Master of Healthcare Administration

Total cost:

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Application due date for January 9, 2023 term: January 6

Estimated time to completion: 18 Months

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The Master of Healthcare Administration prepares students for advanced leadership roles in the healthcare field, providing real world experience in management and strategy development. It also includes coursework that results in eligibility to take the Lean Healthcare exam.

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Key Features of Our Online MHA Degree

  • Comprehensive Approach The MHA program features a well-rounded curriculum, covering a wide range of topics in healthcare administration, including strategy development, epidemiology, project management, human resources and financial analysis.
  • Lean Healthcare Completion of the included Micro-Credential: Healthcare Quality Management courses will result in eligibility to take the Lean Healthcare exam to receive a Lean Healthcare Certificate of Knowledge. In addition, students may design MHA practicum requirements as a process improvement project to qualify for Lean Healthcare Certification.
  • Diverse Applications MHA graduates are poised to be agents of positive change in a wide range of healthcare careers, from hospital administrator to health policy analyst.
  • Flexible Study on your schedule. Our online format allows you to plan your coursework around your life

The Master's in Healthcare Administration is not available in Arkansas or Kentucky.

A few of the classes you'll take.

  • RES5303 Research Methods and Applied Statistics 3 semester credits
  • HLTH5453 Health Policy Evaluation and Development 3 semester credits
  • HLTH5673 Marketing for Healthcare Professionals 3 semester credits
Byron Barton, Ph.D.

Department Chair

Byron Barton, Ph.D.
Administrative Faculty and Chair,
Department of Healthcare
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American College of Education is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission— a federally-recognized accrediting agency. The College’s accreditation includes approval to offer degree programs, in education, healthcare, nursing and business and leadership through distance education via the Internet. Accreditation ensures that an institution’s academic program meets or exceeds acceptable levels of quality and is the most recognized accreditation status for higher education entities. To receive and maintain HLC accreditation and affiliation approval, we must continuously undergo routine peer review cycles and provide proof that our programs meet or exceed HLC accreditation criteria and expectations of quality.

A Note About Licensure:

Graduates of programs which are approved to lead to licensure, endorsement, or certification may be subject to additional requirements for the receipt of initial licensure, endorsement, or certification in the state in which they intend to teach or administrate.

Students are strongly encouraged to check licensure requirements in the state in which they intend to teach or administrate to determine whether they are eligible for licensure, endorsement, or certification.

It is vitally important that students know and be continually aware of the requirements for licensure in their state. State licensing requirements and licensing agency information may be found here.

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Master of Healthcare Administration

Total Tuition

36 semester credits
x $235 per credit



$50 Application Fee

$1,440 Technology & Library Fee
($40 per credit)

$100 Program Conferral Fee


Total Program Cost*


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State of California Student Tuition Recovery Fund (STRF)

It is a state of California requirement that a student who pays his or her tuition is required to pay a state-imposed assessment two dollars and fifty cents ($2.50) per one thousand dollars ($1,000) of institutional charges, rounded to the nearest thousand dollars, for the California Student Tuition Recovery Fund. For more information and to see if you must pay the state-imposed assessment for Student Tuition Recovery Fund (STRF) click here.

Admission Requirements

Master of Healthcare Administration

ACE General Admission Requirements

  • Complete and submit all application components including the admission application, the enrollment agreement, and the payment agreement.
  • Submit the nonrefundable application fee.*
  • Provide official transcripts from a regionally accredited institution indicating successful completion of the level of education required for entry to the program.**

*The application fee is valid for one year from date of submission.
**Additional evidence may be required to fulfill state requirements, including but not limited to verification of professional experience, test scores, or an interview.

Program Admission Requirements

Master of Healthcare Administration

  • Bachelor's or Highest Post-Baccalaureate degree earned from Regionally Accredited Institution
  • Minimum Grade Point Average 2.50 on a 4.00 Scale for full admission
  • Minimum Cumulative Grade Point Average of 2.00 on a 4.00 Scale for Provisional Admission
  • Acknowledgment of the requirement to have a practicum setting to complete the program

International Transcript Requirements

All applicants must submit to the Admissions Office official, sealed college transcripts from each institution attended.

  • Transcripts that are international and/or not in English must be evaluated through an NACES-recommended agency.
  • Texas applicants may only submit evaluations from agencies approved by the Texas Education Agency.
  • International applicants must request the course-by-course evaluation. The evaluation report must show that the non-U.S. education is equivalent to the education/accreditation level required for the program.

English as a Second Language Applicants

All applicants whose first language is not English must demonstrate competence in the English language as demonstrated in one of three ways:

  1. Submission of an official transcript showing a degree from a United States secondary school or regionally accredited college/university.

  2. Submission of an official minimum score on the paper or internet-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exams.
    • The minimum TOEFL score required for the internet-based version is 80, and the paper-based version requires a minimum TOEFL score of 20 for each of the three skills: Reading, Listening, and, Writing.

    • The minimum IELTS score required is 6.5. Note: IELTS is not acceptable for Texas programs leading to certification.

    • The testing agency must send test scores directly to American College of Education.
  3. Applicants to the Texas Educational Leadership program whose first language is not English must submit a minimum scaled score of 24 for speaking, 22 for listening, 22 for reading, and 21 for writing from the Internet-Based TOEFL (IBT) or evidence of an undergraduate or graduate degree earned at an institution of higher education in a country outside of the United States listed in Figure: 19 TAC §230.11(b)(5)(C).


Master of Healthcare Administration

Explore the classes you'll take to fulfill this program's 36 semester credit requirement. For more information, a complete list of requirements, and course options, see the College Catalog.

Research Courses

(3 semester credits)

This course will address how to collect, analyze and utilize data for decision-making purposes. Learners will explore a range of research approaches, including formative and summative research, to examine how to determine the best-fit for their program needs. Students will be expected to demonstrate a working knowledge of research methods and analyze service statistics to make informed choices regarding quality improvement for health related programs.

Healthcare Administration Courses

(33 semester credits)

This course takes an interdisciplinary approach to guide students in evaluating healthcare policy issues that impact decision making and outcomes in healthcare. Students will explore healthcare delivery systems and analyze issues which impact the delivery of healthcare and nursing at global, national, and state levels of government. Students will analyze the development, formulation, and implementation of policies and related economic issues that can influence healthcare practice today. In addition, the course includes topics such as the relationship between healthcare providers and patients, insurance policies, quality management, legislative liability issues, ethical decision making.
This course focuses on legal and ethical implications for healthcare administrators. Students will gain competencies in legal, regulatory, and risk management concepts as they relate to healthcare leadership and accountability. Emphasis is placed on the application of ethical principles in decision making.
Organizational behavioral theories will provide the theoretical framework for critical study of effective leadership within the context of micro and macro systems across healthcare organizations. Emphasis will be placed on the processes of communication, problem solving, critical thinking, risk- taking, conflict management, team building, change management and effective decision-making. Various models of leadership and necessary leadership competencies for the healthcare administrator will be examined.
This course examines core epidemiological and public health functions and concepts. Analytic and descriptive epidemiology and the relevance to public health and healthcare organizations will be studied. The role of healthcare administrators in analyzing and interpreting data to determine risk measures and public health impact will be investigated.
The focus of this course includes information, skills and processes required to guide quality improvement initiatives in a variety of healthcare settings. Students learn to apply leadership skills, theory and evidence to ensure quality, and cost effectiveness of healthcare delivery within the organizational structure. Students acquire the skills to select the methods, tools, performance measures, and standards related to quality and apply quality principles to improve outcomes. Current national efforts in performance measures, financial incentives and quality are discussed.
This course is designed to provide students will a broad exposure to informatics in the healthcare setting. An overview of software platforms used in day to day operations will be studied. Emphasis will be placed on technology skills that will impact project management, quality and efficiency in the healthcare delivery system.
Students will learn to assess the financial status of healthcare organizations via the application of financial accounting and statement analysis. Both nonprofit and for-profit accounting methods will be examined, with an emphasis on case-based studies. The impact of private and government insurance on budgeting, operations, and revenues will be examined.
Advanced concepts in human resources management in healthcare organizations will be studied. The development and implementation of human resources programs to support a diverse workforce in healthcare organizations, and the role and responsibilities of management, will be examined. Staffing, recruiting, training, compliance, and legal implications for healthcare organizations will be emphasized.
This course examines marketing to consumers and payers in the healthcare marketplace. Concepts such as customer satisfaction and branding as it relates to the healthcare industry, as well as digital marketing, including websites, social media, and search engine optimization, will be studied. Data driven research analysis will be emphasized.
This course focuses on essential skills of project management, including the ability to utilize data and technology, business skills, planning, effective communication, negotiation, and conflict resolution. Emphasis is placed on the ability to set and carry out organizational goals, plans, policies and procedures in a data and deadline driven healthcare environment.
This course will include a culminating leadership and management experience. Students will demonstrate competencies in leadership, management, effective communication, use of data analytics and decision- making to implement healthcare administration project.

Lean Healthcare Certificate of Knowledge

*Completion of Micro-Credential: Healthcare Quality Management courses will result in eligibility to take the LSSI Lean Healthcare exam to receive a Lean Healthcare Certificate of Knowledge. Students may also design MHA practicum requirements as a process improvement project to qualify for LSSI Lean Healthcare Certification.