Master of Health Administration

Advance your career as a leader in the healthcare industry.

Earn a Master of Health Administration (MHA) degree from the H-E-B School of Business and Administration. The 21-month, 48-hour program is designed for those seeking to pursue careers in the healthcare industry. A values-based, competency-driven and experientially focused program, the MHA degree curriculum develops students' ethical, theoretical and professional skill set.

Nationally accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME), the UIW MHA program is ideal for those currently in the workforce with courses offered exclusively in the evenings two nights per week. The MHA program is distinguished by its small class sizes which provide increased professor-student interaction and mentoring opportunities.


Attend On Campus or Online

The Master of Health Administration offers graduate students the option to learn in a residential on-campus setting or in an online hybrid environment. Each offering includes the same courses and degree requirements.

The MHA cohort attending on-campus classes meets at UIW's Northwest Center in San Antonio two nights per week. Students in the MHA hybrid program attend classes synchronously via Zoom two nights per week. These courses are offered on the same schedule as the residential program. The hybrid program curriculum includes three on-campus sessions, which are held at the beginning, middle and end of the program.

A highlight of the MHA hybrid program is the on-campus experiences graduate students attend at the beginning, middle and conclusion of the degree program. These two to three-day sessions, typically starting a Friday, take place on the UIW Broadway and Northwest Center campuses in San Antonio, Texas. These sessions provide the opportunity for face-to-face interaction with peers and faculty in a collaborative learning environment. The hybrid program students will also have the chance to interact with residential students and complete other program requirements not directly linked to specific courses.

On-Campus Session 1: Orientation

This session includes our traditional orientation to the program, where students will meet their professors and other students entering both the residential and online programs, and it typically occurs two weeks before Fall classes start. Students will be briefed on UIW and MHA Program requirements and policies, information technology and software access, and library resources, to mention a few. They will also engage with several guest speakers with a focus on professional development and engage in group dynamic skills development activities. Students will also meet with their faculty mentor who will be their mentor throughout the program. Students and faculty will participate in a short community service event as a cohort, a familiarization activity on the historic Broadway campus, and attend an evening social gathering with the second-year students and alumni.

On-Campus Session 2: MHA Educational Symposium

This session takes place in mid-May following the students’ first year in the program and typically covers a Friday and Saturday. During this session, students from both the online and residential cohorts participate in a two-day educational symposium with guest speakers presenting on a range of current healthcare topics. Students participate in another short community service event and another student-alumni social gathering. Students who are required to participate in the MHA internship program receive an additional briefing ahead of internship placements, which takes place in the second year of the program.

On-Campus Session 3: Program Conclusion and Celebration

The final in-person session is held on the Friday before graduation, which typically occurs on Saturday following the first week of May. Students will complete their final program requirements and then gather as a cohort to celebrate the successful conclusion of their MHA degree.


MHA Curriculum

Built upon a foundation of 20 competencies, the MHA degree provides students with a health systems perspective based on an understanding of health and disease, as well as the economic and social factors that influence the industry.

Integrated into the curriculum are a wide range of opportunities for students to gain real-world healthcare experience, including a graduate assistantship, professional and leadership development, seminar sessions and a capstone experience.

Download the MHA degree plan.

The MHA is a 48-hour degree program that focuses on and integrates managerial responsibilities, functions and roles related to:

  • Human resources management
  • Budgeting and financial decision-making
  • Legal and ethical issues
  • Quality and continuous improvement
  • Information management
  • Marketing
  • Health policy and strategic thinking

Explore the MHA course schedule and course descriptions.


Career Potential in Healthcare Administration

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The Master of Health Administration program prepares its graduates for success in a wide range of settings within the health and medical services management industry. Explore the benefits of an MHA.

Earning Potential

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual salary for health services managers in the U.S. is $119,840 and in Texas the average annual salary is $116,690 as of May 2021.

Industry Growth

The number of positions in health services management is projected to continue to grow at 28% between 2021 and 2031, which is much faster than the average for all occupations. Texas is home to the second-highest number of healthcare management professionals in the country at just over 36,500, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. It is projected there will be approximately 56,600 openings for health services managers each year, on average, over the next decade. (BLS Occupational Outlook Handbook)

Community Impact

Make a difference and improve the lives of people every day. Healthcare executives care deeply about the people they work with and serve.

The following MHA program data describes the variety of settings in which our graduates have been employed in since 2015:

  • 26% Hospital or Health Systems
  • 19% Medical Clinics or Physician Practices
  • 11% Pursued further education
  • 9% Military or VA system
  • 6% Healthcare consulting

Student Statistics

  • 98.5% Average program completion rate (2019-2021)
  • 93% Average employment percentage of our graduates (2019 and 2020)

Employment Resources

Career Opportunities

  • Ambulatory care facilities
  • Federal agencies
  • Health insurance companies
  • Home health agencies
  • Hospices
  • Hospital and health systems
  • Integrated delivery systems
  • Long-term care facilities
  • Management consulting
  • Managed care organizations
  • Medical group practices
  • Mental health organizations
  • Pharmaceutical companies
  • Public health departments

The alumni of the Master of Health Administration program at the H-E-B School of Business and Administration work in a variety of areas within the healthcare industry. Hear from two of our distinguished alumni below.

Huda Terraz, MHA | Class of 2012

Huda is a Supervisory Health System Specialist at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center in Houston, Texas.

Dan Overton, MHA | Class of 2011

Dan is a Senior Consultant at the Advisory Board Company. He was a member of the first class of MHA graduates at UIW.


Admissions Criteria

Find out more about requirements, standards and processes to begin your journey as a H-E-B School of Business and Administration MHA student.

Learn more about MHA program admissions