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HPA – Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

Students interested in applying to the Master of Health Policy and Administration (MHPA) program must meet the following MHPA admission requirements:


  • 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.