Master of Health Administration
The Master of Health Administration (MHA) is a professional degree preparing graduates for leadership positions in healthcare administration.
The MHA indicates to potential employers that the student has obtained a high level of knowledge related to the health services management environment.
The MHA is accredited through the Council on Education in Public Health (CEPH)
This program allows the student to follow one of two tracks:
An executive track, which allows the student to utilize past managerial experience to forego the internship requirement and Studies in Health Care Administration coursework, allowing the student to accelerate their degree progress.
A standard track of coursework is available to students who do not have workplace experience but who have completed an undergraduate degree from any field of study.
Both tracks are available on-ground and fully online and to maintain course integrity are taught by the same faculty regardless of the course designation.
Admission to the Master of Health Administration program is based upon scholarship, letters of recommendation, and evidence of potential for success in a graduate program, including a minimum undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 2.75 for domestic applicants and 3.0 for international applicants. Application materials include transcripts, three letters of recommendation from academic or professional references, a Statement of Purpose, and a resume/CV.
Applicants to this program are required to use the online Schools of Public Health Application Service (SOPHAS) which can be accessed at http://www.sophas.org.
Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is not required for admission. Applicants with a GPA of less than 3.20 are encouraged to submit the GRE or GMAT scores with their application.
For additional information, please contact the MHA Program Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The health care industry is the largest industry in our nation and is experiencing rapid employment growth. Employment of health services managers is projected to grow 32 percent between 2019 and 2029, much faster than the average for all occupations. There were over 422,000 health services managers in the U.S. in 2019, and it is projected that 133,200 new positions will be created between 2019 and 2029. The median pay for medical and health services managers in 2019 was $100,980 per year.
Where Do Graduates Work?
- Physician practices
- Nursing homes and other long-term care facilities
- Public health and other government agencies
- Outpatient care centers
- Non-profit organizations
- Health insurance companies
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What is the primary focus of this program?
Our MHA program focuses on preparing graduates for leadership positions in healthcare administration. Students who complete an MHA indicate to potential employers that they have obtained a high level of knowledge related to the health services management environment.
What is the demand for this degree?
The US Bureau of Labor and Statistics predicts that demand for health services on an upward trajectory and is growing much faster than average when compared to other industry sectors.
What is the tuition for this program?
MHA program costs can be estimated at the university’s ETSU Tuition & Fees Estimator.
Can I take all of my courses online and when/where do classes meet?
All of our MHA courses can be completed 100% fully online and select courses are offered at our Johnson City, TN campus. More information on our online program offerings can be found here.
How long will it take for me to graduate from this program and what is the difference in the Standard Track and the Executive Track MHA?
- The typical timeline to complete the MHA on a full-time basis would be 5 semesters, including one summer semester. However, the program is flexible and can be completed on a part-time basis, with a 6-year time limit.
- The Standard Track program consists of 51-54 credit hours. Our Executive Track is 45-48 credit hours and is designed for students who have 3 or more years’ experience in a supervisory or managerial role in health administration.
Does the MHA program require a specific undergraduate degree? Is there a thesis involved with either track?
Our MHA program does not require a specific undergraduate degree for consideration and does not require a thesis as part of the program curriculum. The program offers students the opportunity to complete a capstone course focusing on integrating health management and administrative techniques into real world settings.
How often are applicants accepted into this program and how long should I expect to wait for an admissions decision? Is there a minimum GRE score required for this program?
The GRE is not required to be considered for the MHA. Our MHA program admits students to start in either the fall or spring semester each academic year and application deadlines can be found through our application on SOPHAS.
Can I transfer into the MHA from another ETSU graduate program? How about from outside of ETSU?
Are there additional requirements for applicants who are not United States citizens or permanent residents?
ETSU International Admission requirements may be found here.