MHA - Master of Health Administration
The Master of Health Administration (MHA) prepares graduates for managerial and leadership roles in the challenging and complex field of health care administration. The curriculum develops advanced executive abilities through a combination of core competencies and specialized areas of concentration. Our MHA program emphasizes management principles that are relevant to nonprofit health organizations, which comprise the largest segment of Michigan's health industry.
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:
- August 1 for Fall 2020 semester
- November 1 for Winter semester
- April 1 for Spring/Summer semester
- Late applications are accepted as space allows
Materials required to complete your graduate application
- 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)
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.
Priscilla Kimboko, Graduate Program Coordinator
Employment Outlook and Career Advice
Connect Early, Connect Often
Make regular appointments with Carlos Martinez in the Career Center and 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
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)
- 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.
- 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
Jasmine Ahuja (MPA '17) is currently Patient Services Coordinator for the Spectrum Health.
Dave Chesla (MPA '18) is currently Director of Operations at Spectrum Health.
Jennifer Cichewicz-Stratton (MHA '17) is currently Senior Project Specialist at Priority Health
John Luterbach (MHA '16) is currently Population Health and Clinical Integration Consultant at Mercy Health
Kaitlyn Kleibusch (MHA '17) is currently Product Manager at Priority Health
Jillian Kain (MHA '17) is currently Performance Excellence Leader at St. Mary Mercy Hospital