Master of Healthcare Administration

Next Cohort
February, 2017

The Master of Healthcare Administration program is a dynamic 14-month educational experience that enables healthcare professionals and any person interested in the healthcare field to obtain knowledge and skills necessary to make a significant impact in his/her organization and in the lives of others. The program is offered in a flexible, hybrid format that allows students to combine their graduate study with family and professional responsibilities.

In addition to supporting the overall mission of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College, the Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA) program cultivates effective healthcare leaders with strong practical skills and ethical values prepared to address challenges of an evolving healthcare environment.

mha-welcome.jpgUpon completion of the Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA) program students will:

  • Employ analytical, technical, financial, human resources, problem solving and critical thinking skills pertinent to successful careers in healthcare administration
  • Demonstrate strong written, visual, presentation and communication skills
  • Analyze legal and social responsibilities of healthcare organizations and communicate the impact of legislation on healthcare policies
  • Explain ethical obligations of contemporary healthcare leaders and apply ethical decision making
  • Address major epidemiological needs of increasingly diverse populations groups
  • Connect theory and practice for effective leadership decisions in the diverse and multicultural environment. 

Program vision: The Master in Healthcare Administration Program cultivates effective healthcare leaders with strong practical skills and ethical values prepared to address challenges of an evolving healthcare environment.

Program objectives:

  1. To provide students with a comprehensive knowledge base and skills in various aspects of healthcare administration theory and practice.
  2. To assist students in developing qualities needed for leading healthcare organizations in ever-changing healthcare environment.
  3. To prepare students to implement principles of ethics and social justice within various healthcare settings.
  • The program is delivered in a hybrid format with all assignments, projects, and examinations completed on-line through Brightspace and such resources as Skype, Adobe Connect, Facebook, YouTube, blogs, etc.
  • Students meet face-to-face one weekend (Saturday and Sunday) per 16 weeks. During residential weekends students present their work to the community, meet with professors and industry leaders, work on team projects and get an opportunity to develop professional connections.
  • The program completion is 14 months.

Healthcare administrators plan, direct and coordinate delivery of healthcare services in a variety of settings, such as hospitals, physician practices, insurance companies, long-term care facilities, adult day care, medical equipment companies, home healthcare agencies and similar organizations. They can manage the entire facility, a specific department or an area of service within a specific department, or work as consultants.  

Duties of healthcare administrators may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Work to improve efficiency and quality in delivering healthcare services
  • Keep up to date on new laws and regulations so the facility complies with them
  • Prepare materials and follow due-diligence processes for physicians recruitment and privileges granting
  • Hire and supervise other personnel
  • Manage finances and supervise utilization and procurement management efforts
  • Represent the facility at investor meetings or on governing boards
  • Communicate with members of the medical staff and department heads
  • Develop and implement marketing and outreach strategies
  • Research and create development and improvement strategies

How much healthcare managers/administrators get paid:

In 2014, the median pay was $84,270 per year, the lowest pay was $35,840 per year and the highest pay with a master’s degree was $144,880.

Number of jobs in 2014: 323,000

Job Outlook for 2015-2020: 22% faster than average

Projected employment growth for 2015-2020: 68,000 jobs.

Source: United States Department of Labor. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The Office of Financial Aid handles all aid eligibility and requirements for students at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College. Below is listed the tuition and fees associated with our graduate programs.

  2016-2017
Tuition (per credit hour)    

MHA (Master of Healthcare Administration)

MLD (Master of Leadership Development)

 

  $555
MAAT   $703
ATR Supervision    $400 (AR535)
$800 (AR570)
$800 (AR572)
MAMT   $682
Application Fee (waived)   NA
Technology Fee   NA
Technology Fee (MHA & MLD)   $200/semester
Extension Fee (charged for class extensions)   $35/hr.
Graduation Fee   $100
Residency Fee   varies
COMMUNITY SERVICE CLASSES    
Tuition per credit hour   $200

February 11, 2017 Cohort - Terre Haute

Classes meet face-to-face the following dates:

Saturday, February 11, 2017
Sunday, February 12, 2017
 
Saturday, June 10, 2017
Sunday, June 11, 2017
 
Saturday, August 12, 2017
Sunday, August 13, 2017
 
Saturday, December 8, 2017
Sunday, December 9, 2017
 
Saturday, April 7, 2018
 

August 6, 2016 Cohort - Terre Haute

Classes meet face-to-face the following dates:

Saturday, August 6, 2016 (Orientation)
Sunday, August 7, 2016
 
Saturday, October 1, 2016
Sunday, October 2, 2016
 
Saturday, December 3, 2016
Sunday, December 4, 2016
 
Saturday, February 4, 2017
Sunday, February 5, 2017
 
Saturday, April 8, 2017
Sunday, April 9, 2017
 
Saturday, June 3, 2017
Sunday, June 4, 2017
 
Saturday, August 5, 2017
Sunday, August 6, 2017
 
Saturday, October 7, 2017
Sunday, October 8, 2017
 
Saturday, February 3, 2018
 

February 6, 2016 Cohort - Terre Haute

Classes meet face-to-face the following dates:

Saturday, February 6, 2016
Sunday, February 7, 2016
 
Saturday, April 2, 2016
Sunday, April 3, 2016
 
Saturday, June 4, 2016
Sunday, June 5, 2016
 
Saturday, August 6, 2016
Sunday, August 7, 2016
 
Saturday, October 1, 2016
Sunday, October 2, 2016
 
Saturday, December 3, 2016
Sunday, December 4, 2016
 
Saturday, February 4, 2017
Sunday, February 5, 2017
 
Saturday, April 8, 2017
Sunday, April 9, 2017
 
Saturday, July 29, 2017
 

Admission to this hybrid accelerated degree format is based on a holistic approach. The admission committee will take into consideration the potential student’s goals and aspirations, their academic skills, their ability to balance the demands of outside commitments with being a student and their commitment to being successful in an intensive, time-compressed academic environment.

All students must have

  • a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 from all other higher education institutions (HEI) attended*;
  • an undergraduate degree of any discipline from HEI accredited in the United States;
  • documented records of the full-time employment obtained prior to admission;
  • demonstrated readiness for success in an accelerated, intensive learning environment through a written personal statement and a personal interview;
  • at least two references (name, title and phone number), with one reference from the place of the full-time employment.

Personal statement should include answers to the following questions:

  • Why are you interested in this program?
  • How do your professional and academic goals relate to the program?
  • How have you prepared yourself to be successful in accelerated/hybrid courses while balancing your other commitments?
  • Please define how your prior full-time employment experience prepared you for being successful in the accelerated, hybrid academic environment.
  • What qualities do you possess that would help you be a successful leader in the field of healthcare administration?
  • Why do you think these qualities will help you be a successful leader?

(Note: The personal statement will be scored according to writing (grammar and construction, responsiveness to question prompts), a demonstration of ability to succeed in accelerated, hybrid courses and professional dedication.

*Applicants with GPA below 3.0 will be reviewed on the case by case basis. 

Students can transfer up to nine (9) credit hours of graduate of work completed in other accredited HEI. Course requirements will apply.

Federal law requires college transcripts be sent directly from the originating college where the coursework was completed. We cannot accept transcripts sent or delivered by students.


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