Graduate Catalog: 2019-20

Healthcare Administration MHA

This degree was designed to address the rapidly changing healthcare environment and to enhance the student-centered focus of the Keith Busse School of Business and Entrepreneurial Leadership by supporting the professional development of healthcare professionals.

The MHA trains students to:

  • Gain a sound base of knowledge about various administrative functional areas to enhance their understanding of complex healthcare systems.
  • Enhance ability to approach complex problems systematically and imaginatively to develop effective solutions
  • Prepare for assuming positions of increased managerial/administrative responsibility and contributing to the creation of a high performing workplace.
  • Expand capacity to perceive and adjust to changing healthcare organizational environments.
  • Enhance confidence and expertise to make decisions in the face of ambiguity or conflicting information.
  • Obtain a set of skills that would contribute to a greater sense of fulfillment and accomplishment in addressing personal and organizational goals.

The healthcare industry is experiencing dynamic changes and reliable growth, and professionals need the skills and development to stay on the cutting edge. The Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA) draws on expertise of the Keith Busse School of Business and Entrepreneurial Leadership to support healthcare professionals with training and practical experiences directly related to on-the-job challenges. USF uniquely prepares students in the theories that inform business and healthcare administration, the issues and best practices in the field, plus practical experiences that make them more effective healthcare leaders.

The MHA degree is also available to students who have already earned an MBA through the MHA completion track.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Students assess, analyze, and synthesize data/information relevant to the delivery of efficient and effective healthcare services.
  • Students integrate Franciscan Values, Catholic Social Teaching, and Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services in decision making for healthcare administration.
  • Students analyze legal and compliance issues and policies in the delivery of healthcare services.
  • Students evaluate evidence-based data to support and manage quality and performance measures within the healthcare delivery system.
  • Students effectively apply leadership skills and competencies in healthcare organizations.
  • Students construct, plan, implement, and evaluate innovative strategic solutions for healthcare organizations.

Degree Requirements

  • Master of Healthcare Administration Online requires 36 credit hours.
  • MBA to MHA Completion Track requires 24 credit hours in addition to 12 credit hours achieved through an MBA program.

Program of Studies

  • MHA 36 Core credit hours: BUS 555, BUS 631, BUS 680, MHA 520, MHA 545, MHA 566, MHA 575, MHA 595, MHA 610, MHA 660, MHA 675, MHA 695
  • MHA Completion 24 Core credit hours: MHA 520, MHA 545, MHA 566, MHA 575, MHA 595, MHA 660, MHA 675, MHA 695

Admission Requirements

Applicants to the MHA program must meet the following criteria:

  • Possess a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution with a minimum 2.75 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale or a graduate degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • If the cumulative GPA is below 2.75, applicants must complete directed essay questions which will be reviewed by the Business Graduate Admission Council for admission consideration.
  • If the bachelor’s degree was from a non-regionally accredited institution, the applicant must take the GMAT or GRE for admission consideration. GMAT scores of 500 or GRE scores of 300 or above are required for admission.

To apply for the Master of Healthcare Administration Online, students must:

  • Submit online application for admission
  • Submit official transcript(s) for most recent bachelor or graduate degree conferred
    • Transcripts are official only if sent directly to the Office of Admissions from the registrar of the institution attended.
  • Submit a current resume

Note:  Transcripts will be evaluated for evidence of basic knowledge of Common Professional Competencies.  Based on this review, completion of appropriate course pre-requisites may be required.