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Applying to Sloan

The Sloan Program offers four on campus degree options to meet the needs of diverse early careerists and a new Online Executive MHA for experienced professionals. We look forward to reviewing your application. Please read this page in its entirety as information about the application process and deadlines has changed.

Sloan’s application process is rigorous and competitive and begins with a holistic review of each student’s application. Applicants who demonstrate qualities we value such as academic excellence, leadership, creativity/innovation, determination and resiliency, ability to work successfully in cross-disciplinary and/or diverse teams, attention to detail (e.g., no typos), strong interpersonal and professional skills, critical thinking, problem-solving, personal and professional integrity, compassion and empathy, passion for improving the field of healthcare, and a commitment to equity and social justice in healthcare management will be invited for a required first-round Zoom interview with a member of the admissions committee and current student admissions ambassadors.

Past experience shows us that cohort diversity and complementary group dynamics are important drivers of student success and wellbeing, as well as success on the internship and job markets and in the field. As the applicant pool evolves with each approaching notification deadline, second- and third-round individual and/or group interviews may be requested of applicants.


Eligibility Criteria

We welcome applications from individuals with bachelor’s degrees from a variety of backgrounds (the bachelor’s degree must be from an accredited university and earned prior to matriculating). Full time work experience and healthcare experience (whether full time, volunteer, part time, or internships) are preferred but not required. Given our commitment to equity and holistic application review, the GRE examination is no longer required. In order to demonstrate your academic readiness for rigorous and quantitative graduate education coursework, successful completion (e.g., B or better) of one or more of the following prerequisite courses is preferred (see list below).

Prerequisite courses that will bolster your application:

  • Introductory and/or a higher level statistics course (introductory statistics is highly recommended)
  • Introductory courses in accounting, finance, data-driven decision making/quantitative analysis, data analytics, financial modeling, intermediate database analysis and management, math-based microeconomics
  • Experience with Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel are highly recommended (first-year students are given priority enrollment in an Excel desktop modeling elective course)

Other eligibility criteria/application requirements:

  • Completed online application
  • GPA of 3.0 or greater on a scale of 4.0
  • Resume
  • Statement of purpose (instructions for this statement will be provided within the application portal)
  • Unofficial transcripts from all universities/colleges attended
  • Two letters of recommendation (at least one should be academic)
  • 3 short video responses (you will be invited to respond to 3 short video questions after you submit your application)

For international students whose native language is not English: TOEFL (minimum 106) or IELTS (minimum 7.5) scores must be submitted (exceptions to the English Language Proficiency requirement may be viewed here).

Applicants with questions about eligibility may reach out to

Please click on the individual degree programs below for program-specific eligibility criteria and additional application requirements.

Application Deadlines

Rolling Application Cycle and Deadlines

The Cornell Graduate School application portal will open on September 1. The Sloan admissions committee will begin reviewing complete applications on September 15. Once an application is marked complete and has been reviewed by the admissions committee, qualified applicants will receive an invitation for a Zoom interview within 2 weeks. Following the interview and admissions committee vote, applicants will be notified of their admission status (admit, deny, hold for further review, waitlist) within 2 weeks of the interview. 

Sloan Visit Day

Sloan Visit Day takes place on November 3-4 in 2022. We strongly encourage highly qualified applicants to apply to Sloan before October 1 to be considered for a limited number of shared occupancy hotel vouchers to participate in Sloan Visit Day.

International Student Deadline January 15

Given the time-sensitive student visa process, international students are encouraged to apply by January 15. International applicants who apply after January 15 will still be fully considered as space permits.

Final Application Deadline April 15

Complete applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the final application deadline of April 15. We highly encourage all applications to apply early to secure a place in the class though we do not offer a priority deadline. First notification of financial awards and scholarships will be made in January.

Application Information and Instructions

Standard Two-Year MHA

Two-Year MHA
Application Process and Requirements
The Sloan Program admits students for fall matriculation to the two-year MHA degree program (Sloan does not admit students for spring or summer matriculation). Students apply directly to the Cornell University Graduate School here:

Required application materials, all students:

  • Online application and $105 application fee (fee waivers due to financial hardship or for students in designated pipeline programs may be requested – see the Graduate School link above)
  • Unofficial transcripts from all universities attended (upload as PDF documents directly into application portal)
  • Resume (upload as PDF directly into application portal)
  • Statement of purpose (essay and upload instructions provided in application portal)
  • Two recommendation letters (at least one should be academic; provide recommender contact information in application portal)

Additional requirements for international students:

Optional materials:

Taking the GRE or GMAT is not required. Students who wish to optionally submit GRE or GMAT scores may do so by sending them directly (GRE score reporting: Graduate School Code 2098; Institution Code 2098; GMAT score reporting: Cornell U. MHA Code 2104) or by uploading an unofficial PDF of the score report in the application portal.

For information about the MHA application process, please contact our Sloan Associate Director and Admissions Team Leader Dr. Julie Carmalt at

5-Semester Dual MHA/MBA

5-Semester Dual MHA/MBA
Application Process and Requirements
Individuals applying to the dual MHA/MBA program must apply to and be admitted by both Sloan and Johnson, separately. Admission to one program does not guarantee admission to the other. Individuals applying to the dual MHA/MBA must notify both Sloan and Johnson of their dual degree application intention. The dual MHA/MBA degree is specifically designed for applicants with at least two years of full-time professional work experience. All students begin the program completing the fall Johnson MBA core semester, followed by two additional Johnson semesters and two additional Sloan semesters (five semesters total). In between academic years, students complete full time summer internships or other approved projects. Because this is a new dual degree format, beginning fall 2023, additional details are forthcoming. 

Dual MHA/MBA applicants should confirm eligibility by contacting Sloan Associate Director Julie Carmalt.

Applying to Sloan: Please see application instructions for Standard 2-Year MHA.

Applying to Johnson: Dual degree applicants must apply to Johnson’s accelerated one year MBA (AMBA). Applications to Johnson are made via their application portal. Johnson has their own application deadlines and decision notification dates throughout the year and all application materials must be submitted by Midnight Eastern Time on the application deadline date. Interviews are offered by invitation in each round and final decisions are posted to the applicant’s application portal on the notification date of the application round. More information about the Johnson application process is available here.

For information about the MHA application process, please contact Sloan Associate Director and Admissions Team Leader Dr. Julie Carmalt at Please attach your current resume and provide a brief self-introduction. 

Three-Year Dual MHA/MPA

Three-Year Dual MHA/MPA
Application Process and Requirements

Admission to the dual MHA/MPA program is through the Cornell Graduate School online application. Applicants must apply to the CIPA program and indicate clearly in the Statement of Purpose the application is being submitted for application to both CIPA and Sloan. CIPA will begin the review process and then forward eligible applications to Sloan for concurrent, but separate, review. Applicants must be admitted to both CIPA and Sloan separately. Admission to one program does not guarantee admission to the other. Due to the intensive, specialized nature of this program, a minimum of 1-2 years of prior, relevant experience will be expected of all applicants to this program. Students who are interested in applying to the dual MHA/MPA program should contact Thomas O’Toole, Ph.D., CIPA Executive Director, at to discuss eligibility. Because application to the dual MHA/MPA program initiates in CIPA, all applicants should clearly follow CIPA application requirements and deadlines.

Accelerated Five-Year BS/MHA

Accelerated Five-Year BS/MHA for Cornell University undergraduate students in specified majors only

Application Process and Requirements
Application to the Five-Year Accelerated BS/MHA Program is a two part process. Eligible students apply to Sloan during the spring semester of their junior year (deadline is March 15) and then officially apply to the Cornell Graduate School by April 15 of their senior year. Only Cornell Brooks School and College of Human Ecology students who are HD, PAM, HCP, HBHS, or BSOC majors or CALS BSOC majors may apply.

During Your Junior Year:

Step 1. Verify your eligibility for the program with Sloan Associate Director Julie Carmalt (

Step 2. Apply to the Sloan Program by emailing the following documents as attachments in a single email to Sloan Program Assistant, at

  • Completed application
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Resume
  • Cornell transcript (unofficial is acceptable)
  • Copy of your Academic Advising Report and a list of any courses that you still need to take in order to fulfill your graduation requirements for your bachelor’s degree. Human Ecology students send an email to to request a PDF copy of your Academic Advising Report. Brooks students send an email to to request a PDF copy of your Academic Advising Report. Out-of-college students please provide screen shots of your degree progress (ex. DUST)

Step 3. Request to have emailed to Sloan Program Assistant at the following:

  • Two letters of recommendation (at least one should be academic)
  • Undergraduate Advisor Recommendation Form [MS Word] [pdf] (Note: Your undergraduate advisor may also be one of your recommendation letter writers)

The deadline for your application to the Sloan Accelerated BS/MHA Program is March 15th.

  • Applications for the accelerated program received prior to March 15th will be held and reviewed at one time and applicants will be notified of the results of admission decision within approximately two weeks. Applications received after March 15th but before April 15th will be reviewed on a rolling basis subject to space availability (note that total enrollment in the accelerated program is limited to a maximum of 5 students).

During Your Senior Year: At the end of your first year in Sloan, to continue in the accelerated program, you must complete the online Cornell Graduate School application and pay the Graduate School application fee by April 15. You do not need to resubmit your application documents such as letters of recommendations and test scores. Sloan will send these to the Graduate School on your behalf. You will be required to produce an official transcript. Accelerated students in good academic standing will automatically be admitted to the Graduate School to complete the final year of study.

Executive MHA

Position yourself for success in one of today’s fastest growing fields.
Did you know you can earn your Executive Master of Health Administration degree from anywhere in the world without interrupting your career?

Whether you manage a team in a hospital, work in the pharmaceutical industry, or are a practicing MD, Cornell University’s new online program offers you the opportunity to learn from top-notch healthcare faculty in a flexible online format, combined with a few on-campus sessions at Cornell University’s campuses.