How to Apply

Getting a master’s degree is an exciting experience. We also understand it may be scary at times.

To help make this process easier, here’s a breakdown of what you’ll need to do to be admitted to the Health/Healthcare Leadership graduate program.

Meet HHL Admission Requirements

Students with a 2.75 cumulative GPA in a related field of study from an accredited university along with health-, allied health- or healthcare-related professional experience are eligible for program admission.

Major GPA will also be considered.

Students must have completed an upper-division—meaning 300- or 400-level—statistics course with a grade "C" or better.

Choose Program Entry Option

There are two ways that students can choose to enter the HHL program.

Undergraduate + Graduate Path

Students can enroll in an HLA undergraduate online degree completion program with the intention to graduate with the HHL master’s degree.

HLA undergraduate majors will take nine credits at the graduate level that will apply to both degrees and accelerate their HHL program completion.

Graduate Path Only

Students with a four-year undergraduate degree in a related field along with health-, allied health- or healthcare-related professional experience can enroll in the HHL master’s degree.

If You Transfer Credits

Students cannot transfer more than nine credits for consideration if the course(s) meet HHL program objectives and learning outcomes.

Credit for Prior Learning may also be an option for up to than nine credits.


Get Admitted to WSU’s School of Graduate School

The first thing you need to do is apply to WSU’s School of Graduate Studies.

Admission to WSU’s School of Graduate Studies is necessary to be admitted to the HHL program, but it does not guarantee admission to the HHL program.

Apply to HHL Graduate Program

You’re now ready to apply to the HHL program.

To do this, complete the online application on WarriorSpace—you'll need your StarID to login—and submit the following application materials:
  • Current resume
  • Admission essay
  • Two professional letters of recommendation

Learn more information about specific requirements for each of the materials above by reviewing HHL Application Requirements below.

HHL Application Requirements

The Healthcare Leadership & Administration Faculty Admissions committee will review your application materials and determine if you will advance to an online meeting with faculty.

After the faculty interview, we’ll determine program admission.

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A synopsis of the applicant’s education, work history, leadership experience, scholarships, honors and awards, volunteer service activities, and other pertinent information.

In your admission essay, please address the following:

  • Explain why data is important in health care and why healthcare leaders should use data. Use evidence from the literature to support your ideas with APA in-text citations (include an APA reference list at the end of the essay that includes your sources).
  • Provide an example of when you have used data in your professional role and what the outcome was.
  • Your capstone will involve using data to execute a continuous improvement project at your organization. What are you interested in doing such a project on? Will you have access to data and resources in your organization to execute it?
  • What are your career goals post-graduation and how does this degree support you in fulfilling that achievement?

The admission essay must be no longer than three pages (excluding your reference page), double spaced, and in size 11 font.

Written recommendations from professional relationships who can attest to your qualifications for graduate study.

Letters should include the following:
  • Reference's professional relationship with applicant
  • Reference’s professional role/title
  • Examples of applicant’s leadership experiences
  • Examples of applicant’s professional writing and communication experiences
  • Overall ranking for graduate study
To ensure all program applicants are aware of their rights and responsibilities, a written Statement of Understanding form (PDF) is provided for the applicant’s careful review. Applicants are encouraged to save and print their own copy.