Healthcare is serious business.
Learn to manage it.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that healthcare will be among the fastest-growing industries in our economy — adding more jobs than any other industry from 2014 to 2024. It’s big business, and if your goal is to advance within this ever-growing field, a graduate degree can provide the edge you need to get ahead.

Choose Maryville University’s 100% online Master of Health Administration, and you can gain the specialized expertise to grow as a well-rounded, decisive organizational leader. You can also tailor your studies to align with your career goals by choosing one of four concentrations, or choose the general MHA degree.

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100% online with no campus visits required

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No GMAT, GRE, or application fee

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Graduate in as few as 2 years

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3 start times per year (Spring, Summer, and Fall)

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4 concentrations

Collaborative learning environment

Why choose Maryville for your Master of Health Administration?

Health administrators must be well-versed in a broad range of disciplines: human resources, healthcare delivery, finance, ethics, and health policy, just to name a few. That’s why our online MHA looks at health administration from multiple perspectives — imparting the knowledge you need to run a successful healthcare organization.

Our forward-thinking MHA is designed for busy professionals.

  • Experience an interactive and collaborative online learning environment.
  • Learn from a faculty of active industry practitioners and accomplished scholars.
  • Participate in discussions with other healthcare professionals and executives.
  • Benefit from coursework that reflects the changing landscape of healthcare.
  • Immediately apply what you’re learning to real-world healthcare challenges.
  • Expand your network as you build relationships throughout your coursework.

Additionally, your online degree will carry the accreditation of a university respected worldwide for its quality, value, and affordability. We’ve spent more than 140 years building a reputation for excellence. Now, let us help build yours.

Maryville University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission

Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission — HLC

Forbes America's Top Colleges 2017

Ranked among “America’s Top Colleges” — Forbes, 2017

Kiplinger's Best College Values

Ranked among the best values in private colleges
Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, 2017

Healthcare administration: Industry outlook

A Master of Health Administration puts you in an excellent position to find a place in a rapidly growing field where career possibilities are wide and varied. Industry data reveals that:

  • Healthcare represents nearly 9% of total national employment.
  • Overall job growth for medical and health services managers is projected to be 17% from 2014 to 2024 (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics).
  • In 2016, the median pay for healthcare administrators was $96,540.
  • Hospitals, physician’s offices, nursing and residential care facilities, government, and home healthcare services are among the top five health administrator employers.

Top jobs for MHA graduates

Careers in health administration offer excellent opportunities for advancement and increased earning potential. Earn your MHA online from Maryville, and you can build a solid foundation for growth in positions like these:

Hospital Administrator


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Nursing Home Administrator


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Medical and Health Services Manager


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Note: Job growth and salary data is from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, CNNMoney, and PayScale

Online MHA curriculum: Designed for you

Coursework for Maryville’s online MHA is structured to align with the 10 key knowledge areas from the American College of Healthcare Executives. You can complete the entire program 100% online in as few as two years.

Foundation Courses

MHA 610Healthcare industry and Its Impact on Healthcare Management3 Credits
MHA 615Healthcare Operations3 Credits

Core Courses

MHA 656Population Health Management3 Credits
MHA 660Healthcare Technology and Information Systems3 Credits
MHA 630Healthcare Human Resources and Organizational Behavior3 Credits
MHA 631Healthcare Quality and Performance Improvement3 Credits
MHA 651Healthcare Law, Ethics, and Risk Management3 Credits
MHA 655Healthcare Financial Management3 Credits


Choose from four concentrations or opt for the general MHA degree by choosing any two courses from the concentrations listed below.

Healthcare Strategies

MHA 670Healthcare Marketing3 Credits
MHA 671Health Policy & Economics3 Credits

Data Management

MHA 675Healthcare Analytics3 Credits
MHA 676Healthcare Informatics3 Credits

Senior Services

MHA 680Introduction to Gerontology3 Credits
MHA 681 Assisted Living/Senior Services Management3 Credits

Population Management

MHA 685Managerial Epidemiology3 Credits
MHA 686Community Health3 Credits


MHA 690Leadership and Professionalism in Healthcare3 Credits
MHA 691Strategic Healthcare Management3 Credits

Enrolling in the online MHA: Admission requirements

The following criteria are considered during the admission process for the Master of Health Administration:

  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • 3.0 cumulative GPA required for full admission
  • Less than 3.0 cumulative GPA can be considered for conditional admission
  • Personal letter explaining qualifications for graduate work
  • No Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or letters of recommendation required
  • To ensure your success in the program, it is important you have an understanding of basic statistics. If you have completed a statistics class previously, you may already satisfy this requirement. If not, we offer an abbreviated online statistics course to get you up to speed. This self-paced shortened course may be taken alongside your first class.

International Admission Requirements

  • Demonstrated English proficiency in one of the following ways:
  • Test score* (TOEFL IBT 79, IELTS 6.0, PTE 58)
  • College degree earned in the U.S.
  • College degree where medium of instruction was in English

*Low sub-scores may disqualify a student. Test dates must be within 5 years of application.