Admission Requirements

The MHA is challenging, comprehensive and designed for achievers who envision a career and future in health care. Students are selected from diverse backgrounds including physicians, nurses, pharmacists, dieticians and other clinicians, administrators and managers and professionals in health care and related fields.

Applicants must meet both the minimum requirements set out by the Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies and by the Master of Health Administration program. Meeting the minimum criteria does not ensure acceptance into the program – most successful applicants present requirements that are more than the minimum.

Minimum Academic Requirements

Applicants with Canadian or U.S. academic credentials
  • Degree: A degree that is academically equivalent to a UBC 4-year Bachelor’s degree or a designation of equivalent status by the Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.
  • GPA: At least four years of study with a B+ average (76% or higher) in third and fourth year-level course work.
  • Quantitative skills: Applicants must demonstrate proficiency in quantitative skills. There are two ways to meet this requirement: a final grade of B+ (76%) on an approved undergraduate (or graduate) university-level mathematics or statistics course taken within ten years of application to the program or, minimum scores from a Graduate Record Exam (GRE)*, or equivalent, taken within the last 5 years. Applicants with math or statistics courses exceeding the ten-year timeline may be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Applicants with International Credentials
  • Degree: Applicants with international credentials should have academic backgrounds that meet the minimum general requirements outlined by for the country of origin.
  • GPA: Applicants with international credentials should consult the Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies Policy to determine country-specific equivalency of the minimum academic requirements. Your admission average is calculated on all courses taken for your degree.
  • Language: Applicants from a university outside Canada in which English is not the primary language of instruction must provide results of an English language proficiency examination as part of their application. Tests must have been taken within the last 24 months at the time of submission of your application. Acceptable English language tests and submission of these results are detailed online with the Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. The minimum TOEFL score is 100 and the minimum IELTS score is 7.0. For other test scores, visit the Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies website.
  • Quantitative skills: Applicants must demonstrate proficiency in quantitative skills. To meet this requirement, applicants with international credentials must submit minimum scores from a Graduate Record Exam (GRE)*, or equivalent, taken within the last 5 years.

* Graduate Record Exam (GRE) and other standardized tests

  • The minimum requirements for the GRE are 153/170 for the Verbal component, and 153/170 for the Quantitative component. The UBC institution code is 0965.
  • The minimum requirements for the GMAT is a minimum of 550 overall and at least a 50th percentile in each test section.
  • More information on the GRE and other standardized exams can be found on the Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies website.  Please note that exams should be written well in advance of the deadline for the results to be included in your application.  Contact the testing agency for information on processing times.

Applicants should review our Steps to Apply and Frequently Asked Questions for more information.

Relevant work experience/skills

Applicants must present demonstrated work experience or skills in a health-related field. This information should be noted in the following required documents:

Letter of intent (LOI)

Applicants are encouraged to be specific in their letters of intent and clearly articulate your interests in pursuing the MHA at UBC, and describe how the program fits within your overall personal and professional goals.

Please avoid duplicating the information in the LOI with the details of your CV. An effective LOI should identify how you will use the skills and knowledge from your work and educational experiences towards achieving your goals in the MHA program. Further, the LOI should demonstrate an understanding of the health administration field. Typically, the LOI is typically 500 words in length.

Curriculum Vitae (CV) A detailed and up-to-date CV that highlights your professional work experience and relevant skills.
Three letters of reference

We require three professional references letters from individuals who can comment on your work experience and professional character. These can be provided by former instructors, supervisors, employers etc. The inclusion of one academic reference is recommended where possible to report on your ability to perform in an academic environment.

Electronic submission of references is managed through the Graduate Studies online application site. Your referees will be sent an automated reference request when you register their information in the “References” section of your application. Please carefully review the steps under How to Apply to ensure the timely receipt of your references by the deadline.

Referees who are unable to access the Graduate Studies online application site can complete the Applicant Report_ Admission to Graduate Studies and submit a hard copy directly to the MHA program.

Applicants for our September 2018 intake can submit supporting documents electronically with the online application form. Instructions for the submission of documents will be outlined in the online application system.
Applicants should review our Steps to Apply and Frequently Asked Questions for more information.