Residential MHA Program Description Commission On Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education

The nationally ranked Health Administration program, which culminates in the Master of Health Administration (MHA) degree, prepares professionals to meet the challenges of a changing health-care industry. The traditional on-campus two-year program has been accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education since its inception in 1966. It is a professional, multi-disciplinary program within the MU School of Medicine.

Career Opportunities: Tens of thousands of people work in health management positions ranging from small local companies to some of the largest international organizations. After requisite experience, administrators assume leadership positions as hospital CEOs, managed care executives, partners in consulting firms, and officers in major healthcare companies. MHA graduates are also sought after by integrated health systems, physician group practices, corporate health systems, home health agencies, hospices, public health agencies, and many others.

Program Highlights: Courses provide students with a strong grounding in finance, accounting, economics and statistics. The program builds on this foundation with an integrated curriculum focused on managing complex organizations within integrated health systems. Students develop applied knowledge in areas such as organizational strategy and change, process improvement, interdisciplinary team management, integrated information systems and financial risk management. Program graduates work in leadership positions in medical group practices, managed-care firms, integrated health systems, long-term care organizations, hospitals and corporate health benefits offices both in urban and rural environments.

Internships: During the summer between the first and second year of the program, students complete a 12-week internship in an approved health organization under the guidance of a qualified and motivated preceptor. Internships allow students to apply knowledge and develop skills as they increase their understanding of the complex relationships within health-care organizations. Student interns usually are paid a monthly stipend by the host organization. Learn more about internships

Full-Time Enrollment: In order to complete the MHA degree requirements within two years, students must enroll for 12 or 15 hours each semester, depending upon the number of foundation courses waived or completed prior to admission. Under special circumstances, students may obtain permission to enroll for a maximum of 18 hours.

Part-Time Enrollment: Part-time students must enroll for no less than six hours each semester and must complete the degree requirements within five years. Individuals with three or more years of administrative or clinical experience are encouraged to apply to the Executive MHA Program. For additional information call 1-800-877-4764 or email

Transfer of Credits: The MHA program will accept six (6) graduate credit hours of appropriate coursework in transfer. Transfer credit is accepted on an hour credited for an hour earned basis and must be approved by the department.

Dual Degree Options: Students seeking a master's degree in health administration at MU may expand their studies to obtain the following:

Students who choose a dual degree option must apply separately to each degree program. Earning a dual degree takes less time than completing two degrees independently. Students can earn the Certificate in European Union Studies within the regular two-year MHA course of study.

Click here to apply. Note: To receive priority for potential financial support within the department, residential program applications should be submitted prior to March 1.

For more information, contact:

Veronica Lemme
Coordinator of Student Recruitment & Admissions
(573) 884-0698