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 three-day sessions (usually Friday-Sunday) 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

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. Students will participate in presentation, leadership and group dynamic skills development, as well as receive introductions to the UIW library resources and writing assignment preparation. Students will participate in a short community service event as a cohort, receive a tour of the historic Broadway campus and attend a social gathering for all incoming MHA students.

On-Campus Session 2

This session will take place in May following the student’s first year in the program. During this session, students from both the online and residential cohorts will participate in a seminar on current healthcare topics, additional professional development and another community service event. Students who are required to participate in the Graduate Assistantship (GA) program will receive an additional briefing ahead of GA placements, which begin the following fall semester.

On-Campus Session 3

The final in-person session is held on the Thursday and/or Friday before graduation day in May, typically a Saturday. Students will complete their final program requirement, an exit assessment presentation, as part of the final Capstone course. There will be an opportunity for the cohort to gather to celebrate the successful conclusion of their MHA degree and then attend the graduation ceremony held that weekend.

 

MHA Curriculum

Built upon a foundation of 23 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.

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

The national average salary for positions in the medical and health services management industry was $113,000 in May 2018, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Industry Growth

The number of positions in the health services management industry is projected to continue to grow at a rapid pace. Texas is home to the second-highest number of healthcare management professionals in the country at just over 30,000, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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

  • 86% Average program completion rate (since 2015)
  • 86% Average employment percentage of our graduates (since 2015)

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