The master of health administration (MHA), health systems management program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME). The United States Department of Education and Council on Higher Education Accreditation have granted formal recognition to CAHME as the only organization to accredit master's level health care management programs in the United States and Canada. This master's program prepares future executives to assume leadership positions in health care organizations. We prepare health care professionals with strategic, business, analytic, and decision-making skills needed to successfully navigate the evolving health care industry.

This 47-credit hour program prepares students to work as leaders and executive-level managers in evolving health systems, or as consultants and managers of health-related organizations. The curriculum was developed in response to the demand for advanced health management preparation for a variety of health care and allied health professionals to be employed in both the public and private sectors of health care.

Admissions

Requirements

Applicants must hold a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution and have a minimum of a 3.0 GPA to be considered. Admission to the program is competitive, and a variety of criteria are evaluated in the admission decision. For application deadlines and detailed application requirements, refer to the CHHS Admissions website. Applicants are evaluated based on past academic performance (including prior academic degrees and courses taken), letters of recommendation, personal professional goal statement and professional experience. Work experience in the healthcare industry is preferred, but not required for admission. The application materials are used to determine the applicant's "match" with the program and potential for success in graduate studies. Applicants who are deemed to meet the above criteria are required to have a brief personal interview with faculty. Applicants who are unable to attend a personal interview will be interviewed through video conferencing technology.

Policies

For policies governing all graduate degrees, see AP.6 Graduate Policies.

Transfer of Credit

Students may transfer a maximum of 12 credits from graduate courses taken at other institutions or taken at Mason in non-degree status. Transfer credit is subject to university and college policies and must be approved by the program director and the dean. Students who enroll initially through non-degree studies should seek course advising through the department and should submit their application to the MHA program in their first semester of study.

Program Format

The MHA in Health Systems Management is offered in both on-campus and online delivery formats. The curriculum is the same whether you are studying online or on campus, but students must apply to and matriculate through only one pathway.

Most courses in the on-campus program are taught in the evening at Mason’s Fairfax Campus. Additionally, some courses are offered on Saturdays, a few are offered at the Arlington Campus, and a small percentage can be taken online. Students can complete their degree at their own pace provided that they do so within six years of starting the program.

The online premium priced program is offered in a flexible, online format, which mirrors the CAHME-accredited on-campus program. Courses are taken one at a time in an accelerated 8 week format.

English Language Test Score Thresholds

International students whose scores on the English Language Tests are below the thresholds required by the program must take EAP 508 Graduate Communication in the Disciplines III  (Credits: 4) in their first semester of study and earn a grade of B (3.0) or higher. This will add 4 credits to the 47 credit hour program for a total of 51 credits.

Test Overall Listening Reading Writing Speaking
TOEFL IBT 100 24 26 24 23
TOEFL PBT 610 59 60 62
TOEFL CBT 253 24 25 26 N/A
PTE 65+ Subsections: 68+
IELTS 7 7 6.5 7 6.5

Banner Code: HH-MHA-HSMG

Degree Requirements

Total credits: 47-51

The program of study comprises 47-51 credits grouped into two phases of study. International students whose scores on the English Language Tests are below the thresholds required by the program are required to take EAP 508 - Graduate Communication in the Disciplines III (Credits: 4) in their first semester of study and earn a grade of B (3.0) or higher. This will increase the degree requirements for these students from 47 to 51 credits.

Required Courses

Phase I - Leadership in the Healthcare Delivery System
HAP 678Introduction to the U.S. Health System3
HAP 621Organization Behavior and Healthcare Leadership3
HAP 715Health Economics3
HAP 700Introduction to Health Informatics3
HAP 652Essentials of Health Insurance and Managed Care3
HAP 750Legal Issues in Health Administration3
HAP 707Human Resource Management in Healthcare3
Phase II - Problem Resolution and Decision Making
HAP 602Statistics in Health Services Management3
HAP 708Quantitative Methods in Health Care Management 3
HAP 711Quality Improvement in Health Services2
HAP 703Financial Management in Health Systems3
HAP 702Managerial Accounting in Health Care3
HAP 746Health Policy Leadership3
or HAP 742 Health Policy Development and Analysis
HAP 705Strategic Management and Marketing in Health Care3
HAP 704Contemporary Issues in Health Systems Management3
HAP 790Capstone Practicum in Health Systems Management3
Total Credits47
International students whose scores on the English Language Tests are below required thresholds are required to take EAP 508 Graduate Communication in the Disciplines III in their first semester of study and earn a grade of B (3.0) or higher. This will increase the degree requirements for these students from 47 to 51 credits.
EAP 508Graduate Communication in the Disciplines III4