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Become a Leader in Healthcare

The Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA) degree is designed for healthcare professionals who want to advance their careers and take on leadership roles in their organizations. The MHA program develops knowledgeable and innovative leaders who advance the health and well being of people, organizations and communities by transforming health services through applied innovation and collaboration.

Leaders in healthcare, especially those that work in Catholic and nonprofit health services, such as clinics, private practices or consulting firms, develop strategies and make decisions that impact hundreds to thousands of staff and patients. Students will become effective leaders providing high-quality health services delivery, information analytics, strategy, business development, quality, finances, patient and people engagement within diverse teams, and community collaboration.

Fast Facts

  • An applied curriculum focused on the skills and knowledge necessary to meet the unique challenges faced by health systems, insurance and clinics
  • Online format with synchronous and asynchronous coursework. End of program on-campus capstone experience coinciding with graduation.
  • 42-credit, 2- to 3-year program
  • Two start terms: fall and spring
  • Faculty are nationally-renowned and experienced industry experts
  • Program Director authored an AHIMA textbook chapter on “Strategic Thinking, Strategic Management and Leading Change” (2020)

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Students will succeed in their executive careers in health services through an innovative applied experience.

Sue McClernon, PhD, Program Director

Degree Details

Tuition

Tuition: $565/credit*


* Tuition rates are for the 2022-23 academic year. Additional fees and costs for course materials may apply. Total program cost and completion time varies depending on transfer credits and individual program plans. Tuition rates are subject to change.

Program Overview

Make a Difference/Social Mission

According to AUPHA, decisions made by healthcare executives can help improve life for hundreds, even thousands of people every day. Healthcare executives have a sense of social mission — they deeply care about the people they work with and serve. The U.S. is seeing growth in healthcare leadership to effectively manage the business of healthcare delivery and finances and work effectively with diverse teams.

The basic curriculum for our Master’s in Healthcare Administration (MHA) degree addresses three principal areas:

  • Study of management theory, concepts and skills. Broadly defined, the program will assist students with competency development in leadership, human resources, financial management, economics, medical technology, legal aspects, organizational behavior, quantitative research methods, strategic thinking and planning, and innovation.
  • Study of the healthcare industry, including health services, public health, health and human behavior, health information and data analytics, and health and medical care organizations.
  • Demonstration of integration of course material through application of management concepts to the healthcare industry in a major project, paper or exam.

Curriculum

Visit our Catalog to view the program, course and degree requirements, and learning outcomes. Be sure to create your course plan in consultation with your advisor.

Career Outlook

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, jobs for medical or health services managers are poised to grow by 32% from 2019 to 2029. And while it is difficult to predict the number of jobs available in the field, the profession is growing rapidly and career opportunities are high.

Examples of employment opportunities are:

  • VP or executive in a health system
  • Insurance company leadership role
  • Clinical manager
  • Director within an integrated health system
  • Chief Nursing Officer
  • Director or Chief Technology Officer in Health Information Management
  • Nursing home administrator
  • Medical director
  • Clinical program manager
  • Program director
  • Director of medical science liaison

Admission Information

Visit our admissions page for information about transcripts, online application, international admissions and financing.

Application Deadlines

Fall

Application priority deadline: July 15
Application final deadline: Aug. 15

Spring

Application priority deadline: Dec. 15
Application final deadline: Jan. 2

Eligibility

New Students
  • BA/BS degree from an accredited college or university
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0
Note: Meeting minimum entrance requirements does not guarantee admission.
Returning Students

A returning student is a student who was admitted and enrolled in a program at St. Scholastica but has been absent from the program for at least three continuous semesters, including summer. To return to the same program at St. Scholastica, a returning student must be in good academic standing and must apply for readmission to the College.