MSHA Admission Requirements

Admission to the MSHA Program is based upon a solid academic foundation, completion of a graduate admission test (GMAT or GRE), leadership experience, strong interpersonal skills, a capacity to work in teams, a strong desire to make a difference in the lives of those served in the field of health administration, and an interview with faculty, alumni and current students. 

The official application deadline is November 1st of each year; however, interviews begin in January and students are accepted on a rolling basis between January and April.  Therefore, it is advantageous to apply early.

Application Procedure: The following materials must be submitted to the M.S.H.A. Program:

  • Completed online application ( which includes two essays, a resume and three recommendations using the attached form (letters may also accompany the form but are not required).
  • Non-refundable application fee (U.S. $70.00, International $85.00)
  • Official transcripts from all colleges attended submitted directly to the Graduate School:
The Graduate School Office is located on the ground floor of
Lister Hill Library,
1700 University Boulevard on the campus of UAB.

Regular office hours are: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday-Friday, CST

Mailing Address:
UAB Graduate School
1720 2nd Avenue South
Birmingham, AL  35294-0013  

Phone: (205) 934-8227
Fax: (205) 934-8413        

  • Scores from either the Graduate Record Examination (GRE, UAB code is 1856) or the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT)
  • All international students must also take the TOEFL exam and score at least 550 on the paper-based exam or 213 on the computer-based exam.
  • On-site interview at UAB Candidates are typically invited for an on-campus interview if the following criteria are met:
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0/4.0 GPA based on either overall or in the last 60 hours.
  • Minimum GRE score of 300, on the new scale, or 1,000/1,600 based on the combined quantitative and verbal sections or a minimum GMAT score of at least 480/800 based on the quantitative and verbal sections. 
  • Note:  Individuals who have earned a doctoral degree (MD, PhD, JD, PharmD, etc) from an U.S. accredited institution are exempt from the admission test requirement for the MSHA Program.
Prerequisites for the MSHA Program:  CHANGE FOR FALL 2013 ADMISSIONS:  Six hours of undergraduate accounting is NO LONGER REQUIRED for the MSHA Program or the MBA Program.  However, if you are applying for any of the degree options (MSHA, MSHA/MSHI or MSHA/MBA) and do not have an undergraduate business degree, then you will be required to complete an online business “leveling” course during the summer 2013 semester. You may contact Christy Manning ( in the Graduate School of Management for additional information about this “leveling” course.  Students applying for the coordinated M.S.H.A./M.B.A. must include 3 hours of pre-calculus.

All international students must also take the TOEFL exam and score at least 550 on the paper-based exam or 213 on the computer-based exam. No degree can be awarded without the successful completion of a 9 – 12 month administrative residency at the end of the academic coursework. Our experience has shown that it is very difficult for international students to obtain an administrative residency in the United States. Consequently, international students must have an administrative residency secured before starting the MSHA program.