The nationally ranked Master of Health Administration (MHA) degree program prepares professionals to meet the challenges of a changing health-care industry. The traditional on-campus, two-year program has been accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education since its inception in 1968. It is a professional, multi-disciplinary program within the University of Missouri School of Medicine.
Tens of thousands of people work in health management positions ranging from small local companies to some of the largest international organizations. After requisite experience, administrators assume leadership positions as hospital CEOs, managed care executives, partners in consulting firms, and officers in major healthcare companies. Our MHA graduates are also sought after by integrated health systems, physician group practices, corporate health systems, home health agencies, hospices, public health agencies, and many others.
Courses provide students with a strong grounding in finance, accounting, economics and quality improvement. The program builds on this foundation with an integrated curriculum focused on managing complex organizations within integrated health systems. Students develop applied knowledge in areas such as organizational strategy and change, process improvement, interdisciplinary team management, integrated information systems and financial risk management. Program graduates work in leadership positions in medical group practices, managed-care firms, integrated health systems, long-term care organizations, hospitals and corporate health benefits offices both in urban and rural environments.
Management internships and fellowships
During the summer between the first and second year of the program, students complete a 12-week internship in an approved health organization under the guidance of a qualified and motivated preceptor. Internships allow students to apply knowledge and develop skills as they increase their understanding of the complex relationships within health-care organizations. Student interns usually are paid a monthly stipend by the host organization.
See the map below for examples of where HMI students have previously interned.
Post-graduate external fellowships
Many HMI students apply for competitive external fellowships, which typically begin in the summer after graduation, lasting one or two years.
In order to complete the MHA degree requirements within two years, students must enroll for 12 or 15 hours each semester. Under special circumstances, students may obtain permission to enroll for a maximum of 18 hours.
Transfer of Credits
The MHA Program will accept appropriate graduate coursework in transfer toward the nine (9) hour professional elective requirement. Transfer credit is accepted on an hour credited for an hour earned basis and must be approved by the department.
Dual Degree Options
Students seeking a master's degree in health administration at MU may expand their studies to obtain the following:
- Master's degree in Health Informatics (MS)
- Master's degree in Business Administration (MBA)
- Master's degree in Industrial Engineering (MS)
- Degree in Public Affairs (MPA)
- Degree in Law (JD)
Students who choose to do a dual degree, with the exception of the MS in Health Informatics, must apply separately to each degree program.
Note: To receive priority for admission and potential departmental financial assistance, residential program applications should be submitted prior to March 1.