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Admission Criteria.

The principal admission criterion is potential for continued distinguished academic and professional achievement.
To be considered for admission to the Executive MHA, applicants must have a bachelor’s degree and five or more years of relevant professional experience, either in healthcare or a related field. Under normal circumstances, no applicant having a grade point average of less than 3.0 calculated over the last 60 units of credit will be admitted to the program.

In assessing an application, the admission committee evaluates:
  • Past performance as evidenced by work experience, community service, and prior academic accomplishments
  • Commitment to educational and career goals, as demonstrated particularly in the written statement
  • Ability to contribute to a collaborative learning environment.

Specifically, EMHA admission criteria is based on:
  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution
    GPA of 3.0 or better
  • A minimum of 5-8 years professional experience at mid to senior career level with demonstrated upward potential
  • Strong recommendation letters from professional references 
  • Strong personal statement of purpose
NOTE: Qualified applicants are not required to take either the GRE or the GMAT to be considered for admission to the Executive MHA.

Interested applicants may be requested to schedule and complete an interview as part of the application process. The interview is particularly helpful to explore the applicant’s professional background and alignment of professional goals with the Executive MHA program.


Technology Requirements

Due to the nature of being online, students are required to have:

  • A modern and well operating computer (ideally a laptop less than 3 years old) able to connect to the internet wirelessly.
  • Microsoft Office installed.
  • Connected webcam and microphone for live video conferences and recording video.
  • High-speed internet service able to stream video, upload large files, and send and receive live video.
  • No firewall that would block access to many commonly used cloud-based software services such as Google Apps, YouTube, Yammer, Adobe Connect, WebEx, GoToMeeting, and many learning software services licensed to USC.

Recommended technologies include:

  • Mobile iOS or Android device able to run numerous apps.
  • Headset with both speaker earbuds and microphone.


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Application Materials

1. USC Graduate Admission Application
Submit a Graduate Admission Application online.
Applicants have the option to submit supplemental materials along with the online Graduate Admission Application. This includes a résumé, personal statement or letters of recommendation. For all application materials not submitted online, we request that hard copies be sent directly to the Admissions office to expedite the application process. Official transcripts cannot be submitted online and must be provided sealed and sent directly to the Admissions office.

2. Résumé

A professional résumé will include professional and educational experience, as well as any outstanding achievements, honors, awards, pertinent community or professional activities.

3. Personal Statement

A brief personal statement will describe the applicant’s reasons for pursuing the Executive Master of Health Administration degree, how the degree will enhance or transition the individual’s career, and what the applicant hopes to contribute to the field.

4. Non-refundable Application Fee

A non-refundable application fee of $85 for all applicants is payable by credit card through the online Graduate Admission Application. Current USC students, alumni, full-time employees, faculty or dependents are exempt from the application fee.

5. Official Transcripts

Submit official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended (To expedite the processing of your application, please send all transcripts directly to our office. Print and complete the EMHA Transcript Cover Page for each college/university you have attended. Complete the entire form, sign it, and ask the registrar of each institution to attach it to your official transcript.)  If your school does not provide e-transcripts through one of these methods, you must submit a hard copy of your transcripts. 
USC has begun to accept some forms of e-transcripts. Please check with the institution you attended to see if they provide e-transcripts. Please note that we accept only e-transcripts provided that they are submitted via the following methods:
•  eSCRIP SAFE (Grad)
•  eTranscriptCA (CCC)
•  Texas Server (Grad)
•  University to University
Request transcripts from each institution attended to be sent the attention of:
Office of Recruitment and Admissions
Sol Price School of Public Policy
Attn: Julio Alcaraz
650 Child’s Way – RGL 111
Los Angeles, CA 90815
Tel: (213) 740-1036
Fax: (213) 740-7573

IMPORTANT NOTE: Transcripts sent to other USC addresses may cause significant delays in the application review process.

6. Letters of Recommendation

Three letters of recommendation are required. We suggest that applicants who anticipate remaining employed during their studies include a letter of support from their employer. Please note: Letters of recommendation must be submitted through the online application system. We will not accept letters of recommendation through postal mail.

7. Test Scores

GRE, LSAT, or GMAT tests are not required of qualified EMHA applicants.
International Students also must submit:
•  Official TOEFL/IELTS scores
Official scores must be received directly from the testing service and date no earlier than 2 years (24 months) prior to the start of your intended first term at USC.
Institution code: 4852
•  Financial Support Statement
•  Copy of diploma in original language and official English translation


official TOEFL/IELTS scores – Official scores must be received directly from the testing service and date no earlier than 2 years (24 months) prior to the start of your intended first term at USC. (Institution code: 4852)


EMHA Fees and Financial Support

The cost of the Executive MHA is $56,622. The program cost includes all 36 units of tuition for a two-year program sequence. Also included in the program cost are food service fees for HMGT (executive-only) courses and residency.

Additional fees will be assessed for extension of program studies beyond a two-year period.

The USC Price School scholarships are not awarded to Executive MHA students. Tuition assistance may apply for USC faculty and staff. Please check with the USC Benefits Office.

The USC Admission and Financial Aid Office provides financial aid packages to U.S. citizens and eligible non-U.S. citizens, mainly in the form of graduate school loans. Additional information is available to prospective applicants by contacting the USC Admission and Financial Aid office at

Tuition for the Executive MHA may be tax-deductible. We advise that you consult with your financial advisor for more information.

Application Submission

All correspondence, applications or materials not submitted online should be directed to:

Office of Recruitment and Admissions
Sol Price School of Public Policy
Attn: Julio Alcaraz
650 Child’s Way – RGL 111
Los Angeles, CA 90815
Tel: (213) 740-1036
Fax: (213) 740-7573