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  • Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA) Program

    Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA)

    Drexel’s online Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA) degree program offers a unique opportunity to marry your extensive healthcare experience with the latest business management skills needed to become a respected industry leader and advocate – at a time when the demand for trusted decision makers and creative problem-solvers is greater than ever.

    Why Should You Choose Drexel’s Accredited Online Health Administration Master's Program?

    • The program emphasizes authentic, problem-based learning in a collaborative online environment, connecting you with local healthcare leaders and fellow classmates through online discussions and a mandatory 5-day on-campus residency
    • You will study with faculty members who are doctorally-prepared educators with vast, executive experience in managed care, non-profit organizations, physician practice management, and hospital and research-based ethics consultations
    • You will master the latest, evidence-based healthcare management theories and practice applications, while honing your transformational leadership, financial, analytical thinking, and interpersonal communications skills
    • There is no thesis requirement
    • The online format enables you to learn on your own schedule, while still providing ample opportunities to connect with your professors and classmates

    4 Reasons You Should Earn a Master of Healthcare Administration

    The demand for trusted decision makers and creative problem-solvers in healthcare is now greater than ever. Kristine Mulhorn, PhD, MHSA, FGSA, chair of the Health Administration Department and Teaching Professor at Drexel University’s College of Nursing and Health Professions, shares how a Master of Healthcare Administration strengthens the healthcare experience and business management skills you need to become a respected leader and advocate in this industry.

    What is an MHA?

    The Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA) program is a graduate-level professional degree that prepares you for healthcare leadership or administration-level jobs. This includes managing the business side of hospitals or other health services organizations. This degree will utilize your business skills and acumen, teaching you how to translate them for the healthcare space.

    What are the Requirements and Skills Needed for an MHA?

    To be successful in healthcare administration, there are many soft skills that help set you apart from the competition:

    • Flexibility, tenacity, and attention to detail – Adapt to an industry that is consistently growing and constantly evolving
    • Effective communication, written, and interpersonal skills – Become the translator between the clinicians and business decision-makers in healthcare environments
    • Empathy, customer-service orientation, and the ability to think on your feet – Make a difference and help improve the lives of many people every day

    MHA Frequently Asked Questions

    What Can You Do With a Master’s Degree in Healthcare Administration (MHA)?
    Graduates of Drexel’s online Master of Healthcare Administration program can look forward to a wide range of rewarding career opportunities, including jobs in hospital administration, pharmaceutical corporations, healthcare consulting firms, health marketing firms, health analysis and policy firms, and healthcare advocacy organizations. Likewise, there are plenty of professional pathways in specialty health services facilities, physician offices, outpatient centers, managed care, insurance organizations, government and public health agencies, health information, tech companies, and nonprofit health and social services agencies.

    How Long Does It Take to Earn a Master’s Degree in Healthcare Administration?
    Drexel’s online Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA) degree is designed for experienced healthcare professionals like yourself, who need the convenience of an online format to balance their work life, family, and educational needs. Our online MHA has two options to help you to achieve your goals on a timeline that fits your lifestyle. Our 2-year or 3-year plans of study allow you to pick the pace that is just right for you.

    Why is Drexel's Master's in Healthcare Administration Worth It?
    Did you know that health administration is the fastest-growing sector of the economy? In January 2018, healthcare officially became the largest employer in the United States. In fact, the Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a 28% percent increase in employment for Medical and Health Services Managers between now and 2031. That’s equivalent to more than 136,200 new jobs, with a current median annual salary of $101,340 for executives and administrators in the healthcare industry.

    MHA Coursework Addresses the Following Competencies:

    With its solid focus on real-world application, the online MHA program is grounded in the National Center for Healthcare Leadership’s Competency Model – the leading model used by accredited graduate education programs to build proven leadership competencies across the health professions.

    As such, the curriculum is organized around the model’s three domains – transformation, execution, and people – to provide you with the requisite skills for climbing the executive management ladder, from strategic planning, practice management, and team-building, to project coordination, public policy, and financial oversight. This allows you to broaden your leadership horizons with advanced coursework in epidemiology and biostatistics, as well as healthcare economics, ethics, and law. Some of the other skills you'll hone throughout the program include:

    • Fiscal Accountability
    • Human Resources and Team Management
    • Implementing and Managing Change
    • Professional Accountability and Advocacy
    • Relationship Building and Collaborative Problem Solving
    • Transformational Leadership

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    For Questions, Please Contact:

    Kevin J. Mitchell, PhD, MBA
    Program Director

    Drexel University offers a variety of Graduate Minors that can be added to any master's degree program.
    State restrictions may apply to some programs.


    This program is organized into four 10-week quarters per year (as opposed to the traditional two semester system) which means you can take more courses in a shorter time period. One semester credit is equivalent to 1.5 quarter credits.

    Required Courses
    HSAD 500 Historical Influences on the US Healthcare System 4.0
    HSAD 501 Managerial Epidemiology 3.0

    HSAD 505 Ethical and Legal Issues in Healthcare Management and Policy 4.0
    HSAD 515 Practice issues in Healthcare Management 4.0
    HSAD 522 Applied Management Project 4.0
    HSAD 525 National Health Expenditures 4.0
    HSAD 530 Politics and Policy of Healthcare Resources 4.0
    HSAD 540 Resources, Recruitment and Retention in Healthcare 4.0
    HSAD 550 Strategic Planning for Healthcare Administration 4.0
    IPS 564 The Business of Healthcare 3.0
    Elective Courses (Choose 2) 7.0-8.0
    HSAD 527
    Intro to Long Term Care & Post Acute Care Admin
    HSAD 555
    Aging & Disability Policy in the US
    HSAD 560
    Advanced Healthcare Marketing
    HSAD 561
    Risk Management
    HSAD 562
    Group Dynamics & Leadership in Health Care Management
    HSAD 565
    Global Health and Management Issues
    HSAD 566
    Evaluation and Assessment of Healthcare Systems
    IPS 562
    Comparative Health Systems
    Total Credits 45.0-46.0

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    Admissions Criteria

    • A bachelor's degree in health administration or a closely related field (such as a clinical discipline, health sciences, or general business) or a bachelor’s degree in an unrelated field and a minimum of 1 year of healthcare work experience
    • GPA of 3.0 or above is preferred

    Required Documents

    With multiple ways to submit documents, Drexel makes it easy to complete your application. Learn more by visiting our Completing Your Application Guide.

    • A completed application
    • Official transcripts from all universities or colleges and other post-secondary educational institutions (including trade schools) attended
    • Two letters of recommendation
    • Essay of approximately 500-750 words describing your relevant professional and life experiences, outlining your career goals, and explaining your motivation for pursuing a career in health care management and obtaining a Master of Health Administration degree 
    • Resume
    • Additional requirements for International Students

    An admissions interview may be required.


    The tuition rate for the academic year 2024-2025 is $1002 per credit.

    For the academic year 2024-2025, students enrolled in an online graduate academic program will be charged a graduate online program fee of $125 per year.

    • This program is eligible for Financial Aid.
    • Special tuition rates available for Drexel University AlumniMilitary members, and members of our Partner Organizations.
      • These rates apply only to new online students and students being readmitted.
      • These rates apply only to fully online courses. Hybrid or on-campus courses may have different rates.
      • Tuition rates are subject to increase with the start of each academic year in the fall term.
      • All students must contact applyDUonline@drexel.edu within the first two weeks of the term to request tuition savings for which they qualify.
      • Special rates cannot be combined. If you qualify for more than one special rate, you'll be given the one with the largest savings.
      • When receiving special tuition plans with Drexel University Online, you may not combine them with other tuition benefits that may be available from Drexel University.

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    Academic Calendar

    2023-2024 Academic Year


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