Earn Your Master of Health Administration (MHA) Degree Online

  • Overview

    Become an effective manager who can take the lead in a wide range of health services organizations. In this student-centric, online Master of Health Administration (MHA) program, you can develop the leadership skills needed for health care management, organization, financial management, health care delivery and performance.

    At Saint Joseph’s College, we take a competency-based approach to the online MHA curriculum while fostering ethically minded health care professionals who can handle the complex intellectual and emotional challenges of this ever-changing and growing industry.

    Ready to advance your health care career? Request information today

    An affordable and flexible NAB-accredited MHA program for working professionals

    This master's degree program is one of the few in the country to be accredited by the National Association of Long-Term Care Administrator Boards (NAB), and the only NAB-accredited program available online.

    This program will allow you to:

    • Complete your MHA in as few as two years: Take two courses per term, enroll every term and be on your way to career progress.
    • Juggle career, family and education: All graduate health administration courses are offered in 12-week terms. Courses start four times a year – in February, May, August and November – making it easy to study on your schedule.
    • Enjoy flexibility, with structure and support: Submit weekly assignments and interact live with your instructors and classmates via distance-learning technology.
    • Skip common barriers to enrollment: No application fees, and no GMAT or GRE scores required.
    • Pursue career advancement and personal fulfillment: Programs emphasize business and leadership acumen while ensuring students approach their careers from an ethical and moral standpoint.

    Enhance your skills and advance your career. Apply now to take the next step.

  • Student Stories
    • Alexia Adams

      Pathology Support Operations Manager, Central Maine Med. Ctr., Lewiston, ME

      “By combining my on-the-job knowledge (as I venture into my first health care management position) with the knowledge that I continue to gain with each additional class, I feel confident with the situations that I face on a daily basis throughout my career, and with the knowledge base that I have gained from my degree program at SJC.”

      Learn more about Alexia.

    • Migdalia Santiago-White

      Health Care Counsultant

      “The program allowed me to earn my degree while working. I worked full-time and part-time while earning both my undergraduate and graduate degrees in health services from Saint Joseph’s.”

  • Curriculum overview

    What are the courses for the Master of Health Administration program at SJC?

    The Master of Health Administration program (42 credits) curriculum emphasizes organizational and financial management, human resources, ethical behavior and leadership – skills important to developing effective health care managers for today and tomorrow. Curriculum includes 10 core health administration courses, two elective courses and a capstone course.

    Health Administration Core – 30 credits

    Courses build upon the foundation of experience students bring to the program and incorporate case studies to help ensure curriculum aligns with industry best practices. Students are required to become student members of ACHE, ACHCA, CCHCL or another relevant industry association and must participate in mentorship programs within these associations.

    Electives – 9 credits

    Students have flexibility in tailoring their programs by supplementing core curriculum courses with a selection of relevant elective courses that reflect their own needs and interests.

    Capstone – 3 credits

    Students will complete a scholarly article to fulfill the capstone course requirement.

    See the course catalog to learn more about program outcomes.

    Fast-track, specialization and certificate programs

    Still working on your bachelor’s degree? Consider fast-tracking your MHA. MHA Fast-Track Option allows students in specific Saint Joseph’s College undergraduate health administration programs to substitute courses from the MHA program in lieu of comparable undergraduate courses. Students may then count these graduate courses toward graduate degree requirements, earning their MHA faster.

    Looking for a way to inject faith into your MHA studies? The Catholic Health Leadership Concentration is designed for health care administrators, department managers and leaders working in Catholic health care organizations who wish to advance their careers or upgrade their skills. Here, your faith can inform your ability to help people through trying times in their lives.

    Need a stepping stone into health administration? By earning one of our Health Administration Certificates, you can acquire stand-alone credentials focused on a specific area of health administration. Credits earned in your certificate program can also later be used toward a relevant undergraduate or graduate degree.

    Have more questions about which MHA track suits you? Contact our online admissions office.

  • Career Outlook

    What can you do with an MHA degree?

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, job opportunities for medical and health services managers are projected to grow at the much-faster-than-average rate of 20 percent by 2026. Applicants who have work experience in health care and possess in-demand skills sought by health administration employers will be well positioned for leadership roles and career advancement in this growing industry.

    A master's degree is the standard credential for health administration positions in a variety of health care settings, although a bachelor's degree may be adequate for some entry-level positions.

  • FAQs

    Frequently asked questions (FAQs) about earning a Master of Health Administration degree

    Why become a health care administrator?

    Data points to a favorable career outlook for individuals seeking roles in health care administration. But, beyond the job prospects, health care administrators also enjoy the personal fulfillment they experience by working in a field that impacts patients’ lives and health care outcomes.

    As this industry becomes increasingly complex, health care organizations will need competent and effective leaders to continue providing quality services to patients in need of care. As a health care administrator, you can be part of the team that impacts the patient experience on an organizational level.

    What are the requirements for admission into the online MHA program?

    Online MHA program applicants are required to:

    • Have at least two years of experience working in a health care setting
    • Have a bachelor's degree with a cumulative grade point of 2.5 or better
    • Complete the online application and submit the following documents to the admissions office:
      • Professional resume
      • Letter of intent, which discusses two of the identified competencies for this program, including why the competency is important to the health care industry, where you are in terms of your development in this area and your career objectives
      • Two letters of reference from a supervisor or other professional reference, indicating the applicant possesses the aptitude and ambition to complete this course of study

    Note: Submission of GMAT or GRE scores is not required.

    What is the role of professional memberships in this MHA program?

    Our active participation in industry associations strengthens the curriculum in our health, long-term care and radiologic science administration programs by providing opportunities for us to understand the changes in the industry and better prepare our students. Professional memberships currently active at the organizational level or through individual program directors include:

    • American College of Health Care Administrators (ACHCA)
    • American College of Health Care Executives (ACHE)   
    • National Association of Long Term Care Administrator Boards (NAB)
    • Council for Higher Education Accreditation
    • Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA)
    • Association of Radiologic Technologists

    Make a difference in an industry that needs effective leaders

    Looking to step into a leadership role that builds on your work experience and positions you for real-world impact? Earning your MHA can help you get there. Request more information today to learn more or apply now if you are ready to get started. 

  • Some of our faculty
    • Twila Weiszbrod

      Online Health Administration Program Director

      DBA, Northcentral University
      MPA, California State University, Fresno
      BS Health Administration, Saint Joseph's College

      Learn more about Twila

    • Danine Casper

      Online Health Administration Faculty

      MHA, St. Joseph's College
      MA, Creighton University
      BA, Marian University

      Learn more about Danine

    • Valerie Connor

      Online Health Care Administration Faculty

      MA, University of Northern Iowa

      Learn more about Valerie

    Twila Weiszbrod

    Online Health Administration Program Director

    DBA, Northcentral University
    MPA, California State University, Fresno
    BS Health Administration, Saint Joseph's College

    Learn more about Twila

    Danine Casper

    Online Health Administration Faculty

    MHA, St. Joseph's College
    MA, Creighton University
    BA, Marian University

    Learn more about Danine

    Valerie Connor

    Online Health Care Administration Faculty

    MA, University of Northern Iowa

    Learn more about Valerie