MHA - Master of Health Administration

Our Mission: Develop lifelong healthcare leaders.

Our Vision: Develop new, early, and mid-career students into leaders who combine the essential knowledge, specific competencies, and practical experiences for a career in for-profit, nonprofit, and governmental healthcare in the Midwest, nation, and the world. We actively engage the healthcare community by preparing ethical and effective practitioners for healthcare leadership and serving as a resource for continued professional development.

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Why Study Health Administration at Grand Valley?

  • The Master in Health Administration (MHA) Program is accredited by CAHME, the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education
  • Our MHA program emphasizes management principles that are relevant to nonprofit health organizations, which are very prominent in Michigan (e.g., CHE Trinity Health, including Mercy Health, Covenant Retirement Communities, Henry Ford Health System, Holland Homes, Hospice of Michigan, Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital, McLaren Health Care, Metro Health Hospital, Porter Hills Retirement Communities, Sparrow Health, and Spectrum Health System.) Students are also prepared for managerial roles in government and for-profit organizations.
  • 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 in the humanities, natural sciences, social sciences, business, health professions, or any other field.
  • Our program is flexible for both full and part-time students, and to pre-career and in-service 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 accepted as space allows

Materials required to complete your graduate application

  • Resume
  • Transcripts (if not from GVSU)
  • Three recommendations
  • Essay/personal statement
  • GRE scores are NOT required

We seek applicants will at least an undergraduate 3.0 GPA from an accredited college or university. Alternatively, submitting strong GRE scores, having professional work experience, holding a graduate degree or certificate, or having successfully completed graduate course work as a non-degree seeking student or in another program will be considered as evidence of academic potential.


Ratio of graduate faculty to students (Fall 2019)


Number of universities in Michigan with CAHME accreditation.


Placement Of graduating class within 3 months  (2018-2019)

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Share of MHA students who graduate in 4 years or less

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 the SPNHA scholarship page. For graduate assistant information, please visit the SPNHA 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

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Lara Jaskiewicz, Graduate Program Coordinator

Graduate Program Director: Lara Jaskiewicz

Internship Coordinator: Quincy Williams

Department Chair: Raymond Higbea

Academic Faculty

Career Center contact: Grace Pushman

Library liaison: Ashley Rosener

College Dean: George Grant, Jr.

Practitioner Faculty

Employment Outlook and Career Advice


Average MHA class size (2019-20)


Projected growth in 2018-28 employment for Medical and Health Service Managers (Bureau of Labor Statistics)



Total number of MHA degrees awarded by Grand Valley through August 2019.


The number of different majors that MHA students had as undergraduates (2012-2017)

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.

Class sizes

  • The average MHA class size was 20 in 2019-2020
  • The range of MHA class sizes was 9 to 33 students in 2016-2017


  • 51% of MHA students registered full-time (9 or more credits) in Fall 2019
  • 49% of MHA students registered part-time in Fall 2019


  • 92% of MHA students who graduated 2017-2019 were employed within 6 months of graduation

Student Learning Outcomes

Student Body Profile

MHA students at time of graduation, 2014-15 through 2018-2019 (Total graduates: 105)

  • Age under 25: 13% 
  • Age 25-29: 55%
  • Age 30-39: 19%
  • Age 40+: 12%
  • Female: 65%
  • Male: 35%
  • African-American / Black: 6%
  • American Indian or Alaskan Native: 1%
  • Asian / Pacific Islander: 14%
  • Hispanic: 1%
  • Mixed-race: 4%
  • White: 72%
  • International (on student visa)  7%

Some recent graduates

Photo of Jasmine Ahuja smiling

Jasmine Ahuja is currently Quality Improvement Analyst at McLaren Medical Group. 

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

Dave Chesla is currently Director of Operations at Spectrum Health. 

Photo of Jenny Dondzila smiling

Jenny (Vasquez) Dondzila is currently Clinical Program Specialist at Priority Health


Photo of John Luterbach smiling

John Luterbach is currently Senior Provider Network Performance Specialist at Mercy 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


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