University of Illinois Chicago MHA

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Type of Degree

MHA Degree

Type of Program


General University Information

The University of Illinois at Chicago, or UIC, is a state-funded public research university located in Chicago, Illinois, United States. Its campus is in the Near West Side community area, near the Chicago Loop. As the second campus established under the University of Illinois system, it is also the largest university in the Chicago area with approximately 28,000 students enrolled in 15 colleges. UIC operates the nation’s largest medical school, with research expenditures exceeding $412 million and consistently in the top 50 U.S. institutions for research expenditures.

Program Description

The School of Public Health (SPH), with support from the College of Business Administration (CBA), offers a two-year graduate program leading to the Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA). The Master of Healthcare Administration is a program designed for students who have chosen a management career in health services organizations such as hospitals, community-based ambulatory care centers, managed-care plans, the health supply chain, and long-term care providers.

These students will receive an educational program that combines competence in management with an in-depth knowledge of the healthcare sector and of the management issues it faces. Required core courses emphasize accounting, economics, finance, human resources, informatics, marketing, and management. Courses in CBA are an integral component of the MHA program. The program coordinates practical experience through the MHA Preceptorship with medical centers, hospitals, long-term care organizations, and ambulatory care centers.

Admission Requirements

  • Baccalaureate Degree Required.
  • Grade Point Average 3.00/4.00 for the final 60 semester (90 quarter) hours of undergraduate study and for all cumulative graduate work previously taken.
  • Tests Required All MHA applicants must submit GRE verbal and quantitative or GMAT scores taken within five years. GRE or GMAT scores should typically be 70th percentile or better. Applicants can use a demonstrated record of success in management in a health services organization to compensate for somewhat lower scores on the GRE or GMAT. Applicants with advanced professional degrees may have this requirement waived.
  • Minimum English Competency Test Score
    • TOEFL 585–600 (paper-based), plus Test of Written English scores in the range of 5–6; 230–240 (computer-based), no Test of Written English scores required; 80, with subscores of Reading 19, Listening 17, Speaking 20, and Writing 21 (iBT Internet-based), OR,
    • IELTS 6.5, with subscores of 6.0 for all four subscores.
  • Letters of Recommendation Three required, preferably from instructors or employers.
  • Personal Statement Required; addressing the applicant’s goals for graduate study and career development.


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