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Become a Leader in Healthcare

The Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA) program will prepare you, an experienced health services professional, for executive healthcare leadership. You’ll gain the skills to become an innovative leader, capable of advancing the health and well-being of people, organizations, and communities through applied innovation and collaboration.

Whether you work in regional, nonprofit or Catholic health services, nursing, long-term care or post-acute, integrative health, health informatics or information, insurance or ambulatory practices, this program will empower you. Learn to deliver high-quality health services, analyze data, strategize, develop business models, manage quality and finances, and engage patients and communities within diverse teams. Take the next step in your career with the MHA program and become a leader in transforming health services.

Fast Facts

  • An industry 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- or 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”

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The program has been a great fit for me as a working professional. The faculty and support have made the transition back to school a great experience!

Amanda Bartnick, RN, MN Department of Health

Degree Details


Tuition: $595/credit*

* Tuition rates are for the 2024-25 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. View 2023-24 rates

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 a 32% growth in healthcare leadership needed to effectively manage the business of healthcare delivery and finances, and work effectively with diverse teams.

The MHA program aligns with The American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) Leadership Competencies, CAHME accreditation and industry needs which are categorized into six critical competency domains:

  • Change leadership
  • Management
  • Communication and collaboration
  • Innovation
  • Strategic and business planning skills and knowledge
  • Professionalism, integrity, ethics and social responsibility


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 28% from 2022 to 2032. 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
  • Regional health CEO
  • Nursing home administrator and post-acute system leader (assisted living)
  • Physician practice executive or director
  • Insurance company leadership role
  • VP/director within an integrated health system
  • Chief nursing officer or health science
  • Director or chief information officer
  • Medical director
  • Clinical program/service line director or VP

Admission Information

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

Application Deadlines


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


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


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.