2021 Top Picks: 20 Best CAHME-Accredited Master of Healthcare Administration Degree Programs


A year and a half ago, if you happened to mention to someone that you work in the field of healthcare administration, you might have gotten a few polite words about how it sounded like a pretty important job… Today, you’re more likely to get a heartfelt thanks and a whole lot of questions about how the industry is bouncing back from the events of the past year.

Everyone always had some sense that healthcare management is a job that takes plenty of smarts and more than a little grit, but there is nothing that drives that idea home quite like a global pandemic, especially when it’s one that managed to establish a stronger foothold in the U.S. than anywhere else in the world.

Suddenly it’s crystal clear to everyone how those previously unsung heroes in the administrative offices of healthcare facilities around the country are as vital as doctors, nurses and therapists. 

Under the strain of COVID, the healthcare system has had to rely on administrators for things that were never mentioned in the job description: coordinating overnight build-outs of field hospitals in sports stadiums and fairgrounds in Wisconsinramping up daily coronavirus testing capacity at small Arizona clinics from 5 to almost 5,000 virtually overnightnegotiating deals for N95 respirators and going to great lengths to make sure they get to the clinicians who need them.

Whether you are already working in healthcare or not, you get the picture: the leadership and administrative know-how required of top medical administrators is crucial when it comes to saving lives in America. And it’s no accident that most of the best administrators hold MHA degrees that have been specialty-accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education, or CAHME.

If your own career goals include landing one of those elite jobs, then you know that second-rate isn’t good enough when front-line doctors and nurses are counting on you. Not to mention the American public.

So you don’t want just any MHA program – you want the best. And that’s exactly what you’ll find on this list of our top picks for the best CAHME-accredited MHAs for 2021.

Maintaining MHA Standards Through Accreditation

There is a huge demand for MHA graduates today, putting real pressure on the education system. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, jobs for medical and health services managers are due to skyrocket by more than thirty percent over the next ten years. That blows the average rate of growth in any other industry or job classification out of the water.

The pandemic only added to some of the long-standing drivers behind job growth in the healthcare industry. Many would-be and current business administrators have seen the writing on the wall and are positioning themselves for the long haul by making the transition to healthcare management. As a result, enrollment in the most respected MHA programs is getting pretty competitive.

According to a 2019 Crain survey published in Modern Healthcare, executive pay in the industry has gone up by between 4 and 7 percent in each of the previous 4 years. There’s a clear demand for competent healthcare leaders, and health systems and hospitals are willing to back up a Brinks truck to the payroll office to get the kind of candidates they need.

At the same time demand is surging, so is the complexity of healthcare service delivery. New rules and regulations stemming from the ACA and time-tested legislation such as HIPAA continue to make billing and compliance hot topics.

Then there’s all the advances in healthcare technology, crazy stuff like Big Data diagnostics of MRI results or a new MIT technology that promises to embed vaccination history and other medical data in what amounts to an invisible tattoo. Advances like these are constantly pushing the limits of what is possible in medical science and healthcare.

And the associated costs of it all ends up falling to healthcare administrators to manage. It takes a unique skill to be able to offer patients the most advanced treatment money can buy even as budgets and insurance providers keep that money in short supply.

That presents a huge challenge to colleges who need to keep their MHA programs relevant and on the cutting-edge. And not all of them are up to the challenge.

Identifying The Best MHA Programs Means Taking a Look at Reputation, Instructors, Industry Connections, Research Contributions, Graduate Outcomes and More

CAHME has almost 80 fully accredited MHA programs listed in their database. That’s great news for the healthcare administration education marketplace overall, but it also means you have to look harder to find the gems in a pretty big bunch of schools.

Our selection process relies on the kind of qualitative measures that really mean something to graduate students looking to make a substantial investment in their future. Data points alone can’t tell you about the kind of student experience a program delivers, the true merit of its instructors, or the connections the department has made over the years with regional healthcare providers. But these are the things that make for a great program, so that’s exactly what we looked at in trying to find the best options available.

CAHME-accreditation was only our starting point. From there, we took a look at several other factors we know are most important to healthcare administration graduate students.

Reputation and Recognition

For the most part, it’s not actually a mystery within the healthcare world what the best schools are. Their reputation proceeds them; graduates go on to do big things and make a name for themselves, and that reflects well on the school. So we took a look around and saw which schools were already creating a buzz; getting on the prestigious U.S. News & World Report lists of top healthcare management or public health graduate programs, or making waves in other publications like Kiplingers and Forbes. We favored schools with designations from other third-party healthcare heavyweights, such as those designated in the top tier of research or community engagement by organizations like the Carnegie Foundation.

Instructor Expertise and Reputation

What you learn is at least as much about who you are learning from as it is about the course materials. Understanding how to present concepts in the right way to make them click and having the kind of real-world experience that offers good examples and unparalleled authority is critical for professors who are training the next generation of administrative talent.

These schools have all taken the time and made the effort to land some of the best instructors in the business. We’re talking about men and women with sterling reputations, walls papered with their own advanced degrees, and stacks of journal publications outlining their research into cutting-edge healthcare topics, and their thoughts on where the industry is heading.

Those are the kind of people you want to learn from, and you’ll find instructors of that calibre at each of these schools.

Industry and Agency Connections

It’s no surprise that you will find top-flight instructors at schools that are associated with top-flight medical centers, since many professors are also active health administrators or researchers working at facilities worthy of their talent. But we took a hard look at the kind of industry connections these schools have anyway. Industry connections affect the kind of internships you can land, the sort of research and capstone projects that will be open to you, and the caliber of healthcare professionals that you will be networking with throughout the program.

So we favored schools with prestigious connections that will place you in world-class medical systems like the Mayo Clinic, Johns Hopkins, or major regional medical centers—places where the action is happening and where your educational experience will be complemented by working through the kind of real-world challenges that can shape your thinking and understanding of the healthcare industry.

This also means looking for schools that have strong, well-developed alumni networks, helping hands from fellow graduates who have already found their place high up in healthcare management but who are still available to offer words of advice when it comes time for you to join the ranks after graduation.

Unique Accomplishments or Opportunities

Each of these schools has also gone the extra mile to set itself apart from the crowd when it comes to unique opportunities, or particular accomplishments within the field that students can take advantage of. Whether it’s an 11-month paid residency at a top healthcare organization or dedicated, year-long preceptorships where you’re paired-up with a wise mentor for the final phase of your studies – all of these schools have found key ways to offer something a little bit extra to their students.

That can include unique concentrations or sub-specialties that you just won’t find anywhere else, or dual-degree options that bring together the unique combination of interests that you feel are best aligned with your career goals. That means not every school on the list is equal, but it does mean that you are more likely to find that perfect fit with one of these options.

World-class Research Centers

Just like every other aspect of healthcare, the administrative side of the business is driven forward through the efforts of cutting-edge research projects and leading thinkers conducting experiments, developing theories, and putting together trends and technologies in unique ways that will change the landscape of your own healthcare management career.

You’ll always find yourself better positioned in the industry when you have studied with or alongside the researchers that are breaking new ground, so we picked out schools that have ties with some of the most advanced healthcare and leadership research centers in the nation.

Graduation and Post-Graduation Employment Rates

Finally, it’s always a sign of a good healthcare administration program when graduates are immediately snatched up by employers as soon as they get that diploma in their hands. We evaluated the post-graduation employment rates for these schools and gave strong marks to every school that found fast placement for the overwhelming majority of graduates.

Similarly, we considered overall graduation rates for the programs. Although a low graduation rate can sometimes indicate a tough and prestigious degree program, a high graduation rate shows you which programs genuinely invest in their students. When you pay top dollar for a first-rate healthcare administration education, you want to know that your faculty and the team behind them are pulling for you—so we preferred schools with high graduation rates as well as strong job placement numbers.

Our Top Picks for the Best CAHME-Accredited MHA Programs by Region for 2021

Of course, there are plenty of other things to take into account when you are selecting an MHA program that have less to do with the overall quality and more to do with your personal circumstances. We can’t account for all of those, but what we have done is tried to offer you the kind of information on each of these schools that will make it a little easier for you to find your best fit.

If you’re at the point in your career where you are thinking of picking up a master’s degree, you are probably already at a stage in life where picking up and moving halfway across the country isn’t going to work for you. Almost all of these programs are either residential, traditional on-campus degree programs, or hybrid degrees that blend online and regular classroom learning.

Of course, these days, plenty of traditional on-campus programs have shifted all the coursework that can possibly be done remotely to online platforms. We stay true to each school’s classification of programs as either on-campus, online or hybrid, though in many cases you’ll find that those definitions are fluid.

Although we didn’t consider cost in our selection process, we have listed program pricing, and noted when it falls into best value lists from other publications.

We’ve broken the list down by region (Northeast, Midwest, Pacific, Rocky Mountain, South) to make it easier for you to zero in on the programs nearest to you.

Wherever you go to earn your degree and no matter where you want that degree to take you in your career, we can say with absolute confidence that you can’t go wrong with any one of the 20 programs listed here.


Northeast Region

 

Cornell University

College of Human Ecology
Ithaca, NY
Website

Sloan MHA (on-campus)

Program cost: $80,430

  • Also offers the MHA-CIPA, dual MHA/MBA
  • Outstanding record of graduate success: 92% employment rate one month after graduation
  • Exciting experiential learning includes field trips, guest lectures, practitioner-led intensive courses, and a summer internship

The Sloan MHA through the nationally renowned Cornell University is a dynamic blend of coursework, case studies, guest lectures, field trips, practitioner-led intensive courses, and more—all backed by more than 60 years of academic excellence. As the nation’s first healthcare administration program featuring a two-year curriculum, it’s also long been a leader in graduate healthcare administration education. A ten-week summer internship rounds out this robust course of graduate education, while opportunities to take courses in other Cornell graduate programs like the Johnson Graduate School of Management and the Engineering School ensure a well-rounded academic experience.

 

Pennsylvania State University

College of Health and Human Development
University Park, PA
Website

MHA (on-campus, online)

Program cost: $77,236

  • Also offers a JD/MHA
  • MHA is ranked as one of the best healthcare management programs in the nation by U.S. News & World Report
  • Superb research opportunities through the school’s many research centers

Offered both online and on-campus, Penn State University’s renowned MHA is backed by the College of Health and Human Development’s strong industry tries and strategic partnerships, an expert faculty of scholars, researchers, and practitioners, and one of the strongest alumni networks in the field of health administration. Ranked as one of the best healthcare management programs in the nation by U.S. News & World Report, PSU’s MHA is rich in groundbreaking research opportunities through its many research centers, including the Center for Health Care and Policy Research, the Center for Integrated Healthcare Delivery Systems, the Prevention Research Center, and more.

 

George Washington University

Milken Institute School of Public Health
Washington, DC
Website

MHA (on-campus)

Program cost: $87,500

  • Milken Institute ranked #12 among the top public health graduate schools in the nation by U.S. News & World Report
  • MHA ranked #12 in the nation among graduate health administration programs by U.S. News & World Report
  • Milken School of Public Health is the only school of public health in our nation’s capital

Housed within the famed Milken Institute School of Public Health, the only one in our nation’s capital and widely recognized among the top public health graduate schools in the country, the George Washington University MHA builds on the skills and knowledge of emerging healthcare leaders through a comprehensive course of graduate study that’s rooted in leadership and strategic management trends, quality and performance improvement, leadership skills, community health planning and advocacy, organizational theory, finance, and health law. In the last 22 years, the Milken Institute has perfected its MHA to make it one of the preeminent programs of its kind in the nation. Thanks to a prime, Washington D.C. backdrop (just steps from the White House), students have a front-row seat to healthcare policy in the making, while the School’s carefully chosen faculty are renowned for their work in national research programs, scholarship, and policy efforts. Research collaborations, residency and internship opportunities, and lots of exposure to thought leaders in the field are all part of the Milken Institute experience.

 

Johns Hopkins University

Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Baltimore, MD
Website

MHA (on-campus)

Program cost: $71,110

  • Ranked #9 among the nation’s graduate programs in health administration by U.S. News & World Report
  • Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health ranked as the top public health school in the nation in 2019 by U.S. News & World Report
  • Superb experiential learning opportunities include a paid, 11-month residency within a top healthcare organization

Housed within the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, which is recognized as the oldest – and arguably the most esteemed – school of public health in the nation, Johns Hopkins University’s MHA offers an accelerated course of graduate study reserved for fully engaged self-starters. Built right into the MHA is a paid, 11-month administrative residency designed to provide you with unparalleled experiential learning opportunities within a top healthcare organization. You’ll have a chance for even more hands-on learning through the 16 research and practice-based centers and institutes within the Department of Health Policy and Management, including the Center for Health Disparities Solutions, the Center for Health Services & Outcomes Research, the Center for Hospital Finance & Management, and more.

Midwest Region

 

Saint Louis University

College for Public Health & Social Justice
St. Louis, MO
Website

MHA (on-campus, hybrid)

Program cost: $71,048

  • Ranked among the top 15 graduate healthcare management programs in the nation by U.S. News & World Report
  • Also offers the MHA-MBA and the MHA-JD
  • Option to also complete a certificate in Health Care Quality and Performance Excellence at no additional cost
  • Outstanding record of student achievement includes a 95% employment rate and 100% graduation rate

Ranked among the top healthcare management graduate programs in the nation by U.S. News & World Report, Saint Louis University’s MHA is where the next generation of healthcare leaders, innovators, and changemakers are born. And it’s no wonder – since 1947, Saint Louis University has been providing outstanding health management education, thanks to its pioneering efforts in developing competency-based education. Whether a fully on-campus course of study or a blend of online and on-campus courses are best for you, you’ll feel good knowing that you’re part of a program that’s known for its outstanding record of student achievement; in fact, the program boasts a 100% graduation rate and a 95% employment rate within 90 days of graduation. And if you want to take your MHA to the next level, consider earning a certificate in Health Care Quality and Performance Excellence at no additional cost!

 

University of Illinois at Chicago

School of Public Health
Chicago, IL
Website

MHA (on-campus)

Program cost: $46,501

  • Outstanding record of student achievement includes an average 90-day placement rate of 94% between 2016-2018
  • Superb opportunities to study under industry leaders through a 12-month preceptorship

The University of Illinois at Chicago MHA is just as much about experiential learning as it is about scholarship, and its unique curriculum, which is taught by both academicians and practitioners alike ensures a dynamic blend of theory and practice. Whether a full- or part-time course of graduate study is right for you, the University of Illinois at Chicago’s MHA has you covered. With a 12-month preceptorship rounding out this top-rated program and providing you with outstanding opportunities to connect with senior leaders in healthcare, you’ll have everything you need to make your mark as an emerging healthcare executive.

 

University of Michigan

School of Public Health, Management and Policy
Ann Arbor, MI
Website

MHSA (on-campus)

Program cost: $58,498

  • Also offers an MHSA-MPH in Epidemiology and MHSA-MPH in Health Behavior/Health Education
  • Superb record of student achievement includes a 99% completion rate since 2015

A focus on the organization, financing, marketing, and management of healthcare systems is at the heart of the University of Michigan MHSA, a proven course of graduate study that comes with an exceptional record of student achievement that includes a 99% completion rate among all students since 2015. Just some of the top features of the MHSA here include a 10-12 week internship (a prime opportunity to get your feet wet in a leading healthcare organization) … a nationally recognized faculty of researchers whose focus on major issues in health management and policy gives students exposure to the precise problems and solutions taking place in modern healthcare… and plenty of opportunities to flex your emerging leadership skills through the Griffith Leadership Center, a hub for the promotion of research aimed at critical health and health policy issues.

 

University of Minnesota

School of Public Health
Minneapolis, MN
Website

MHA (on-campus)

Optional subspecialty options include:

  • Financial management
  • Long-term care administration
  • Health policy
  • Information and decision science
  • Marketing management
  • Maternal and child health
  • Operations management
  • Strategic management
  • Health products

Program cost: $60,840

  • Also offers MHA/MBA and JD/MHA dual degrees
  • Outstanding record of student success: 100% of all students secure an administrative fellowship or employment within 60 days of graduating
  • Superb network of support includes 2,600 graduates within the Minnesota MHA Alumni Association

The University of Minnesota’s MHA has always been a trailblazer—it was one of the first programs of its kind in the nation. In the nearly 75 years since its creation, it has become a model for many other healthcare management programs and continues to hold a position among the very best (ranked second in the nation by U.S. News & World Report). The unique approach to teaching and curriculum here focuses on problem-solving and solutions-oriented thinking aligned with the method and philosophy reverently referred to as the “Minnesota Way.” This all comes together in the Minnesota Problem Solving Method, a group field project that partners students with healthcare organizations and executives around the country for an intensive practical experience in real-world problem-solving. The MHA offers a collaborative academic environment that’s highlighted by small class sizes and a cohort learning model. As an MHA student here, you’ll also have the opportunity to custom tailor your program by choosing among nine subspecialties.

 

Xavier University

College of Professional Sciences
Cincinnati, OH
Website

MHSA (on-campus)

Program cost: $43,951

  • One of just seven graduate health administration programs in the country to require a third-year administrative residency for full-time students
  • One-of-a-kind paid preceptorship features an annual residency stipend of $46,000 (as of 2020)

Success here is hard-earned, and that’s why Xavier MHSA graduates are consistently among the best qualified in the business of health administration. In fact, the Xavier MHSA is just one of seven programs of its kind to make a third-year of administrative residency a graduation requirement. But hard work here pays off, which is why Xavier MHSA graduates hold some of the top executive positions in the nation’s hospitals, health systems, federal health centers, health consulting agencies, and more. Since 1958, Xavier’s MHSA has been producing leaders and innovators in healthcare administration, and its reputation speaks for itself —it’s the only program in the nation to earn inaugural CAHME awards two years in a row and has held accreditation since CAHME first began offering it in 1968.

Pacific Region

 

University of Southern California

Sol Price School of Public Policy
Los Angeles, CA
Website

MHA (on-campus)

Program cost: $100,818

  • Also offered as an MHA/MSG (MS in Gerontology)
  • Outstanding faculty of renowned researchers in health policy and management
  • Exceptional opportunities to connect with industry leaders in Southern California’s massive healthcare sector

The University of Southern California’s MHA prepares the next generation of executives, managers, and administrators with the hard-won experiential skills and knowledge it takes to shape the future of healthcare. Designed with a curriculum that blends health management and policy and backed by a 40-year track record of excellence, USC’s MHA is long-established and proven to be one of the best, consistently ranking among the best health policy and management grad programs in the nation. As a Sol Price MHA student, you’ll choose from either part- or full-time scheduling options, study under a renowned faculty of instructors and researchers, and complete an invaluable career-building 1,000-hour residency at one of the 225 hospitals found in Southern California.

Rocky Mountain Region

 

University of Utah

David Eccles School of Business
Salt Lake City, UT
Website

MHA (on-campus)

Optional emphasis in:

  • Healthcare data analytics
  • Leadership/fellowship
  • Long-term care

Program cost: $52,016

  • Options to custom tailor the MHA through an emphasis in healthcare data analytics, leadership/fellowship, or long-term care
  • Flexible curriculum features full- or part-time study and a blend of afternoon and evening classes

Housed within the renowned David Eccles School of Business, the University of Utah MHA offers a superb graduate school experience that’s built around a cutting-edge curriculum and close ties to Utah’s healthcare community. Your choice of full- or part-time study, along with afternoon and evening classes, ensures a flexible and convenient course of graduate study while a summer internship rounds out classroom theory and provides an invaluable opportunity to connect with and learn from top executives and thought leaders in the field. As an MHA student here, you’ll have the option of taking your MHA one step further by choosing an emphasis in healthcare data analytics, leadership/fellowship, or long-term care.

Southern Region

 

Tulane University

School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine
New Orleans, LA
Website

MHA (on-campus)

Program cost: $88,220

  • The only CAHME-accredited MHA program in Louisiana and Mississippi
  • Ranked among the nation’s top healthcare management graduate programs by U.S. News & World Report
  • Year-long residency provides unmatched opportunities for experiential learning

Tulane University’s MHA is a well-rounded course of graduate study that’s focused on key areas of healthcare management, including organizational behavior, healthcare economics, financial management, leadership, population health, and more. But this program is much, much more than just classroom theory; through a year-long residency you’ll be immersed in New Orleans’ dynamic, fast-paced healthcare sector where you’ll gain the kind of skills and experience it takes to be able to confidently tackle contemporary issues facing the healthcare industry today. Boasting a 100% graduation rate and 96% employment rate among all graduates since 2016, Tulane’s track record for exceptional student outcomes says it all.

 

Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences

Edward G. Hebert School of Medicine
Bethesda, MD
Website

MHAP (on-campus)

As the nation’s federal health professions academy, students are not charged tuition; instead they repay the cost of education through service.

  • Proven record of excellence—since the program’s inception, 100% of all students have graduated, and as of 2019, 100% of graduates have gone on to fill healthcare administration and health policy positions
  • Superb opportunities to learn within the governmental agencies and health systems in our nation’s capital

The Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences Master of Health Administration and Policy (MHAP) leverages the exceptional opportunities in our nation’s capital and provides students with unparalleled opportunities to connect with and learn from top policy leaders. Simulations, team activities, and field trips that take place at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and throughout the D.C. region are part of the student experience here, while speakers who come from the Military Health System and from local hospitals and the State Department create an engaging classroom learning experience. A career-changing, 12-month administrative residency within a governmental agency (e.g., Department of Health and Human Services, Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, U.S. Public Health Service, Department of Veterans Affairs, etc.) rounds out this exceptional graduate program.

 

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Gillings School of Global Public Health
Chapel Hill, NC
Website

MHA (on-campus)

Program cost: $42,904

  • Gillings School of Global Public Health ranked second in the nation by U.S. News & World Report
  • Ranked #3 among the healthcare management programs in the nation by U.S. News & World Report

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill MHA program brings together a dynamic blend of classroom and experiential learning to prepare emerging leaders in health systems management, consultancy, medical insurance administration, government health administration, and more. Ranked third in the nation among the top healthcare administration programs by U.S. News & World Report and housed within the esteemed Gillings School of Global Public Health, which also holds a top spot among the best schools of public health in the country, the MHA program here is built on a foundation of academic excellence. And with exceptional student outcomes that include a 98% graduation rate and 100% employment rate within three months of graduation as of 2018, that’s something that can clearly be seen in the success of UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health graduates.

 

AdventHealth University

Orlando, FL
Website

MHA (on-campus)

Program cost: $34,020

  • Also offered as an MHA/MBA dual degree program
  • Outstanding record of student success includes a 100% employment rate (within 90 days of graduation) and a 96% graduation rate since 2018
  • Superb real-world learning experiences through AdventHealth Orlando

Housed in one of the region’s largest medical centers, AdventHealth University MHA students get all the unique benefits that come with studying in a world-class research and academic university-level teaching center. Offering an unparalleled level of immersive experiential learning, AdventHelath MHA students get a chance to develop their skills and put them to the test right in the thick of the action. An esteemed faculty of experienced practitioners, scholars, and researchers will guide you through a comprehensive program that’s designed to prepare you to tackle key issues in today’s dynamic healthcare environment. Small class sizes produce an intimate, personalized academic experience while convenient, evening courses provide a flexible course of study that won’t interfere with the job you already have.

 

Army-Baylor University

Medical Center of Excellence, U.S. Army
Fort Sam Houston, TX
Website

MHA (on-campus)

This tuition-free program is open to active duty and reservist soldiers in all branches of the military.

  • Also offered as an MHA-MBA joint degree
  • Superb record of student achievement includes a 97% completion rate and 100% employment rate among the last three graduating classes
  • Two-year program includes one year of classroom study and a one-year residency

An outstanding partnership between the U.S. Army and Baylor University has produced an unmatched MHA program – ranked among the top programs of its kind in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. Choose Army-Baylor University’s MHA and you’ll spend just one year in the classroom and another year immersed in valuable practical learning experiences in a major hospital system, such as the Mayo Clinic, the Cleveland Clinic, Johns Hopkins, and more, or in one of the country’s leading military hospitals. MHA students here come from all branches of the military to get truly exceptional academic experience that’s backed by a record of outstanding achievement, including a 97% completion rate and 100% employment rate among the last three graduating classes.

 

University of the Incarnate Word

HEB School of Business and Administration
San Antonio, TX
Website

MHA (on-campus)

Program cost: $52,322

  • Accelerated, focused course of study takes just 21 months to complete
  • Taught by an esteemed faculty of experienced health executives and administrators
  • Exciting opportunities for hands-on learning throughout the program

For emerging healthcare leaders who know the value of experiential learning and want a rigorous and highly-focused course of study, the University of the Incarnate Word MHA program has it all. The MHA blends a competency-driven curriculum and plenty of experiential learning opportunities into a focused program that takes just 21 months to complete. Evening classes ensure the best in flexibility and convenience for working professionals, while a graduate assistantship, seminars, and a capstone experience provide plenty of opportunities for hands-on learning under the guidance of seasoned and highly-experienced instructors.

 

Georgia State University

Robinson College of Business
Atlanta, GA
Website

MS in Health Administration (on-campus)

Program cost: $40,000

  • Also offered as an MBA/MHA
  • Ranked among the top public university programs in the nation by U.S. News & World Report in 2019
  • Unique cohort model of learning ensures outstanding collaboration and communication with your peers

Part of the esteemed Business School Alliance for Health Management (BAHM), the Georgia State University MS in Health Administration offers the optimal blend of curriculum and experiential learning opportunities to prepare you for success in healthcare administration. From student case competitions to on-site visits at leading healthcare systems to the opportunities you’ll have to participate in student organizations like Women in Healthcare Leadership and Future Healthcare Executives, the Robinson College of Business MHA gives you everything you need to hit the ground running as a highly qualified healthcare executive the day you graduate. You’ll complete this program as part of a cohort, giving you a dynamic, collaborative academic experience that you’ll share with the same group of dedicated fellow students from start to finish.

 

University of South Carolina

Norman J. Arnold School of Public Health
Columbia, SC
Website

MHA (on-campus)

Program cost: $41,000

  • Also offered as a JD/MHA combination degree
  • The Arnold School of Public Health has long been recognized for its outstanding research centers and community programs
  • Designated as a Top-Tier institution for research and community engagement by the Carnegie Foundation

Housed within the only school of public health in the state, the University of South Carolina MHA is front and center as a regional leader in providing health administration graduate students with a world-class academic experience. Since 1975, the Arnold School of Public Health has offered world-renowned research centers and community programs designed to prepare the next generation of top public health innovators, leaders, and changemakers. As a Norman J. Arnold MHA student you’ll be immersed in the groundbreaking research and exciting community engagement activities taking place here while learning under the guidance of a nationally recognized faculty. Accolades the school receives are plentiful and consistent, and include best value rankings from both Kiplinger’s and Forbes, a Top-Tier research designation for research and community engagement by the Carnegie Foundation, and a spot among the nation’s top public universities on the U.S. News & World Report Best First-Year Experience list.

 

Virginia Commonwealth University

College of Health Professions
Richmond, VA
Website

MHA (on-campus)

Program cost: $38,148

  • Also offered with MHA/JD, MHA/MD, and MHA/MSIS dual degree options
  • Outstanding graduate outcomes including a 100% job placement rate
  • Consistently ranked among the top 5 healthcare administration programs in the U.S. by U.S. News & World Report

The Virginia Commonwealth University MHA is a unique course of study that serves as an “industry specific” MBA program designed to deliver business and management training within the context of healthcare and the nonprofit sector. Its focus on organizational leadership in healthcare delivery puts this program on the cutting edge of the business side of health administration. Recognized among the best graduate-level healthcare management programs in the nation by U.S. News & World Report, the MHA at VCU comes complete with everything you need for success in the competitive field of healthcare administration, including a 10-month paid administrative residency with a major healthcare provider where you’ll work alongside a leading executive mentor. Experiential learning doesn’t get any better than that!

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