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Admissions Information for BHA or MHA

Undergraduate Admission

Bachelor of Healthcare Administration

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Fall Deadline
  • Spring deadline
    Spring Deadline
    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, grammar) test with a passing score (70% or higher). Contact the testing center (The cost is $40 per exam for current Texas State students).

Addtional 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 Admission

Master of Health Administration and certificate programs

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Fall Deadline
Spring deadline
Spring Deadline

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

Fall Semester
Priority Deadline: March 1 (for financial aid purposes)

Final deadline: June 1st

Spring Semester
Deadline: October 1st


Applicants must hold a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited university and meet the Graduate College’s minimum GPA requirement of 2.75 for the last 60 hours of letter-grade course work leading to the bachelor’s degree as well as for any graduate or professional work. They must also earn a minimum score of 575 on an admission index calculated by multiplying GPA for the last 60 hours of undergraduate work by 100 then adding it to the applicant's GRE score (verbal & quantitative).

Required course prerequisites for healthcare administration majors include the following: statistics, economics, and financial accounting. These prerequisites must be taken prior to entering the graduate program and may be accepted from other accredited universities.

Additional Application Requirements

  • Three (3) letters of reference from professionals competent to assess the applicant's interest in pursuing a career in healthcare administration
  • Written statement of purpose indicating ability and interest in completing the degree program in healthcare administration
  • Current resume

Once these 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. Because of the writing and speaking requirements in the MHA program, applicants for the MHA program are required to complete an on-campus interview.

Applicants will electronically submit the documents to The Graduate College at 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.

Once these 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.

Certificate Program Admission Requirements

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.