Frequently Asked Questions

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Degree Programs

Is UGHE an accredited institution?

UGHE is a fully accredited Rwandan university. Graduates from the MGHD program are competitive candidates for future employers and educational opportunities.

What degrees are currently offered?

UGHE currently offers a Master of Science in Global Health Delivery (MGHD), a one-year, full-time degree program in Butaro, a rural town in Rwanda. UGHE also offers a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery and Master of Science in Global Health Delivery (MBBS/MGHD) integrated degree program.

Can I apply for the two-year, part-time MGHD program?

UGHE’s two-year, part-time MGHD program was phased out in 2017. UGHE is currently developing online course work for MGHD, with the goal to transition the part-time MGHD program into a blended learning model, combining e-learning and in-person sessions. For the 2020-2021 academic year, UGHE will only offer the one-year, residential MGHD program.

Can I complete the MGHD online?

UGHE does not currently offer remote participation in the MGHD program; however, UGHE plans to launch a blended MGHD program soon.

What are the fieldwork/Practicum opportunities?

During the Practicum, students will work in groups to carry out a research or quality improvement project for a partner organization. Each group will be mentored by a UGHE faculty member and a preceptor from the partner organization (which may be outside of Rwanda). In collaboration with stakeholders from the organization, students will propose and design a project that will address a challenge the partner organization is facing. Students will then travel to the site of their partner organization to implement the project. After 12-weeks onsite, students will return to campus and produce tangible academic deliverables as well as products for wider dissemination, including recommendations for system improvement, training programs, future research, program evaluation, and policy memos. View the MGHD course catalog.

Who are the MGHD faculty members?

MGHD faculty members come from diverse academic and professional backgrounds and share a passion for and expertise in global health delivery and equity. They come from Harvard Medical School, Partners In Health, Tufts University, Rwanda’s Biomedical Center, and Rwanda’s Ministry of Health, among others. Meet our faculty!


When do applications for the MGHD open?

Applications for Cohort 6, Class of 2021 are open from Friday, October 11, 2019 until Monday, February 10, 2020 at 9:00 AM CAT.

What are the requirements for admission?

UGHE’s Office of Admissions takes a holistic approach to the admissions process. The Admissions Committee takes into account a broad range of application criteria, including supplemental documents, professional experience, exams, interviews, and overall alignment with UGHE’s mission and vision.

The MGHD program targets candidates eager to refine and diversify their global health delivery skills. We welcome candidates holding at least a bachelor’s degree and from diverse academic and professional backgrounds. The MGHD aims to educate students who have a global interest, a commitment to leadership, and a desire to address issues of inequity and disparity through health delivery. Candidates must be committed to high academic integrity. 

Does the MGHD program accept international applicants?

Yes! UGHE values diversity and welcomes applicants from around the globe.

If my transcripts and diplomas are not in English, do I need to get them translated?

Yes. If your transcripts are not in English, you must submit notarized, translated copies of your transcripts and diplomas, as well as copies in their original language. All transcripts and diplomas will be verified by an international transcript verification body.

If I am accepted into the MGHD Class of 2021 but choose not to attend, can I defer my acceptance?

Acceptance into the MGHD Class of 2021 does not guarantee acceptance in the future. If an applicant chooses to decline his/her offer, s/he is required to reapply for admission.

I applied to the MGHD program last year but wasn’t accepted. Can I reapply?

Applicants who have applied to the MGHD program in the past but have been unsuccessful are encouraged to reapply.

Tuition and Costs

How much does the MGHD cost?

Tuition for the MGHD is $54,000 USD. Tuition must be paid to UGHE according to an agreed-upon payment schedule. An initial deposit of $900 USD is due following acceptance. In addition to this, students will be required to pay a $100 USD technology fee upon admission.

What financial support is available?

100% of MGHD students receive some form of scholarship to attend the program. UGHE offers scholarships to outstanding students based on merit, financial need, and diversity. All applicants are automatically considered for scholarships. In addition to general scholarship support, UGHE has named scholarships for women and One Health leaders. Tuition requirements are typically met through a combination of funding mechanisms, including government scholarship support, training or study fellowships, private loans, and UGHE scholarship support. Learn more about scholarship opportunities.

What will I need to submit with my application for scholarship support?  

In order to be considered for a UGHE scholarship, MGHD candidates will be asked to submit an overview of their financial history including a statement of earnings, documentation of current loans and personal assets, and an outline of additional financial obligations.

Student Life

What student affairs services are available to students?

UGHE staff and faculty provide academic and personal support, and the Office of Admissions, Records, and Student Services oversee and run UGHE’s orientation programs, professional development and career services, counseling services, student group advising, community service/Umuganda engagement, and alumni service. The Office also supports activities that provide leadership opportunities and deepen cross-cultural learning and engagement within each cohort.

Will I have time to work?

Because the MGHD is a full-time, intensive program, students are prohibited from seeking out employment. Additionally, given the campus’s rural location, local employment opportunities are limited.

Are there accommodations available?

All MGHD students will be provided with on-campus housing at no additional cost. Learn more about UGHE’s campus.

Is airfare/transportation to and from Rwanda included?

Airfare to and from Rwanda is not provided by UGHE. However, transportation within Rwanda is provided for UGHE-related activities.

What on-campus services are available to students?

Living on UGHE’s campus, residents will have access to a range of services including the University’s dining hall which serves three balanced meals a day; athletic facilities such as a gym, yoga/exercise studio, and outdoor basketball court; a transport shuttle going to and from Kigali every weekend; janitorial and laundry support; IT services; a campus store for picking up basic necessities; and full-time campus security coverage.

What materials will UGHE provide for my studies?

Students are provided with all academic content in the form of books, manuals, online tools, and video and audio recordings throughout the program. These materials are of no additional cost to the students.

Career Services

Does UGHE offer alumni and networking services?

The UGHE Alumni Council was established in May 2017 to promote and encourage a continuing interest in UGHE, life-long connections, and advisory role to UGHE administrators. The Council also seeks to advise on the development of programs, services, and resources through organizational structure and coordinated efforts to promote academic, research, advocacy, and professional advancement of its members. The Council is engaged in organizing networking events and professional development resources and services.