Master of Health Administration

Master of Health Administration Degree

This online health care administration degree provides an Executive Pathway to success! The MHA prepares health care managers for leadership roles in organizations that deliver, regulate or provide health care services.  A specialized concentration is also available for managers and supervisors in Catholic health care organizations.

Required Credits: 42

Summary

Many top management positions in health care organizations today require a master's degree. Leaders in health services work in a variety of health care settings, including clinics, hospitals, outpatient care centers, diagnostic laboratories, and home health care and long-term care centers, as well as managed care and public health organizations. This 42 credit program equips individuals to oversee the full range of possible services and may be completed in as little as two years, depending on how much time you spend working on it. This program was designed for individuals juggling career, family and education. The tuition is affordable and the program is flexible.

This master's degree program is one of the few in the country accredited by the National Association of Boards of Examiners of Long-Term Care Administrators (NAB), and the only NAB-accredited program available online.

The summer programs help accelerate the completion of this degree, as well as providing opportunities for networking with leaders in health care and building collaboration skills. Students tell us that the summer programs are the highlight of their experience and many return for summer sessions to complete their degree or even earn continuing education credits after they have completed their degree.

Highlights

Completing this online program will enable you to:

  • Acquire a systematic body of knowledge related to the management of health care services
  • Apply acquired knowledge and skills to the effective management of health services
  • Identify and internalize appropriate standards of professional and ethical conduct
  • Develop effective leadership competencies
  • Develop effective skills for independent scholarship and goal-directed continuing education

The value of this program is built on the relevance of the course material and instructors that are currently working in the field, providing students with a solid foundation for future career growth.

Professional Memberships

Staying active in industry associations helps to strengthen the curriculum in our health, long-term care, and radiologic science administration programs. These professional memberships provide opportunities for us to understand more precisely the changes in the industry in order to better prepare our students.

  • American College of Health Care Administrators (ACHCA) - Individual membership by the assistant program director and others
  • American College of Health Care Executives (ACHE) - Individual membership by the program director, assistant program director (fellow) and some course instructors
  • Catholic Health Association - organizational membership
  • National Association of Long-Term Care Administrator Boards
  • Council for Higher Education Accreditation - Organizational Membership
  • Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA) - associate membership
  • Association of Radiologic Technologists

See full list of memberships

Admission Requirements

You may apply for and be granted admission status at any time during the year.

You are not required to complete graduate tests such as the GRE.

Applicants are required to have a baccalaureate degree from an institution of higher learning accredited or accepted as accredited in the United States, with a cumulative grade point of 2.5 or better. Students who do not meet the cumulative grade point standard may be conditionally accepted and required to take specific introductory course work and complete it with a grade of 3.0 or better, prior to consideration of formal acceptance.

Applicants are required to have a minimum of two years of relevant and substantive experience in a health related field; applicants without this experience must submit a letter explaining their interest and motivation for applying to the program. They must also successfully complete HA500: United States Health Care Systems and HA511: Leadership in Healthcare Administration, as provisional students before matriculating into the program.