Master of Healthcare Administration

Executive Master of Healthcare Administration

  • Delivery: 
    Primarily Online
  • Cost: 
    $1,560 per credit
  • Total credits: 
    42
  • Credential: 
    Graduate Degree
  • Admission GPA: 
    3.0
  • Application deadlines: 
    December 1 for January cohort
  • Campus: 
    Twin Cities
  • College: 
    School of Public Health
  • Department: 
    Division of Health Policy and Management

The Executive MHA program utilizes an academically rigorous online and classroom format that prepares working professionals for leadership in health care administration. The curriculum includes a focus on the management of complex, integrated health systems, including the expanded role of physicians, providers, managers, and leaders in those systems.

Learning is supported by alumni involvement, innovative leadership projects, and student support by peers, faculty, and staff. Working with faculty and advisors, students design and conduct a project to introduce an innovation into their organization. The project provides the opportunity for students to bring together many aspects of their learning into an innovation of significant value.

In addition, the program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation Health care Management Education.

Hybrid/Cohort-Based Model

The program is delivered in a learning cohort model that blends online and on-campus coursework. All students start the program together and progress through the same curriculum, providing opportunities to learn and work together. Most of the coursework is online; students spend 22 days (five sessions) on campus over 25 months.

Learn more about the E-MHA learning model.

Sample Courses

This is a 42-credit, 25-month program. Here is just a sampling of courses you might take.

  • PUBH 7551 Principles of Management in Health Services Organizations (2 cr)
  • PUBH 7564 Private Purchasers of Healthcare (2 cr)
  • PUBH 7536 Health Finance (3 cr)
  • PUBH 7565 Healthcare Delivery, Design & Innovation (2 cr)
  • PUBH 7556 Health and Health Systems (2 cr)
  • PUBH 7535 Healthcare Services Accounting (3 cr)

For more information, visit the University catalog.

Career Outlook

The current demand for Executive Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA) graduates is very high due, in part, to a shortage of qualified executive management talent in health care organizations. Moreover, in the next decade, as a significant proportion of current managers retire, clinical professionals will be moved into top positions, requiring advanced skills and learning to be successful.

More than 55 percent of our Executive MHA students are promoted while enrolled in the program.

Student Profile

Dr. Julie Houle is Chief Medical Director of Emergency Services for Fairview Range Medical Center in rural northeast Minnesota. She directs all prehospital medical care, develops and approves protocols and quality in the emergency department, and supervises emergency physicians and advance practice providers.

“Like many physicians I did not have any formal leadership training, and had some early spectacular fails! The Executive MHA faculty are thought-leaders working to improve health and they help me to see, and look for, solutions in the big picture."

Read Dr. Houle's story.