Executive Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA)

Advance your health care management and leadership skills while working full-time.

The Executive Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA) program is specifically designed for employed executives, physicians, and health care professionals, this program will allow you to advance your health care management and leadership skills and capabilities while continuing to work full time.

Executive Master of Healthcare Administration Info Sheet (PDF)

Advantages of the Executive Master of Healthcare Administration Program

Efficient. Earn your MHA degree in 25 months, with limited time on campus.

Flexible. Primarily online curriculum gives you the ability to complete your studies amidst your busy schedule.

Exposure. Cohorts include students with rich professional experience who represent many aspects of the health care industry including: integrated health systems; federally-qualified health care centers; acute care settings; and long-term care.

Personal. Each cohort consists of 30–35 students, resulting in an intimate educational experience. The diversity of students in each cohort provides a rich learning environment.

Accreditation. The program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation Healthcare Management Education (CAHME), the gold standard in graduate health care education.

Program Format

The program is delivered in a learning cohort model that blends online and on-campus coursework. All students start the program together and progress through the same curriculum, providing opportunities to learn and work together. Most of the coursework is online; students spend 26 days (five sessions) on campus over 25 months.

The Executive Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA) program utilizes an academically rigorous online and classroom format that prepares working professionals for leadership in health care administration.

The curriculum focuses on the management of complex, integrated health systems, including the expanded role of physicians, providers, managers, and leaders in those systems. Learning is supported by alumni involvement, innovative leadership projects, and student support by peers, faculty, and staff.

Working with faculty and advisors, you will design and conduct a project to introduce an innovation into your organization. The project provides the opportunity for you to bring together many aspects of your learning into an innovation of significant value.

Executive MHA Curriculum and Course Descriptions (PDF)

Curriculum Design

  • 42-credits completed in 25 months
  • Integration of applied research on health systems conducted by program faculty
  • On-campus sessions include guest lectures from alumni and health care experts
  • Most of the coursework is online and asynchronous; students spend only 26 days on campus over 25 months; students take no more than 2 courses at a time.
  • Working with faculty and advisors, students design and conduct a project to introduce an innovation into their organization.
  • The program is delivered in a learning cohort model that blends online and on-campus coursework. All students start the program together and progress through the same curriculum, providing opportunities to learn and work together.

Learning Model

Program Competencies

Executive Master of Healthcare Administration program competencies were developed by the National Center for Health Care Leadership. Our program was one of four that piloted the competencies in 2003.

Those competencies are now essential elements of the accreditation of graduate programs in health care administration conducted by the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME).

Competencies table

Admission to the program is decided by the Executive MHA faculty with the advice and counsel of an admissions committee.

Each cohort consists of 30–35 students. There are many more applicants than slots in the program, resulting in highly competitive admission. The cohort will generally comprise three diverse categories of students to provide a rich learning environment for all students: applicants with the MD or DO degree; applicants with other post-baccalaureate degrees; and applicants with bachelor’s degrees.

Using a rolling admissions process, the program admits students into each of the categories, maintaining a minimal number of slots in each category for late applying students. Early applicants are advantaged in this process.

Admissions Requirements (General)

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NOTE: The Executive Master of Healthcare Administration program does not require the GRE or other graduate exams.

Program-specific Prerequisites

  • At least three years of management or clinical leadership experience in a health care organization.
  • Current employment in a health care organization which affords the opportunity to apply the assignments in the coursework, or an agreement with such an organization in which the applicant is not employed.
  • The program reserves the right to require the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) as part of the admissions process. (Note: clinicians and administrators with extensive experience, and applicants who have achieved comparable scores on similar examinations may be exempt from this requirement.)
  • A letter of intent describing career interests and the relevance of the MHA degree to the applicant’s personal development.

Instructions for International Applicants

Tuition & Fees

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Program-Specific Costs

  • Travel & lodging: There are five on-campus visits for each cohort; students are responsible for their own travel, transportation, and lodging expenses. Scheduled meals and receptions during on-campus sessions as well as other aspects of program support are covered by tuition costs.
  • Books & software: Books are included in the cost of tuition. Students are expected to bring a portable computer to the on-campus sessions.

Job Outlook

The current demand for Executive Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA) graduates is very high due, in part, to a shortage of qualified executive management talent in health care organizations. Moreover, in the next decade, as a significant proportion of current managers retire, clinical professionals will be moved into top positions, requiring advanced skills and learning to be successful.

More than 55 percent of our Executive MHA students are promoted while enrolled in the program.

On the Cusp of a Changing Field

The U.S. health care delivery marketplace is consolidating, thereby shifting the delivery model. Most, if not all, physicians are required to meet a health system’s mission and clinical care goals are integrated with hospitals in a unified business structure.

As health systems reach a critical mass of integrated physicians, traditional approaches to strategic and business planning and predictive modelling such as performance benchmarks, reference points, and decision-making models become less useful to leaders.

The Executive MHA addresses the need for advanced leadership and health care management education for clinical and administrative professionals in integrated health systems.

A diverse student body represents many aspects of the health care industry from integrated health systems to federally qualified health care centers from acute care settings to long term care.

An In-Depth Look at Current Students

Cohort 6

31 students (45% female, 48% hold post-graudate degrees including M.D., Au.D., CRNA, M.A., PharmD)

Work at such companies as the Mayo Clinic, UMN Medical Center, Cottage Health System, Allina Health, Deloitte Consulting, Optum, and Swedish Medical Center.

Fields:

  • 45% Health care managers
  • 29% Physicians
  • 10% Clinicians
  • 6.5% Health care executives
  • 6.5% Academic health faculty
  • 3% Pharmaceutical sales

Cohort 5

35 students (51% female, 26% hold post-graduate degrees including M.D., M.S.W., M.S., J.D.)

Work at such companies as Gunderson Health System, UMN Medical Center, Mayo Clinic, DaVita Dialysis, BlueCross BlueShield, and University of Colorado Hospital.

Fields:

  • 60% Health care managers
  • 20% Physicians
  • 8% Clinicians
  • 6% Health care executives
  • 3% Health care consultants
  • 3% Laboratory scientists

Executive MHA Student Profiles

Jean AbrahamCore faculty are recognized for ongoing research into vital health care issues. Affiliated faculty represent the wide spectrum of the health care industry.

Jean Abraham

James W. Begun

Jon B. Christianson

Leslie A. Grant

Peter Huckfeldt

Pinar Karaca-Mandic

The Minnesota MHA Alumni Association is the oldest, largest, and most active alumni network of its kind.

A well-connected, responsive network of expertise stretches across the country and around the world.

Alumni are deeply committed to the program and its students, and stay connected to the program in many ways:

  • Teaching in the classroom as affiliate faculty or guest lecturers
  • As student preceptors
  • Participation in key student events
  • 1:1 student mentorship
  • Generosity in giving and philanthropic gifts
  • In research partnerships
MHA Alumni
MHA Alumni
MHA Alumni

Application Deadline

Applications to the Executive MHA program are accepted on a rolling basis.

Contact Us

Contact Tom Gilliam (gilli032@umn.edu) with questions or if you plan to apply.

Dr. John Fankhauser

John Fankhauser, MD, MHA
“Leadership is natural in medicine, but the operational and business component are not intuitive at all. I’ve been doing this work, and now have the opportunity to learn from others who have a tremendous amount of experience and expertise in hospital leadership.”

“This was the only program that allowed me to continue my international work, but to also work alongside other executives who are leaders in their field.” Read more