How to Apply to the Online MHA

To be admitted to the Online MHA, at least one year of full-time experience in a US healthcare-related role is preferred. All applicants must be committed to advancing healthcare in the US.

The deadline to apply to the MHA program for Spring 2023 is October 3, 2022.


*Applicants with GPAs less than 3.0 are encouraged to submit an optional statement discussing the lower GPA and how they plan to be successful in the program. GRE scores and/or grades from coursework since undergraduate is also helpful.


What you will need to apply:

Fill Out Your Online Application

Entry Term

Offered in the Fall semester and the Spring semester

Application Deadline

Online applications must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. U.S. Eastern Time on the day of the deadline. Any mailed application material must be postmarked by the deadline date.

We recommend submitting your application earlier in the cycle as admission becomes more competitive throughout the year.

You may complete and submit your online application at any time before the deadline. Save your work before moving to the next page and print a copy for your own records.

Upcoming Deadlines

The application to the Master of Health Administration program for Fall 2022 is now open. The deadline to apply is October 3, 2022. 

NYU Wagner essays provide an opportunity to introduce yourself and to inform the admissions committee about your goals, background, and career plans as they relate to your intended academic pursuits.

All essay responses should be written in full sentences within paragraph structure and should be no longer than the required word limit.
Your essays should be written entirely by you. An offer of admission will be revoked if we find you did not write your essays.

ESSAY 1:

What are your short and long-term career goals? How will the Online Master of Health Administration at NYU Wagner help you achieve these goals? Please share additional information if this is a change in direction for you. (500 words)

For applicants not currently working in a US healthcare-related position, be sure to articulate your interest in pursuing a career in healthcare management in the US.

ESSAY 2:

The field of healthcare management is complicated and messy, and issues are often interconnected. Discuss a complex healthcare issue you are interested in exploring. How will the Online Master of Health Administration at NYU Wagner prepare you to address this issue? (500 words)

 

Please provide us with an up-to-date resume that includes your education and employment history. Your resume should include your employment and professional history in reverse chronological order and should indicate the dates of attendance and degree(s) earned. 

Post-college work experience is not required to apply for NYU Wagner programs, with the exception of the Executive Master of Public Administration, which requires a minimum of eight years of work experience, with increasingly progressive management and leadership responsibilities.

If you do not have post-college work experience, please include information on any internships and part-time employment in your resume. If your employment status changes after you apply, you must provide an updated resume.

We encourage you to include information about the following additional activities:

  • Volunteer, public service, political, and/or civic work you have done;
  • Academic and professional honors, honorary societies, leadership and service awards;
  • Other professional activities;
  • Relevant publications; and/or
  • Extracurricular activities.

Two letters of recommendation are required with your application. Do not submit more than your required number of letters of recommendation and please adhere to these guidelines:

  • Letters of recommendation must be submitted through the online application system. We do not accept mailed recommendations. 
  • The recommendation may be academic or professional in nature. We strongly prefer a balance of academic and professional sources. 
  • The recommendation should come from an individual who can objectively assess your performance and your potential for success in your NYU Wagner program of interest and in your future career.
  • We discourage recommendations from family members, family friends, and close friends.
  • Your recommender must have a valid email address.
  • Your recommenders will be asked to provide an answer to these questions:
    • How long have you known the applicant and in what capacity?
    • What do you consider the applicant's outstanding talents?
    • In which areas could the applicant exhibit growth or improvement?
    • What relevant insights can you offer regarding this candidate—particularly those that are not likely to be available from other sources?
    • What observations do you have of the character and integrity of the applicant?
  • Your recommenders may answer these questions by uploading a document.

Instructions for Submitting Recommendations

Recommenders are required to complete the online evaluation form. Their response to the recommendation questions may be in either letter or short answer format and should not exceed two pages each. 

  • As part of the application process, you will input the names and contact information for your recommender.
  • Once you submit a recommender’s information, he or she will receive an email notification and instructions for completing the recommendation.
  • There are instructions in the application for sending reminders to your recommenders, if needed.
  • Please note that all letters of recommendation do NOT need to be included in your application or received by Admissions in order to submit an application. We simply recommend that applicants encourage their recommenders to submit their letters as close to when the application is being submitted as possible.

Students entering an NYU Wagner master's program are required to hold a four-year bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in the U.S. or an equivalent degree from a foreign country.

If you submit your application prior to the conferral of your bachelor's degree or equivalent, we will accept and evaluate your application with the understanding that your degree completion is in progress. If an offer of admission is made, it will be contingent upon receiving your degree conferral prior to enrollment.

Transcripts submitted through the online application must meet the following criteria:

  • Unofficial transcripts are required from all colleges or universities attended in which you earned grades and/or academic credits at the college-level, including undergraduate, study abroad, transfer credits, continuing education, etc.
  • Uploaded files must be scanned copies of transcript(s) received from the college/university registrar OR electronic transcripts (such as those available through eSCRIP-SAFE, Parchment, and National Student Clearinghouse).
  • Transcripts must show all courses taken, all credits earned, and all grades received.
  • Transcripts must include your full legal name and the name of the college or university attended.
  • Transcripts must be written in English.
  • Word documents and HTML documents are not acceptable.

Transcripts for institutions located outside of the United States

If you received a graduate or undergraduate degree from an institution located outside of the United States, we require that you use a third-party international credential evaluation service to assess U.S. bachelor’s equivalency and obtain a course-by-course evaluation of your grade point average. 

At this time, NYU Wagner will only accept international evaluation reports from NACES-approved agencies. You can find the full list here.

Students with degrees from institutions based in the United States that operate degree-granting branch campuses in another country are exempt from this requirement. We also do not require an evaluation for a study abroad semester. Please contact wagner.admissions@nyu.edu for questions or clarification.

Applications should include both unofficial transcript(s) from the degree-granting institution(s) and a copy of your international credential evaluation report from an approved evaluation service.

Fee waivers are also available to applicants that submit their international transcripts to an international credential evaluation service.

Prior to applying, applicants with international degrees must seek out a third-party credential service to assess U.S. degree equivalency and conduct a course-by-course evaluation. Third-party evaluations allow NYU Wagner to process applications more efficiently.

Because credential evaluations can be expensive, NYU Wagner will waive the application fee for all candidates that submit their academic transcripts via a third-party international credential evaluation provider. 

Below is a sample list of companies that provide such evaluations.

NYU Wagner has no preference over the selected vendors and is in no way affiliated with the companies listed. We are not responsible for the services offered by these vendors and cannot be held liable for any dispute regarding services rendered. Please review the terms and conditions of each vendor carefully, as directions and regulations vary.

 

Quantitative analysis is important to the work of healthcare managers and a core component of the MHA program. If you do not currently have any quantitative coursework that demonstrates your ability to succeed in the program represented in your previous academics or in your professional experience, taking one of the following can help you gain the necessary quantitative proficiency for admission:

  • A college-level quantitative course (undergraduate or graduate) at an accredited college/university (on-campus or online) or an online quantitative-focused course through StraighterLine.
  • GRE or GMAT: If you take the GRE or GMAT, please upload a copy of your score report into the online application before submission. Once your online application is submitted, we will not allow replacement of your test scores. Only tests taken within the past five (5) years will be considered. GRE School Code: 2507

TOEFL or IELTS

Mastery of English is required for NYU Wagner programs. If your undergraduate or graduate degree was not taught in English, you must demonstrate your level of proficiency in English in one of the following ways:

1. You have a TOEFL score of at least 100
2. You have an IELTS score of at least 7 You must upload a copy of your TOEFL or IELTS score report into the online application before submission and ensure that your official score report can be released and sent to NYU Wagner. Only tests taken within the past two (2) years will be considered. Failure to complete this requirement may result in withdrawal of an application. While an official test score is required for a final decision, the Admissions Committee can begin the review of your application with an unofficial test score.

An $85 application fee is required to process your application for admission.

Pay by credit card

When you arrive at the Application Status page after you submit your application, you will see the option to submit a credit card payment. Follow the instructions to complete your payment.

Fee waiver eligibility

Please review the items below and indicate if any of the following apply to you.

Fee waivers are granted for the following:

  1. Current NYU Undergrad
  2. AmeriCorps Members
  3. Bonner Foundation Members
  4. City Year Members
  5. McNair Scholar Participants
  6. Peace Corps Volunteers
  7. Rangel Graduate Fellows
  8. Teach For America (TFA) Participants
  9. Truman Scholar Participants
  10. Public Policy and International Affairs (PPIA) Fellows
  11. Pickering Fellow Recipients
  12. New York Police Department
  13. ICE Requirement
  14. Financial Hardship
  15. Military Affiliation
  16. HBCU or HSI
  17. NYU Employee
  18. NYU Alumni

To apply for financial aid, please submit the FAFSA using the code for NYU Wagner: 002785 as soon as you start your application. All eligible admitted students will be reviewed for federal financial aid, provided that they complete the most recent FAFSA and submit all necessary items to the NYU Office of Financial Aid.