Master of Health Administration

  • Overview

    The mission of the Master of Health Administration (MHA) Program is to attract, retain, and develop intellectually and emotionally competent professionals in the administration of healthcare services across the spectrum of care.

    This competency-based curriculum emphasizes the application and integration of knowledge, skills, and abilities in the management, organization, financing, delivery, and performance of healthcare entities. Graduates are positioned to become effective managers in various types of health services organizations. The program targets mid-careerists and is intentionally student-centric to support the career goals of mid-career students. Many students choose this program to ensure they are equipped to be effective in their current management position, while other students choose the program as part of their career progression and promotion.

    This program equips individuals to oversee the full range of possible services and may be completed in as little as two years. This program was designed for individuals juggling career, family and education. The tuition is affordable and the program is flexible.

    This master's degree program is one of the few in the country accredited by the National Association of Boards of Examiners of Long-Term Care Administrators (NAB), and the only NAB-accredited program available online. Accreditation of this program by the Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME) will be sought over the next few years.

    The Catholic Health Leadership Concentration specialization does not have any specialty accreditations.

    At a Glance

    Successful completion of this online program will enable you to:

    • Effectively Lead and Manage Others
    • Demonstrate Systems Thinking and Quantitative Skills
    • Analyze Population Health and Status Assessments
    • Manage Healthcare Finance and Apply Legal Principles
    • Understand and Manage Information and Apply Technical Skills
    • Employ Quality and Performance Improvement Strategies

    See the Course Catalog to learn more about the program outcomes.

    The value of this program is built on the relevance of the course material and instructors that are currently working in the field, providing students with a solid foundation for future career growth.

  • Curriculum

    This 42-credit program consists of a core curriculum of ten courses, two elective courses, and a capstone course. For the capstone, students may choose an applied research paper, project, or an applied management project.

    The Master of Health Administration program integrates learning and experience. It emphasizes the key areas of organizational and financial management, human resources, ethical behavior, and leadership skills so important to developing effective health care managers for today and tomorrow. Courses are designed to build upon the foundation of experience students bring to the program. 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. A specialized concentration is also available for managers and supervisors in Catholic health care organizations. 

    1. All graduate health administration courses (HA 500 and above) will be offered in 12-week terms four times per year. 

    2. Courses will start four times a year in February, May, August and November. 

    3. Courses will require weekly assignments and live interaction with the instructor and/or other students (video call). 

    4. Students can complete their entire degree in just two years, if they take two courses per term and enroll in every term. 

    This format is beneficial to students and will assure alignment of the curriculum with the best-practices in the industry. In addition to the course structure and delivery, case studies are incorporated through most of the core courses. Students will also be required to become student members of ACHE, ACHCA, CCHCL, or other industry association. Finally, students will be required to participate in mentorship programs in these associations and we will include a request for evaluation by the mentor. Applicants are required to have a bachelor's degree with a cumulative grade point of 2.5 or better. Submission of GMAT or GRE scores is not required.

    Effective 1/1/17, the following are required for admission into the MHA program.
    Applicants must have at least two-years of experience working in a healthcare setting. To apply to the program, complete the online application and submit the following documents to the Admissions Office.

    • Letter of Intent, including a discussion of two of the identified competencies for this program, including why the competence is important to the healthcare industry and where you are in terms of your development in this area, as well as your career objectives.
    • Professional Resume
    • 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)

    Catholic Health Leadership Concentration

    This program is for Health Care Administrators and department managers working in Catholic health are organizations who wish to advance their careers, and for current health care leaders within a Catholic health system who wish to upgrade their skills. Students are required to sucessfully complete the core courses, one elective course, and a capstone course, totaling 42 credits.

    MHA Fast Track Option

    The Fast Track program allows students in specific Saint Joseph’s College undergraduate health administration programs to substitute certain courses from the Master of Health Administration (MHA) program in lieu of comparable undergraduate courses. Students will then be allowed to count these graduate courses toward their graduate degree requirements.

  • Some of our faculty
    Twila Weiszbrod

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

    Learn more about Twila

    Danine Casper

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

    Learn more about Danine

    Valerie Connor

    MA, University of Northern Iowa

    Learn more about Valerie

  • 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 with the knowledge base that I have from my degree program at SJC.” Learn more about Alexia.

    • Migdalia Santiago-White

      Health Care Counsultant

      Our program enables students to earn their degree while working. Migdalia worked full-time and part-time while earning both her undergraduate and graduate degrees in health services from Saint Joseph's.

  • Career Moves

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, job opportunities will be good for medical and health services managers, especially for applicants with work experience in healthcare and strong business and management skills.

    A master's degree is the standard credential, although a bachelor's degree may be adequate for some entry-level positions. Employment is projected to grow faster than the average.

    Professional Memberships

    Staying active in industry associations helps to strengthen the curriculum in our health, long-term care, and radiologic science administration programs. These professional memberships (either at the organizational level or by the individual program director) provide opportunities for us to understand more precisely the changes in the industry in order to better prepare our students. 

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