Master of Health Administration (M.H.A.)
Developing innovative, lifelong healthcare leaders
- The Master in Health Administration (MHA) is a 48 to 54 credit program delivered primarily through evening hybrid courses.
- The MHA is accredited by CAHME, the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education.
- Our MHA program emphasizes management principles that are relevant to healthcare leadership (e.g., Spectrum Health, Trinity Health, Covenant Retirement Communities, Henry Ford Health System, Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital, McLaren Health Care, University of Michigan West, Porter Hills Retirement Communities, Sparrow Health.)
- MHA faculty partners with other programs to provide management education to students who want a degree that incorporates elements outside of health management.
- The MHA program is open to students with undergraduate backgrounds for all fields, including humanities, natural sciences, social sciences, business, health professions, or any other field.
- Our program is flexible for both full and part-time students, and for pre-career and through mid-career students, with courses meeting in the evening, on weekends, and on-line.
- We are supportive of our students' career objectives and provide many curriculum options to match those objectives.
Application deadlines are:
- July 1 for Fall semester
- November 1 for Winter semester
- Late applications are reviewed on a rolling basis and accepted as time allows
- The curriculum is designed to develop competencies identified by the National Center of Healthcare Leadership.
Materials required to complete your graduate application
- Transcripts (if not from GVSU)
- Three letters of recommendation from academic and/or professional sources
- Essay/personal statement
- GRE scores are NOT required
We seek applicants with at least an undergraduate or graduate GPA of 3.0 from an accredited college or university.
- On average, a Full-Time student completes the MHA Program in 2 to 2.5 years.
- On average, a Part-Time student completes the MHA Program in 3 to 4 years.
- 50% of students graduated in 24 months and 80% within 36 months (2021-2022)
- The range of MHA class sizes was 7 to 40 students (2021-2022)
Registration (Winter 2022):
- 54% of MHA students registered full-time (9 or more credits)
- 46% of MHA students registered part-time
2021-22 graduate placements
- 90 days: 100%
- 6 months: 100%
2020-21 graduate placements
- 1 year: 100%
Student Learning Outcomes
Student Body Profile
MHA students at time of graduation, 2017-18 through 2020-2021 (Total graduates: 93)
- Age under 22-24: 17%
- Age 25-29: 54%
- Age 30-39: 16%
- Age 40+: 6%
- Female: 66%
- Male: 27%
- African-American / Black: 5%
- Asian / Pacific Islander: 15%
- Hispanic: 1%
- Mixed-race: 6%
- White: 70%
- International (on student visa) 9%
Costs and Financial Aid
The completion of the MHA requires a minimum of 54 credits for pre-career students, who need 2 internships, 51 credits for early-career students who need 1 internship, and 48 credits for mid-career students. For information on tuition per credit hour and other fees, please visit the costs portion of the GVSU Financial Aid website.
For scholarship information please visit our scholarship page. For graduate assistant information, please visit our graduate assistantship page. For other financial support and filing for FAFSA, please visit the GVSU Financial Support website.
The Graduate School provides funding for student conference attendance and research projects through the Academic Conference Fund and Presidential Research Grants.
Internship Coordinator: Quincy Williams
Department Chair: Raymond Higbea
Library liaison: Ashley Rosener
College Dean: Dr. Sherril Soman
Employment Outlook and Career Advice
Career Center: Graduate Students
Connect Early, Connect Often
Make regular appointments with your faculty advisor to discuss your post-graduation plans. (Consult Banner to identify your advisor.)
Articles of Interest:
- Monster.com: Where Can You Work with a Master's in Healthcare Administration?
- U.S. News & World Report: Online Master's in Health Care Administration: An Overview
- MHA Degree.org: Salary for Masters in Healthcare Administration – Jobs & Career Outlook
- American College of Healthcare Executives: Your Career as a Healthcare Executive
- ExploreHealthCareers.org: Health Administrator
BLS Occupational Outlook:
Selected job boards
- Career Vitals
- iHire Healthcare Administration
- Health eCareers
- NRHA Career Center
- Public Health Jobs
- US Department of Health and Human Services
- Michigan Association for Local Public Health
- Public Health Online
- American Health Information Management Association
- State of Michigan Job Openings
- American Public Health Association
Some recent graduates
Jasmine Ahuja is currently Senior Project Specialist at Spectrum Health
Dave Chesla is currently Senior Director of Research and Development at Spectrum Health.
Jenny (Vasquez) Dondzila is currently Supervisor Case and Disease Management at Priority Health
John Luterbach is currently Senior Provider Network Performance Specialist at Priority Health
Kaitlyn Kleibusch is currently Product Manager at Priority Health
Brent Reed is currently Innovation Strategist at Trinity Health