A 100% online, CAHME-accredited Master of Health Administration.
- Choose from 2 specializations — Health Informatics and Global Health
- No application fee
- MHA program is the recipient of the CAHME Award for Sustainability in Healthcare Management Education and Practice
- Rapid employment growth — 32% increase by 2030, 4x the national average1
Stay on top of an industry that’s continually transforming itself with the online CAHME-accredited Master of Health Administration. You’ll earn an education grounded in Jesuit principles and gain current management skills.
What Makes Scranton’s Online MHA Unique?
CAHME Accreditation. Our online MHA program was one of the first fully online MHA programs accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME). This acclaim shows your future employers that you’ve received an education that meets CAHME’s highest health administration education standards.
ACHE-aligned curriculum. The online MHA curriculum is based on the ACHE Healthcare Leadership Alliance competency model, including 24 core competencies across five critical domains. Along with refined healthcare administration expertise, you’ll set yourself apart with invaluable leadership, communication and relationship management skills.
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MICHAEL COSTELLO: The MHA program seeks to train administrators and management personnel for the field of healthcare administration. The healthcare sector of the economy is very different than other sectors. Given the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the changes that will require, we believe there’s going to be a very bright future for people who are specifically trained for the field of healthcare administration.
DANIEL J. WEST JR: These courses are designed to be very practical oriented so that the information and knowledge is usable very quickly, as opposed to just theoretical content knowledge. It’s very user-friendly. There’s a lot of support services that are built in. It’s 24/7 access to resources.
At the University, we affiliate with the American College of Health Care Executives. These are the CEOs running major health care systems. We want our students associating with the people that are out there making the difference.
University of Scranton is one of the first programs in the United States to be accredited for online education through CAHME. Coming out of a CAHME program gives employers confidence that students have the right kind of skills and that they have the right values that are needed to work for their health care organization.
MICHAEL COSTELLO: The Jesuits have always been teachers. And as such, they believe in developing the speaking skills, the writing skills, the critical thinking skills of their students, as well as developing a sense of responsibility to other individuals.
DANIEL J. WEST JR: The whole idea here is that we’re going to go out and have to make a difference, a change. I like to believe that our students are going to go out and create different paths, different models, different ways of doing things. And become agents of change.
Stand Apart With an Acclaimed Healthcare Education
Our online MHA was among the first fully online master’s in health administration programs to be accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Health Management Education (CAHME).
The MHA also received the CAHME Award for Sustainability in Healthcare Management Education and Practice, which is awarded jointly by CAHME and Canon Solutions America.
This acclaim shows your future employers that you’ve received an education that meets CAHME’s highest standards for health administration education.
Guided by expert faculty, you’ll prepare to make a difference for your organization’s patients and advance to senior management roles and other healthcare staff positions.
You may also be interested in our Executive Certificate in Health Administration, a five-course program that offers you an even quicker path to practice. We also offer an online MBA-MHA that can help you maximize your influence as a leader with two master’s degrees in one.
Career Outlook: Healthcare Leaders Are Needed Now
Healthcare is one of the fastest-growing employment sectors in the nation, and organizations urgently need managers and leaders.1,2
Positions for medical and health services managers are projected to grow 32% from 2020 to 2030.1 That’s more than four times the national average.
The median annual salary for medical and healthcare managers was $104,280 in 2020, and the top 10% of these administrators earned as much as $195,630.3Career Outlook
MHA Curriculum: Foundations for an Evolving Field
Prosper in an ever-changing industry with the CAHME-accredited Master of Health Administration curriculum.
The curriculum is made up of 16 courses and 47 credits, as well as two optional specializations. You’ll explore ethical practices, research methods, financial management, issue resolution, marketing and other essential topics.
The MHA curriculum is based on the ACHE Healthcare Leadership Alliance competency model, including 24 core competencies across five critical domains.
You’ll graduate with expertise in leadership, business, the healthcare environment, communication management and relationship management.Curriculum
Program Outcomes: Built Around Leadership
After completing this program, you will be ready to:
- Excel as a healthcare leader across settings, including hospitals, medical groups, consulting firms, health insurance companies, long-term care facilities and beyond.
- Keep up with industry advancements and ensure your organization’s business practices are up to date.
- Apply skills in organizational management, strategic planning, community relations, education, finance, internal operations and more.
- Improve community and population health by uncovering the links between access, quality, cost and resource allocation (Health Informatics specialization).
- Explain the ethical, social and environmental consequences of local and national decisions on global health systems (Global Health specialization).
Learn more about the skills you’ll gain in the online Master of Health Administration program on our Curriculum page.
Follow Your Passion With MHA Specializations
You may add an MHA specialization in Health Informatics or Global Health. These specializations incorporate 150 hours of fieldwork and add just six more credits to your curriculum, for a total of 53 credits.
A specialization is optional and not required to complete this program.
MHA: Health Informatics
Put health informatics to use across healthcare institutions, community organizations and the public sector.
MHA: Global Health
Confront global health challenges and be prepared to support organizations and healthcare providers around the world.
To apply for the Master of Health Administration program from The University of Scranton, you’ll need:
- Completed application
- 3.0 minimum undergraduate GPA
- Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university
- Students with 0-3 years of work experience may be admitted to the program and will be required to take HAD 581 to meet the Applied Professional Experience requirement; admitted students with 3 or more years of work experience will complete HAD 580 or HAD 582 as their Applied Professional Experience
- Statement of intent
- 3 letters of recommendation. If the applicant has three years of management experience, at least one of the letters should come from a different senior executive within the applicant’s organization or prior organization of employment
- Background check
The online Master of Health Administration program at Scranton consists of 47 credit hours and costs $965 per credit hour.
We strive to provide you with an affordable, high-quality education. That’s why U.S. News & World Report ranked us a Best Value School and one of the top Regional Universities North for 2022.4See Tuition
Faculty: Staffed With Real-World Leaders
In the online CAHME-accredited MHA, you’ll work directly with distinguished healthcare leaders.
These real-world practitioners understand the challenges you’ll face in your career, and they have the know-how to help you overcome them. They’ll share their wisdom and expertise from decades of experience.
Our faculty are led by program chair Dr. Daniel West, FACHE, who sits on the nationally renowned CAHME Board of Directors at the forefront of healthcare education.Faculty at Scranton
Earn a degree without interrupting your career. You’ll be part of an online learning community led by a diverse and expert faculty. Online programs reflect the same rigorous standards as our on-campus programs.Scranton Online
Financial aid options are available to help you pay for your education. A personal financial aid counselor will assist you in identifying and taking full advantage of all opportunities.Financial Aid Details
Frequently Asked Questions
If you have a question we don’t cover here, request more information or call 866-373-9547.
Evidence of a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. college or university, or the equivalent from an international college or university. Applicants should have a minimum of three years of professional work experience and are required to submit official transcripts from all previously attended colleges and universities. Admission requires an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.00 (on a 4.00 scale). International students must also supply proof of English proficiency by submitting TOEFL, STEP or IELTS scores and a course-by-course evaluation of foreign transcripts from World Education Services (WES) or Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE).
The online Master of Health Administration program accepts up to 6 credits from another CAHME accredited MHA program. Transcripts and sometimes a syllabus are required to verify transfer credits. To learn more about credit transfers, request more information or call us at 866-373-9547.
We offer 2 specializations for the MHA degree along with the general track. You may choose between Health Informatics and Global Health. You can review the courses now.
Medical and health services managers are in high demand with employment projected to grow 18 percent from 2018 to 2028, much faster than the average for all occupations, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Your skills will apply to positions as a medical and health services manager, training and development specialist, benefits manager, hospital administrator and more. Learn more about the outcomes of this program here.
The University of Scranton offers an online Dual MBA-MHA for those who wish to complete two master’s programs simultaneously.
- U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (2021 September 8). Medical and Health Services Managers. Occupational Outlook Handbook. Retrieved February 2, 2022, from https://www.bls.gov/ooh/management/medical-and-health-services-managers.htm
- U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (2021 September 8). Healthcare Occupations. Occupational Outlook Handbook. Retrieved February 2, 2022, from https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/home.htm
- U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (2021 September 8). Medical and Health Services Managers: Pay. Occupational Outlook Handbook. Retrieved February 18, 2022, from https://www.bls.gov/ooh/management/medical-and-health-services-managers.htm#tab-5
- U.S. News & World Report (2022). The University of Scranton Rankings. Retrieved February 3, 2022, from https://www.usnews.com/best-colleges/university-of-scranton-3384/overall-rankings