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The healthcare market is currently undergoing a period of high growth and disruptive change. Changes in health policy and the aging population will require more facilities, more care and a larger workforce. It is expected that the need for Medical and Health Service managers will grow 23% by 2022. Also, increased competition and pressures on cost structures demand that medical and health service managers have the skills to improve the efficiency and quality of patient care across a broad spectrum of interrelated services ranging from acute to long-term care. Therefore, it is not surprising that recently rated a Master of Health Administration (MHA) as one of the top ten Master’s degrees for job seekers.

The Mount’s MHA degree provides individuals who are either currently in healthcare or looking to transition into the field with the knowledge and skills to effectively and ethically manage delivery systems and technological innovations in the dynamic healthcare field. In addition to earning an MHA, graduates of the program also earn a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt certification, thus providing a further distinction of accomplishment and skill.

Admission Requirements & Application

Candidates for admission into the MHA program must have completed a Bachelor’s degree and must satisfy at least one of the following criteria:

  • 2.75 minimum cumulative undergraduate grade point average (GPA) OR

  • 2 full years of relevant, professional business experience (résumé required) OR

  • 500 minimum score on the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT); visit for details on exam requirements and testing locations

Application Process for Cohort Program

Applications for admission are accepted year-round and reviewed on a rolling basis. There is no application fee. The MHA program is run in a cohort, meaning each class is taken in sequence. New cohorts begin in August and sometimes in January. Please plan to apply at least six weeks before the cohort begins. To be considered for admission, you must submit:

  • Free online application; Click here to apply online

  • A personal essay of at least 250 words: “Explain how this degree supports your long-term professional goals. Additionally, highlight your past professional and academic experiences and explain how they will provide a foundation for your studies.”

  • Undergraduate transcript(s) from an accredited four-year institution.

  • Non-U.S. citizens – please refer to section on International Students for additional requirements.

Transcript(s) and essay should be mailed to:

MHA Program
Mount St. Mary's University
5350 Spectrum Drive
Frederick, MD 21703

Program Details

Mount St. Mary’s MHA courses are offered over an accelerated eight-week period from 6–9:30 p.m. on Monday evenings at the Frederick campus. Six sessions are scheduled annually, allowing students to complete 12 classes (36 credits) in two calendar years. The program follows a cohort model, in which up to 24 students are admitted to pursue courses concurrently.

16300 Old Emmitsburg Road | Emmitsburg, MD 21727
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Frederick Campus | 5350 Spectrum Drive | Frederick, MD 21703
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