The Master’s in Healthcare Administration Online

Ready to take your healthcare leadership career to the next level? Make your move with an online MHA degree. Discover the best schools, compare program options, and get answers to your key questions.

Last Updated: 08/07/2020
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The Best Online MHA Programs for 2020

Earning a master’s is a massive achievement. It shows that you’re ready to learn more, take on more, and move into a leadership position. Online MHA programs give you the opportunity to advance your education and your career in management. But which schools offer the quality, affordability, and cost structure you need to make your master’s a reality? The data team at EduMed.org has researched and analyzed data from more than 7,700 accredited colleges and universities, and identified which schools and programs offer what students need to succeed. Check out the best master’s in healthcare administration online for 2020.

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Methodology for EduMed’s 2020 Rankings

To be considered for this ranking, each school must have the following:

  • Institutional accreditation from an organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
  • Program(s) offered at least partially online.

School Metrics Explained

EduMed.org data scientists analyzed government higher education data and created a proprietary algorithm to rank each U.S. postsecondary institution and its online programs using 5 primary factors:

  • Cost: Relative cost of attendance compared to peer schools on the list. Based on tuition and fees per academic year.
  • Online Program Availability: Number of online programs in subject area reported by school to Department of Education.
  • Academic Counseling: Existence of this service on campus or online.
  • Career Placement: Existence of this service on campus or online.
  • Students w/ Institutional Aid: Percentage of students who receive financial aid from the school itself.

About Our Data

EduMed’s rankings use the latest official data available from The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS).

Most recent data pull: February 2020

#School NameTypeCostOnline ProgramsMore DetailsSchool InformationOnline StudentsAcademic CounselingCareer PlacementStudents w/Institutional AidMedian Earnings 10yrs After EntryAccreditation
1California State University-East BayHayward, CAPublic$$1

Graduate students at California State University-East Bay can complete their MHA online in four semesters. Full-time students are expected to complete two courses per semester.  There are seven 4-unit courses and one 6-unit course This MHA degree is designed for healthcare professionals with two years’ experience who plan to advance to leadership roles. No transfer credits will be accepted. Curriculum includes studies in leadership/strategic planning, financial management, informatics, quality improvement and legal issues. The program culminates with the completion of a 6-hour Capstone Project. Students have up to one year to complete the Capstone. Applicants must have earned an undergraduate degree with a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5.

Program Overview:

Master's in Healthcare Administration Online

  • Credits: 40
  • Length: Four semesters
  • Costs: $16,286 (tuition)
  • Mode: Online
  • Accreditation: WASC
Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Students w/
Institutional Aid
51%
AccreditationWASC
2University of Nevada-Las VegasLas Vegas, NVPublic$$1

UNLV’s Executive MHA degree program is designed for working managers in the healthcare professions. The EMHA is conducted online except for an immersion session on campus before the beginning of their first and fourth semesters. Applicants must hold a minimum of three years’ experience in a managerial/directorship role in healthcare and five years of professional experience. This strategical degree is for professionals looking to grow their roles, compensation, and advanced practical knowledge. Full-time students can complete the program in 24 months. The curriculum is comprised of 37 units of required management courses and a three-unit Capstone project. Courses include studies in management for healthcare leaders, epidemiology, finance and accounting, operations and quality management, law and ethics.

Program Overview:

Master's in Healthcare Administration

  • Credits: 40, including Capstone
  • Length: Four semesters
  • Costs: $285.75/credit (resident); $600 (non-resident)
  • Mode: Partially Online
  • Accreditation: NWCCU, CAHME
Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Students w/
Institutional Aid
32%
AccreditationNWCCU, CAHME
3University of North TexasDenton, TXPublic$$1

UNT’s MHA focuses on the theoretical and practical development of leaders. The 36-hour program is conducted entirely online. Top graduate, students must complete 24 hours in core classes and 12 hours in their concentration. Concentration options include Applied Gerontology, Health Data Analytics, Health Informatics, or Rehabilitation Services. The Capstone project requires students to complete a comprehensive business plan for a healthcare organization. Courses are offered in health information systems, leadership financial issues, organizational marketing, and ethical issues. Accelerated programs allow students to complete their bachelors in science while taking courses towards the MHA. Prospective students must meet admission requirements for the Toulouse Graduate School.

Program Overview:

Master's in Health Services Administration Online

  • Credits: 36
  • Length: 18 mo. full-time
  • Costs: $15,700  (total program: est. Texas resident, tuition and fees)
  • Mode: Online
  • Accreditation: SACSCOC, CAHME
Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Students w/
Institutional Aid
50%
AccreditationSACSCOC, CAHME
4Texas Woman’s UniversityDenton, TXPublic$$1

The MHA program at Texas Woman's University can be completed in as few as 24 months. The 48-credit-hour program is conducted online except for practical, real-world experiences via internships. Students can select from three degree options: Traditional MHA, MHA with Business Analytics Emphasis, or MHA with Global Health Emphasis. The university reports that students have achieved a 92 percent completion rate for the program. Admission requirements may vary by concentration: the standard MHA requires completion of an undergraduate degree (minimum GPA), and a GRE/GMAT tests with a minimum score of 3.2. The Global Health Emphasis program does not require a GRE for admissions.

Program Overview:

Master's in Healthcare Administration

  • Credits: 45
  • Length: 24 months
  • Costs: $276.30 per credit hour, residents; $698.30, non -residents
  • Mode: Partially Online
  • Accreditation: SACSCOC, CAHME
Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Students w/
Institutional Aid
44%
AccreditationSACSCOC, CAHME
5Midwestern State UniversityWichita Falls, TXPublic$$1

Midwestern State University is home to two programs: the Master of Health Administration (MHA) and a Graduate Certificate in Health Services Administration. The MHA program requires 45 semester hours in one of four concentration areas. These are in Health Information Management, Medical Practice Management, Public and Community Sector Health Care Management, or the Rural and Urban Hospital Management concentrations. For students maintaining a full-time job, it takes from two to three years to complete the degree; full-time students can finish in five semesters. The program is offered entirely online, but students who wish can attend on-campus seminars or face-to-face workshops. The Graduate Certificate in Health Services Administration is an 18-hour program for students who have completed a bachelor’s degree and are not enrolled in an MHA program.

Program Overview:

Master's in Healthcare Administration

  • Credits: 45
  • Length: 5 semesters (full-time); 2 to 3 years (part-time)
  • Costs: $20,686 for the program
  • Mode: Partially Online
  • Accreditation: SACSCOC
Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Students w/
Institutional Aid
69%
AccreditationSACSCOC
6Park UniversityParkville, MOPrivate, Not-for-Profit$$2

The MHA degree program at Park University is designed for students who are at the beginning, middle, and advanced roles in healthcare administration. The program features practical and theoretical studies in managerial, organizational, financial, and legal considerations in health management. The program requires completion of 36 hours, conducted entirely online – or in a hybrid mode for students who want to mix in campus classes. The extensive range in professional specializations enables grad students to chose from 10 concentrations: Finance, Homeland Security, Human Resource Management, Global Business, Management Accounting, Information Systems, Project Management or Quality/Innovation Management. Applicants to the program must have completed a bachelor’s degree (minimum 2.5 GPA) along with a minimum of two years of paid professional healthcare experience.

Program Overview:

Master's in Healthcare Administration Online

  • Credits: 36
  • Length: 18 months
  • Costs: $597/credit
  • Mode: Fully or Partially Online
  • Accreditation: Higher Learning Commission
Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Students w/
Institutional Aid
47%
AccreditationHigher Learning Commission
7Texas Tech University Health Sciences CenterLubbock, TXPublic$$1

Texas Tech’s accelerated, online MHA degree program is comprised of 36 hours. Students undertake 30 hours of core classes and six hours of electives. The curriculum features studies in financial management, informatics, operations/supply chain management, quality improvement, regulatory compliance, human resource management, staff communications, strategic planning, marketing, and directing community education initiatives. Elective courses include medical sociology, health insurance and reimbursement, risk management, business innovation, organizational behavior, and business analysis. Sessions begin each year in the Fall, Spring and Summer. All courses are offered at least once per year. Applicants must hold a baccalaureate degree (minimum cumulative 2.7 GPA). A GRE test is not required for admission.

Program Overview:

Master's in Healthcare Administration Online

  • Credits: 36
  • Length: 18 months
  • Costs: $257 (resident); $579 (non-resident) per credit
  • Mode: Online
  • Accreditation: SACSCOC
Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Students w/
Institutional Aid
0%
AccreditationSACSCOC
8University of MississippiUniversity, MSPublic$$1

At Ole Miss, the 48-hour Master of Healthcare Administration program is almost entirely online. In the final semester, grad students must complete an internship at a Mississippi health care facility or other approved site. The program is a collaboration of MBA courses from the School of Business and (MBA courses) and MHA courses from the School of Health-Related Professions. The first fall term, students complete an Overview of the U.S. Health Care Systems out of the business school. The other MBA  course offered in the summer is the Environment of Business/Integrative Business Analysis. MHA curriculum includes the following courses: The Organization of Health Care Systems, the Management Overview of Disease and Health, Health Policy and the Regulatory Environment, Health Program Evaluation/Performance Improvement, Health Care Law and Ethics, and Health Care Finance.

Program Overview:

Master's in Healthcare Administration

  • Credits: 48
  • Length: 24 months
  • Costs: $540/credit
  • Mode: Partially Online
  • Accreditation: SACSCOC
Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Students w/
Institutional Aid
71%
AccreditationSACSCOC
9Oklahoma State University Center for Health SciencesTulsa, OKPublic$$1

At the Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences, grad students can complete a Master of Science in Health Care Administration (HCA). Graduation requirements include completion of 32 credit hours offered online or in-person. There are two concentrations: Leadership/Entrepreneurship or Administration.  No prior healthcare experience is required for admission to the program. Students must complete four core classes along with elective courses in 16 areas. Students may also select a M.S. degree with a thesis option. Applicants must have completed 60 hours of undergraduate work with a minimum m 3.0 GPA. Previous healthcare experience is optional. The Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences was established in 1972.

Program Overview:

Master of Science in Health Care Administration (HCA)

  • Credits: 32
  • Length: 18 months, approximate
  • Costs: $230.45/credit (in-state tuition only); $360 (out-of-state tuition only)
  • Mode: Online or In-person
  • Accreditation: Higher Learning Commission
Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Students w/
Institutional Aid
0%
AccreditationHigher Learning Commission
10Grantham UniversityLenexa, KSPrivate, For-Profit$1

The Master's in Healthcare Administration program at Grantham University is for healthcare professionals seeking management roles. The curriculum follows successful models in healthcare and business administration. The required 32 hours can be completed in 24 months. Prior HA coursework in business or healthcare along with professional experience may reduce the time to graduate by up to 25 percent. Prior experience is not required for admission to the program. Curriculum includes topics in finance, human resource management, healthcare systems and budgeting. Other coursework is offered in patient care/communications, health laws and regulations. Courses in the program begin each month during the school year.

Program Overview:

Master's in Healthcare Administration Online

  • Credits: 36
  • Length: 24 months
  • Costs: $350 per-credit; $250 (military)
  • Mode: Online
  • Accreditation: DEAC
Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Students w/
Institutional Aid
17%
AccreditationDEAC
11Ohio University-Main CampusAthens, OHPublic$$1Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Students w/
Institutional Aid
83%
AccreditationHLC
12Saint Joseph’s College of MaineStandish, MEPrivate, Not-for-Profit$$2Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Students w/
Institutional Aid
98%
AccreditationNECHE
13Wilmington UniversityNew Castle, DEPrivate, Not-for-Profit$$1Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Students w/
Institutional Aid
16%
AccreditationMSCHE
14Florida International UniversityMiami, FLPublic$$$1Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Students w/
Institutional Aid
76%
AccreditationSACSCOC, CAHME
15Salve Regina UniversityNewport, RIPrivate, Not-for-Profit$$$1Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Students w/
Institutional Aid
99%
AccreditationNECHE, IACBE
16Louisiana State University-ShreveportShreveport, LAPublic$$1Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Students w/
Institutional Aid
48%
AccreditationSACSCOC, AACSB
17Montana State University-BillingsBillings, MTPublic$$1Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Students w/
Institutional Aid
59%
AccreditationNWCCU
18Regis UniversityDenver, COPrivate, Not-for-Profit$$$1Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Students w/
Institutional Aid
97%
AccreditationHLC
19Trevecca Nazarene UniversityNashville, TNPrivate, Not-for-Profit$$1Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Students w/
Institutional Aid
100%
AccreditationSACSCOC
20Belhaven UniversityJackson, MSPrivate, Not-for-Profit$$$1Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Students w/
Institutional Aid
100%
AccreditationSACSCOC
21Grand Canyon UniversityPhoenix, AZPrivate, Not-for-Profit$$$1Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
No
Students w/
Institutional Aid
97%
AccreditationHLC
22University of Arkansas-Fort SmithFort Smith, ARPublic$$1Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Students w/
Institutional Aid
47%
AccreditationHLC, CAHME
23Stony Brook UniversityStony Brook, NYPublic$$$1Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Students w/
Institutional Aid
70%
AccreditationMSCHE, CAHME
24Clarkson CollegeOmaha, NEPrivate, Not-for-Profit$$$1Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Students w/
Institutional Aid
61%
AccreditationHLC
25Saint Mary’s University of MinnesotaWinona, MNPrivate, Not-for-Profit$$1Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
No
Students w/
Institutional Aid
100%
AccreditationHLC
26University of ScrantonScranton, PAPrivate, Not-for-Profit$$$1Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Students w/
Institutional Aid
93%
AccreditationMSCHE, CAHME
27University of Maryland Global CampusAdelphi, MDPublic$$1Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
No
Students w/
Institutional Aid
12%
AccreditationMSCHE
28University of North Carolina at Chapel HillChapel Hill, NCPublic$$$1Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Students w/
Institutional Aid
41%
AccreditationSACSCOC, CAHME
29Minnesota State University MoorheadMoorhead, MNPublic$$$1Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Students w/
Institutional Aid
56%
AccreditationHLC
30Capella UniversityMinneapolis, MNPrivate, For-Profit$$$2Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Students w/
Institutional Aid
50%
AccreditationHLC
31Valparaiso UniversityValparaiso, INPrivate, Not-for-Profit$$$1Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Students w/
Institutional Aid
99%
AccreditationHLC
32University of St FrancisJoliet, ILPrivate, Not-for-Profit$$$1Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Students w/
Institutional Aid
98%
AccreditationHLC
33Purdue University Globalpurdueglobal.edu, IAPrivate, For-Profit$$$1Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Students w/
Institutional Aid
0%
AccreditationHLC
34George Mason UniversityFairfax, VAPublic$$$1Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Students w/
Institutional Aid
28%
AccreditationSACSCOC, CAHME
35Mississippi CollegeClinton, MSPrivate, Not-for-Profit$$$1Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Students w/
Institutional Aid
98%
AccreditationSACSCOC
36Central Michigan UniversityMount Pleasant, MIPublic$$$1Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Students w/
Institutional Aid
86%
AccreditationHLC
37Saint Joseph’s UniversityPhiladelphia, PAPrivate, Not-for-Profit$$$$2Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Students w/
Institutional Aid
97%
AccreditationMSCHE
38Queens University of CharlotteCharlotte, NCPrivate, Not-for-Profit$$$1Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Students w/
Institutional Aid
97%
AccreditationSACSCOC
39Champlain CollegeBurlington, VTPrivate, Not-for-Profit$$$1Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Students w/
Institutional Aid
99%
AccreditationNECHE
40Rosemont CollegeRosemont, PAPrivate, Not-for-Profit$$$1Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Students w/
Institutional Aid
100%
AccreditationMSCHE
41Trident University InternationalCypress, CAPrivate, For-Profit$$1Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
No
Students w/
Institutional Aid
29%
AccreditationWASC
42National UniversityLa Jolla, CAPrivate, Not-for-Profit$$$1Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Students w/
Institutional Aid
4%
AccreditationWSCUC
43Western Kentucky UniversityBowling Green, KYPublic$$$1Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Students w/
Institutional Aid
46%
AccreditationSACSCOC
44National Louis UniversityChicago, ILPrivate, Not-for-Profit$$$1Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Students w/
Institutional Aid
3%
AccreditationHLC
45The Sage CollegesTroy, NYPrivate, Not-for-Profit$$$1Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Students w/
Institutional Aid
99%
AccreditationMSCHE, IACBE
46Virginia Commonwealth UniversityRichmond, VAPublic$$$1Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Students w/
Institutional Aid
45%
AccreditationSACSCOC, CAHME
47New England CollegeHenniker, NHPrivate, Not-for-Profit$$$1Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Students w/
Institutional Aid
83%
AccreditationNECHE
48Pfeiffer UniversityMisenheimer, NCPrivate, Not-for-Profit$$$1Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Students w/
Institutional Aid
89%
AccreditationSACSCOC
49Walden UniversityMinneapolis, MNPrivate, For-Profit$$$1Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
No
Students w/
Institutional Aid
0%
AccreditationHLC
50Colorado State University-Global CampusGreenwood Village, COPublic$$1Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
No
Students w/
Institutional Aid
0%
AccreditationHLC

Online MHA Profiles: What to Know

A master’s in healthcare administration online might be on your radar, but you’re not 100% sure. Or maybe you know you want the degree, but you’re not sold on taking it virtually. At this point, one of the best things you can do is research. Look at the details of some of today’s most popular online MHA programs to see if the programs’ goals, courses, and online learning practices are what you want. See how these three online options stack up.

New York University

New York University

The goal of New York University’s online Master of Health Administration degree program is to provide its graduates with a solid foundation of real-world leadership skills that can be applied directly and immediately to their careers. This seven-semester (28-month) part-time program is designed to allow students to maintain their current full-time professional employment by combining live, online lectures and discussions with additional asynchronous and offline coursework. Additionally, students are required to attend a single, two-and-a-half-day on-site “immersion experience” on NYU Wagner’s campus in New York City. The curriculum culminates in a project in which students work as a team to solve real-world problems through use of a healthcare system simulation.

Admission into the program requires a minimum of one year of full-time professional experience along with current employment in healthcare management or a closely-related U.S. healthcare field. A minimum 3.0 GPA on previous undergraduate studies is recommended. Application requirements include submittal of a current resume or CV, two letters of recommendation, and two essays (one exploring the complexities of a specific healthcare issue, and one detailing the applicant’s professional goals).

University of Southern California

University of Southern California

Designed for mid-career management and clinical healthcare professionals, USC’s online Executive MHA program takes an integrated thematic academic approach to leadership and accountability in health services organizations. Program study for this 36-credit hour program is delivered online through a combination of on-demand video lectures, synchronous video conference sessions, course assignments, and class discussions via social network platforms and discussion boards. In addition to online coursework, students participate in two short intensive residencies on USC’s Los Angeles campus at which students attend lectures and meet with faculty, peers, and professionals employed in the healthcare administration field.

Minimum program admissions requirements include both a bachelor’s degree and a minimum of five years of professional experience in either healthcare or a closely-related field. In most cases, applicants with a GPA below 3.0 on their most recent 60 credit units of college-level coursework will not be admitted. However, meeting minimum application requirements does not guarantee admission into the program. Acceptance is determined through an assessment of a number of criteria including impressive professional and managerial experience, prior academic accomplishments and community service, strong letters of recommendation, and a persuasive written statement of purpose.

Colorado State University

Colorado State University

Customized study is a key feature of the online Master of Health Administration degree offered by Colorado State University’s CSU Global program. The MHA curriculum consists of 24 to 27 credit hours of core healthcare administration coursework in subjects such as Healthcare Information Systems, Healthcare Finance, and Operations Management. Students additionally complete 12 credit hours in one of a wide range of specializations, including subjects like Project Management, International Management, Population Health, and Finance. CSU also offers a number of degree path options that allow students to earn certificates and complete specializations along the way to earning their MHA degrees. Another key feature of this MHA program is that all degree work can be completed 100% online through asynchronous course study.

Admission into CSU’s online MHA program requires a bachelor’s degree from a regionally-accredited college or university. An undergraduate or graduate GPA of 3.0 or higher is preferred. Students not meeting standard admissions requirements may still be admitted by meeting certain provisional admissions requirements.

Interviews with Online MHA Leaders

Hearing straight from schools can make all the difference as you try to decide which online MHA program is best for you. We reached out to program directors at several universities to let them share what makes their online master’s degrees in healthcare administration stand apart and how the curriculum prepares students for a successful career after graduation.

University namelocationSchool typeonline programsGet more infoProgram Description
Northcentral Universitylocation: La Jolla, CASchool type: Private for-profitonline programs: 1Get more info
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Q&A with Dale L. Gooden
DHSc, MBA

Program Director, Master of Health Administration and Assistant Professor, School of Health Sciences
Master of Health Administration

What’s your involvement at Northcentral University with online learning?

In my role I manage the operations of the MHA program using synchronous technology for mentoring and engaging learners in our NCU one-to-one model of student engagement. Additionally, I work closely with the instructional design and curriculum assessment teams to ensure that the program reflects current and contemporary content per our accreditation standards.

What makes your online MHA program stand out from other programs?

The MHA program was developed and designed to mirror both industry and professional competencies. Our program aligns with the high standards for graduate programs per the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME) and we embed Interprofessional Education (IPE) and the National Center for Health Care Leadership competency model (NCHL) into our curriculum. Our program is an associate member of the Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA) and was named New Program of the Year in 2019. Our assistant dean was recently named Faculty Member of the Year for 2020!

We also participate in the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) Higher Education Network and in 2018 we started a chapter of Upsilon Phi Delta, the national academic honor society for health administration students. Faculty and students in the MHA program have the opportunity to collaborate, present and publish on industry related topics.

How does your online MHA program prepare students for successful careers in the field?

Students are provided with ample opportunities to practice and demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities that employers require of their employees in the healthcare industry. For example, graduates of the MHA program will be qualified for careers in various types of health service organizations, such as hospitals, ambulatory settings, home health agencies, and government agencies.

We have a Program Advisory Council (PAC) which consists of leaders and administrators with a wide variety of healthcare experience. The primary purpose of the PAC is to ensure our program includes the content and exposes students to the information they will need to become leaders in their prospective positions.

What support services do you offer students enrolled in your online MHA program?

NCU offers an array of student support services including but not limited to:
  • Enrollment Services
  • Academic and Finance Advising
  • Disability/ADA Services
  • Center for Teaching and Learning
  • Academic Success Center
  • Educational Materials and Resources
  • NCU Library
  • Alumni Services
  • Office of the Registrar
  • IT Service Desk Team
  • Institutional Review Board
  • Well-Being and Safety

Any other information you’d like prospective students to know about your MHA program?

The SHS has a Student Advisory Council (SAC) that serves as a liaison between students, faculty, and administration in the School of Health Sciences. SAC members work to evaluate and provide feedback/recommendations for the MHA program. The MHA students also participate in an annual Day of Service where they are encouraged to work within their individual communities to make difference.
West Coast Universitylocation: Campuses in CA, FL, TXSchool type: Private for-profitonline programs: 1Get more info
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Q&A with Dr. Justin Ako,
DC, BSBA

Dean and Program Director, Health Administration

Master of Health Administration

What’s your involvement at West Coast University with online learning?

I have been involved with online learning since 2011 when the MHA program was in a bookend format through the transition into fully online in 2016 and the introduction of the BSHA program online.

What makes your online MHA program stand out from others?

Our program is 100% online and mobile-friendly which can provide you with the flexibility to learn on your own schedule anywhere at any time. Although our program is online, it’s heavily student-centric where you can receive student support, gain access to the dean, career services, a success advisor and admission reps who are all available to you to help prepare you for success. West Coast University strives to support our students every step of the way. What makes us stand out is our program has accelerated and working professional options available to you. Our time to completion for MHA program is in as little as 12 months. Many of our students have obligations and responsibilities, so we understand how tough it is to balance everything. At West Coast University, there are partner grants available for those who qualify, and we can help find internships in California when it’s time for students to get the hands-on experience they need.

How does your online MHA program prepare students for successful careers in the field?

The mission of the MHA program is to prepares graduates with multidisciplinary skills required for entry-level managerial positions in hospitals, long-term care facilities, medical group practices, and other health care facilities. Our online program is designed to provide the fundamental knowledge required to prepare our students as supervisors or managers in the healthcare industry including planning, directing, coordinating and supervising the delivery of healthcare products and services. Our curriculum is based on the Healthcare Leadership Alliance (HLA) 5 cored competencies to include courses in finance, marketing, informatics, strategic planning, hospital administration, leadership, project management, and entrepreneurship.

What support services do you offer students enrolled in your online MHA program?

Our students not only get access to me, the dean, they also receive continuous support from our career services department, our 24-hour access to library, Blackboard Mobile App and eTextbooks to take wherever you go! At West Coast University, we prepare our students to go to the next level of leadership, and we strive to provide our students the education to take the next step in your career by offering support beyond graduation. We continuously support our students even when they have obtained a career.

Our Career Services Department provides ongoing assistance with professional and career development workshops to guide our students and graduates to help prepare for professional success. We also offer students an immersive Interprofessional Education (IPE) through courses that integrate IPE. We focus on the four core competencies of interprofessional collaborative practice: Values/Ethics for Interprofessional Practice, Roles and Responsibilities, Interprofessional Communication and Teams and Teamwork. Hands-on experience is an important part of building leadership skills. That’s why West Coast University offers MHA students a variety of internship opportunities—leveraging our relationships with the Red Cross, local organizations, and International internship partners to help place you in a rewarding and intellectually challenging environment.

Any other information you’d like students to know about your MHA program?

There are many benefits to earning an advanced degree, which may include job security, flexibility and increased earning potential. Without an advanced degree in this field, it can be very difficult to progress upward. This is a super exciting field where you gain limitless learning possibilities from finance, marketing, HR, quality control, infectious control, risk management, and director roles just to name a few. It’s a rewarding field to be a part of, and this is a great way to dip your toes into different roles in the health care industry.

What Types of Online MHA Programs Are Available?

Not all online MHA programs are created alike, and that’s a good thing because MHA students are not all looking to get the same things out of their degree studies. Finding the right program type can play a big role in a student’s academic success. Here’s a quick look at the various types of online MHA programs available to help you find the one that’s the right fit for you.

Fully-Online MHA

Fully-online MHA programs allow students to complete all degree requirements entirely through distance learning. Be careful, though, as some programs that advertise themselves as 100% online may require one or more brief on-campus residencies, an in-person internship, or other in-person activities. Fully-online programs are particularly good for full-time working professionals who need to fit their studies into already tight work and life schedules. They are, of course, the only option for degree seekers living in locations that make in-person attendance impossible. Course delivery may be asynchronous (meaning students can access and complete coursework at anytime), synchronous (requiring online attendance for classes or other activities at specifically-scheduled times), or a combination of both. Most fully-online MHA curriculums are structured for part-time study and are designed to be completed in two-and-a-half to four years.

Hybrid/Blended MHA

Hybrid (or blended) master’s degree programs in healthcare administration combine online and in-person coursework. In-person classes are typically offered on the school’s main campus, but in some cases may be available on satellite campuses or at other designated locations. As with fully-online programs, course delivery may be asynchronous, synchronous, or a combination of both. Hybrid programs also typically include some on-campus residencies and/or other in-person participation. Some programs may offer a full-time study option that can normally be completed in two years or less. However, most feature part-time curriculums that, like full-time programs, are designed to be completed in two-and-a-half to four years. Hybrid programs are a good choice for students who prefer some face-to-face interaction with instructors and fellow students, but who also require or want to take advantage of the convenience and flexibility afforded by online study.

Executive MHA

Whereas the standard MHA is geared toward students either seeking to enter or who are in the early stages of their careers as healthcare administrators, the EMHA is geared toward mid-career healthcare administrators intent on advancing into top-tier administrative positions. Not surprisingly, therefore, the work experience requirements for admission into EMHA programs are more restrictive than with standard MHA programs. It is not uncommon for EMHA programs to require four, five, or more years of relevant healthcare management experience for program entry.   The structures and time requirements of online EMHA programs (delivery formats, on-campus residencies, etc.) are similar to those of standard online MHA programs.

MHA with No GRE

In the past, admission to a master’s in healthcare administration degree program (or any master’s program, for that matter) almost always required submission of an acceptable GRE or GMAT score. Times have changed, though. Many campus and online MHA programs today no longer require taking either the GRE or GMAT, relying instead on an assessment of other application requirements, such as demonstrated work experience, a solid undergraduate GPA, prior academic and/or professional distinction, letters of recommendation, and a persuasive statement of purpose. Below are just a few of the online MHA programs that do not require taking the GRE or GMAT for admission:   

Specialization Tracks

Online MHA programs sometimes feature specialization or concentration options that allow students to tailor their studies to include a particular subject of interest and enhance their attractiveness to employers. Here are a few of the most popular specializations currently being offered by master’s in healthcare administration programs.

Organizational Leadership and Development

Students develop an advanced understanding of how to structure their organization’s services and resources through the study and practical application of organizational concepts, theories, and trends. Leadership skills gained allow students to create solutions to meet the ever-changing needs of their organizations and communities, as well as incorporate innovations in the healthcare marketplace.

Population Health

Population health is concerned with the health outcomes of discrete and identifiable groups of individuals within larger communities. The population health specialization prepares students to understand and analyze data on these groups to better address their unique healthcare needs, taking into consideration such factors as economic insecurity, social status and social bias.

Accounting

Accounting is an important but often overlooked concern for healthcare administration professionals. The accounting specialization provides students with the skills to understand and meet the budgetary challenges of their organizations. Topics typically covered include healthcare informatics, corporate governance, financial statement analysis, forensic accounting and fraud examination, taxation, information management systems, and legal and ethical issues.

Finance

Students will likely find some overlap regarding topics covered between accounting and finance specializations. The main difference between the two is that the accounting specialization is aimed more toward internal monetary and budgetary concerns, while the finance specialization focuses on the healthcare organization’s external, bigger picture financial issues. Subjects covered include financial analysis and decision making, business valuation and asset pricing, strategic planning and reporting, and marketing.

Project Management

Healthcare administrators are often called upon to spearhead important specific projects for their organizations. The project management specialization prepares students to take on and successfully manage such projects, from initial design stages through project completion. Topics typically covered include project planning, management strategies, risk management and mitigation, contracts, and procurement.

Human Resources

The human resources specialization prepares graduates to apply human resource theory and principals to the creation and implementation of HR programs and strategies within healthcare organizations. Topics include staffing and employment, business and workforce management, employee compensation management, human resource development, human resource technologies, and legal and ethics issues.

Which is Better, an MHA or MBA?

Anyone searching for a master’s in healthcare administration or leadership has more than likely run across several MBA degree programs specializing in healthcare management or administration. And finding such programs leads to the inevitable question, “How does an MBA with a Healthcare Administration concentration differ from an MHA degree?” Generally speaking, an MBA with a Healthcare Administration concentration prepares business professionals to apply advanced banking and investment skills to their work with client healthcare organizations. An MHA, on the other hand, provides current healthcare professionals with the knowledge and skills needed to carry out the administrative operations of healthcare organizations as a direct employee.  

There is, of course, major overlap regarding the topics covered and skills developed in these two degree programs. So, if you are still unsure which one is best for you, consider the following:

Choose the MHA

Choose the MHA if …

  • You intend on pursuing an administration or management career at an organization within the healthcare field.
  • Your main professional focus concerns the management of healthcare services and systems.
  • You think of yourself as a “people person.”
Choose the MBA

Choose the MBA if …

  • You want a career in banking or investment management that deals with organizations in the healthcare industry. You may also work with other non-healthcare industries as well.
  • Your main professional interests are in the areas of banking and finance, particularly in how they apply to the healthcare business.
  • You think of yourself as a “numbers person.”

A Look at MBA/MHA Dual Degree Programs Online

You’ve carefully examined your career goals and interests. You’ve taken a close look at programs for both MHA degrees and MBA degrees with a Healthcare Administration concentration. Still, neither degree seems to be quite the right fit. The right answer may be to earn both. Fortunately, there are a number of excellent schools out there that offer online MBA/MHA dual degree programs. These programs allow students to gain the knowledge and skills provided by both degrees individually, but in much less time.

Below are three examples of MBA/MHA dual degree programs that can be completed either fully or partially online:

How Long Does It Take to Earn an Online MHA?

The program lengths given below are typical of MHA programs online. The most accurate answer to this question, however, is that completion times vary – sometimes substantially – from program to program. So, be sure to carefully review the curriculums and graduation requirements of any and all master’s in healthcare administration programs online you’re considering before you enroll.

Program TypeFull-Time StudyPart-Time Study
Standard MHA1 ½ – 2 Years2 ½ – 4 Years
Executive MHA1 ½ – 2 Years2 ½ – 4 Years
MHA/MBA Dual Degree2 ½ – 3 Years4 – 5 Years

What Do You Learn in an Online MHA Program?

The purpose of online MHA program coursework is to provide students with comprehensive skills and training in a broad range of topics that, taken together, make up the duties of an effective administrator of a large and complex healthcare organization. Those duties include:

Improving the quality and efficiency of the organization’s delivery of healthcare services.

Developing and carrying out organizational policies, goals, and objectives.

Representing the organization to governmental agencies, investors, governing boards, and the local community at large.

Overseeing the recruiting, hiring, training, and supervising of employees.

Ensuring that the organization stays up-to-date regarding healthcare-related technologies and trends, as well as the ever-changing needs of patients.

Managing and ensuring the organization’s compliance with applicable laws and regulations.

5 Popular Courses in Online MHA Programs

What Can You Do with an Online MHA Degree?

MHA graduates can find challenging, in-demand, high-paying leadership and management careers in clinical settings like hospitals, medical clinics, doctors’ offices, and nursing homes. Careers can also be found in a wide range of non-clinical settings with governmental agencies, insurance companies, medical equipment suppliers, professional consulting firms, and more. Below is a small sampling of the job titles MHA graduates have in today’s employment market. All salary and job growth figures are taken from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook.

CareerNational Job Growth (2018-2020)Median National Salary (2018)
Clinical Manager18% (Much Faster than Average)$99,730
Healthcare Executive6% (As Fast as Average)$104,980
Healthcare Management Analyst14% (Much Faster than Average)$83,610
Health Information Manager18% (Much Faster than Average)$99,730
Public Relations/Fundraising Manager8% (Faster than Average)$114,800

Are Online MHA Degree Programs Accredited?

MHA Degree Programs

Yes, online MHA degree programs are eligible to receive the same level of accreditation as campus programs. There are two types of accreditation to look for: institutional accreditation and programmatic accreditation. Institutional accreditation (accreditation of the college or university as a whole) for colleges and universities in the U.S. is administered by one or more national or regional accrediting agencies recognized by the Department of Education (DOE). Programmatic accreditation (accreditation of the particular degree program) for MHA programs in the U.S. is administered by the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME). Relatively few online MHA programs you’ll currently run into are directly accredited by the CAHME, so make sure schools hold regional or national institutional accreditation at minimum. You can check the CAHME and institutional accreditation status of online MHA programs you’re considering by using this CAHME search feature, searching the DOE’s Database of Accredited Postsecondary Institutions and Programs, and by visiting individual school websites.

How Affordable Are Online Master’s Degrees in Healthcare Administration?

Tuition prices and other costs associated with pursuing a master’s in healthcare administration online vary from program to program. In most cases, for example, students can expect to spend more on a program offered by a private school than one offered by a public school. Online MHA programs at public universities may offer a discounted rate for in-state residents. Below are examples of tuition prices (current as of fall 2019) taken from three online MHA programs:

Clarkson College

Clarkson
College

Master of Health
Administration

$621/credit

Colorado State University

Colorado State
University (GSU Global)

Master of Health
Administration

$500/credit

UCF Online

University of Central
Florida (UCF Online)

Executive Master of
Health Administration

$773/credit

To learn more on how to pay for your online MHA degree program, check out EduMed’s guide to financial aid and browse our list of healthcare leadership and administration scholarships.