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Essential Program Features, Questions and Answers


Most frequently asked questions

Q: Do I need a GRE, GMAT or MAT to apply?

A: GRE, GMAT, or MAT testing is not required for admission to the MHA program.


Q: Do I need a Bachelor’s Degree to apply?

A: You can still apply while seeking your bachelor’s degree.  Final acceptance into the MHA program would require you to have a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited University acceptable by MSUDenver. 


Q: What is the minimum GPA you will accept to apply?

A: Our GPA requirement is a 3.00, however, we do consider lower GPA averages. GPA is only one of several areas of your application that we review for a final decision.


Q: Can I use my VA Benefits?

A: Yes, Please check out the Veteran and Military Student Services website for all your benefit needs. 


Q: Do I need to have a degree or experience in health care to apply?

A: No, in fact, our students are a mix of current health care professionals and people entering into health care for the first time! Our students, like our faculty, come from a variety of backgrounds and experience.


Q: Do you have prerequisite requirements? 

A: Prior college level coursework is required in accounting, statistics, and economics. However, of you have not taken these classes, we can help. In lieu of this academic preparation, students can complete the requirements via Peregrine Academic Services (online and low cost).


Q: How many classes do I need to take to get my MHA?

A: You will take thirteen (13) classes and a capstone course.  


Q: Most of the courses are online, do we interact with the faculty?

A: Courses in the MHA program are online with the power of live interaction. Classes will have a minimum of two (2) meetings on the Auraria campus and one (1) virtual meeting. Students in the MHA program who live at a distance will be able to attend hybrid course sessions utilizing Zoom.


Q: How long are the classes?

A: Most of the courses are 8-week long for fall, spring and summer to meet the needs of working adults.  There are a few exceptions, for example our Health Administration: Capstone Preparation class is 2 weeks long and our Health Administration Capstone: Internship (Field Hours) or Health Administration Capstone: Thesis is 16 weeks long.


Q: What do I have to submit to apply to the MHA program?

A: A graduate application and a $50 application fee, resume, three (3) professional references, official transcripts, and a personal essay or video will be required for admission. Check out our website for all the requirements for each item for your application.


Q: How long does it take to get an answer on my application?

A: The MHA now has five (5) start dates so we are reviewing applications as soon as they are completed.  The review process can take up to month, but we usually have an answer back to you in two weeks.


Q: How do I know if I have been accepted?

A: You are notified through email to the address you provided on your application. Click here for the terms of acceptance.

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