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Master of Health Administration (MHA)

Imagine a better healthcare system. Be a leader for positive change.

Gain the leadership skills required for a successful health administration career through Pfeiffer University’s master's in health administration program, the largest MHA program in the Carolinas. Alumni hold positions of leadership in every major healthcare organization in North and South Carolina.

The curriculum combines rigorous business and healthcare administration academics with practical experience for mastering the managerial, financial, legal and ethical considerations of today's competitive health services environment — while focusing on responsibility and ethical decision-making.

This program provides international study abroad opportunities in Europe, United Kingdom, Liberia and/or Canada.

For more information, read the MHA program one sheet. Learn about the program and upcoming events in our newsletter.

Campus

This program is designed for working adults. Set your own pace with flexible classroom scheduling in Charlotte, Raleigh-Durham and online.

A health services administration certificate for post-graduate continuing education is also available.

Curriculum

The program requires 36 semester hours (SH), which is 12 courses in total. If you are interested in pursuing a joint degree, follow the links provided below to learn more:

Master of Health Administration Curriculum

Core Courses (36 SH)

The first eight courses listed below are mandatory and must be taken first:

  • MBA 701 Organizational Communications
  • MHA 710 Contemporary Health Administration
  • MHA 715 Legal and Ethical Perspectives in Healthcare Administration
  • MHA 725 Health Services Policy
  • MHA 730 Health Economics
  • MHA 735 Health Services Information Management
  • MHA 737 Health Services Marketing
  • MHA 740 Health Services Financial Management

After the first eight courses have been completed, choose one of the following:

  • MHA 776 Comparative International Health, or
  • MHA 777 Comparative International Health Study

Then you choose one of the following:

  • MHA 790 Practicum in Health Administration, or
  • MHA 795 Applied Research in Health Administration

Your eleventh course will be:

  • MHA 799 Strategic Health Services Management

Elective

To complete your degree, take one of the following three-credit elective courses:

  • MHA 712 Population Health
  • MHA 738 Healthcare Human Resources Management
  • MHA 742 Operations Management and Quality in Healthcare

For descriptions of courses, visit the academic catalog

MHA + Leadership Concentration Curriculum

The leadership concentration provides practical applications from both the health service and business leadership fields of knowledge. The four MSL courses provided in the concentration equip the student with the essential specialized competencies necessary for successful leadership in the rapidly changing and extraordinarily complex health service enterprise of the 21st century.

(Note: This concentration is available only at the Charlotte campus, the Raleigh-Durham campus, online or with special permission of the department chairperson.)

All MHA leadership concentration students must successfully complete a 30-semester hour, ten-course core health service curriculum.

Core Courses

The seven core MHA courses are as follows:

  • MBA 701 Organizational Communications
  • MHA 710 Contemporary Health Administration
  • MHA 715 Legal and Ethical Perspectives in Healthcare Administration
  • MHA 725 Health Services Policy
  • MHA 730 Health Economics
  • MHA 740 Health Services Financial
  • MHA 799 Strategic Health Services Management

The four core MSL courses are as follows:

  • MSL 702 Organizational Behavior
  • MSL 710 Effective Leadership
  • MSL 740 Negotiations and Conflict
  • MSL 750 Organizational Change

MHA Elective

Choose one of the following:

  • MHA 735 Health Services Information Management
  • MHA 776 Comparative International Health

Option: MHA Certificate

Receive your health services administration graduate certificate. After you complete the certificate, apply credits towards your MHA degree. Speak to an advisor for details.

Admission Requirements

  • A completed Pfeiffer University graduate application for admission with application fee
  • A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university with a satisfactory grade point average
  • Satisfactory undergraduate prerequisite requirements
  • Official transcripts from all colleges or universities previously attended
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Satisfactory completion of one of the following:
    • Miller Analogies Test (MAT)
    • Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT)
    • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or other standardized graduate admissions test
    • (This requirement is waived for applicants with a graduate degree from an accredited institution.)

Program Requirements

The MHA program is a 36-semester hour course of study. Each student must have an individual email address and access to the Internet in addition to working knowledge of word processing, database and spreadsheet software.

MHA 790 is an applied field experience, typically conducted under the direction of a senior manager at the student's workplace. MHA 776 takes place between semesters and consists of a 7-10 day foreign study experience in Canada, England, Austria, Germany or another destination.

Tuition & Fees

Click here for current tuition and fees. Contact an admissions advisor about financial aid and scholarship opportunities

Careers

Interested in advancing your career in the healthcare industry? Ready to take on more responsibility? Pfeiffer’s MHA program will prepare you for leadership positions in all areas of health care: hospitals, ambulatory care, mental health, public health, practice management, government policy, long term care, managed care and insurance.

Ready to get started? Apply now. 

Charlotte Admissions Advisor

Have questions? Just ask!
Deborah Wilkinson
Director of Graduate and Degree Completion Enrollment
(800) 338-2060
(704) 945-7312
deborah.wilkinson@pfeiffer.edu

Raleigh Admissions Advisor

Paul Hanbury
Assistant Director of Enrollment Events Recruitment & Engagement
(800) 338-2060
(919) 238-2406
paul.hanbury@pfeiffer.edu