The Catholic University of America

Master of Health Administration (MHA)

A Master of Health Administration (MHA) is a professional degree designed to prepare students for leadership and managerial roles in hospitals and other healthcare systems, consulting firms, or healthcare related businesses.  Students are given a strong foundation in analytical problem solving, budgeting and finance, ethics, legal and policy analyses. 

The MHA program will consist of 40 credits split between a foundational curriculum of 25 credits and a specialized curriculum of 15 credits.  The curriculum is designed to be completed within 4 term full time or 7 terms part time, with the capstone course being the sole class taken in any students' final semester.  All students will be required to take the Catholic Servant Leadership Course and the Principles of Ethical Leadership Course during their first term of the program.

Upon completion of the Master in Health Administration, students will be able to:

1. Apply ethical behavior, based upon Catholic values and social teaching, to evaluating and solving problems of leadership, budgeting and finance, human capital, fundraising, and law and policies related to healthcare administration
2. Think critically and integrate quantitative and qualitative analyses to decision making within the sphere of healthcare administration
3. Understand and communicate the current state of public policy, policy development, and laws related to the healthcare industry
4. Identify and meet the needs of the healthcare industry
5. Apply the theories of leadership and administration within real-world contexts
6. Utilize current and future technology in healthcare administration
Based upon a foundation of the Catholic intellectual tradition and values, students will be equipped intellectually, morally, and professionally to serve their communities and meet the needs of their respective healthcare industries.  Building upon the program's focus on Catholic values and administrative skills, students will be able to follow current laws and policies to improve their own healthcare facilities by making them more effective and efficient in conformity with Catholic Social Teaching.  By studying within the nation's capital, MHA students will also have the practical opportunities to implement and apply their theoretical education to real-world and current issues within their places of work.
Students must earn at least a 'B' grade point average (3.0 on a 4.0 scale) - both overall and on final projects completed as part of the capstone course.

Core courses within the MHA program include the following:
  MSO 500 Catholic Servant Leadership (1 credit)
  MADM 501 Effective Communication in Leadership (3 credits)
  MADM 533 HR Management and Strategy (3 credits)
  MADM 552 Principles of Budgeting and Finance (3 credits)
  MADM 514 Principles of Ethical Leadership (3 credits)
  MSO 576 Public Policy Analysis and Implementation (3 credits)
  MSO 585 Public-Private Partnerships (3 credits)
  MSO 525 Research Methods and Quantitative Analysis (3 credits)
  MADM 675 Master's Capstone (3 credits)

Specialized Courses:
  MADM 611 American Health Care System (3 credits)
  MADM 612 Information Technology for Health Care Administration (3 credits)
  MADM 613 Legal Aspects of Health Care Administration (3 credits)
  MADM 614 Organizational Theory for Health Care Administration (3 credits)
  MADM 615 Public Health Administration (3 credits)

Tuition for MSPS Graduate Programs is $1070 per credit hour. For details on tuition and fees please go to our Tuition page. For information on how to finance your education, please see our Financial Aid Resources page. 

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