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MHA Program Online
Master's in Healthcare Administration (MS)

Climb the ladder with a master’s in healthcare administration

AccreditationAccredited by the Higher Learning Commission
Program length16 months
Credits to graduate30-33 credits
Transfer creditUp to 9-12 approved credits
Format100% online classes you can take right at home
EnrollmentFull-time and part-time enrollment flexibility
Waived enrollment fee Classes start January 9th
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Make your difference in healthcare

You don’t need to go to medical school and become a doctor to make a significant difference in the delivery of healthcare. As a health administrator you can work as a leader behind the scenes with other healthcare staff to help ensure patients receive the best possible treatment. 

Healthcare administration can be an excellent choice for current healthcare professionals who seek the highest levels in their field but want to transition from clinical care into management and administration. Or, for those with an undergraduate major in the natural sciences, business, or informatics intrigued by the opportunity to join a new, rapidly growing field.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of medical and health services managers is expected to increase 32% from 2020-2030. Earning a Master of Science in Healthcare Administration (MSHA, or MHA) can help you qualify for these highly demanded positions.

  • Go back to school online in the Herzing Everywhere Classroom: on your schedule, at your pace
  • Class topics include healthcare ethics, Information Technology (IT) management and assessment, organizational management, operations assessment and improvement, project management, public policy, compliance, and much more
  • Continue to advance your education in a postgraduate certificate program with several concentration options

Earn the education needed to take your healthcare career to the next level. With Herzing University as your lifelong partner in learning, your career success IS possible.

Classes Start January 9th

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Curriculum

MHA program classes & curriculum details

The Master of Science in Healthcare Administration curriculum is designed to prepare you to develop, plan, and manage healthcare operations and services across health care systems. Discover the skills and knowledge it takes to become a decision maker in healthcare, and become qualified for jobs in healthcare administration and management.

All lecture classes are delivered online through the Canvas learning management system. Online distance learning is available for students across the United States—please contact admissions for program eligibility in your state.

ProgramMonthsiCredits
Master of Science in Healthcare Administration (MHA)1630-33
i. Average number of months for students to complete program

Required Core Courses

All courses, 30.00 semester credit hours, are required.

* Only required for students who do not have an undergraduate degree in Business, a closely related discipline or its international equivalent.

Tuition & Cost

Tuition & Cost

The cost of tuition for the Master of Science in Healthcare Administration program is $595 per credit.

You can potentially earn even greater savings by transferring credit from prior college coursework, applying for financial aid, or potential partnership opportunities through your employer.

Our goal is your career advancement. That’s why we are always working to improve our curriculum and processes to make our program as affordable as possible while preparing you best for success in your work.

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 Scholarships & Financial Aid

You may be eligible for multiple scholarships and grants, both through Herzing University and several national scholarship websites.

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 Military/Veteran Discounts

Veterans, Active Duty U.S. Servicemembers, and spouses may qualify for a 10% tuition discount or tuition reduction to $250 per credit.

VA/Military benefits 

Requirements

MHA program enrollment requirements

Enrollment prerequisites to enroll in Herzing’s MHA program include:

  • Completed bachelor’s or graduate degree from a college or university accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education or have completed a three or four year bachelor’s degree at a foreign college or university recognized as equivalent to a U.S. bachelor’s degree by an approved foreign credential evaluator.
  • Meet and interview with a Herzing admissions advisor
  • Complete an application form

No minimum GMAT/GRE score is required for eligibility!

Eligible states for enrollment: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District Of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

Classes Start January 9th

Waived Enrollment Fee
Pathways

What kind of leader are you?

Manager with MS in Health Administration with Physician

MHA pathway

A Master of Science in Healthcare Administration (MHA) program prepares leaders specifically for the healthcare industry. This is a common pathway for current healthcare professionals seeking the next career step into a managerial role, or those in clinical care looking to transition into a non-clinical leadership role.

Why choose MHA? If you have a wealth of experience in healthcare, have earned a healthcare-related bachelor’s degree, and are fully committed to making your difference in the field, choosing an MHA program is right for you.

MBA Healthcare Administration Manager with Doctor

MBA pathway

A Master of Business Administration (MBA) with a concentration in Healthcare Management teaches a versatile skillset for business-oriented professionals. The curriculum is business-focused (finance, accounting, marketing, and more) with an emphasis on global healthcare concepts to prepare you for jobs in the field.

Why choose MBA? If you are strong in business-related skills, eager to continue climbing the ladder, have no prior healthcare experience or education, and see the growing opportunities on the horizon in healthcare management and administration, pursuing an MBA in healthcare management is right for you.

FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

Healthcare management is the practice of administering the financial and operational aspects of delivering healthcare in hospitals, clinics, physician’s offices and other healthcare institutions.

Healthcare management professionals act as a bridge between clinicians and upper management, insurers, and other third parties to ensure patients receive safe, cost-effective care that complies with laws and regulations.

There is a lot of overlap in terminology between roles in healthcare management vs. healthcare administration. However, they are unique career paths requiring distinct sets of skills:

  • Healthcare management. Healthcare managers deal in the overall operation of an organization. Their primary role is in leadership and the business side of healthcare.  Healthcare managers interact with stakeholders and other board members for organizational direction and planning, usually involves managing more than one department—or an entire clinic.
  • Healthcare administration. Healthcare administrators are more concerned with day-to-day operations. An administrator’s focus is on daily staff management and administrative procedures within a department. Healthcare administrators usually report to healthcare managers, and work within individual departments as supervisors or manager support. They may be found in smaller, rural areas as office managers or other similar job titles depending on area, experience and availability.

Smaller healthcare institutions may merge the roles into single positions and use each term interchangeably, but bigger facilities will often specialize into unique roles and differentiate them more clearly in terms of management or administration.

Hospital administrators and other types of medical and health services managers most often need at least a bachelor’s degree, although master’s degrees are common in these roles and can be preferred by employers.

A Master of Science in Healthcare Administration equips you with the skills and knowledge to better qualify for upper-level administrative jobs.

In general, healthcare executives or administrators are responsible for directing and coordinating health services. Executives work closely with healthcare staff and business leaders to improve the delivery of healthcare for an organization.

Job descriptions and specific roles and responsibilities will vary by position, but typical duties include developing goals and objectives, ensuring compliance, supervising staff members, managing finances, managing budgets, represent the institution at board or investor meetings, and much more.

Earn a master’s in healthcare administration, and you can potentially compete for jobs as a Medical and Health Services Manager.

The average annual salary for medical and health services managers is $119,840 per year ($57.61 per hour) nationally, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).*

Learn more about how much you can make in healthcare administration.

Considering going from ASN/ADN to MHA, or BSN to MHA and weighing the differences between nursing and health administration? Pursuing an MHA could represent a big step to transition out of a direct patient care role in nursing into broader administrative or leadership roles.

Current RNs may also consider a more nursing-focused master’s degree curriculum such as our Nursing Leadership and Administration programs (BSN to MSN or ADN to MSN options available). If your goal is to climb the ranks in your nursing department and qualify for jobs like Nurse Director or Chief Nursing Officer, this graduate-level pathway might be even better for you.

Earning a master’s degree in healthcare administration can help you climb the ladder and qualify for managerial or administrative jobs in healthcare. Current bachelor’s degree holders in either allied health or patient care roles can choose a health administration degree to learn the administrative and leadership skills necessary to better qualify for upper-level jobs and take the next big step in their healthcare career.

With a Master of Science in Healthcare Administration, you could potentially compete for jobs in medical and health services management, including job titles such as health manager, clinical director, clinical manager, nursing home administrator, and health information management director. Titles can vary widely based on the job’s specific roles and responsibilities and associated healthcare department or discipline.

A master’s degree is more than training for the job—it’s training for your career. Earn an MHA and you can position yourself very well to advance from a day-to-day role executing healthcare processes into a big-picture role where you heavily influence those processes. The next step in your career is worth it!

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Accreditation

Accreditation & Disclosures

Herzing University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (hlcommission.org), an institutional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

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Eligible states for enrollment: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District Of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

* Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook 2020. BLS estimates do not represent entry-level wages and/or salaries. Multiple factors, including prior experience, age, geography market in which you want to work and degree field, will affect career outcomes and earnings. Herzing neither represents that its graduates will earn the average salaries calculated by BLS for a particular job nor guarantees that graduation from its program will result in a job, promotion, salary increase or other career growth.

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The program has an automatic transfer of credits, and allows you to transfer up to additional credits.

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The program allows you to transfer up to credits.

  Transfer Credits

The program allows you to transfer up to credit hours.

  Transfer Credit Hours
Master of Science in Healthcare Administration Online Campus
Tuition
Cost per Credit$595.00
Base Tuition$19,635.00
Savings from Transfer Credits (9 x $595.00 )(-$5,355.00)
Estimated Tuition Cost*$14,280.00
Fees
One-time Program Fee$0.00
Per-semester Program Fee$0.00
Per-semester Learner Resource Fee$490.00
Estimated Total Fee*$1,960.00
Total Semesters 1
RequiredNeeded
44
Total Credits
RequiredNeeded
3324
Estimated Cost 2
Base CostYour Cost
$21,595.00$16,240.00
Estimated Savings*
$5,355.00

Available Scholarships

Who Can Apply

Recipients and the amounts of the scholarships vary.

Requirements

Scholarship recipients, amounts, and terms and conditions are determined by Herzing University and its donors and are subject to change. An endowment is an amount of money (fund) that is given to the University with a stipulation that the funds are invested to earn annual interest rather than spent immediately. Students and alumni can learn more through the following channels: email give@herzing.edu, call (262) 735-6189, or visit https://www.herzing.edu/make-donation-herzing-university.

Who Can Apply

Any student in a degree-seeking program that makes on-time, out of pocket payments toward tuition and fee expenses.

Requirements

The amount of the payments made that exceed the amount of excess loan funding received will be used to calculate total award. Eligible students must make on-time payments, according to a predetermined payment plan. Restrictions may vary.

  • Matching percentage is based on student’s EFC at the time of application.
  • Student’s with a Pell eligible EFC will receive a 100% match
  • Students will non-Pell eligible EFC will receive 50% match
  • Students who do no complete the FAFSA will automatically qualify for the 50% match.
Who Can Apply

Available to applicants in any program that demonstrate a financial need, who are unable to cover cost of attendance with alternative resources

Requirements

Must show financial need and are unable to cover cost of attendance with alternative resources

Who Can Apply

Available to Herzing graduates who have re-enrolled in a higher-level degree

Requirements

Alumni may qualify as many times as they re-enroll in a higher-level degree

Who Can Apply

Employees of a business participating in the Herzing Partnerships Program

Requirements
  • Documentation showing proof of employment is required
  • Recipients must be packaged at direct cost (receiving financial aid for tuition and fees only)
Who Can Apply

Herzing is excited to award this scholarship during the season on giving. This scholarship is available to new, current, or re-enrolled student applicants.

Requirements

Must maintain continuous enrollment and submit online form. Recipients are chosen at random. For more information, please contact your Financial Advisor.


Questions?

Reach out to a member of the Financial Aid team at the Online campus:

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Actual semesters to complete are dependent upon university approved transfer credits and program mapping.

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Estimated program length, estimated number of semesters, and estimated program shown above are standard by program for each student based on: a student taking a full-time course load each semester, the student not having any transfer credits (from previous Herzing experiences or from other post-secondary institutions), and successful completion of each course.

Current tuition rates for Nursing programs are effective through the Summer 2022 semester, and tuition rates for all non-Nursing programs are effective through the Fall 2022 semester.