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.
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.
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 Course Catalog.
- HAD 501 - Health Care Financial Management I* (3 credits)
- HAD 504 - Human Resources Management (3 credits)
- HAD 519 - Health Services and Systems* (3 credits)
- 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)
- HAD 522 - Health Care Operations and Quality (3 credits)
- HAD 523 - Health Care IT Management (2 credits)
- HAD 525 - Health Care Ethics (3 credits)
- 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)
- HAD 506 - Health Care Economics and Policy (3 credits)
- HAD 509 - Administrative Issues (3 credits)
Pursue a higher level of education at one of the first online CAHME-accredited MHA programs.
Program Specific Admission Requirements
- 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
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.
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
- 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
- Students will complete non-credit professional requirements;
- Students will be able to attend the University's regular commencement ceremonies.