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Business Administration: Healthcare M.B.A.

School of Business

Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.): DE
Location(s): Online Learning

Program Overview

Program format: Part-time
Total credits: 52.5

The Online Healthcare MBA program is specifically designed for experienced healthcare professionals looking to gain business skills needed to become health services managers, administrators, and executives.

Applicants with backgrounds in healthcare are particularly well-suited to pursue this program. Students in the program are healthcare professionals seeking success in the boardroom, an entrepreneurial venture, policy, and come from both the private and non-profit sectors. The GW Healthcare MBA recognizes this diversity and includes a curriculum that is practical for a broad range of careers.

Admission Requirements

Admission deadlines:

Spring 2016

Round Completed By Decision By
1 September 14, 2015 October 9, 2014
2 October 26, 2015 November 20, 2015
3 November 30, 2015 December 18, 2015

Summer 2016

Round Completed By Decision By
1 January 6, 2016 February 26, 2016
2 March 7, 2016 April 22, 2016

Fall 2016

Round Completed By Decision By
1 May 2, 2016 May 29, 2016
2 June 27, 2016 July 15, 2016
3 July 18, 2016 July 29, 2016


Standardized test scores:

Graduate Admissions Management Test (GMAT) is required. (Accelerated: institution code QK4-4F-21; Flexible: institution code QK4-4F-28). The GMAT may be waived for U.S. board certified medical doctors (proof of current certification is required) and for applicants with seven (7) or more years of professional work experience.

Recommendations required:

Two (2) recommendations (academic or professional)

Prior academic records:

Transcripts are required from all colleges and universities attended, whether or not credit was earned, the program was completed, or the credit appears as transfer credit on another transcript.  Unofficial transcripts from all colleges and universities attended should be uploaded to your online application.  Official transcripts are required only of applicants who are offered admission.

International applicants should upload the English-language version of their transcripts or a copy of a credentials evaluation.

Statement of purpose:

The admissions decision is not just about who you are as a candidate, but also what value you will contribute to the MBA class as a whole. The best essays highlight how the MBA will build upon your existing skills and experiences to advance a set of clear short-term and long-term goals. The most compelling essays will include specific examples of programs, experiences, coursework, and opportunities offered by GW. Make sure the content of your responses speak directly to the essay questions, and remember that this is your opportunity to add your voice to your application while distinguishing yourself from the applicant pool!

Please combine your essays into one double-spaced document and upload the document to the Statement of Purpose field in your online application.

Essay 1
Discuss why you are interested in pursuing an MBA at this point in your career (250 words), why GW -- and the specific program to which you have applied -- is the best fit for your MBA experience (250 words), and discuss how you will leverage both your professional and academic experiences thus far to achieve your post-MBA career goals (250 words). Dual/joint degree applicants should answer each topic with your specific degree experience in mind.

Essay 2
Please answer three of the following six discussion questions. For each short answer, respond in a maximum of 100 words.

  • a. GW graduates use business to create positive, sustainable change. I make an impact by...
  • The best piece of advice I have ever received is…
  • GW students embody a global perspective. During my time as a student, I plan to enhance my international outlook by...
  • I stand out in GW’s MBA applicant pool because…
  • With a location at the heart of Washington, DC, I plan to leverage GW’s strategic location by…
  • If I could do it over again, I would take advantage of…


Optional Essay
Please share any additional information that addresses any concerns you may have regarding your application. Topics from past applicants include explaining gaps in professional experience, standardized test scores that fall below the typical range, or your decision to not ask your direct supervisor for a recommendation. You may also discuss any steps you’ve taken to prepare for the demands of the MBA curriculum, such as recent quantitative coursework.

Re-Applicant Essay: (required only for re-applicants, maximum of 500 words)
Please describe any actions you have taken to strengthen your candidacy since your last application. Focus on any steps you have taken toward professional and personal growth.


Additional requirements:

A current resumé is required.

International applicants only:

Please review International Applicant Information carefully for details on required documents, earlier deadlines for applicants requiring an I-20 or DS-2019 from GW, and English language requirements.

PLEASE NOTE that the minimum English language test scores required by this program are:

  • Academic IETLS: an overall band score of 7.0 with no individual band score below 6.0; or
  • TOEFL: 600 on paper-based, or 100 on Internet-based; or
  • Academic PTE: 68

Supporting documents not submitted online should be mailed to:
The George Washington University
Graduate Admissions Processing Center
50 Northwest Point Boulevard
5th floor
Elk Grove Village, IL 60007

Contact for questions: ~ 1.888.989.7066