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Master of Health Administration (MHA)
There is never a time when healthcare professionals are not in demand. With a Master of Health Administration (MHA), you’ll be ready to guide the growing healthcare industry into the future. This program provides the skills and knowledge to prepare students to be successful health managers with a lifelong commitment to learning, respect for diversity, ethical decision-making and social justice.
At Saint Joseph’s University, the MHA program is designed for healthcare professionals with considerable experience in the health delivery system who are interested in management and the administrative aspects of health organizations and the health system. Our program, which can be completed online, on campus or in a hybrid format offers a core curriculum focusing on topics including:
- Population and status assessment
- Health policy
- Organization development
- Operations and information systems
- Legal principles
What Sets Our Program Apart
The MHA program is designed to meet the needs of both working professionals in the field who are looking to advance their careers or change paths and recent graduates looking to get ahead in their careers. You can choose to take your courses online, on campus in Philadelphia or a combination of both formats.
Our evening classes are small and designed for professionals looking to create connections with their classmates and professors. Work at your own pace by choosing one, two or three courses per term. For maximum flexibility, this program can also be completed on a part-time basis. Learn more about online learning at Saint Joseph’s University.
For those interested in pursuing an administration or managerial training degree, Saint Joseph’s offers the option to dual-enroll in our Master of Health Administration (MHA) program and our MS in health informatics programs. With just 45 credits, you can earn two master’s degrees, expanding opportunities for career advancement.
The master’s in health administration curriculum is designed to provide you with the technical and behavioral competencies necessary to succeed in your career as a healthcare administrator. Our curriculum is aligned with the National Center for Healthcare Leadership’s Health Leadership Competency Model, Version 2 with active-learning, experiential and interpersonal learning opportunities.
In addition to our general track, we offer a concentration in organization, development and leadership (ODL) and an option to dual enroll in our health informatics master’s program. With frequent, dynamic interaction with industry-sourced faculty, you’ll get distinct insight into the healthcare administration marketplace and a tangible advance in your career pursuits. With increased focus on DEI and social justice in leadership, SJU’s core mission provides credibility and a competitive advantage in the marketplace. This is the healthcare degree for leaders with vision.
Saint Joseph's health administration faculty are experts in their fields. Practical, real-world experience is gained through insights shared by professors and intensive experiential learning opportunities. Our small, dynamic classes allow for discussion, reflection and collaboration.
We've designed our MHA program for the working professional. Flexibility and choice are built-in so you can balance work, family and all the other commitments of a busy life.
Become a leader in one of the fastest growing industries in the United States. Saint Joseph’s unmatched health administration program helps you maximize the impact of healthcare providers and improve health outcomes through transformational leadership.
What Can You Do With a Master's in Health Administration?
Graduates who obtain a Health Administration MS from Saint Joseph's University have gone on to secure career placements in:
- Nursing Homes
- Group Medical Practices
Employment of medical and health services managers is projected to grow 28 percent from 2021 to 2031
Affordable tuition options start at $1,192 per credit.*
*This rate applies to all students accepted by Saint Joseph's University after June 1, 2023. Tuition and fee rates for students accepted prior to June 1, 2023, differ. Pricing does not include room and board, health insurance or any professional, clinical or transportation fees. Visit our Tuition & Fees page or contact us for more information.
Financial aid may be available to you to help offset the cost of your degree. Explore your options on our Financial Aid page.
Have you completed a year or more of service with a recognized service organization? You may be eligible for our mission discount.
Alumni of Saint Joseph's are eligible to receive 10% off the cost of this program through our alumni discount.
Check with your employer to see if they are an Edcor or a Bright Horizons EdAssist member, which may entitle you to a discount on graduate programs.
Note: discounts cannot be combined.
Saint Joseph’s University is approved by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Department of Education and is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. The Middle States Commission on Higher Education is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation, that assesses institutions for the highest available form of accreditation.
Why Study an MHA in Philadelphia?
The city of Philadelphia is a unique place to pursue a graduate degree in healthcare administration. Philadelphia is known for having a high concentration of hospitals and healthcare companies. Regional employers include Highmark Blue Cross, MainLine Health, Penn Medicine, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and more. By studying health administration at Saint Joseph’s University’s Department of Food, Pharma and Healthcare, you’ll be connected to our deep network within Philadelphia’s healthcare sector.
To be considered for admission you must have a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution and have earned an undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.
- Apply online.
- Submit official college transcripts from all colleges attended.
- Submit a personal statement.
- Submit resume.
- Submit two letters of recommendation.
Visit our Graduate Admission Information page to learn more about admission requirements, key deadlines, additional requirements for international students and how to submit your application.
Graduate applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. New students may enroll in courses during the fall, spring and summer semesters.
- Fall: August
- Spring: January
- Summer: May
If you’re applying as an international student, you must provide proof of English Language Proficiency and Certification of Finances along with your application. Check the Graduate Admission page for additional requirements.
Frequently Asked Questions
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics, medical and health service managers earn a median income of $101,340.
In addition to a student support coordinator, we have a variety of other tools and resources that make it easy for you to get technical assistance, chart your course and focus your career search. Check out our online learning resources.