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Become a Leader in the Healthcare Industry with an Online Master’s in Healthcare Administration (MHA)

You’re already an effective healthcare manager and your colleagues rely on you to make difficult decisions while carefully considering the goals and values of your organization, but if you want to assume more advanced leadership roles, then you should consider CSU Global’s top-rated online MHA program. 

Completing an accredited online MHA program will help you continue to climb the healthcare administration ladder in an industry projected to grow at an exceptional rate over the next few years, with the Bureau of Labor Statistics estimating that employment for Medical and Health Services Manages will grow 32% by 2029.

Whether you choose to seek employment in a state, local, or private hospital, or in ambulatory services, nursing, or residential care facilities, earning your master’s degree in healthcare administration is one of the best ways to improve your understanding and awareness of the U.S. healthcare system, and to improve your value on the job market.

CSU Global’s online Master’s Degree in Healthcare Administration is designed to train you in management, problem analysis, policy awareness and organizational leadership, preparing you for the challenges you’ll face each day at a variety of top positions in the healthcare industry.


Career Outlook

11.23% PAY INCREASE On average, the pay increase a typical CSU Global graduate of the Master’s in Healthcare Administration program received one year after earning their degree.

11.23% PAY INCREASE On average, the pay increase a typical CSU Global graduate of the Master’s in Healthcare Administration program received one year after earning their degree.

$100,980 ESTIMATED STARTING SALARY According to the BLS, the average annual salary for Medical and Health Services Managers is more than $84k.

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT, PRACTICE MANAGER, REGISTERED NURSE Top three titles as reported by CSU Global’s online MHA degree alumni.

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Watch a Quick 2-Minute Overview

This quick video covers a variety of topics, including:

  • How quickly demand is growing for new healthcare managers.
  • What future healthcare managers will need to know and understand.
  • Why you should consider completing an accredited MHA program.

What Healthcare & Leadership Topics Will You Study?

CSU Global’s online MHA program will set you up for success as a healthcare management professional, preparing you to take on a wide variety of leadership and managerial roles within the industry.

As a student in our accredited MHA program, you’ll study:

  • Leadership and managerial skills.
  • Analytical abilities.
  • Global perspectives.

You’ll also get hands-on experience with evidence-based management tools needed to effectively and efficiently lead and manage teams in healthcare organizations within multiple settings.

Furthermore, you’ll develop an increased understanding and awareness of the way that the U.S. healthcare delivery system works, studying healthcare policy, laws, and issues facing the industry.

Our program emphasizes the areas of:

  • Healthcare quality
  • Population health
  • Human resources
  • Financial management
  • IT system and operations management
  • Change and innovation
  • Strategic planning

As an alumni from CSU Global’s top-rated online Master’s in Healthcare Management, you’ll be well prepared to assume leadership roles where you’ll provide real value to an organization from day one.

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What Healthcare Management Skills Will You Develop?

From management to problem analysis, policy awareness, and organizational leadership -- your Master’s in Healthcare Administration and Management prepares you for a variety of top positions in healthcare.

  • Evaluate healthcare organizational problems using a systematic decision-making approach.
  • Prioritize the skills needed to manage, develop, and motivate organizations to meet changing organizational needs in a healthcare environment.
  • Create a strategic plan for a healthcare enterprise that integrates a critical analysis of the problem.
  • Critique the policies, procedures, laws, and ethics, and population health and quality management requirements of the diverse array of healthcare alternatives.
  • Evaluate the relationship between management, organizational leadership, analytical reasoning, operations, human resources, finance, marketing, and strategic planning in the healthcare industry.

What Healthcare Administration Courses Will You Take?

CSU Global’s online MHA program requires the completion of 36 total credits, including a mix of Core Degree Courses and Degree Specialization Courses.

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Courses in this Degree

Core Degree Courses (24 Credits)

  • RES501* Fundamentals of Research and Writing
    This course is only required for students who are accepted into this program with an undergraduate GPA below 3.00. The primary purpose of this course is to help students entering graduate level programs at CSU-Global develop awareness of current and effective research and writing practices with the goal of implementing such practices into their writing and research projects. Students will learn what constitutes graduate level writing and research as well as how to communicate with colleagues in online professional forums. Students will also learn to effectively integrate writing and research skills into the writing projects they will pursue throughout their graduate level programs.
  • HCM500 The U.S. Healthcare System
    This course provides an in-depth overview of the United States Healthcare System from both a micro and macro level with a special emphasis on the integration of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act passed in 2010. An introduction to the definitions, concepts about the system as well as current and future trends in healthcare delivery are considered. Topic areas include: history, organization of the system, operational characteristics, funding mechanisms and current regulatory activities.
  • HCM502 Organizational Behavior and Human Resources in Healthcare
    This course focuses on the application of theory to develop the knowledge and skills needed to effectively manage individuals and groups in healthcare organizations. Topics include human behavior, human resource management and labor relation policies.
  • HCM515 Health Law and Ethics
    This course explores the policy trends and legal and ethical challenges inherent in the administration of healthcare services. Topics include governmental reforms, policy process model, regulation of healthcare false claims, fraud and abuse, antitrust compliance and litigation, informed consent, and principals and legal basis for hospital governance and healthcare malpractice insurance.
  • HCM520 Quality and Performance Improvement in Healthcare
    This course is an in-depth examination of the relationships between healthcare quality and organizational performance and outcomes. Students are introduced to quality improvement and patient safety theories, models, methods, and tools that have an application in addressing the challenges and opportunities of improving the quality and safety of the new value-based healthcare system.
  • HCM542 Operations Management in Healthcare Organizations
    In this course, students examine forces and trends that impact healthcare organizations such as operations performance, scheduling, productivity, and supply chain, operational assessment, patient care flow, and related supportcare processes through process improvement. Students will use analytical techniques to assess performance data and to identify trends and issues to improve patient care outcomes.
  • HCM565 Healthcare Finance
    This course focuses on the application of key finance principles and concepts to healthcare organizations. The course enables students to learn how to develop, apply, and interpret various financial tools and concepts, including financial statements analysis, costs structure and allocation, dashboards, budgeting and variance analysis, sources of revenue and reimbursement, return on investment analysis, financial ratios, capital budgeting and investment decision making, and working capital management.
  • HCM570 Healthcare Information Systems
    This course is designed to introduce students to the core knowledge and skills needed to oversee the information technology and informatics in a healthcare environment. This includes how to identify and solve organizational problems affecting the design, implementation, and use of health information management systems and data throughout the enterprise. Students discuss the functions and interoperability of various systems including regulatory requirements, how to assure the confidentiality of patient information, and recent trends in the changing healthcare landscape.
  • HCM580 Capstone: Strategic Management in Healthcare
    This course examines the components of organizational strategy development and execution as the healthcare system moves in a value-based delivery model. Topics include the strategic planning process, analytic tools, organizational strategies, competitive advantage, and critical decision making. Prerequisite: All core and specialization courses
  • HCM595** Healthcare Management Internship
    The internship provides students with practical experience in organizations specific to healthcare organizations. Each student works under the direct supervision of a senior-level professional at an approved organization or company, and applies and integrates what they have learned during the core courses of their program. Each student is required to participate in coursework that allows them to demonstrate what has been learned through the internship experience. The emphasis of the internship is on the student assuming a professional role within the organization. Students complete their internships over a period of eight weeks during one CSU-Global course. A minimum of 80 hours of internship fieldwork must be completed during the course.

* Master’s Plus - Some Master of Healthcare Administration students may also be required to take RES501 as part of their program if they have an undergraduate GPA below 3.00. In this case, the degree is 39 credits.

** HCM595 is an optional course that will provide students with practical experience in management organizations. This course may not be available in all states; see the State Specific Authorization Policy under Admissions Policies.

Degree Specialization (12 Credits)

When you earn your master's degree through CSU Global, you will customize it with a graduate specialization in a subject that matches your professional goals or personal interests. 

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Frequently Asked Questions

What Can You Do With a Master’s in Healthcare Administration?

Getting an MHA will prepare you for a variety of leadership and management roles in the healthcare industry.

The courses you complete will provide you with all the skills and abilities needed to take on the daily job duties required of professional healthcare administrators, including:

  • Improving the quality of healthcare service delivery.
  • Staying up to date on healthcare policy, laws, and regulations and understanding how changes to them will impact your organization.
  • Interpreting financial budgets and managing operational costs, ensuring profitability and quality of care.
  • Creating strategic plans for the healthcare enterprise you’re employed by.
  • Organizing healthcare facility records, maintaining confidentiality, security, and accessibility throughout the delivery of healthcare services.

What Jobs Can You Get With a Master’s Degree in Healthcare Administration?

Completing an MHA will help open up a variety of leadership and managerial roles, with options for career advancement into positions like:

  • Medical and Health Services Manager
  • Administrative Services Manager
  • General and Operations Manager
  • Practice Administrator
  • Medical Staff Credentialing Analyst
  • Managed Care Director
  • Program Manager
  • Hospital HR Manager

Most healthcare professionals find employment in state, local, or private hospitals, but you may also be able to acquire a similar job in ambulatory services, nursing or residential care facilities, government agencies (CDC, NIH, FDA, etc.) or at a PPO or HMO.

Can You Get An Accredited MHA Online?

Yes. CSU Global’s online MHA Program is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, and widely respected in the healthcare industry.

Our program was designed to be completed entirely online, with no set times or locations, monthly class starts, and accelerated courses to make it the perfect option for those who are attempting to juggle education, with work and family responsibilities.

Is a Master’s Degree in Healthcare Administration Really Worth It?

Yes. Completing an MHA program is a valuable investment in your career, and could play a significant role in helping contribute to your overall career advancement.

Healthcare Administration master’s programs serve as preparation for employment with, or a promotion in, the following roles:

  • Practice Administrator
  • Medical Staff Credentialing Analyst
  • Managed Care Director
  • Program Manager
  • Hospital HR Manager

Furthermore, getting your MHA may open up other more advanced career opportunities at healthcare organizations, but in non-healthcare-specific roles, including:

Why Should You Choose CSU Global’s Online MHA?

Why should you consider getting your online MHA with CSU Global?

  • Our online MHA degree is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.
  • Alumni from our Master’s in Healthcare Administration program report earning an 11.23% pay increase one year after completing their degree.
  • A Gold School of Distinction award from Best Colleges, making us one of only 15 schools to receive gold rankings, out of more than 2,000 online degree programs.

CSU Global’s online Master’s in Healthcare Administration is award-winning, having recently earned several top 10 rankings including:

  • A #2 ranking for “Best Online Master’s in Healthcare Administration” from Best Health Degrees.
  • A #4 ranking for “Top 25 Online Master’s in healthcare Administration” from Best Masters Programs.
  • A #5 ranking for “The 25 Best Master’s in Health Care Administration Online” from Best College Reviews.
  • A #6 ranking for “Best Online Master’s of Healthcare Administration” from The Best Schools.

How much will my degree cost?

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Why You Should Earn Your Online Master’s Degree

Earning your online master’s degree through CSU Global provides you with more than just the diploma you need to get noticed. With an emphasis on real world concepts and career-relevant skills, you get training and experience along with your credit hours. Additionally, CSU Global strives to make your education as affordable as possible. With our Tuition Guarantee, your tuition rate won’t increase over time! Instead, you’ll enjoy the same low rate for the duration of your enrollment at CSU Global.

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Regional accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) means your degree comes from a top quality, trusted university.


#2 of 15 Best Online Master’s in Healthcare Administration for 2020, Best Health Degrees.


In Best Masters Programs’ Top 10 Online Masters in Healthcare Administration rankings, CSU Global’s Master of Healthcare Administration and Management program was named #4.


In Best College Reviews’ Top 25 Best Master’s in Healthcare Administration Online Degree Programs, CSU Global’s Master of Healthcare Administration and Management program was named #5.


In The Best Schools’ 25 Best Online Master of Healthcare Administration Degree Programs, CSU Global’s Master of Healthcare Administration and Management program was named #6.

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“The program I am in is rigorous and requires a lot of critical thinking. Since beginning my master’s program, I feel I have become more articulate and intellectually curious.”


M.S. in Healthcare Administration and Management Student