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MHSA Program Admissions Criteria, Process and Timeline

Applications for admission to the MHSA program at the University of Kansas will be accepted from individuals with a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university in this country or a recognized university abroad and a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) for all coursework. A prerequisite course in undergraduate or graduate level statistics must also be successfully completed prior to beginning the MHSA program.

Applications can be submitted directly to The University of Kansas or through the Health Administration, Management, and Policy Common Application System (HAMPCAS). 

Applications open on October 1, 2023 for classes beginning in August 2024.  Students are admitted to begin classes during the fall term only.

The MHSA program offers two options for applying to our program. 

Option 1:  Submit your application using the Health Administration, Management, and Policy Common Application System (HAMPCAS).  Supporting documents and additional materials will be submitted to the program through HAMPCAS.

Option 2: Applications can be submitted directly to The University of Kansas the online portal.  Supporting documents and additional materials will be sent directly to the program.  The application fee of $60 is paid when you click SUBMIT from the online application. Applicants can pay by Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express or by Electronic Check. U.S. banks only. Application fees are non-refundable. Electronic checks will be held for approximately six business days while the check clears.

Note: Applicants who are selected for admission and have applied through HAMPCAS will need to complete an online institutional application but will not need to resubmit supporting documents or additional materials.

Applicants using HAMPCAS will be able to submit most materials via the application portal.  All other materials not submitted via HAMPCAS or the University of Kansas application portal should be sent to  or:

MHSA Program, KU Medical Center
MS 1008
ATTN: Dr. Ashley Counts
3901 Rainbow Blvd
Kansas City, KS 66160

  • Transcripts: You must submit one official copy of each transcript from every post-secondary college and university that you have attended.
  • Resume:   Applicants must upload a resume indicating education, work background, honors, memberships in professional, school, service organizations and any other personal information relevant to applying to a graduate program.
  • Personal statement. Applicants must type in or upload a personal statement. This is a brief essay outlining the applicant’s reasons for wanting to pursue graduate education in health administration, career objectives, and any other information that would help the Admissions Committee get to know the applicant.
  • Letters of recommendation. Applicants must provide the names and e-mail addresses of three (3) references who are qualified to comment on their potential success both in a graduate program and as a health care executive.
    • Current students or recent graduates (within 1 year) must submit at least one recommendation from a college instructor.
    • Employed applicants may ask work associates to supply references. In the latter case, at least one recommendation should be from a supervisor.

Students submitting international applications have additional requirements, as follows:

  • Applicants whose native language is not English or who graduated from a foreign institution are required to submit official TOEFL scores less than two years old. Use institution code 6895 to have an official copy of your scores mailed to KUMC. The complete minimum English proficiency requirements for KUMC students can be found on the International Programs website.
  • All international students are now required to submit an evaluation of their academic credentials from World Education Service (WES) or Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE).
  • Please be advised that International students are not eligible for federal student loans or scholarships. International students must be financially prepared to handle the full cost of living here and attending school.

The University of Kansas Medical Center now requires a criminal background check prior to admitting students to graduate programs). Prior to final acceptance and initial enrollment in classes, applicants will be directed to have a background check completed by Validity Screening Solutions. The applicant must pay a one-time fee for the background check directly to Validity Screening Solutions. The MHSA program will review the information obtained through the background check and make a final decision on the applicant’s eligibility for the program. The MHSA program will then notify the applicant regarding final acceptance or denial of admission.

The University of Kansas Medical Center is committed to equal opportunity and nondiscrimination in all programs and activities, and does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, national origin or ancestry, age, gender expression, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion or creed, disability, veteran status or genetic testing & screening. Disability accommodation requests should be directed to KUMC Academic Accommodation Services. The following abilities and expectations required by all students admitted to the Master of Health Services Administration are available on the Technical Standards and Requirement form.

School of Medicine

University of Kansas Medical Center
Population Health
Mail Stop 1008
3901 Rainbow Boulevard
Kansas City, KS 66160
Fax: 913-588-2780