Program Description

The Master of Health Administration (MHA) degree program is an online program targeted to students desiring a career as a healthcare administrator. The program uses nationally recognized competencies in the curriculum to ensure students are prepared to be leaders in the field. Enrollees come from the field of health administration, persons interested in changing careers and from recent undergraduate students now seeking a graduate degree in the field. Course work is extensive and includes healthcare operations, management, quality, informatics, quantitative skills, finance and other facets related to health administration.

Research Opportunities and Assistantships

Students in the MHA degree program will have opportunities to participate in practice and applied research. For those interested in furthering their skills in the area of research, there are opportunities for a thesis track.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the MHA program requires:

  • a bachelor's degree or equivalent from a regionally accredited institution. Students who graduated from a AUPHA certified program will have priority consideration for admission; and
  • a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0; and

It is recommended that students have competency in the following areas: math and statistics, basic accounting, economics and in written and verbal skills.

For students who may not meet one or more of the admission requirements, a conditional admission may be considered by the program. In such cases, you will need to earn at least a 3.0 GPA during the first nine credits taken in the program. If you wish to be considered for conditional admission, you will need to submit a rationale for granting the conditional admission. This will then be reviewed by the program which has the final authority in making a decision on conditional admission.

A completed application also includes:

  • an application for admission;
  • application fee;
  • official transcripts from all academic programs attended;
  • a resume that includes:
    • Educational experience
    • Professional goals and objectives
    • Work history
    • Professional experiences, memberships, and/or participation in professional activities (Note: Students with no work experience will be considered, although there will be an internship required before graduation)
  • three letters of reference that attest to your ability and likelihood of success in a graduate program; and
  • a statement of purpose (500-1000 words in length) that conveys your reasons for pursuing a graduate degree in health administration, and how completion of the CMU program relates to your professional aspirations; and

If you have taken the GRE, GMAT, or MAT and wish to submit the results, you are welcome to do so. The MHA program does not require these exams.

You may transfer up to nine credit hours of coursework from another regionally accredited graduate degree program, provided you earned a grade of 3.0 or better and the courses are determined to be equivalent to courses taught in CMU's MHA program.

International students from countries where English is not the primary language of instruction must submit an official score from the TOEFL Internet Based Test (TOEFL iBT) exam. Applicants must have a minimum overall score of 94 with the following minimum scores:

  • reading – 22
  • listening – 22
  • speaking – 26
  • writing – 24

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Graduation Requirements

Students who do not have the requisite experience in the field of health administration will be required to complete a semester-long internship at a healthcare institution. Those who have experience in health administration may choose between a research-based thesis or a graduate level field project.

For More Information

Bernard J. Kerr, Jr., EdD FACHE, Professor
Director, Master of Health Administration

Or visit MHA program website for more information