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2023-2024 Graduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog

Master of Science in Health Administration Program Information


Our Master of Science in Health Administration (MHA) program prepares graduates with knowledge in healthcare leadership and the ability to leverage technological innovations. The program emphasizes managerial leadership skills aimed at developing leaders with a strong sense of ethics, a passion for service to those most vulnerable, and an appreciation for the nuances of healthcare compliance given the highly regulated nature of the sector. Coursework allows for students to develop a range of highly useful skills, including performance improvement tools to improve healthcare delivery, and the identification of safety lapses and legal risks in hospitals, nursing facilities and other healthcare institutions.

The University places the highest emphasis on teaching and on the value of close student-faculty relationships both in and out of the classroom. The program boasts a cohort model and is designed for busy professionals who need to finish their degree in a 1 year (accelerated) or 2 years (part-time) time frame.  The Master of Health Administration degree requires the successful completion of 36 credit hours.

Program Objectives

Students who complete the MHA program should demonstrate:

Knowledge and Technical Healthcare Skills: Students will demonstrate knowledge and proficiency in requisite technical healthcare skills including: healthcare marketing, accounting and financial management, economics, information systems, strategy, operations, and Lean Six Sigma in order to advance in the workforce.

Communication Skills: Students will demonstrate knowledge and proficiency in communicating effectively, both orally and in writing, through contemporary technologies.

Management and Leadership Healthcare Skills: Students will demonstrate knowledge and proficiency in requisite management and interpersonal skills. Additionally, students will understand leadership strategies for effective management within a variety of healthcare environments.

Analytical Healthcare Skills: Students will demonstrate knowledge and proficiency in evaluating complex problems and processes, research and analysis of qualitative and quantitative data, the application of problem-solving methodologies, and generation of recommendations for decision-making and strategic planning.

The Role of Business in Society: Students will demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the role of the healthcare organization within society using the perspectives of healthcare policy, law, ethics, corporate social responsibility, and Catholic Social teaching.

The Personal Calling of Business Professionals: Students will develop an appreciation of the personal calling of healthcare professionals to lives of purpose and service and to meeting the highest standards of personal integrity in their work and relations with others.

MHA Admission Requirements

Candidates for admission into the MHA program must have completed a Bachelor’s degree and must satisfy at least one of the following criteria:

  • 2.75 minimum cumulative undergraduate grade point average (GPA)
  • Minimum three years relevant business, health services or healthcare industry experience (resume required)
  • 304 minimum score on the Graduate Records Examination (GRE) or 500 minimum score on the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT); visit www.gre.org or www.ets.org/gre for details on exam requirements and testing locations

In exceptional circumstances, the Provost may waive one or more of these requirements.

NOTE: High performing students majoring in Health Sciences in the School of Natural Science and Mathematics may qualify for the dual degree program. For more information, visit (insert link for SNCM here)

Application Process

Applications for admission are accepted year-round and reviewed on a rolling basis. The MHA program is run in a cohort, meaning each class is taken in sequence. New cohorts begin in January, May, and August. Please plan to apply at least six weeks before the cohort begins.

To be considered for admission, you must submit:

You must demonstrate at least one of the following:

  • 2.75 minimum cumulative undergraduate grade point average (GPA)

  • Minimum three years relevant business, health services or healthcare industry experience (resume required)

  • 304 minimum score on the Graduate Records Examination (GRE) or 500 minimum score on the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT)

Currently this program is not available to International Students studying on an F-1 Visa.

Admission Status

  • Full Admit: Applicants who satisfy at least one of the three criteria stated above are granted full admission to graduate study.
  • Provisional Admit:  Applicants who do not fulfill admission requirements but who shows promise as a graduate student with a 2.75 GPA in their last 60 undergraduate credits may be granted a provisional admission.  This status requires a student to earn a “B” or better in their first three courses. If this requirement is met, the student’s status will be updated to full acceptance and will remain in the program with no restrictions. If a “B” or better is not earned in each of the first three courses, the student will be dismissed from the program.

Offers of acceptance will be valid for two years. Should you choose not to enroll in classes during this time frame you will need to reapply for future program consideration.

Graduate Non-Degree Seeking Students

Mount St. Mary’s University graduate programs offer graduate courses for individuals interested in non-degree studies for continuing education, professional development, or personal enrichment. Up to six credits taken as a non-degree seeking student may apply towards degree requirements for a masters or certificate program in the Richard J. Bolte, Sr. School of Business. Students must take pre-requisites specified.  Students who have never taken graduate coursework at Mount St. Mary’s University, must complete the non-degree seeking graduate application prior to registering for courses, as well as submit an unofficial undergraduate transcript showing a conferred bachelor’s degree.

Undergraduate Prerequisites

Prerequisite competence in accounting and statistics is required for courses MHA 505 - Health Care Accounting and Financial Management. Prerequisite competence in microeconomics is required for MHA 506 - Economics for Health Care Managers. These requirements, along with a proficiency in Microsoft Office, may be satisfied by documentation of undergraduate study, application of applied knowledge, or completion of the academic levelling courses in these three disciplines. Contact the program director for additional information.

MHA Tuition - See - Tuition and Fees  

Transfer of Graduate Credits

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How to Request Transfer Credit

  • Request an application for transfer credit from the Graduate School.
  • Request official transcripts from the institution(s) from which you earned the credits.
  • Submit an official catalog course description and/or syllabus for course(s) you wish to be considered.

Degree Requirements

Students are responsible for ensuring that all of the following graduation requirements have been satisfied:

  • Completion of all undergraduate prerequisites and a minimum of 36 graduate hours comprising required core courses.
  • A cumulative GPA of at least 3.00.
  • Completion of all required courses within the five-year time limit.

Requests for time extensions must be submitted in writing and may be granted at the discretion of the program director. No foreign language or comprehensive examination is required.

Course Waivers

If a student has a strong undergraduate background or significant professional experiences in a field, he or she may request to have a core course waived by the program director. A waiver is not an award of credit, but it permits the student to substitute an approved higher-level course in place of the core requirement. Waivers are awarded to strengthen a student’s academic program.

Students may request waivers for a maximum of nine semester hours for a degree program or a maximum of three semester hours per certificate. The combination of transferred and waived credits may not exceed nine semester hours for degree programs or three semester hours per certificate.

Students interested in pursuing a course waiver may request an application for waiver from the program director.

Enrollment in Multiple Programs

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Academic Sessions

Each academic semester comprises two parts, Session I and Session II. MHA Sessions occur on a year-round basis, with six academic sessions per year with courses offered on an accelerated basis.

Fall Semester: Fall I Session and Fall II Session
Spring Semester: Spring I Session and Spring II Session
Summer Semester: Summer I Session and Summer II Session

Classes require readings and/or assignments to be completed before the first class meeting.

Ethical Standards

Mount St. Mary’s University believes that ethical conflicts and choices are inherent in business decision making. Proper ethical behavior exists above the law, and managers should be familiar with a host of situations involving the application of ethical standards. The discussion of business cases or situations having ethical implications is an important part of the Mount St. Mary’s Master of Health Administration Program.

Because of the nature of Mount St. Mary’s and its commitment to moral/ethical standards, ethical considerations are a visible part of many of the courses. Faculty include an identifiable component on the application of ethical principles in our core courses. We believe the nature of the University requires that Mount St. Mary’s offer insight to managers on how to deal with ethical issues.