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Master of Health Administration

Program

The Drexel Master of Health Administration (MHA) program provides students with essential knowledge required to competently navigate and successfully pursue leadership or senior management and planning roles in health services or systems, risk, insurance, compliance, research or related industries. The goal of the program is to give graduates the tools they need to understand relevant management issues and prepare for senior management roles.

Graduates of this program will have enhanced their management/administrative background and specialty area through the completion of a curriculum that provides students with the latest theories and contemporary practice applications. Graduates are able to define their role within the health care system and understand how to make necessary changes to create a work environment, which is team oriented and motivating to others.

What you’ll learn

The Drexel MHA 45-credit program curriculum was developed based on the National Center for Healthcare Leadership Competency Model ™ concentrating on transformation, execution, and people.

Students will hone their analytical thinking and financial skills while also critically thinking about community and strategic orientation.

Upon completion of the degree, graduates are prepared to excel in the management of hospitals and other health services organizations. The core coursework addresses

  • Transformational leadership 
  • Relationship building and collaborative problem solving 
  • Fiscal accountability 
  • Human resources and team management 
  • Implementing and managing change 
  • Professional accountability and advocacy

What makes the Drexel Master of Health Administration program unique?

  • Our Faculty members are doctorally prepared educators with deep experience in management roles in managed care, non-profit organizations and physician practice management; longstanding and ongoing experience in hospital and research-based ethics consultations; and full engagement in online learning environments.
  • Learning is done online with the addition of a 5-day on-campus residency and has flexible two-year or three-year options

COMPLIANCE

The College of Nursing and Health Professions has a compliance process that may be required for every student. Some of these steps may take significant time to complete. Please plan accordingly.

Visit the Compliance pages for more information.

Admissions Criteria

  • GPA of 3.3 or above is preferred
    • Those with a GPA lower than 3.3 are encouraged to apply, but should in their personal statement highlight relevant work experience, professional certifications, and/or continuing education that demonstrate academic excellence
  • At least three years of previous health care management experience showing a pattern of increased responsibility.

Required Documents:

With multiple ways to submit documents, Drexel makes it easy to complete your application. Learn more by visiting our supporting document submission guide.

  • A completed application.
  • Official transcripts from all universities or colleges and other post-secondary educational institutions (including trade schools) attended.
  • Two letters of recommendation, from relevant professional references, with at least one from a supervisor.
  • You may use our electronic letter of recommendation service.
  • Essay of approximately 500-750 words describing your relevant professional and life experiences, outlining your career goals, and explaining your motivation for pursuing a career in health care management and obtaining a Master of Health Administration degree.
  • Resume.

Interview/Portfolio: Admissions interview may be required

Clinical/Work/Volunteer Experience: At least three years of previous health care experience is required.

International Students: Requirements can be found here

Tuition and Fee Rates: Please visit the Drexel Online MS of Health Administration tuition page.

Accreditation

The Health Services Administration Program (HSAD) is an affiliate member of the Association of University Programs in Health Administration.

Outcomes

Career Opportunities The Bureau of Labor Statistics most recently predicted a 23% growth rate for health service managers and administrators through the year2022 (BLS.gov 2014). 

The highest number of projected 2008-2018 opportunities exist within the following healthcare-specific fields:

  • Ambulatory healthcare services: 21,500 projected jobs
  • Offices of health practitioners: 11,400 projected jobs
  • Hospitals, public and private: 8,800 projected jobs
  • Nursing and residential care facilities: 6,500 projected jobs (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2010)

OTHER EMPLOYMENT AREAS:

  • Hospital Administration
  • Pharmaceutical Corporations
  • Health Care Consulting Firms
  • Health Marketing Firms
  • Health Analysis and Policy Firms
  • Health Care Advocacy Organizations
  • Specialty Health Services Facilities
  • Physician Offices/Outpatient Centers
  • Managed Care/Insurance Organizations
  • Government & Public Health Agencies
  • Health Information/Technology Companies
  • Nonprofit Health & Social Services Agencies