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Best MHA Programs in Texas for 2024: Online and Campus

Launch or advance your career in healthcare management by earning your master’s in healthcare administration (MHA) degree in Texas. Find top online and on-campus programs in this guide.

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The healthcare industry is thriving, both in Texas and throughout the nation, and it’s expected to stay that way for the foreseeable future. So if you’ve ever considered a career in healthcare leadership, now is the time to make your move by earning your master’s degree in healthcare administration. An MHA is one of the most popular and highly-regarded paths to qualify for advanced managerial roles in the medical field, and many accredited Texas colleges offer this graduate degree.

This guide spotlights today’s best on-campus and online MHA programs in Texas to help you find a high quality, affordable program you can feel confident about. You’ll also get an inside look at what you’ll learn during your studies, how long it will take to earn your degree, what your program will cost, and much more. Get started by seeing who stood out for the ’23-’24 school year.

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Base Methodology for EduMed’s Best Online College Rankings for the ’23-’24 school year.

One: Create list of Eligible Schools and Programs

To be eligible, schools were required to meet the following criteria based on data pulled from The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), which was self-reported by the schools themselves.

  • Institutional accreditation from an organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
  • At least 1 online component in a program within the ranking-subject area.

Two: Assign Weighting

After creating the list of eligible schools, EduMed data scientists assigned weights and ranked schools based on a mix of metrics, which were all self-reported by the schools themselves to the U.S. Department of Education and IPEDS.

The metrics are listed below in order of most- to least-heavily weighted.

Online Programs – Number of online programs in the relevant subject area.

Online Student % – Number of total students who are enrolled in at least 1 distance-learning course in the relevant subject area.

Tuition – The average in-state tuition for undergraduate students studying full-time, as self-reported by the school.

Academic Counseling – Existence of this service on campus or online.

Career Placement Services – Existence of this service on campus or online.

Student/Faculty Ratio

About Our DataEduMed’s rankings use the latest official data available from The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS). Most recent data pull: July 2023

# School Name Type Tuition Online Programs More Details School Information Online Students Academic Counseling Career Placement Students w/Institutional Aid Median Earnings 10yrs After Entry Accreditation
1 West Coast University-DallasDallas, TX Private for-profit $$$ 1

At West Coast University students can enroll in an online Master of Health Administration degree that helps graudates develop the skills they need to competently oversee healthcare organization operations while helping healthcare workers optimize the delivery of healthcare services. This program can be completed at a pace that best suits each student. The Accelerated Plus program pace, for example, is for students who want to streamline their education and finish in just eight months.

Program Highlights:

Online Master of Health Administration

  • Credits: 30
  • Length: 8-20 months
  • Cost: $750/credit
  • Mode: Online
  • Accreditation: WASC Senior College of University Commission (WSCUC)
Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Student/
Faculty Ratio
15/1
Online
Student %
100%
2 Texas Woman’s UniversityDenton, TX Public $ 1

The Master of Healthcare Administration at Texas Woman’s University prepares students to take the next step in their career, and can be completed in as few as 24 months. The program is delivered in an online format with the option of occasional face-to-face meetings for students who feel they benefit from in-person instruction. In completing their degree, students can choose from one of two speciaizations, both of which prepare them with the knowledge and skills to succeed professionally.

Program Highlights:

Master of Healthcare Administration

  • Credits: 45-51
  • Length: 24 months
  • Cost: $578/credit
  • Mode: Online, hybrid
  • Accreditation: Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME)
Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Student/
Faculty Ratio
17/1
Online
Student %
82%
3 Midwestern State UniversityWichita Falls, TX Public $ 1

The Masters in Health Administration at Midwestern State University offers students several concentration options that reflect the wide variety of career specializations availble to them after graduation. Each concentration has slightly different course requirements, but all students are requried to take certain courses in a designated order. The program offers greater flexibility, however, in start dates and enrollment types, allowing students to begin in fall, spring, or summer, and attend classes part or full-time.

Program Highlights:

Health Services Administration

  • Credits: 45
  • Length: varies
  • Cost: varies
  • Mode: Hybrid
  • Accreditation: SACSCOC
Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Student/
Faculty Ratio
17/1
Online
Student %
79%
4 Texas Tech University Health Sciences CenterLubbock, TX Public $ 1 Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Student/
Faculty Ratio
7/1
Online
Student %
58%
5 University of North Texas Health Science CenterFort Worth, TX Public $ 1 Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Student/
Faculty Ratio
0/1
Online
Student %
27%
6 University of North TexasDenton, TX Public $ 1 Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Student/
Faculty Ratio
25/1
Online
Student %
51%
7 Trinity UniversitySan Antonio, TX Private not-for-profit $$$$ 1 Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Student/
Faculty Ratio
9/1
Online
Student %
11%

Spotlights: Popular MHA Programs in Texas

To help you with your own program search, we chose two popular MHA programs in your area so you can see what students like you look for in a program.

Texas A&M University

The Master of Health Administration program at Texas A&M University in College Station boasts a distinguished reputation in the academic community. The program was one of ten demonstration sites in the nation used by the National Center for Healthcare Leadership in developing its Health Leadership Competency Model. This model is utilized by top MHA programs in Texas and throughout the nation. The MHA program’s 55-credit-hour campus-based Resident Track is designed for students embarking on their careers. No previous work experience in the field is required for admission. Both 21-month full-time and 33-month part-time options are available. All MHA students participate in a practicum experience, typically during a summer session, which requires attendance at a program-approved healthcare facility in or near the student’s local area.

The program’s Executive Track (for students with a minimum of five years’ professional healthcare experience) is currently on hiatus but is expected to return with an August 2023 cohort. The Executive Track requires completion of 48 credit hours over two years. Students attend class one weekend each month at the Texas Medical Center in Houston.

Texas A&M’s MHA program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME).

Texas State University

Students looking for a one of the best Texas MHA programs that features the convenience of online study will want to check out the CAHME-accredited program at Texas State University (TSU). Like many Texas schools, TSU offers MHA options for both students with and without substantial work experience in the healthcare field.

The standard MHA option (for students with five years or less of healthcare work experience) can be taken in either a two-year or two-and-a-half-year format. Both formats begin each fall and include a summer session during the first year. TSU describes this as a hybrid program, but all coursework can be completed online. Course instruction begins each week with a 60- to 90-minute class session that students attend in person or online via Zoom. All other coursework is completed asynchronously online. Students complete their program with one of four culminating activities in their final term: an administrative internship, an administrative residency, an administrative practicum, or, for those intending to continue their education, a thesis.

Students with five or more years of professional healthcare experience are eligible for the Executive MHA option. This part-time program is presented in the same hybrid format as the standard MHA. Students choose either an administrative practicum or thesis as their culminating activity.

Frequently Asked Questions About MHA Programs in Texas

What knowledge and skills do you learn in MHA programs in Texas?

The goal of any MHA program in Texas is to prepare students to become effective professionals ready for the full range of practice settings in the healthcare administration industry. This means providing coursework and practical experiences that delve into the four domains that make up Texas A&M’s MHA Program Competency Model:

  • Health Community and Environment: public and population health assessment; health services and systems delivery, financing, and organizations; policy analysis; and legal and ethical bases for health services and systems.
  • Leadership: ethics, accountability, and self-assessment; organizational dynamics; critical thinking, decision making, and problem solving; and team building and collaboration.
  • Management: business planning; communication; financial management; performance improvement; project management; and strategic planning.
  • Analytic and Technical Skills: data analysis and information management; quantitative methods for delivery of health services; and systems thinking.

Are there CAHME-accredited online MHA programs in Texas?

There are currently five online MHA programs in Texas that are accredited by CAHME. They include the MHA program at the University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth, the Executive MHA program at Trinity University, the MHA program at the University of the Incarnate Word, and the MHA and Executive MHA programs at Texas State University (spotlighted above).

What are the admissions requirements for MHA programs in Texas?

As you might expect, specific admissions requirements for MHA programs in Texas vary from program to program. Nevertheless, most programs have admissions requirements similar to the following:

  • Bachelor’s degree: All programs require applicants to have a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited U.S. college or university (or equivalent for international students).
  • Minimum GPA: Specific minimums vary by program, but 2.75 is not uncommon.
  • GRE/GMAT scores: These entrance exams are required by some programs; in most cases they’re necessary only if the applicant fails to meet the stated GPA for undergraduate coursework.
  • Work experience: Most programs don’t require work experience in the healthcare field. Exceptions include executive track MHA programs at Texas State University and Trinity University.

Other common application requirements include a statement of purpose, letters of recommendation, and a current CV or resume.

How long do MHA programs in Texas take to complete?

Completion times for MHA programs in Texas vary, sometimes substantially. In general, most full-time students should expect to commit two to two-and-a-half years for completion of all degree requirements. Part-time programs typically require three years or more depending on the student’s per-semester course load. There are a few exceptions, however. For example, the MHA program at the University of Houston Clearlake can be completed in as few as 14 months full-time or 28 months part-time.

How much do Texas MHA programs cost?

To give you an idea of the range of prices you can expect during your program search, we’ve listed the current tuition rates for three Texas MHA programs below. As you’ll see, tuition rates for MHA programs in Texas vary substantially. Major factors impacting these costs include total number of credits, whether the college or university is public or private (private school programs tend to be more expensive), program length, and even the school’s academic reputation. Also, some Texas public colleges and universities charge a higher tuition rate to students who live out of state. Finally, bear in mind that your program’s total price tag will include additional costs for program fees, books and supplies, transportation, etc.

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center

MS in Healthcare Administration

Total Credits: 36

$265/credit (Texas residents); $673/credit (out-of-state residents)

University of the Incarnate Word

Master of Health Administration

Total Credits: 48

$1,050/credit

University of North Texas

MS in Health Services Administration

Total Credits: 45

$115.24/credit (Texas residents); $278.58/credit (out-of-state residents)

Can I get financial aid to help pay for my MHA program in Texas?

A wide range of financial aid is available for qualifying Texas MHA students. The most popular type—and the one almost all students will qualify for—is the student loan, usually offered through the federal government. Other options include scholarships, grants, employer tuition reimbursement programs, and benefits for veterans. MHA programs in Texas sometimes offer funding opportunities specifically for their students. An example is the University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth, which offers scholarship opportunities to MHA applicants.

To learn more about funding opportunities for your MHA program, check out EduMed’s Healthcare Administration Scholarships & Online Resources and main Financial Aid guides.

Inside Look at Online MHA Programs in Texas

Distance learning offers students a great way to integrate their MHA programs into their busy work and life schedules by eliminating the time and hassle of traveling to and from campus. The good news is that there are lots of online MHA programs in Texas to choose from. It’s important to understand, though, that there are almost as many variations in what online study means as there are online MHA programs. For example, some programs, like Texas Tech’s Midwestern State University and Health Sciences Center, deliver coursework entirely online. Other programs, like the University of Houston Clearlake’s MHA, offer students the option to take some courses online or in person. Another variable is how online courses are formatted, with some presented asynchronously (allowing students to access and complete them at any time) and others synchronously via a livestream. Many programs, like Texas State University’s, offer courses that combine synchronous and asynchronous components.

Online MHA students should also expect to complete in-person internships or practicum experiences at program-affiliated hospitals or other healthcare-related facilities in the school’s or student’s local community. What all of this boils down to is that you must have a solid understanding of which elements of a program are offered online and which are not before you enroll in any online MHA program in Texas.

Earnings and Job Outlook for MHA Graduates in Texas

Before you enroll in any degree program, it’s important to have a clear understanding of where that degree will take you once you’ve earned it, particularly in terms of employment prospects and earnings. Below you’ll find the answers to several frequently asked questions regarding job outlook and salaries for graduates of MHA programs in Texas.

Are healthcare managers with an MHA degree in high demand in Texas?

The market for healthcare managers (including healthcare administrators) in Texas is strong and expected to remain that way for several years. As you’ll see below, the field experienced 21.9% job growth between 2018 and 2028, as estimated by the Texas Workforce Commission. Although not quite as robust as the national projection, the Texas figure is over twice the national growth rate projected by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics for all other management occupations (9%) and approaching three times that for the total of all occupations combined (8%).

Job Outlook for Medical and Health Services Managers in Texas

New JobsJob Growth RateAvg. Annual Openings
Texas7,08721.9%3,550
United States139,60032.5%51,800

Sources: Projections Central (United States 2020-2030); Texas Labor Market Information (Texas 2018-2028).

How much do healthcare managers with an MHA make in Texas?

It’s the fundamental rule of supply and demand: The higher the demand, the higher the pay. That’s the key to the strong salaries for MHA grads in Texas. As the state and national earnings figures in the chart below indicate, the current annual median wage in Texas for medical and health services managers (including healthcare administrators) is approximately $102,110, which slightly more than the median wage figure for the U.S. overall.

Keep in mind, however, that what you earn as a healthcare administrator in Texas will depend on several variables, including your geographic location (workers in high-population urban areas tend to earn higher salaries), your specific employer and job title, and your level of professional work experience in the healthcare industry.

Annual Earnings for Medical and Health Services Managers in Texas

Location 10th Percentile Median 90th Percentile

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 2021

Additional Resources for MHA Students in Texas

This national professional association of healthcare administrators and managers has seven regional chapters in Texas: ACHE Central Texas Chapter; ACHE of East Texas; ACHE of North Texas; ACHE SouthEast Texas Chapter; South Texas Healthcare Executives; Southwest Healthcare Executives Association; and Texas Midwest Healthcare Executives.

This guide from EduMed offers lots of useful information and advice on finding, applying for, and winning scholarships for healthcare administration master’s students, including links to several currently available scholarship opportunities. You’ll also find descriptions and links to over two dozen helpful online resources for MHA students.

This professional association provides representation and support for the long-term healthcare services field in Texas. Through its Educational Foundation, the THCA offers a variety of professional development and education programs for individuals specializing in long-term healthcare.

The national honor society for excellence in healthcare management education has chapters on a number of Texas college and university campuses with MHA programs, including Texas Southern University, the University of Houston Clear Lake, the University of Texas at Arlington, the University of North Texas Health Science Center, the University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler, and all three of the schools spotlighted above—Texas A&M University, Texas State University, and Texas Woman’s University.