How to Apply to the MHA’s Executive Program

Cohort limit

The Master of Health Administration program’s Executive cohorts are limited to twenty students.

Steps to apply

  1. For inquiries or preliminary interest, email Gwen Archibald a brief letter of interest and your current CV/resume.
  2. A complete application to the Iowa MHA’s Executive program is due by June 1, and includes both of the steps bolded below.


    • Please complete your Executive MHA program application through, including :
      • Official (not a copy) transcripts showing all previous undergraduate and graduate work with grades and degrees.
      • For international students: TOEFL minimum recommended score of paper 600, computer 250, and internet 100. TOEFL scores are required for international students except permanent residents or those who have earned a degree from an accredited institution in the US, Canada (except Quebec), Australia, New Zealand, or the United Kingdom.
      • Three letters of professional recommendation. These letters are submitted by your letter writers through SOPHAS. Detailed instructions on how these letters are submitted can be found here.
      • A resume or CV.
      • A letter of interest (personal statement) that addresses your career path to-date, reasons for pursing a Master’s in Health Administration degree, what you will bring to your student cohort, how you plan to use the MHA degree and any other relevant points.

        Set up UI account and pay supplemental University of Iowa fee

    • Once you have submitted all your materials to SOPHAS and your transcripts have been verified, you will receive an email from the department letting you know when to expect an email from the University of Iowa which will provide you with detailed instructions on setting up a University of Iowa account and paying the supplemental University of Iowa fee. Your application will be reviewed once this step is complete.
    • All students (except those whose undergraduate degree was conferred at the University of Iowa), need to also send final official transcripts (showing degree conferral) to the Office of Graduate Admissions.
  3. An interview will be scheduled with you and your application reviewed by the Admissions Committee.
  4. Selection of  students will be made on a rolling basis until June 1.
  5. Onboarding communication and orientation activities will begin in July.
  6. Classes will start mid-August.

More information

Gwendolyn Archibald, PhD, MA
Director, Student Services and Academic Program Support
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Department of Health Management and Policy
(319) 384-3828