Executive MHA : Online


Why study Executive MHA : Online?

Mission Statement:

The mission of the University of Cincinnati’s innovative on-line Master of Health Administration (MHA) Degree Program is to provide working professionals who might not have ready access to traditional educational routes with a high-quality experiential and practice oriented curriculum in healthcare management, preparing them to serve as innovative, transformative, ethical healthcare leaders within teams, organizations and health systems. 

We offer a competency-driven, evidence-based curriculum which, by including both academics and practitioners as faculty, is adaptive to the ever-changing healthcare environment encouraging lifelong learning. Our on-line approach is designed both to expand access and to allow mid-level and other working health professionals to develop and enhance nationally recognized competencies. Our faculty are committed to discovery, integration, application, and teaching. They create an online learning environment that is research-based and service-oriented, and which assures the best possible educational experience for all students, including individualized learning paths when necessary.  

Vision Statement:

The vision of the UC MHA program is to be acknowledged as a national leader in leveraging online educational technology to prepare future leaders for the ever-changing healthcare environment. The faculty have been nationally recognized for published and presented research.   
Our graduates will be further proof of our efforts:  

  • their evaluations will guide us  
  • their efforts will be recognized by their supervisors, colleagues, patients, and organizations as characterizing curious, competent, and compassionate stewards of the public and institutional trust, and
  • their performance will reflect honor upon their alma mater, their employers, and their profession 

Values Statement:

The University of Cincinnati’s Master of Health Administration (MHA) degree program values a conception of the healthcare leader as a true health professional, rather than soley a manager. In this, we are in strong support of the American College of Healthcare Executives’ (ACHE) Code of Ethics, with its focus on the healthcare managers responsibilities to:   

  • the profession   
  • patients or others served  
  • the organization and employees  

In our faculty we value:

  • a commitment to teaching informed by research and/or practice  
  • a dedication to service, whether to university, profession, or community  
  • the understanding that our learners are adults who are working and living full lives while improving their education  
  • a cooperative, collegial approach that allows for the development and maintenance of an integrated practice-oriented curriculum  

Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work
  • Undergraduate degree with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 (4.0 scale)
  • Two letters of recommendation that address the applicant’s academic readiness for graduate-level work, work ethic and habits, and the applicant’s communication and interpersonal skills
  • Resume/CV of personal, professional, and educational background. Applicants are strongly encouraged to highlight their experience in health care.
  • Personal statement or brief essay (no more than three pages double-spaced) answering the following prompts:
    • What are your academic goals?
    • How will earning your MHA help you reach your professional goals?
    • How will you balance work and your online program?
    • What is your motivation for earning your MHA?
  • At least two years of work experience in a healthcare setting is preferred. Students transitioning from undergraduate healthcare degrees are encouraged to highlight their experience through internships/practicums. Please highlight work experience within the resume and personal statement.
  • Complete the University of Cincinnati online graduate application
  • International applicants must have a minimum TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score of 580 (paper version), 237 (computer), or 93 (Internet), and obtain a complete evaluation of foreign transcripts, degrees, and other relevant documents.
  • GRE is not required, but if you have taken the GRE/GMAT and would like to submit your scores, the University’s code is 1833

The University of Cincinnati Master of Health Administration program has graduates from all over the country. From presidents and vice presidents of hospital systems to chief operating officers, physicians, pharmacists, and nurses, the UC MHA program has over 750 graduates from over 20 states. Our graduates work for the Department of Labor to the Mayo Clinic in Arizona, Stanford Children’s Health, to the University of Cincinnati Health System. The UC MHA program is a 100% online, with no residency requirement, allowing our students to attend school while working for some of the largest health care systems in the country.

Program Outcomes

Statistics on our students including graduation and employment rates can be viewed on the UC MHA Program Outcomes page.

According to a 2018 Bureau of Labor Statistics report, health administrators’ median salary is $99,730. The job outlook for health administrators is expected to rise by 18% over the next decade. Health administrators work in healthcare facilities, including hospitals, medical practices, nursing homes, and hospital systems. Health administrators prepare and monitor budgets, operating revenue, supervise staff, and ensure the quality improvement of the health system. Some of the careers that health administrators occupy include CEOs and CFOs of hospital systems, clinical managers, health information managers, and nursing home administrators. The majority of UC MHA program graduates work in higher management positions across the United States. 

The University of Cincinnati Master of Health Administration (MHA) program has several advising and mentoring programs to help students as they move through the MHA program. Student success is critical to the success of MHA students. From the time an MHA student is accepted into the program, they are assigned a Student Success Coordinator that helps them with enrollment and course selection. During the first course of the MHA program, students are assigned an academic advisor from the faculty in the UC MHA program. UC MHA students are also given the opportunity to be matched with UC MHA Alumni in a mentoring program. Students are matched with alumni in order to network, provide guidance, and advise you as you go through the program. 

Application Deadlines

If you would like to submit an electronic application for the Master of Health Administration program, please complete the UC Graduate Admissions Application. 

To learn more about the Master of Health Administration degree program visit our program website.

The University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Contact Information

Annie Mixon
Edwards 1
Cincinnati, OH 45221
(513) 556-4666

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Program Code: 35MAS-HADM-MHA-.HADM-DL