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.

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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

  • Resume
  • 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.

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Program Transparency

Graduation rates

  • 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 28 months and 80% within 40 months (2022-2023)


Class sizes

  • The range of MHA class sizes was 7 to 40 students (2022-2023)


Registration (2022 - 2023):

  • 55% of MHA students registered full-time (9 or more credits)
  • 45% of MHA students registered part-time


2022-23 graduate placements

  • 90 days: 96%
  • 6 months: 100%


2021-2022 graduate placements

  • 1 year: 100%


Student Learning Outcomes

Alumni Demographics

MHA students at time of graduation, 2017-18 through 2022-2023 (Total graduates: 137)

  • Age 23-24: 21% 
  • Age 25-29: 57%
  • Age 30-39: 15%
  • Age 40+: 7%
  • Female: 71%
  • Male: 29%
  • African-American / Black: 6%
  • Asian / Pacific Islander: 13%
  • Hispanic: 1%
  • Mixed-race: 7%
  • White: 71%
  • International (on student visa):  8%

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.

Key People

Graduate Program Director: Lara Jaskiewicz

Internship Coordinator: Quincy Williams

Department Chair: Raymond Higbea

Academic Faculty

Library liaison: Ashley Rosener

College Dean: Dr. Sherril Soman

Practitioner Faculty

Employment Outlook and Career Advice

Some recent graduates

Photo of Jasmine Ahuja smiling

Jasmine Ahuja is currently Senior Project Specialist at Spectrum Health

Photo of Dave Chesla smiling in front of a sign that reads "The future of health begins with you"

Dave Chesla is currently Senior Director of Research and Development at Spectrum Health. 

Photo of Jenny Dondzila smiling

Jenny (Vasquez) Dondzila is currently Supervisor Case and Disease Management at Priority Health


Photo of John Luterbach smiling

John Luterbach is currently Senior Provider Network Performance Specialist at Priority Health

Photo of Kaitlyn Kleibusch smiling

Kaitlyn Kleibusch is currently Product Manager at Priority Health

Picture of Brent Reed smiling in front of dark background

Brent Reed is currently Innovation Strategist at Trinity Health


Page last modified February 12, 2024