Master of Health Administration in Health Administration

The Master of Health Administration (MHA) is a professional degree program intended for students to enter or continue administrative practice in health service related settings. The mission of the MHA Program is to provide exceptional early‐ to mid‐level careerists with a strong foundation to become leaders dedicated to improving health care services for all populations.

There are two tracks that students can choose to earn the MHA degree:

  • Resident
  • Executive

The Resident track of the MHA program is a 55-credit hour program that can be completed in 21 months (full-time) or 33 months (part-time) and is intended for applicants with limited healthcare experience. This track seeks to prepare students for competitive opportunities post-graduation, including administrative fellowships and entry-level positions in health services organizations. The Resident track curriculum includes a practicum allowing students to apply foundational knowledge in a health services organization. Application to the Resident track of the MHA program requires successful completion (i.e., a grade of B or better) of three undergraduate prerequisites: economics, statistics, and managerial accounting or finance.

The Executive track of the MHA program is tailored to individuals who are already employed within the health care industry and have demonstrated managerial and leadership experience. While no course prerequisites are required, ideal applicants will have a minimum of five years of progressive work experience and are seeking to expand their formal knowledge and skill set. The Executive track of the MHA program is a 45-credit hour program and takes 24 months to complete.

The MHA degree prepares students to:

  • Navigate the relationship between health care operations, communities served, and local, state, regional and national organizations and policies;
  • Demonstrate motivation and empowerment of organizational resources to achieve a shared vision of health service delivery;
  • Prepare to organize the delivery of health services in complex organizations; and
  • Utilize effective analytic and technical skills for the successful delivery of health services.

For more details on the MHA program, see the Department of Health Policy and Management website.

This program is also approved for delivery via asynchronous or synchronous distance education technology.