College of Public Health students graduating


Developing Leaders for 21st Century Health Care

The MHA degree program is designed to provide graduate level education to individuals who, after appropriate managerial experience, are capable of assuming senior leadership positions in a variety of health services organizations. Examples include health systems, hospitals, physician practices, ambulatory clinics, community health centers, government and other public sector providers, the health insurance industry, long-term care and mental health providers. An applicant must have a bachelor's degree to be considered for admission to the program. Prerequisite requirements are courses in basic accounting and basic economics.

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 Healthcare 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.

Fall 2016 applications are accepted on a rolling basis through HAMPCAS or SOPHAS.  Please note, the deadline for international students is March 16, 2015.

When applying you will need to submit:

  • A personal statement
  • Official scores on the GRE or GMAT. Verbal and quantitative scores at the 50th percentile or better are recommended.
  • Official TOEFL scores for international students.
  • Copies of official transcripts
    • Foreign transcripts must be evaluated by WES
  • Contact information for three recommendations (including at least one from a faculty member who taught or supervised the applicant)

You will also need to apply through the University of Kentucky Graduate School:

All information received from your HAMPCAS or SOPHAS application is sent to the Graduate School from the College of Public Health. When completing your application for the Graduate School, you can upload the documents you used for your HAMPCAS or SOPHAS application, or you can submit blank sheets of paper.

For more information, please contact the Office of Admissions and Student Affairs at or (859) 218-2096.

*Students choose either HAMPCAS or SOPHAS to submit their primary application to the College of Public Health.  You are not required to submit an application to both HAMPCAS and SOPHAS.