MHI Admissions

Application Deadlines

Summer 2021: Application closed
Summer 2022: Opens early August  |  Deadline: January 15

Admission Requirements

To be eligible for admission to the Master of Healthcare Innovation you must have the following:

  • A bachelor’s degree
    Students may have a bachelor’s degree in any area. A student’s degree must be from an accredited bachelor's program. Students may apply to the Master of Healthcare Innovation while their bachelor’s degree is still in progress, but must receive the degree prior to beginning enrollment in the master’s program.
  • Minimum of a 3.0 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale in the last degree earned that is relevant to the program of study
    GPAs are reviewed by Ohio State's Graduate and Professional Admissions Office. Applicants whose GPAs fall below 3.0 may still apply and be considered for admission.


Application Process

To apply for the Master of Healthcare Innovation program, students must complete the following steps prior to the application deadline of January 15:

1. Apply online

You can complete an application online for the next available Summer cohort at Ohio State’s University Graduate and Professional Admissions Office website. A $60 fee is required at the time of submission of the application.

2. Submit all college transcripts

You must submit official transcripts from all colleges and universities that you previously attended at either the undergraduate or graduate levels. This includes transcripts for any post-secondary courses taken during high school or of coursework that appears as transfer credit on another transcript. Transcripts from Ohio State do not need to be submitted.

Transcripts should be sent directly by the sending institution by mail or electronic transfer to be considered official. Please request your transcripts be sent early so they arrive before the deadline. Transcripts can be sent to:

The Ohio State University
Graduate Admissions Office
P.O. Box 182004
Columbus OH 43218-2004


You may also upload a copy of an official transcript at the time of application or after by way of the Admissions Uploader. Web based documents, online grade reports, and related materials are not acceptable. Documents submitted in this manner are considered unofficial, but will suffice for the purposes of application. If you are admitted, you will be required to supply official transcripts sent direct from your previous institutions.

For details regarding these methods of submitting transcripts, please visit The Ohio State University Graduate and Professional Admissions office’s website. Please direct all transcript related questions to the Graduate and Professional Admissions office at 614-292-9444 or to

3. Current resume/curriculum vitae

Your resume or curriculum vitae should use a similar format to what you would use for a job application. You may submit this document at the time of application or after by way of the Admissions Uploader.

4. Purpose and goals statement

The purpose and goals statement is a one-page document that should describe your goals and how they relate to the MHI program. Discuss your academic goals and how this program will help you achieve your career aspirations. Be sure to include what innovation means to you and how you can utilize innovation to lead others. You may submit this document at the time of application or after by way of the Admissions Uploader.

5. Portfolio

The portfolio is an innovation exercise that should be used to foster your creativity. Begin with an 8.5x11" piece of paper. Using the page borders as your framework, creatively fill the space to showcase your skills. There are no limits to what you can create and can use words, pictures, music, etc. Please be sure that your exercise can be saved as a PDF for submission. You may submit this document at the time of application or after by way of the Admissions Uploader.

6. Recorded online video interview

You are required to complete a recorded online video interview through an online portal called HireVue, during which you will be recorded answering a brief selection of questions regarding your interests in the MHI program. Interviews are reviewed and considered by our faculty selection committees when determining your prospective admission and will provide a deeper understanding or your vision, goals, and the skills and attributes that will allow you to be successful in the program. This interview can be completed at any time during the application window. However, we ask that you do so only after you have completed and submitted your application. Please note: you must complete the recorded online video interview before the application deadline. Please visit our website to learn how to complete the recorded online video interview.

7. Three letters of recommendation

During the application you will be asked to provide the names and email addresses of three recommenders. Once the application is submitted, an email will be automatically generated and sent to your recommenders with a link and further instruction on how to submit their letters of recommendation. We encourage you to submit your application far in advance of the deadline so that your recommenders have ample time to upload their letters. Letters of recommendation should not be mailed and you may not personally submit letters of recommendation.

Letters of recommendation should be submitted from individuals who are familiar with your academic ability, professional experience, and potential to succeed a graduate program. We suggest providing your recommenders with information on the degree and specialty to which you are applying and with a copy of your purpose and goals statement. Finally, make them aware of the submission process and the application deadline by which they must submit their letters.

8. Test of English proficiency - International applicants only

Details regarding what English Proficiency tests are acceptable, the scores required, and how to submit scores may be found on The Ohio State University Graduate and Professional Admissions office’s website.

9. Supplemental application for current or former Ohio State graduate students

If you are currently or have been previously enrolled in a degree granting graduate program at The Ohio State University for any length of time, you would be considered a Graduate Intra-University Transfer Student. Be sure to choose the appropriate application for "current or former" Ohio State students after following the apply link. In addition to that online application, you must complete a Supplemental Application. This separate application must be submitted to the College of Nursing directly at Choose any of the following options to access this application:

Most applicants may review the status of their application anytime at If you are currently or have been previously enrolled in a degree granting graduate program at Ohio State for any length of time, you are considered a Graduate Intra-University Transfer and can contact to review your application status.


Admission Timeline

All required materials listed above must be submitted by the posted application deadline. Please allow up to 5 business days for the status of materials to be updated on your application status webpage. Any item still marked as incomplete by the deadline will result in your application being removed from consideration.

After the deadline, you will receive an email from the College of Nursing once your application has been sent to the faculty for review. This email will provide a more detailed timeline of when you can expect a decision on your application. If you applied for Summer 2021, you can view the admissions timeline here

For questions regarding our admissions process or requirements, please contact our Student Affairs team at For in-person assistance or for more information on how to strengthen your application, please click the Schedule a Visit link above to attend one of our monthly Overview Sessions here at the College of Nursing.

Ohio State is committed to treating applicants fairly and with dignity and respect. Please review Ohio State’s new post-admissions policy.

Upcoming overview sessions

August 05, 2021 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

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Kelly Lehmkuhl
Kelly Lehmkuhl, graduate

“Unequivocally, the networks that I have built through the program have been one of the greatest assets I have obtained. The program is paving a path for me to advance within my organization as we strategically advance healthcare.”