Master of Healthcare Administration, MHA (Online)

Fulfill the growing need for healthcare management professionals

A significant and growing need exists at the national, state, and regional levels for individuals with professional training in healthcare management.

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Program Requirements

  • The MHA requires submission of all transcripts, two letters of recommendation and an essay.
  • Students must keep a GPA of 2.67 or higher. Grades of D or F may result in a student being placed on probation.
  • The internship is a requirement for the program; only students that have worked full-time in a healthcare setting for at least three years and have functioned in a management role may apply for a waiver of the internship requirement and complete a Capstone instead. [See details of the waiver process in Internship Syllabus] Students who wish to complete a capstone project in conjunction with their current employment will be able to do so (must meet eligibility criteria to waive internship and complete a capstone), those who do not work in healthcare must complete an internship.

Career Opportunities for Healthcare Administration

Most managers in the healthcare sector work in acute care hospitals or long-term care facilities such as retirement homes and group practice facilities. According to U.S. News and World Report (2023), demand for healthcare managers has resulted in the significant expansion of this field in Connecticut. This growth is driven by the large “baby boomer” population needing more healthcare in hospitals, an increase in the number of group practices and retirement homes, and the need for administrators to work in these facilities.

Subsequently, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in 2021 indicated that there are 6,600 medical and health service managers employed throughout Connecticut earning an average salary of $130,510, placing the state in the top 10 in terms of offering the highest average salary in this sector.

National BLS statistics reveal that both the size and compensation levels within this job area have experienced considerable increases throughout the country. The overall median pay for medical and health service managers in the U.S. was $101,340 per year in 2021 (an increase of 7% since 2015). The total number of jobs in this field in 2021 was 136,200 (an increase of 31% since 2015). The BLS projects that the job outlook for healthcare administrators will remain extremely viable through 2031, with an estimated 28% increase in the total number of healthcare management jobs.


Program Core Courses (36 Credits)

  • MGMT 516 – Managing Healthcare Delivery Systems (3 Credits)
  • MGMT 517 – Legal Aspects of Healthcare Management (3 Credits)
  • MHCA 501 – Healthcare Finance (3 Credits)
  • MHCA 505 – Lean Management, Quality Control and Process Improvements in Healthcare (3 Credits)
  • MHCA 521 – Information Systems and Data Analytics in Healthcare (3 Credits)
  • MHCA 523 – Organizational Behavior, Leadership, Diversity and Retention (3 Credits)
  • MHCA 525 – Marketing and Stakeholder Relations (3 Credits)
  • MHCA 503 – Human Resource Management for Healthcare Organizations (3 Credits)
  • PUBH 501 – Fundamentals of Public Health [15 week course] (3 Credits)
  • PUBH 530 – Public Health and Health Disparities [15 week course] (3 Credits)
  • PUBH 515 – Fundamentals of Health Policy and Administration (3 Credits)
  • MHCA 585 Internship* (Must be in the final year of the program) – (3 Credits)
  • MHCA 590 Capstone – (3 Credits)
  • Required unless student meets requirements for waiver and then Capstone replaces the internship

Apply to USJ’s Master’s in Healthcare Administration

Develop the skills required to assume leadership positions within the healthcare industry. Apply to the University of Saint Joseph’s Master of Healthcare Administration program today! 


Eric M. Chen, J.D.
Chair, Associate Professor of Business Administration
Phone: 860.231.5513
Email: [email protected]

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