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Admissions Information for BHA or MHA

Master of Health Administration (admission requested through the centralized application system, HAMPCAS)

June 1
Fall Deadline June 1

Admission to the graduate programs is selective and designed to identify those applicants who have the ability and interest to manage the rigors of the programs of study.  Prospective students would seek admission to the University by contacting the Graduate College, by phone at 512.245.2581 or e-mail Information and application material is available at:

Application deadlines, instructions, and other requirements for Fall Semester are listed on HAMPCAS

Applicants will electronically submit all documents through the centralized application system, HAMPCAS. Please only submit what is required by the program. Any additional documents mailed or e-mailed to our office will not be attached to applications.

Because of the writing and speaking requirements in the MHA program, applicants for the MHA program are required to complete an on-campus interview (Skype is available for international students and others on a case-by-case basis). Once all materials are received, the School of Health Administration graduate advisor will schedule an interview to confirm the applicant's ability and interest in not only pursuing, but completing the program.

Undergraduate Admission

Bachelor of Healthcare Administration

Spring Deadline
Spring Deadline
Fall Deadline
Fall Deadline


Admission to the Healthcare Administration program is competitive with a limited number of applicants accepted to each class. BHA applicants meeting the minimum criteria listed below will be considered for program admission:

  • Successful completion of all general education core and support courses with a “C” or better in the following courses: MATH 1315 or an equivalent, ECO 2301 or 2314, HP 3325 or an equivalent, and HA 3308.
  • Texas State GPA of 2.75 or higher.

Completion of the PUG (punctuation, usage, and grammar) exam with a passing score (35 =70% or higher). Contact the testing center at: (The cost is $40 per exam for current Texas State students).

Additional information on the PUG can be found here:

Completion of the application does not guarantee acceptance to the BHA Program. You must complete prerequisites and meet the above requirements for program acceptance. If accepted and you fail to complete prerequisites, your enrollment in HA classes will be delayed until prerequisites are completed.

The application packet to the BHA program should be submitted by the posted deadline and include:

  1. BHA Application.
  2. Interview Sheet signed by the BHA Program Director (See below) Interview with the BHA Program Director -- signature required on the application.
  3. Copy of current schedule (Texas State and other college or university).
  4. Statement of Purpose.
  5. Passing score on PUG must be on file by application deadline.

The Statement of Purpose is a short essay that explains why you wish to be admitted to this program. It provides information about your interest in the health administration profession. The essay should be no longer than one single-spaced page. Be sure to check your essay’s grammar, spelling, and punctuation.

The application packet is due: (if the 1st falls on a weekend or holiday, application is due by NOON next working day)
Application Deadline for spring - October 1
Application Deadline for fall - March 1

Applications are to be turned in to Ms. Julie Carroll in the HA Office - HPB 250. 

NOTE: All students are required to complete a residency for the BHA. The Joint Commission requires accredited healthcare facilities to complete criminal background checks on all employees. Therefore, a background check is required during your 3rd semester (enrollment in HA 4141) prior to the residency semester. If there is any reason that could prevent your placement at a facility, you will be asked to meet with the BHA Program Director and/or the Field Placement Coordinator to determine if you will be able to complete the residency requirement.

Graduate Certificate Program Admission Requirements

Fall Deadline
Fall Deadline
Spring deadline
Spring Deadline
The School of Health Administration offers two graduate certificates: Healthcare Administration & Long Term Care Administration.  Individuals should apply for admission through the Graduate College as a “Texas State Certificate” applicant.  There is a fee associated with the application and you must submit all prior transcripts.  Minimum qualifications include a bachelor’s degree with a 2.50 GPA on the last 60 hours leading to a degree.  If a student has completed a master’s or doctoral degree, a minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA is required. Those seeking the certificate in Healthcare Administration must also have two years experience as a manager and/or professional in the healthcare industry.

Important Note: Texas State Certificate programs are not eligible for financial aid.