Health Administration, MHA

Excellence in academic and professional competencies. Jesuit values. Successful outcomes.

You’ll find all of this – and more – when you choose The University of Scranton for your MHA studies. Our dedicated faculty will work alongside you as you pursue a higher level of education at a CAHME-accredited MHA program.

Program Specific Admissions Requirements

The Health Administration program may require a GRE or GMAT score, depending on the strength of other qualifications and information submitted by the applicant. New campus-based MHA students may start course work in the fall semester only.

Applicants for the campus-based MHA program are encouraged to apply by May 1 (prior to the fall semester of desired entry); however, applications received after this date and up to August 1 will be considered for admission on a space-available basis. Applicants must be admitted before starting courses.

The campus-based Health Administration program accepts applicants with or without professional work experience. Students accepted into the Health Administration program with little to no work experience are required to enroll in an administrative residency to gain practical experience.

Applicants should be prepared to discuss their career goals and employment possibilities with the program director during a personal interview, which is required prior to acceptance, and explain how they see the curriculum supporting their longer-term goals.

For general application requirements, click here.

Curriculum

The MHA program requires 44 credits plus fieldwork for the degree. The curriculum consists of 41 core credits, 3 elective credits, and fieldwork.

Students entering the program take early foundation courses: HAD 500 Health Care Organization and Administration, HAD 501 Health Care Financial Management I, HAD 505 Health Care Statistics and Research Methods, and HAD 519 Health Services and Systems. These courses serve as prerequisites for more advanced courses in the curriculum and establish basic skills, competencies, and core knowledge.

Healthcare management requires practical applied experience, so students do a fieldwork course in their graduate studies. An 8-credit 6-month (1000 hours) administrative residency is generally required for students with no prior applied healthcare experience. Other types of fieldwork include an internship (3 cr.), externship (1 cr.) or directed study (1-3 cr.).

The specific fieldwork requirement for each student is discussed during the admission interview and during one’s studies. The fieldwork site is selected by the student, in consultation with the student’s advisor, to complement and assist in achieving career goals.

A 3 credit internship in health administration can be taken after 21 core credit hours. An 8 credit administrative residency can be taken after 44 core credits. Students receiving financial aid should contact the Financial Aid office prior to signing up for an administrative residency.

Course Requirements

Below are listed the typical course requirements for a full-time student. For an example of typical requirements for a part-time student visit the MHA program manual (pg. 16).

For complete curriculum information, visit our graduate catalog.


Year 1

Fall

  • HAD 501 - Health Care Financial Management I* (3 credits)
  • HAD 504 - Human Resources Management (3 credits)
  • HAD 519 - Health Services and Systems* (3 credits)

Spring

  • HAD 500 - Health Care Organization and Administration* (3 credits)
  • HAD 505 - Health Care Statistics and Research Methods* (3 credits)
  • HAD 521 - Health Care Financial Management (3 credits)

Summer

  • HAD 522 - Health Care Operations and Quality (3 credits)
  • HAD 523 - Health Care IT Management (2 credits)
  • HAD 525 - Health Care Ethics (3 credits)


Year 2

Fall

  • HAD 502 - Health Care Law (3 credits)
  • HAD 508 - Leadership in Health Care Organization (3 credits)
  • HAD 515 - Health Care Planning and Marketing (3 credits)

Spring

  • HAD 506 - Health Care Economics and Policy (3 credits)
  • HAD 509 - Administrative Issues  (3 credits)

Elective**

Fieldwork***

    All in the comfort of your own home you will find exceptional leadership, responsive decision-making, and sound knowledge that only a Jesuit education can instill– and more – when you choose The University of Scranton for your MHA studies.

    Pursue a higher level of education at one of the first online CAHME-accredited MHA programs.

    Program Specific Admission Requirements

    The online MHA program requires the following:
    • Minimum of three years work experience in a managerial or professional capacity with or without direct supervisory experience;
    • The applicant will submit an affidavit from a senior executive stipulating to the applicant’s management or professional experiences

    Additional Notes:

    Once admitted, students will complete a mandatory online tutorial on academic honesty and submit a signed statement agreeing to abide by the University’s Academic Honor Code.

    Students admitted into the online MHA program will not be permitted to take on-campus MHA courses unless required by course scheduling.

    Fieldwork includes administrative internships, externships, clinical observation, directed studies and in some cases course projects. Fieldwork clearances may result in additional fees to the student and generally include the following:

    • FBI fingerprinting
    • State specific criminal background checks
    • Child abuse clearances
    • Two step TB testing
    • Hepatitis B vaccination
    • Flu vaccine
    • History of immunizations and in some cases titer testing
    • Drug screen panels

    Please note:  Additional testing could be requested by an organization.

    For general application requirements, click here.

    Curriculum

    Online Course Requirements

    This program requires a total credits 47, including a required 3 credit (150 hour) internship (HAD 580) as well as the courses included below:

    Foundation Courses (12 credits)

    • HAD 519 : Health Care Serv. and System
    • HAD 501 : Health Care Financial Mgt. I
    • HAD 500 : Health Care Organization/Admin
    • HAD 505 : Health Care Stats/Research
    Additional Required Courses
    • HAD 515: Health Care Planning and Marketing
    • HAD 502: Health Care Law
    • HAD 506: Health Care Economics and Policy
    • HAD 508: Leadership in Health Admin.
    • HAD 504: Human Resources Mgt.
    • HAD 521: Health Care Financial Mgt. II
    • HAD 522: Health Care Operations and Quality
    • HAD 523: Health Care IT Mgt.
    • HAD 525: Health Care Ethics
    • HAD Free Elective*
    • HAD 509: Administrative Issues
    • HAD 580: Internship in Health Care

    Elective Courses (3 Credits Required)*

    • HAD 510 : Hospital Administration
    • HAD 512 : Medical Practice Administration
    • HAD 513 : Long Term Care Administration
    • HAD 517 : Global Health Management
    • HAD 526 : Grants Writing and Management
    • HAD 582 : Directed Study (1-3 cr.)

    Credits for Degree: 47 credits

    Additional Notes:

    • Students will complete non-credit professional requirements;
    • Students will be able to attend the University's regular commencement ceremonies.

    For more information, please refer to the Graduate Studies Catalog

      Why Choose Scranton?

      Nationally Ranked

      U.S. News & World Report rated The University of Scranton among the 10 top master’s universities in the North in its "America's Best Colleges" ranking

      Professional Opportunities

      The MHA program provides practical scholarship, including publications and presentations, to disciplines related to health administration.

      Jesuit Education

      As one of the 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States, The University of Scranton is dedicated to developing the whole person.

      Why Choose Scranton?

      Learn from Expert Faculty

      Our top-tier, practicing faculty members understand the real world challenges you will face as a healthcare leader.

      Fully Online. CAHME Accredited.

      The Online MHA is one of the first online degrees to receive CAHME-accreditation.

      Jesuit Education

      As one of 28 Jesuit Colleges and Universities in the United States, we are dedicated to developing the whole person

      Mission of MHA Program

      The mission of the MHA Program is to provide local, regional, and international students a comprehensive, practical, and interdisciplinary set of core competencies for health administration jobs in a variety of healthcare organizations.

      In fulfilling its mission, the Program strives to satisfy interests of multiple stakeholders while reflecting Jesuit ideals. 

      Additionally, the Program contributes scholarship to its disciplines, including applied research, publications, and presentations. It also contributes service to its communities and professions through voluntary work and consultation. 

      Executive Certificate in Health Administration

      Other options- instead of a degree, we offer a program for you to complete your Executive Certificate in Health Administration online in just 10 months, then apply your studies to your Online Master’s in Health Administration degree if you choose to continue your studies.

      Beyond the Classroom

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      Administrative Residency

      Through field training during an administrative residency, students prepare for leadership positions in the healthcare industry.

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      MHA Alumni

      Alumni serve as mentors, providing information, advice and support to students, as well as a valuable professional network.

      Executive Board 2016-17

      Student ACHE Chapter

      Scranton's ACHE Student Chapter is an independent organization serving the graduate student's within Scranton's MHA program.

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      Study Abroad

      Students have the opportunity to travel abroad across the world to further their understanding of health care at a global level

      Beyond the Classroom

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      Career Opportunities Abound

      With a faster than average growth rate and average salary of $94,000, the opportunities in health administration are endless.

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      Study Abroad

      Students can choose to participate in a 10-day international study in places such as Brazil, Eastern Europe, and China.

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      Real-World Internships

      Take what you know and apply it in a real-world setting during your 150-hour health administration residency.

      Successful Graduates

      Careers for MHA Graduates

      Hospitals, ambulatory care settings, physician group practices, social service agencies, medical centers, clinics, long-term care facilities

      Successful Graduates

      Careers for MHA Graduates

      Hospitals, ambulatory care settings, physician group practices, social service agencies, medical centers, clinics, long-term care facilities

      Accreditation

      The Graduate Health Administration Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME, formerly ACEHSA). This accreditation reflects the commitment to and achievement of national standards for graduate level health care administration education. 

      Additionally, the MHA program maintains full graduate membership status with the AUPHA. The Program uses the Healthcare Leadership Alliance Competency Model.

      ACHE Congress on Healthcare Leadership Conference

      The University of Scranton MHA Student Chapter members can attend the ACHE Congress on Healthcare Leadership Conference. An event attended by healthcare leaders across the nation, students were exposed to networking opportunities and were able to learn about current and future healthcare trends that will shape the future healthcare system. At the conference, the University of Scranton Student Chapter was able to attend an EPAHEN and HLNDV sponsored Alumni reception to bring together the current and past students, and faculty members.

      Graduation Rates

      Employment Rate
      2015 92%
      2016 96%
      Job Placement Rate
      2015 91%
      2016 89%
      Median Salary
      2015 $45.000
      2016 $68,560
      Entering GPA (Median)
      2015 3.34
      2016 3.34
      2015 2016
      Employment Rate 92% 96%
      Job Placement Rate 91% 89%
      Median Salary $45.000 $68,560
      Entering GPA (Median) 3.34 3.34

      Accreditation

      The Graduate Health Administration Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (formerly ACEHSA). This accreditation reflects the commitment to and achievement of national standards for graduate level health care administration education. 

      Additionally, the MHA program maintains full graduate membership status with the AUPHA. The Program uses the Healthcare Leadership Alliance Competency Model.

      Meet the Program Director

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      Steven J. Szydlowski, Ph.D.

      Graduate Health Administration Program Director Assistant Professor

      Education

      M.B.A., The University of Scranton M.H.A., The University of Scranton Ph.D., Medical University of South Carolina

      Contact

      (570) 941-4367

      Meet the Program Director

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      Michael M. Costello

      Assistant Program Director Faculty Specialist

      Education

      Contact

      570-941-4776

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