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College of Health Sciences > Research Administration Program > Admission to the Program
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Prospective students must have a bachelor's degree or the equivalent from a U.S. accredited college or university.

Courses in accounting, statistics, economics and computer applications strengthen a candidate's application. While research administration experience is not required, the ideal candidate is working in a research administration or similar office and seeking to improve his or her skills.

Applicants who can arrange for a research practicum either at their place of employment, or near their home are highly encouraged to apply.

Use the Rush RU Applying Application. For questions pertaining to admissions, please contact the College of Health Sciences at (312) 942-1721 or e-mail
Because class size is limited, students are encouraged to complete the application process as early as possible to ensure full consideration. The priority admission period is January 1 - Aug 1; applications completed during this period receive first consideration for admission and scholarships. However, applications will be continued to be reviewed after this date until the class is filled.
Candidates for the program should submit the following: 
  • Completed application form accompanied by a nonrefundable application fee of $40.
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended.
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Graduate Management Aptitude Test (GMAT) (optional)
  • Three letters of recommendation.
  • A letter (from the student) identifying a possible site for your practicum**
Please mail all admissions materials to:
Rush University
College Admission Services
600 S. Paulina Street, Suite 440
Chicago, IL 60612-3869
** This is a distance-learning program and Rush cannot provide the necessary practicum experience to all students. It is the student's responsibility to identify a practicum site either at their place of employment or near their home. This letter is optional, as the practicum does not begin until the Summer Quarter, but students cannot progress through the program without the practicum and applicants with an identified site/mentor for a practicum will be given priority for admission.
We will work with you to secure the necessary agreements with the site you identify and assure that the practicum meets the standards of the program. Students with more than five years of experience in the profession may apply for a waiver of the practicum requirement subject to the review and approval of the dean of the College of Health Sciences and the university registrar.

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