission of test scores from the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language), or IELTS (International English Language Testing System), or MELAB (Michigan English Language Assessment Battery) for applicants whose native language is not English. The following minimum scores are expected: TOEFL is 80, IELTS is 6.5, and MELAB is 77. 

Applications will not be reviewed until they are complete. The admissions committee may request additional information or a personal interview if it deems them appropriate and necessary.

The admissions committee is looking for the evidence that an applicant will be successful if admitted into the MHA program. This evidence can take several forms. Furthermore, the admissions committee considers each applicant as a whole student. No decision is based solely on any single factor. A strong applicant for the MHA program will have the following:

  • A minimum 3.0 grade point average from an accredited college or university. (This GPA will include all courses, including those classes that may have been repeated or transferred.)
  • Three positive recommendation from well-informed sources such as current and/or former professors or supervisors.
  • A demonstrated commitment to the healthcare field. Ideally this would be three or more years of professional work experience since receiving a baccalaureate degree. Lesser professional, volunteer, and intern experiences with health organizations will be considered positively for pre-career applicants.

An applicant concerned about falling short on the above criteria may want to consider these recommendations for securing favorable evidence of their ability to do graduate level work in the MHA program.

  • Submitting a GRE score is recommended for applicants who have neither a 3.0 undergraduate GPA nor three years of professional experience.
  • Successfully completing graduate-level course work as a nondegree-seeking student. However, 12 credits taken as a nondegree seeking student is the limit that can be applied to the MPA program upon admission.

In some cases, an applicant that is seen as strong except for a specific area of deficiency may be offered admission on a condition that they take a course to rectify that deficiency before proceeding with the MHA course work.

Students may apply online at To ensure full consideration for fall admission, all application materials should be received by June 1. Winter term applications should be received by November 1. Spring/Summer term applications should be received by April 1. Early application is strongly encouraged. Late applicants may be admitted on the basis of remaining program capacity.


Rachel Dody

Rachel Dody (MHA '13) has been a community integration manager with Access Health, Inc. since August 2014.

Pam Piwowar

Pam Piwowar (MHA '05) has been enterprise application manager with CHE Trinity Health since February 2013.