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?

  • 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.
  • The accreditation of the Master in Health Administration (MHA) Program is in the University's strategic plan as a priority for the university, the College of Community and Public Service (CCPS) and the School of Public, Nonprofit and Health Administration (SPNHA). In accordance with this plan, a program change and resource request have been approved by faculty governance and the university administration. The changes move the MHA Program to a place where it will be able to attain accreditation.
  • 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.

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Application deadlines are:

  • June 1 for Fall 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

  • 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 2016)


Share of first generation students in the MHA program (Fall 2017)

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Share of MPA students who graduate in 4 years or less


Number of MPA degrees awarded in 2017-18


Share of MPA students who are age 40+, a racial / ethnic minority, and/or International


Percentage of MHA Faculty that have doctorates (2019)

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

Raymond Higbea

Raymond Higbea, Graduate Program Coordinator

Graduate Program Coordinator: Raymond Higbea

Internship Coordinator: Quincy Williams

School Director: Richard Jelier

Academic Faculty

Career Center contact: Carlos Martinez

Library liaison: Ashley Rosener

College Dean: George Grant, Jr.

Practitioner Faculty

Employment Outlook and Career Advice


Number of MHA degrees awarded (2012-2017)


Average MHA class size (2017-18)


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


The number of different colleges and universities from which MHA students matriculated (2012-2017)


Percentage of MHA graduates who were international students (2012-2017)


The projected percent change in employment from 2016 to 2026 for Medical and Health Service Managers (Bureau of Labor Statistics)

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 19 in 2016-2017
  • The range of MHA class sizes was 7 to 26 students in 2016-2017


  • 51% of MHA students registered full-time (9 or more credits) in Fall 2017
  • 49% of MHA students registered part-time in Fall 2017


  • 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, August 2012 to April 2017 (Total graduates: 82)

  • Age under 24: 1% 
  • Age 25-29: 54%
  • Age 30-39: 20%
  • Age 40+: 15%
  • Female: 63%
  • Male: 37%
  • African-American / Black: 9%
  • American Indian or Alaskan Native: 1%
  • Asian / Pacific Islander: 10%
  • Hispanic: 1%
  • Mixed-race: 4%
  • White: 74%
  • International (on student visa)  6%

Some recent graduates

Jasmine Ahuja

Jasmine Ahuja (MPA '17) is currently Patient Services Coordinator for the Spectrum Health. 

Dave Chesla

Dave Chesla (MPA '18) is currently Director of Operations at Spectrum Health. 

Jennifer Cichewicz-Stratton

Jennifer Cichewicz-Stratton (MHA '17) is currently Senior Project Specialist at Priority Health


John Luterbach

John Luterbach (MHA '16) is currently Population Health and Clinical Integration Consultant at Mercy Health

Kaitlyn Kleibusch

Kaitlyn Kleibusch (MHA '17) is currently Product Manager at Priority Health

Jillian Kain

Jillian Kain (MHA '17) is currently Performance Excellence Leader at St. Mary Mercy Hospital