We welcome your application to the MHA program, and are available to answer any questions or assist you through the application process. Application decisions are made on a rolling basis, so applicants are encouraged to apply early. Applicants are also encouraged to apply early for all scholarship/financial aid consideration.

Students applying to the Master of Health Administration program must submit a primary application (for the College of Public Health) and a supplemental application (for the University of Kentucky).  Applicants can choose to submit their primary application by using either the Health Administration, Management & Policy Centralized Application Service (HAMPCAS)* or Schools of Public Health Application Service (SOPHAS)*, but must also complete the supplemental application for the University of Kentucky Graduate School. Prerequisite requirements are courses in basic accounting and basic economics.


Admission Requirements - Review the University of Kentucky Admissions Checklist for step-by-step instructions.  

  • SOPHAS or HAMPCAS application - deadline July 1 for domestic applications and April 1 for international students; 
  • Completion of an undergraduate degree or equivalent; 
  • Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or above on a 4.0 scale as verified through official transcripts;
  • Prerequisite courses: basic accounting and basic economics - Applications without basic accounting and economics will be considered for admission but must complete prerequisite courses prior to enrolling in the MHA program; 
  • CV or resume;
  • Personal statement; 
  • Official transcripts from all previously attended institutions - foreign transcripts must be evaluated by WES
  • The MHA program is now test-optional. You may submit GRE or MCAT scores if you wish. 
  • Minimum acceptable TOEFL score as defined by UK Graduate School (for international students only);
  • Three recommendations (contact information only) - at least one from a faculty member who taught or supervised applicant. 

Students who are admitted to the MHA program will be required to complete a secondary UK Graduate School application by July 15 to accept admission to the program.

Admissions Review

Each application is reviewed by a committee of MHA faculty members.  Application elements are reviewed holistically and include the GPA, GRE scores, personal statement, letters of recommendation, transcript(s) and resume. These elements guide assessment of the applicant’s previous academic and work/volunteer accomplishments, and the applicant’s interest in a health administration career.  Additional information may be requested by the committee as needed. Recommendations from this review are forwarded to the college admissions committee for final action.

For more information, please contact the Office of Student Engagement and Academic Success (SEAS) at ukcph@uky.edu or (859) 218-2096.