Master of Health Administration

The Master in Health Administration (M.H.A.) prepares graduates for managerial and leadership roles in the challenging and complex field of nonprofit healthcare administration. The curriculum develops advanced executive abilities through a combination of core competencies and specialized areas of concentration.

The program centers on interdisciplinary learning experiences that integrate classroom study, applied research, professional development, and field experience. The curriculum is designed to prepare students to act ethically and effectively in complex organizations and to transcend traditional boundaries in pursuit of prosperous, safe, and healthy communities.

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Career Outlook and Opportunities

22% JOB GROWTH BY 2020



The median pay for medical and health service managers (according to is $84,000. The top 10%, with master’s degrees and many years of experience, can earn up to $144,000 per year. Professionals with an M.H.A. and who work in medical and health service management should see their employment prospects grow by 22% by 2020. Health administration graduates hold the following job titles:

  • Chief executive officer
  • Chief operations officer
  • Clinic manager
  • Department director
  • Supervisor
  • Facility manager
  • Health care consultant
  • Health services manager
  • Administrator
  • Medical records manager
  • Nurse manager
  • Nurse director
  • Operations manager
  • Program manager


  • Research opportunities. Some students will collaborate with faculty on ongoing research projects and other students will find or create research opportunities independently.
  • Learning takes place using state-of-the-art equipment and instructional materials.
  • Small class sizes and professors with practical experience, diverse specialties, and immense academic knowledge.
  • Connections to professionals through the graduate student group, internships, and class assignments.


Students will study a variety of topics, including:

  • Health economics
  • Research methods
  • Healthcare financial management
  • Healthcare law and ethics
  • Quality improvement/assurance
  • Health information technology
  • Health policy and politics

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The Master of Health Administration program admission requirements are available here. The $30 application fee is waived for undergraduate alumni of Grand Valley.

Deadline for fall semester is June 30; winter deadline is October 15. The $30 nonrefundable application fee is waived if the applicant has previously applied to Grand Valley State University. Please visit

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For more information on tuition and fees, please visit the costs portion of the GVSU Financial Aid website. For financial support, scholarship search, and filing for FAFSA, please visit the GVSU Financial Support website.

Note: Grand Valley does not charge a higher tuition rate based on residency. Tuition is based on the program in which you chose to enroll. 

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