Frequently Asked Questions

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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. Learn more about UGHE’s MGHD program.

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

UGHE’s two-year, part-time MGHD program phased into a full-time program in 2017. In the future, the part-time MGHD program will transition to a blended learning model, combining online coursework with in-person residencies. For the 2018-2019 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 Mentored Practicum, students will work in groups to carry out a research, implementation, 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, Johns Hopkins University, Partners In Health, Tufts University, Rwanda’s Biomedical Center, and Rwanda’s Ministry of Health. Meet our faculty!


When do applications for the MGHD open?

Applications for the MGHD Class of 2019 have closed. The application for the next intake, the Class of 2020, will open on September 14, 2018.

What are the requirements for admissions?

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 candidates 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. 

What is the timeline for the MGHD Class of 2019 Admissions process?

Please be mindful of the following dates. All candidates who advance in the process will be required to sit for an entrance exam and interview, per the schedule below. We do not require applicants to travel to Kigali for interviews and examinations if they are located outside of Rwanda.

Application Opens
November 1, 2017
Application Closes
February 12, 2018
Applicant Testing
February 19-23, 2018
Applicant Interviews
March 5-9, 2018
Applicants Notified of Admissions Decision
March 23, 2018
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 2019  but choose not to attend, can I defer my acceptance?

Acceptance into the MGHD Class of 2019 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 Room and Board

How much does the MGHD cost?

Tuition and room and board for the MGHD is $54,000 USD. Tuition must be paid to UGHE according to an agreed-upon payment schedule. View the MGHD tuition structure.

What is included in the tuition?

MGHD tuition includes all academic and student support expenses for the duration of the program. MGHD students and graduates will receive continued access to UGHE’s robust alumni network and programming, including speaker series, special events, and career services.

What is included in the room and board?

Students, faculty, and staff live on the Butaro campus as UGHE’s living and learning community extends far beyond the walls of its classrooms. Room and board includes access to all of UGHE’s facilities in Butaro and Kigali, as well as three meals a day, seven days a week on the Butaro campus during the academic terms. Additionally, each student will have a fully-furnished, private bedroom, and will share a common living area, kitchenette, and bathroom with four other students. Students receive weekly laundry services, access to recreation facilities and programs, and campus-wide wireless internet.

What additional costs should an MGHD student expect, if any?

UGHE will provide room and board at its Butaro campus during the MGHD program. Beyond UGHE-related transportation between Kigali and Butaro, all other travel costs must be covered by the student.

How can students make payments from abroad?

Tuition payments can be made via wire transfer to UGHE’s bank account.

Are tuition, room, and board different for Rwandan applicants?

The MGHD tuition, room, and board are standard regardless of a student’s nationality. UGHE is committed to educating outstanding global health leaders from Rwanda and the region, as well as leaders from around the globe. UGHE provides generous scholarship support to outstanding candidates. Learn more about scholarships for candidates from Rwanda and the region.

What currency can be used to make tuition, room, and board payments?

Rwandan students are required by Rwandan law to pay in Rwandan Francs. All non-Rwandan students are expected to pay in US dollars.

Financial Assistance

UGHE is committed to educating the world’s most promising leaders dedicated to health equity. In support of that mission, UGHE annually awards generous scholarships based on merit and financial need for the incoming MGHD class of approximately two dozen students. At UGHE, we do not believe that financial capacity should determine one’s ability to become a global health leader. We are committed to working with every student to help her/him pursue an MGHD degree. UGHE will continue to support exceptional applicants from Rwanda and the region through significant scholarship awards.

If a student is not sure if s/he can afford the tuition, room, and board, should s/he still apply?

At UGHE, we believe that financial capacity should not determine one’s ability to become a global health leader. We are committed to working with every student to help her/him pursue an MGHD degree. There are three meaningful ways that UGHE supports students to afford the MGHD degree:

  • Scholarship Support: All applicants will be considered for UGHE scholarships which are available to each incoming MGHD class. In addition to general scholarship support, UGHE has named scholarships for women and One Health leaders.
  • Payment Plans: UGHE allows students to make tuition, room, and board payments in smaller, more manageable installments at monthly, quarterly, or semesterly intervals.
  • External Funding Opportunities: MGHD applicants are expected to explore a combination of private loans, personal funds, employer or government support, and non-UGHE scholarships. We recommend that applicants research and apply for any external funding opportunities in advance of their acceptance, rather than waiting until after their admission notification.  

Learn more about financing your education.

Student Life

Will I have time to work?

Because the MGHD is a full-time, intensive program, students are encouraged not to seek 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. 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 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.