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2016-2017 Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog

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Master of Health Administration - Program Description

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The mission of the School of Public, Nonprofit and Health Administration is to educate students for lives of active citizenship as contributing members of their local, regional, national and global communities, and for professional careers in public and nonprofit organizations. We are dedicated to developing in our graduates the capacities for ethical judgment, critical thinking and the core competencies necessary to fulfill multiple roles as effective public servants and health care managers and leaders.

The mission of the Master of Health Administration program (M.H.A.) is to develop new, early-, and mid-career students into leaders who combine the essential knowledge, specific competencies, and practical experiences for a management career in nonprofit and governmental healthcare organizations in the Midwest, nation, and world. We actively engage the health care community to prepare ethical and effective practitioners for health care management and leadership.

An advanced degree in health administration opens up career opportunities that span the diverse components that make up the health care delivery system including: hospitals, ambulatory care practices, assisted living communities, skilled nursing facilities, home health agencies, and hospice care. In addition to direct health service providers, M.H.A. graduates are qualified for management positions in marketing, human resources, finance, and planning in pharmaceutical, medical device and supplies, and insurance companies.

Minimum Hours for Graduation: 48 to 54 credit hours

Admission to Master of Health Administration Program

  • An undergraduate grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale calculated on the last 60 credit hours of undergraduate coursework.
  • Three letters of reference from informed sources.
  • A detailed resume.
  • An essay on career and educational objectives (250-750 words).
  • A demonstrated commitment to community and public service. Ideally this would be five or more years of professional work experience since receiving a baccalaureate degree.
  • Submitting a GRE score is recommended for applicants who have neither a 3.0 undergraduate GPA nor five years of professional experience. The GRE is also recommended for applicants applying for a graduate assistantship with SPNHA.


The following program is available:

Master of Health Administration

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