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MHPA steps to apply

The Department of Health Policy and Administration uses a “rolling” application cycle. You can submit your application materials at any time throughout the year for the next-occurring term entry date. However, your complete application packet must be received no later than 6 weeks prior to the course start date for timely processing. The MHPA program has a limit of 25 students per cohort so early applications are recommended. International students must have their I-20 ready 30 days prior to the first day of class.

Review the Admission Requirements

Please contact the Academic Coordinator, Robin Durfee, at 509-358-7987 or if you have any questions.


  • Prospective domestic students must have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0.
  • Prospective international students must have the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor’s degree from an approved institution.

GRE or GMAT Official Scores

GRE or GMAT scores are required except for applicants holding a professional doctoral degree (e.g., MD, JD, DDS) or PhD from a U.S.-accredited school. Significant weight is given to GRE aptitude (verbal and quantitative combined) total scores of at least 300, or a GMAT aptitude score of at least 500. However, indications of academic ability as expressed by undergraduate grade point average and professional experience will be of greater importance than specific undergraduate background and GRE or GMAT scores. For certain professionals, we may consider accepting the MCATs in place of GRE or GMAT scores.

  • The GRE or GMAT tests must have been taken within the past 5 years.
  • When taking the GRE or GMAT test, indicate Washington State University as a score recipient.
  • WSU school code is 4705; there is no department code. If you did not indicate WSU when you took the test, you will need to contact ETS to request a score report be sent to WSU.
  • To request additional score reports: GRE: 1-888-473-7267; GMAT: 1-609-771-7330.

International Students

Visit the Graduate School for information on Application Requirements for International Students.

Minimum Required Test Scores
The TOEFL, IELTS, or MELAB must have been taken within the past 2 years.

  • TOEFL – the minimum acceptable paper score is 550; the minimum acceptable computer score is 213; for internet it is 80. (Educational Testing Service reporting code for Washington State University is 4705)
  • IELTS – minimum acceptable score is 7.
  • MELAB – minimum acceptable score is 86.

At times, some international students may need to strengthen their English language skills with one-on-one tutoring or classes. In this case, students are directed to a number of available resources by their advisor or academic coordinator. Generally, English tutoring or classes are available for help in writing, reading, and conversation at WSU as low- or no-cost resources.

Apply to the Graduate School Online

  • The application fee is $75 and non-refundable.
  • Create your online CollegeNET applicant profile.
  • When you get to the “Enrollment Plans” page, type Nursing into the search box.
  • Select Nursing – Master of Health Policy and Administration then the Program Name (MHPA).
  • Select the Campus Name you are applying to, which is Spokane.
  • Select the Term you are applying to.
  • Submit statement of purpose/letter of intent on CollegeNET or you can submit directly to the department. See the Submit Required Documents section below for further instructions about your statement of purpose/letter of intent.
  • Submit your CollegeNET application.
  • Once you submit your application, a recommendation form will be sent to your 3 listed references. Please contact your references to ensure they are willing to respond to your recommendation request; ask them to discuss your leadership, academic standards, and skills as they pertain to your primary interest area. We recommend your references include 2 faculty members and a person from a work setting. A professional reference is acceptable if educational references are not available. Ask them to fill out the form and submit within 1 week of receiving it. If they haven’t received the link to the form, have them check their junk mail and double check that the email address you submitted on the online application was correct.

Submit Required Documents

  • Transcripts: You must submit official transcripts – those mailed directly from the registrar of the institution you attended to the institution to which you are applying – from each of the following:
    • Colleges or universities from which any degrees have been granted to you, or from which you expect a degree to be granted. Include transcripts that show the last 60 graded semester or 90 graded quarter hours of undergraduate work taken.
    • Colleges or universities at which you have taken graded graduate-level course work after earning your bachelor’s degree.
    • Complete credentials should be on file at least 1 month before registration. Transcripts are not required for course work taken at Washington State University.
  • Statement of Purpose/Letter of Intent: Indicate your career goals, commitment to a healthcare profession, and any distinctions in professional activity.
    • The letter should include a discussion of the student’s educational background, experiences related to health policy or management, and professional interests.
    • There is no standardized letter of intent and introduction; a standard business letter sent directly to the Department Chair is appropriate.
  • One-Page Résumé: Please limit your résumé to 1 page, and include relevant information regarding healthcare, business, and leadership experience as well as any other experiences applicable to your admissions. Your résumé should be submitted via email to the academic coordinator:
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