Online Classes: Master of Health Administration

Master of Health Administration

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Designed to prepare aspiring and existing healthcare professionals for healthcare leadership roles

The Master of Health Administration program is fully online. The health administration master's program is designed to prepare aspiring and existing healthcare professionals to serve or advance in healthcare leadership roles. Students will be encouraged to demonstrate an understanding of evidence-based decision-making within a context that values diversity and is sensitive to the ethical implications of healthcare delivery. The program provides a broad base of knowledge so that graduates are prepared to lead in the value-based healthcare environment.

Prior learning credit/credit for credentials is available for a variety of content-related credentials. Save time and money! Check out the credit for credentials information below to see if you qualify.

Education for advancement

Karen Dziengelewski, a HCA graduate, shares her perspective as working mother pursuing a Master of Health Administration.


Course Equivalent

Courses Waived

Certified Associate in Project Management (CAMP)


HCA 518

Certified in Healthcare Human Resources (CHHR)


HCA 525

Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality (CPHQ)


HCA 545

Certified Radiology Administrator (CRA)


HCA 525; HCA 535

Certified Specialist Accounting and Finance (CSAF)


HCA 535

Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executive (FACHE)


HCA 530; HCA 550

Healthcare Ethics Consultant-Certified (HEC-C)


HCA 555

Project Management Professional (PMP)


HCA 518

Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA)


HCA 540

Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR)


HCA 525

Program Overview

Mercy College is called to prepare healthcare leaders for changing times. Healthcare leaders need knowledge/tools to lead change within diverse healthcare delivery settings. Health administration master's students will contribute to the body of knowledge related to the design, organization, delivery, evaluation, and overall leadership of health and healthcare systems.

If a student needs professional experience in a healthcare setting, the program offers an optional practicum. In practicum, students can explore a professional area of interest and build networking opportunities within their local communities. For more information about practicum, contact an admission representative.

Program At A Glance

6 semesters

focus on one, 3-credit hour course at a time

25 students

maximum class size

Available online

study whenever, wherever — even while you work full time

Limited requirements

no GRE required

Learn from anywhere

no on-campus requirements

no prior healthcare work experience needed

Sample program of study for Master of Health Administration.

Curriculum effective Fall 2021. For students enrolled prior to Fall 2021, please reference the Mercy College catalog.

The mission of the MHA program is to provide individuals with the advanced knowledge and skills needed to lead and serve dynamic healthcare organizations.

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Upon completion of the Master of Health Administration program, the graduate will be able to:

  1. Knowledge of the Healthcare Environment: Explain the legislative, regulatory, political, and consumerism impact on the environment of healthcare and the components of healthcare delivery systems in the United States.
  2. Essential Business Literacy: Demonstrate the essential business principles required for the stewardship of healthcare organizations.
  3. Ethical Practice, Diversity, and Inclusion: Evaluate the professional and ethical standards of decision-making within the management and delivery of healthcare, including inclusion and diversity within employee and patient populations and other related complex health issues.
  4. Population Health and Evidence-Based Decision Making: Analyze population health management strategies in the delivery of value-based healthcare, utilizing health information science, technologies, and analytics to drive evidence-based decisions in the management of care.
  5. Communication and Relationship Management: Demonstrate effective communication and human resource practices in the management of healthcare organizations.
  6. Health Leadership: Inspire individual and organizational excellence and successfully lead change to attain the healthcare organization’s strategic initiatives.

Program Outcomes

  • Document .pdfMaster of Health Administration Outcomes Data

    Program Outcomes data for Master of Health Administration


Attend an MHA Program Online Information Session

part of Healthcare Worker Wednesday at Mercy College

Learn more or sign up for the next online session

Career Outlook

Employment Growth

Employment of medical and health services managers is projected to grow 28 percent from 2021 to 2031, much faster than the average for all occupations. [Bureau of Labor Statistics]

About 56,600 openings for medical and health services managers are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Many of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire. [Bureau of Labor Statistics]

This means greater needs for physicians and other healthcare workers, medical procedures, and healthcare facilities, and therefore greater needs for managers who organize and manage medical information and healthcare staff. There should also be increased demand for nursing care facility administrators as the population grows older.

Employment is projected to grow in offices of health practitioners. Many services previously provided in hospitals will shift to these settings, especially as medical technologies improve. Demand in medical group practice management is projected to grow as medical group practices become larger and more complex.

Candidates with a master’s degree in health administration or a related field will likely have the best prospects.

The Master of Health Administration at Mercy College of Ohio provides a graduate-level education supporting one’s overall career ladder and advanced professional objectives.


Projected Jobs and Salary Information

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Occupations and Employers

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Admission Requirements

Students seeking admission to the MHA program must complete the following:

  • Submit a completed graduate program application with required documents and any fees.
  • Submit official transcripts from the bachelor’s degree granting higher education institution and all graduate-level transcripts.
    • An applicant with less than 40 credit hours on the bachelor’s degree granting transcript will be required to provide additional transcripts.
    • An applicant must possess a bachelor’s degree or higher from a regionally-accredited institution with a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA(on a 4.0 scale).*
  • Submit a current professional resume or Curriculum Vitae.

Provisional Admission Status for graduate studies applicants only applies to the Master of Health Administration (MHA) and Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) programs. Applicants may be granted Provisional Admission Status for the MHA or MSN if either of the following conditions exist:

  1. Applicants graduated from a regionally-accredited institution but earned a minimum 2.3 cumulative GPA (on a 4.0 scale) in their baccalaureate degree, which do not meet the required 3.0 cumulative GPA (on a 4.0 scale).
  2. Applicants graduated from a nationally-accredited institution with a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA (on a 4.0 scale) in his/her baccalaureate degree.