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Norfolk State UniversityMaster of Healthcare Administration (MHA)

Prepare to lead health organizations with an online MHA degree from Norfolk State University. Health care is among the fastest-growing industries in America, and executive leaders are in high demand to navigate change and administer quality care. Our Master of Healthcare Administration combines business knowledge with health care management so you develop a deep understanding of the issues that impact the health care industry.

As an online graduate student in our Healthcare Administration master’s, you’ll strengthen your knowledge in five core areas:

  • Knowledge of the health care environment
  • Communications and interpersonal effectiveness
  • Critical thinking, analysis and problem-solving
  • Management and leadership
  • Professionalism and ethics

Connect with faculty mentors as you study the administrative aspects of health service organizations. You’ll graduate with the skills and credentials to advance your career as a highly marketable job candidate.

Healthcare Administration Master’s Degree at a Glance

  • Formats Offered: Online
  • Total Credit Hours: 36

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Why Study Healthcare Administration at NSU?

We designed our Master of Healthcare Administration with flexibility in mind. From online coursework to personal advising to faculty mentors, we provide the resources you need to be successful. The added flexibility of taking courses part-time or full-time means you can complete your degree in as little as two years or take extra time to manage school alongside other priorities.

Designed for working students

Your success is our top priority. Our Healthcare Administration master’s is offered online so you can attend class on your schedule and maintain work-life balance. We also offer supportive resources like faculty mentors, personal career advising, an online writing center and virtual computing labs.

Get hands-on experience in your field

As a graduate MHA degree student, you’ll have opportunities to enhance your skills and build your resume. You’ll complete a research project at the end of the program to engage in evidenced-based learning to improve health outcomes and contribute to the field of health care administration. In addition, you can choose to participate in poster presentation workshops to enhance your communication skills or join the American College of Healthcare Executives organization for professional development opportunities.

Learn from world-class faculty

Most of our Healthcare Administration master’s faculty members have professional health care experience and hold terminal degrees in the health care field. They are also experts in online learning. All of our online faculty are certified online instructors with years of teaching experience. In addition to their instructional roles, they engage in industry research, present at regional, national and international conferences, and contribute to other scholarly work.

What Courses Will I Take as a Healthcare Administration Master’s Student?

Our online curriculum covers the theories and concepts that are unique to health care organizations and the tools required to effectively manage them. You’ll complete 12 courses, including your final master’s project, covering topics like economics, marketing, leadership and human resources, all with a focus specifically on the health care industry. Our students report that they especially enjoy the following courses:

  • Healthcare Organizations: Learn how to manage and lead health care organizations based on evidence, best practices, benchmarks and a culture of continuous improvements.
  • Managerial Epidemiology and Population Health Management: Apply knowledge of epidemiology and population health concepts and principles to develop community-based strategies to improve health outcomes.
  • Leadership, Ethics, and Professionalism in Healthcare: Develop leadership, professional and ethical skills that guide the performance, behavior, interaction, judgment and decision-making of health care leaders.

Where Will My Master of Healthcare Administration Degree Take Me?

Your MHA degree allows you to improve the health outcomes of people every day and lead in a variety of health care organizations, including:

  • Hospitals
  • Government agencies
  • Outpatient clinics
  • Public health clinics
  • Insurance companies
  • Pharmaceutical companies

The skills you develop as part of your MHA degree — communication, team-building, analytics and critical thinking — make you highly marketable and well-equipped for a leadership role in any health care setting.

Career outlook for health care administration

Employment of medical and health services managers is projected to grow 32% from 2020, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. That’s much faster than the average for all occupations, and with an average annual salary over $100,000.

How Do I Get Started in the Healthcare Administration Master’s Degree at NSU? 

Students with an undergraduate degree in health services and professional experience in health care are highly successful in our MHA program. To get started, you’ll need to submit the online application and college transcripts. Our Office of Graduate Studies is available to answer your questions and navigate the admissions process.

We know that finances are a top concern for many of our students. Our Office of Financial Aid can provide information on how to finance your education through scholarships, grants and graduate assistantships, as well as federal funding like student loans.


Accreditation for the MHA Degree at NSU

Our MHA program is a member of the Association of University Programs in Healthcare Administration (AUPHA). Norfolk State University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).