Apply - Residential MSHA

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.

Application Deadline

Applications are now being accepted for Fall 2018 admission. The priority deadline each year is December 1. After December 1st, applications will be considered on a space available basis.

You can start the application process now through the UAB Graduate School  or via Healthcare Administration, Management & Policy Centralized Application Service (HAMPCAS). UAB is a participant of the Health Administration, Management, & Policy Centralized Application Service (HAMPCAS).  HAMPCAS is the national centralized application service that provides applicants with the capability to apply to health management, administration, and policy programs across different colleges and universities throughout the U.S. by way of a single, web-based application. To start the application process:

Application Procedure

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

  • Completed online application which includes essays, a resume and three recommendations.
  • Non-refundable application fee (U.S. $70.00, International $85.00).
  • Scores from either the Graduate Record Examination (GRE, UAB code is 1856) or the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT)*
  • On-site interview - 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.
  • Official transcripts from all colleges attended submitted directly to the UAB Graduate School.

The Graduate School Office is located on the ground floor of Lister Hill Library (1700 University Boulevard) on the campus of UAB.

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


We begin the application review process in December and start offering interview dates subsequent to the review. Interviews take place in January and February. Admissions decisions are made February-March. 

International Student Requirements**

International students must meet the minimum of one of the English proficiency tests below:

  • IELTS – 6.5
  • TOEFL – 80
  • PTEA – 53

International students must also provide a Financial Affidavit of Support and immigration documentation if currently residing in the US.

*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.

**Note: 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.


Apply - Executive MSHA

Applicants for the Executive MSHA program must have at least five years health related work experience, in either a clinical or management position, and must be currently working full-time in healthcare. They must have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited university.

No admission test is required for EMSHA format.

Application Deadline

Students are only admitted in the fall of each year. The admissions committee will begin reviewing completed applications in early March.

The first priority deadline is April 15th. After April 15th, applications will be considered on a space available basis. 

Application Procedure

  • Completed online application which includes a resume, statement of objectives and three recommendations
  • Non-refundable application fee (U.S. $70.00, International $85.00)
  • International students must take one of the following exams: TOEFL (minimum score of 80),  IELTS (minimum score of 6.5), or PTEA (minimum score of 53)
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0/4.0 GPA on either overall or last 60 hours of undergraduate school
  • Official transcripts from all colleges attended submitted directly to the Graduate School

UAB Graduate School
1720 2nd AVE S
BIRMINGHAM, AL 35294-0113 

Note: If you are employed by a UAB entity, please contact Heather Lee at 205.996.6593 or for more information regarding your educational assistance benefits.