2019 Best Accredited Online MHA Programs

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With low tuition rates and high median salaries, these 20 schools make up our list of the best online master's degrees in healthcare administration (MHAs). Every school on this list costs less than $69,000 annually. Our #1 pick for 2019 is University of Southern California which offers an Executive Master of Health Administration for $33,534 per year. Graduates earn a median salary of $132,400.

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Rank School Annual Tuition Median Salary
#1 #1 University of Southern California $33,534 $132,400
#2 #2 The George Washington University $16,650 $130,009
#3 #3 Seton Hall University $26,439 $125,000
#4 #4 Western Governors University $7,500 $99,600
#5 #5 Ohio University-Main Campus $12,060 $95,700
#6 #6 Central Michigan University $10,728 $95,391
#7 #7 Webster University $14,040 $94,400
#8 #8 Saint Joseph's University $15,660 $93,900
#9 #9 New England College $12,240 $92,800
#10 #10 University of Maryland University College $11,862 $92,000
#11 #11 Florida Atlantic University $13,912 $91,900
#12 #12 Utica College $12,420 $90,000
#13 #13 University of Central Florida $11,590 $88,300
#14 #14 Drexel University $19,665 $89,000
#15 #15 Johns Hopkins University $68,900 $95,000
#16 #16 Texas Woman's University $17,028 $85,900
#17 #17 Pfeiffer University $10,020 $81,700
#18 #18 Bellevue University $10,350 $79,400
#19 #19 Florida International University $18,000 $78,800
#20 #20 Southern New Hampshire University Online $13,794 $59,500
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  • Annual Tuition: $33,534
  • Median Salary: $132,400
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: WASC WSCUC
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The University of Southern California's online Executive Master of Health Administration is rigorous and widely recognized. It has five curricular themes that include innovative leadership, cost effectiveness, efficiency in institutional management and healthcare services, and quality of care. Admission into the program requires a bachelor's degree, and five to eight years of professional experience at mid to upper career levels, including experience with supervision and budgetary responsibilities. Program completion requires 36 credit hours, and two residency periods, one at the start of the program and one near the end. Tuition is $1,863 per credit. USC's EMHA graduates will enhance their career prospects while improving healthcare organizations..

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  • Annual Tuition: $16,650
  • Median Salary: $130,009
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: MSCHE
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The top-rated MHA at George Washington University prepares students to become healthcare executives who achieve optimal effectiveness while simultaneously advancing their own careers. The focus is on managing information, human resources and other resources to deliver the best patient services possible. Admission into GWU's program requires a minimum of two years of full time clinical or administrative experience and that the student be currently employed by a healthcare related organization. Tuition for the rigorous 50 credit hour program is $28,880 per year. GWU's location in Washington, D.C. ensures that faculty have close associations with major players in the national healthcare system and may therefore be able to connect students with valuable mentors and employers.

  • Annual Tuition: $26,439
  • Median Salary: $125,000
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: MSCHE
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The online Master's of Health Administration at Seton Hall strives to prepare students to become effective leaders and managers of healthcare organizations. The respected MHA program reflects the university's Catholic tradition, and is offered through the School of Health and Medical Sciences. Admission into the program requires a bachelor's degree and a 3.0 GPA. The MHA is usually completed in two years. It requires three on-campus in-person intensive residency sessions. An impressive 96 percent of graduates have job offers within six months of graduation. Tuition is an affordable $1,212 per credit, and there is a $500 online fee per semester.

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  • Annual Tuition: $7,500
  • Median Salary: $99,600
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: NWCCU and DEAC
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Western Governors University offers an innovative MBA in Healthcare Management. The program is completely online. Students are prepared for mid to upper level management positions in hospitals, agencies and other healthcare organizations. The traditional credit hour system has been replaced by competency units, with a usual eight units per six month term. There are 11 courses in total, each one consisting of three or four units. A capstone project is required after courses have been completed. Most students complete the program in 11 to 24 months. Tuition is an extremely affordable $3,750 per semester. The program is accredited through the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs.

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  • Annual Tuition: $12,060
  • Median Salary: $95,700
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: HLC
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Ohio University-Main Campus, located in Athens, Ohio, offers an affordable online Master of Healthcare Administration. The MHA stresses balancing altruism with the business obligation of organizational viability. It prepares students to make an impact in the rapidly changing healthcare system. Admission specifies a bachelor's degree, a GPA of 3.0 or better, and at least two years of recent full-time experience in some aspect of healthcare. The total tuition cost for the program is $25,338 for Ohio residents, and $26,022 for out-of-state students. OU's program requires twelve three-credit courses, each lasting seven weeks. Many students finish within two years.

  • Annual Tuition: $10,728
  • Median Salary: $95,391
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: HLC
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Central Michigan University's Master of Healthcare Administration focuses on preparing students to become executives or administrators in the industry. A thesis track is available for students wanting to focus on research. Admission requires a bachelor's degree and 3.0 GPA. Experience in the healthcare field is preferred, but not required. Students with little or no work experience will take a six-hour online internship after other coursework has been completed. CMU's MHA admits students into a cohort, meaning that students take online courses together in a specified sequence, which fosters a sense of collaboration and camaraderie among students. The MHA requires 51 credits. Courses are accelerated, lasting eight weeks each. Tuition is a very affordable $596 per credit hour, with a military rate of $355. Program completion normally takes two years.

  • Annual Tuition: $14,040
  • Median Salary: $94,400
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: HLC
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The online Master of Healthcare degree offered by Webster University prepares students for administrative positions in the healthcare field. The focus is on developing administrative skills that will facilitate both career advancement and help healthcare organizations cope with the rapid changes occurring in the industry. Admission specifies a bachelor's degree, a 3.0 GPA and a minimum of one year of relevant work experience. The 36 credit program is completed in two years. Tuition is $780 per credit, with a rate of $470 for active military. Webster offers two other related programs, an MBA with healthcare emphasis and a dual MBA/MHA.

  • Annual Tuition: $15,660
  • Median Salary: $93,900
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: MSCHE
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Saint Joseph's online Master of Health Administration develops professional competencies that improve both personal and institutional development. A focus on ethical mindedness reflects SJU's Catholic traditions. The program takes two to three years to complete. Students choose one of three specialization options: Informatics, Organizational Development and Leadership, or General. The General concentration program consists of 36 credit hours, and the others 42. Most students take one course each eight-week session. Entry to the program requires a bachelor's degree with a 2.75 GPA, and experience in healthcare services is preferred. SJU's MHA is the only online program in the United States accredited by the National Association of Long Term Care Administrator Boards.

  • Annual Tuition: $12,240
  • Median Salary: $92,800
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: NECHE
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New England College offers an online Master of Science in Healthcare Administration (MSHA). The program is designed for healthcare professionals wishing to advance to more senior administrative and management positions in healthcare organizations. Courses focus on leadership, strategic planning, communications and financial aspects.The 36 credit program can be completed in less than two years. There are two seven-week terms per semester, allowing students to take one course per term. A bachelor's degree is required for admission. Tuition is $680 per credit hour, or $24,480 for the entire program. It is accredited by NEASC.

  • Annual Tuition: $11,862
  • Median Salary: $92,000
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: MSCHE
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The University of Maryland University College has been a pioneer in the development of distance learning, and is one of the largest distance learning institutions in the world. It is also recognized as a national leader in online healthcare education. The University of Maryland University College's Master of Healthcare Administration is a 42 credit program and is designed for mid-career students who want to advance to leadership positions in the industry. Entry into the program requires educational or professional experience in healthcare. Tuition is an affordable $458 per credit hour for Maryland residents, and $659 for out of state residents.

  • Annual Tuition: $13,912
  • Median Salary: $91,900
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
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Florida Atlantic University offers a 15-month online Executive Master of Health Administration (EMHA) degree. The EMHA is focused on students working in healthcare professions, and is intended to lead to career advancement. The program is intensive. Requirements for admission include a bachelor's degree with a 3.0 GPA, and four years of relevant work experience. Recorded lectures mean that courses are completely asynchronous, so there is no interruption of full-time employment.Tuition for this 30 credit program is $1,000 per credit hour, and total tuition for the program is $30,000. Florida Atlantic University's EMHA is situated in the College of Business.

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  • Annual Tuition: $12,420
  • Median Salary: $90,000
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: MSCHE
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Utica College's nationally recognized online Masters of Health Administration has three specializations: Acute Care, Service Organizations and Long-Term Care. Acute Care focuses on leadership in acute care organizations. Service Organizations concerns government, insurance, corporations and research. Long-term care focuses on managing long-term care facilities. The core of all three options is management, leadership and care. The 36 credit MHA is a two-year program. There are six eight-week terms per year. The program features four virtual residencies, which are synchronous and typically occur on a Saturday afternoon. Admission requires a bachelor's degree with a 3.0 GPA. Experience in healthcare is preferred but not required. Tuition is $690 per credit, with a 10 percent military discount available.

  • Annual Tuition: $11,590
  • Median Salary: $88,300
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
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The University of Central Florida offers two tracks in its online Master of Health Administration program: the Master of Health Administration (MHA). and the Executive Master of Health Administration (EMHA). The MHA program focuses on career advancement and leadership, preparing students to manage and develop healthcare organization, whereas the EMHA targets working professionals with three or more years of experience in healthcare. The EMHA considers organizational structure and issues in the rapidly changing field and requires 44 credit hours for completion. Tuition for the EMHA is $773 per credit, whereas the cost of the MHA is $370 per credit for residents and $1,194 for out of state students.

  • Annual Tuition: $19,665
  • Median Salary: $89,000
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: MSCHE
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Philadelphia's Drexel University offers an online Master of Health Administration. Drexel's MHA coursework highlights leadership, team management, accountability and fiscal aspects of healthcare organizations. The program prepares students for managerial and administrative positions in healthcare. Admission specifies a bachelor's degree, a 3.0 GPA and at least three years of healthcare management experience. The 45-credit program features four 10-week quarters per year. One five-day on-campus residency is required. Synchronous discussions with healthcare leaders are a program feature. Tuition is a very affordable $855 per credit, with a 25 percent discount for active military.

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  • Annual Tuition: $68,900
  • Median Salary: $95,000
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: MSCHE
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The online Master of Health Administration program at Johns Hopkins University is rigorous and highly rated. The 80 credit program takes two to three years to complete, and classes run on the quarter system. The Johns Hopkins MHA focuses on competencies that will enable students to effectively engage with current and emerging global health problems. Classes are primarily asynchronous. Some classes have a residency segment, so students will spend one to two weeks per year at either the Baltimore, Washington D.C., or Barcelona campuses. Two years of relevant healthcare experience and an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 are required for admission. The program is designed to develop leadership in healthcare. Tuition for all 80 credits is $70,240.

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  • Annual Tuition: $17,028
  • Median Salary: $85,900
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
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Texas Women's University offers an online Master of Health Administration (MHA) and an online Executive Master of Health Administration (EMPA). The MHA has an optional Business Analytics emphasis. Admission to the MHA program requires a bachelor's degree with a 3.0 GPA, and admission to the EMPA program requires an additional prerequisite of three or more years of relevant management experience. The MHA program consists of 45 credits, or 51 to 67 for students choosing the Analytics emphasis. The MHA prepares students for management positions, whereas the MHA with Analytics emphasis prepares students for informatics roles in healthcare. Cost is a very affordable $259.56 per credit hour. TWU is oriented towards women, with more than 70% of faculty being women. TWU is the country's largest public university primarily for women.

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  • Annual Tuition: $10,020
  • Median Salary: $81,700
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
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Pfeiffer University offers an online Master of Health Administration program. The 36 credit MHA is usually completed in two years. The program covers all aspects of healthcare administration and prepares students for administrative positions within the industry. A particular program focus is preparing students to be responsible administrators who make ethical decisions, reflecting the university's affiliation with the United Methodist Church. Pfeiffer also offers two dual degrees. One combines the MHA with the Master of Science in Leadership, and the other combines the MHA with an MBA. The MHA/MSL and the MHA/MBA both require 54 semester credit hours. Tuition is $668 per credit.

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  • Annual Tuition: $10,350
  • Median Salary: $79,400
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: HLC
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Bellevue University's online Master of Healthcare Administration requires 36 credits, and usually takes two years to complete. The program prepares students for leadership roles in healthcare organizations. It emphasizes important competencies needed in the healthcare field, including communication, managing information, and managing human resources. Bellevue's MHA uses the cohort system for its students, meaning that a group of students are admitted together and take classes together for the duration of their program. Admission requires a bachelor's degree and current part-time employment in healthcare. Students not currently employed will be admitted if a healthcare organization agrees to support them during the program.

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  • Annual Tuition: $18,000
  • Median Salary: $78,800
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
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Florida International University offers an online Master of Health Service Administration degree. FIU's MHSA is a 48 credit program that is completed in two years. Admission stipulates a bachelor degree with a 3.0 GPA. The program is geared towards career advancement in healthcare management and administration, with a focus on human and fiscal resources. The cost for the entire program is $36,000. FIU is a pioneer in distance learning that has been offering online classes since 1998. The school is Florida's second largest university.

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  • Annual Tuition: $13,794
  • Median Salary: $59,500
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: NECHE
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Southern New Hampshire University Online offers a Master of Science in Healthcare Administration (MSHA). The 36 credit program can be completed in two years. The MHSA prepares students to become effective healthcare administrators by emphasizing the competencies needed in the evolving healthcare environment, such as communication skills, information analysis, finances and marketing, planning and human relations. There are five terms per year. Admission requires a bachelor's degree. SNHU's tuition is an affordable $627 per credit. Located in Hookset, New Hampshire, the school is accredited by NEASC.

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Online Master of Health Administration (MHA) Degrees

An online Master of Health Administration program gives graduates the opportunity to be at the forefront of the medical research and health care industry; the curriculum provides students with the skills needed to coordinate and run a healthcare services organization. Students examine business management principles as they apply to a healthcare organization, as well as healthcare quality and policy issues.

What are the admissions requirements for an online MHA?

Applicants to online master's in healthcare administration programs need an accredited bachelor’s degree. Most programs accept individuals from a variety of academic backgrounds, though some amount of professional experience in a healthcare setting may be required. Some schools may also require that the applicant have a bachelor's degree in a related field.

Most institutions will require GRE (Graduate Record Exam) or GMAT (Graduate Management Admissions Test) scores that are less than five years old. Minimum GPA requirements and test scores vary from school to school. In addition to test scores, all schools will require applicants to submit their undergraduate transcripts and some may require letters of recommendation, personal statements, and/or CVs.

Internationally educated students may be required to submit an English language proficiency test and have their international degrees evaluated before admission.

How long does an online MHA take?

These degrees typically take two years to complete; students take 12 to 15 courses. Some schools offer accelerated options which can be completed in fewer than two years. For working students, part-time enrollment is also possible at some schools, allowing them to complete the degree over a longer period of time.

What classes will I take in an online MHA program?

The interdisciplinary curriculum in the Master of Health Administration (MHA) program focuses on management skills, information technology, quality care, and healthcare policy. Management courses touch on topics like decision making, organizational behavior, human resources management, and communication in healthcare organizations. Business classes may include topics such as financial management in healthcare, introduction to microeconomics, statistical reasoning, and strategic planning. These classes prepare students to lead and coordinate the teams of clinical workers in healthcare settings with an understanding of business operations.

MHA students should also expect to take healthcare-related classes such as an introduction to U.S. public health care system, current issues in public health, managed care and health insurance, and more. Other courses in the curriculum will focus on quality care topics like statistics, healthcare monitoring, and ways of maintaining care standards. Health policy courses teach future leaders about the ways in which the healthcare system impacts different groups in society.

Most health administration master’s degrees require an internship, a research project, or both. Internships require work in a hospital, outpatient care facility, or another health center, shadowing an administrator.

What can I do with an online MHA?

Graduates of these types of programs are trained to coordinate with doctors, nurses, and other healthcare professionals to run health care facilities such as hospitals, clinics, research facilities, and non-profit organizations, with a focus on medical research and aid.

Many MHA graduates may go on to have careers as medical or health services managers. While a bachelor’s degree is the minimum entry-level requirement for these types of positions, a master’s degree can provide advanced training and better job opportunities. Healthcare administration graduates without professional experience in healthcare management usually begin working as assistant managers or managers of smaller departments. After gaining experience, managers can advance into higher-paying positions.

Professionals with a master of health administration are in high demand; employment opportunities can be found in government, health care, and non-profit sectors. Graduates with experience in the field may find jobs as healthcare consultants, health services managers, clinic managers, facility managers, department or division managers, chief executive officers, or chief operations officers. 

Professionals with an MHA degree can also opt to further their studies by getting a doctoral degree within the same or a similar field.

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