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Find Out What It Takes


Get Started on Your Health Care MBA Journey

Be part of an elite group of health care professionals. The Health Care MBA program selects a high-quality student body that is diverse in academic backgrounds, job functions and employing organizations.

To qualify for the program, our admissions committee will assess criteria that measure your demonstrated and potential abilities, including:

  • Experience: A minimum of five years of relevant work experience in the health care industry
  • Academics: A strong academic background to ensure that you’re ready to meet the demands of our rigorous curriculum.
  • Program Fit: Ability to link the curriculum to your professional objectives and participate effectively in the shared learning cohort model.
The admissions process for the Health Care MBA is very collaborative. To learn more about your fit for the program, the admissions process, or to meet with an admissions representative, schedule a 1:1 meeting.

Application Checklist

Your first step is to start the application online. In the application, you will answer some questions and upload the documents described below. Once you've completed all components you will submit the application, and can log back into the portal at any time to check the status of your application materials.

In the online application, you will upload your resume that outlines all relevant experience.

As part of the application, we ask you to answer three essay questions. You can either download a PDF of essay questions and upload that form once you've answered the questions, or upload your own document that answers these questions:

  • Describe one or two problems facing the U.S. health care system that you are most concerned with. (500 to 750 words)
  • Explain in detail your management style and your leadership traits. Incorporate feedback you've received and cite examples from your recent work history that illustrate both your personal strengths and your development objectives. (500 to 750 words)
  • Describe two or three significant professional or organizational accomplishments. For each example depict your precise role and tell how the experience helped to shape your management philosophy and skills. (500 to 750 words)

To apply to this program, you must have a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution (or the international equivalent). We need original transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions you have attended, sent directly from the school. The only exception is for advanced placement courses and study abroad transfer credits—we don’t need transcripts for those.

Send via email: If your institution offers electronic transcripts, ask them to email your transcript(s) to gradadmissions@stthomas.edu.

Send via mail: Paper transcripts must be submitted in sealed envelopes and signed by the appropriate university official. Send to:

University of St. Thomas
Graduate Records - Admissions
1000 LaSalle Ave., Box 5
Minneapolis, MN 55403-2005

Once you submit your completed online application, the admissions committee will review it. If you meet the program requirements and demonstrate strong credentials, the admissions team will contact you to schedule an interview.

Dates & Deadlines

Admissions Process

With our rolling admissions process, applications are welcomed earlier than the priority deadlines and are reviewed once the file is complete.

Application Deadlines

Guaranteed Scholarship Deadline: August 1

Rolling admissions through start of term

Connect with Admissions

Our admissions process is highly collaborative. For more information, schedule a 1:1 meeting with an admissions representative.
Program Cost $80,000 

Program cost includes:

  • All tuition and fees
  • All books and materials
  • Executive-style inclusive services
  • International residency (lodging, most meals, transportation to official visits, group activities)*
  • Health fee per term
  • Parking costs for on-campus sessions

*Airfare for the international residency is not covered by the program and is your responsibility.



Please note that while we strive to offer a diverse range of scholarship opportunities to our students, it is important to recognize that an individual cannot receive all the scholarships listed. Each scholarship has specific eligibility criteria, and the selection process is competitive. Applicants are encouraged to carefully review the requirements for each scholarship and focus on those that align with their qualifications and goals. Award decisions are based on merit, need, and other specified criteria.

Applicants who receive full funding from an outside source are not eligible to receive scholarship awards.

Each year, a number of incoming students earn this merit-based and need-based scholarship. When awarding this scholarship, the Admissions Committee considers the full application as well as need. When you apply to the Health Care MBA, you’ll automatically be considered for the Dean's Scholarship. No separate application required.

Students who complete their application by August 1 and are admitted to the Health Care MBA program will receive an automatic $10,000 scholarship towards the cost of the program.

Scholarships are available to applicants who demonstrate a history of academic and professional success, leadership, service and engagement in cultural or cross-cultural initiatives in previous academic, professional or volunteer settings.

Strong candidates for the Diversity & Inclusion Scholarship will have the following characteristics:

  • Domestic candidates with two or more years of full-time work experience after college graduation
  • Strong undergraduate academic record
  • Evidence of committed involvement in activities, programs or initiatives that foster inclusion, cross-cultural awareness, or a commitment to diversity in its many forms
To be considered, you must submit a statement to your admissions representative (no more than 300 words) describing the most relevant experiences that qualify you for this award.

Admitted Health Care MBA students working in nursing will be automatically considered for this scholarship. The Admissions Committee will consider the strength of the application and financial need of the applicant. This scholarship award will vary by candidate and can be up to $15,000 (maximum).

If you were referred to the Health Care MBA program by one of our Health Care MBA current students or alumni, you are eligible for our Alumni Referral Scholarship award. How to qualify:

  • The Health Care MBA student or alumni that refers you must fill out this form.
  • If you are accepted to the program after being referred, you will receive a $1,000 scholarship towards your first semester in the program.
  • Our alumni or student will receive a St. Thomas Health Care MBA pullover.

If you attend the Future of Health Care Conference on March 14, 2024, you will automatically receive a $1,000 scholarship. This event will provide the opportunity to engage with our community of students, alumni, faculty, and staff.

Financial Aid

Financial aid is any resource that assists you in paying your tuition and fees. If you're seeking aid, here are some great places to start:

  • Ask your employer about tuition reimbursement benefits policies
  • Explore private or governmental grants and scholarships
  • Look into student loans provided by state and Federal government, or private lenders

Support for Veterans

If you’re a military veteran, we’ll waive your application fee. You can also defer your acceptance and any scholarships for one year if your plans are delayed by your service. In addition, we are a Yellow Ribbon school and award at the maximum Chapter 33 benefit rate (100%). Learn more through the University of St. Thomas Veterans Association.

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