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Online Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA)

Healthcare administrators make decisions that can improve health outcomes and facilitate the lifesaving work of doctors and nurses. From planning budgets to inspiring teams on the frontlines, these leaders address some of the most urgent challenges facing communities, hospitals, medical practices, biopharmaceutical companies and payer organizations. To maximize their impact, today’s administrators must be able to apply best practices and organizational principles to the decisions and operations that affect countless lives.

If you’re interested in advancing into a leadership role or honing your quantitative skills, UCLA’s online Master of Healthcare Administration is designed to help reach your goals. The online MHA program equips graduates with the specific knowledge and skills that are in highest demand for administrative roles in healthcare, preparing them to build talented teams, manage operations and guide analytical decision making. Our students learn to implement effective, value-based care strategies that are guided by both data and compassion.

For more details about UCLA’s online MHA degree, download a brochure.

UCLA Online Master of Healthcare Administration Fast Facts

Benefit from the professional development and networking opportunities offered by the No. 1-ranked public university in the U.S.

Participate in two immersive experiences on UCLA’s campus and around Los Angeles.

Multiple chances to start the program each year. The upcoming start date is July 6, 2021.

Earn your master’s degree in as little as two years.

Admitted students must have a minimum of three years’ professional work experience in any industry.

Tuition: $900 per unit; $59,400 total

 

“The UCLA Master of Healthcare Administration provides emerging healthcare leaders a career boost while allowing them to continue contributing to their local communities and healthcare organizations. By offering the MHA online, UCLA provides access to a world-class education leading to professional success in the healthcare industry.”

Leah J. Vriesman, PhD, MHA, MBA
Executive Director & Professor, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, Executive Programs in Health Policy and Management

Online MHA Program Overview

Students in the online Master of Healthcare Administration program prepare for leadership roles where they can achieve improved health outcomes and more efficient operations. The MHA builds the skills that managers and executives need to integrate analytics into their decision making, maintain a budget and communicate effectively with stakeholders throughout their organizations. Professionals can take advantage of this online program’s flexibility to continue working full time while preparing to advance their careers in a rapidly growing field.

The online MHA program leverages the expertise of faculty at UCLA, the university ranked No. 1 among public institutions by U.S. News & World Report. Courses are taught by groundbreaking researchers and experienced professionals in both healthcare and management. Faculty members in the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health contribute to worldwide efforts that improve the well-being of communities, and the school’s research centers are dedicated to pioneering multidisciplinary work that fuels innovation in areas like healthcare management, health policy, health equity, healthy climate solutions, and public health and disasters.

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Online Master of Healthcare Administration Admissions Requirements

To be considered for admission to the online MHA program, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution, comparable in standard and content to a bachelor’s degree from the University of California
  • Cumulative undergraduate grade-point average of at least 3.0. (Please contact a program representative to discuss your eligibility if you do not meet this requirement)
  • Three years of professional work experience in any industry

Applicants must submit the following:

  • Completed online application
  • Application fee: $120 for U.S. citizens and permanent residents; $140 for all other applicants
  • Official copies of transcripts from all previously attended colleges or universities
  • Statement of purpose
  • Personal statement
  • Professional résumé showing at least three years of professional work experience
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • TOEFL scores (for international applicants only)

See our admissions page for details on the required application materials and process.

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Online MHA Curriculum

The online MHA curriculum is specifically designed to address healthcare administration roles. MHA faculty members base their courses on cutting-edge research and real-world experience. You’ll learn to draw actionable insights from data, facilitate value-based care initiatives and support essential business functions like management, finance, strategic marketing and data analytics.

The master’s in healthcare administration benefits current and aspiring healthcare leaders, providing them with the knowledge to advance their careers. This specialized curriculum covers concepts such as:

  • How U.S. health services systems are organized and financed
  • Effective approaches to strategically market healthcare services and products
  • Discovering actionable insights through analytics and statistical methods
  • Ethical and legal consideration for the healthcare industry, including privacy
  • Management theory for improving performance in healthcare organizations
  • Control systems for operations, performance management and service quality
  • Public health measures to protect the well-being of populations and stop the spread of disease

The online healthcare administration master’s program features a combination of asynchronous learning to fit into your busy schedule and weekly, one-hour live sessions with your peers and instructors. You’ll gain hands-on experience and expand your professional network through two on-campus immersions and a capstone field project. During this project, students consult with healthcare organizations to solve real organizational or managerial problems.

For more details, see our curriculum page.

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Healthcare Administration Careers

Demand for healthcare leaders is growing fast in the U.S. due to an aging population, private and public health system challenges and advances in health information technology. Based on data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Burning Glass projects 20.5% growth in healthcare administration jobs between 2020 and 2030.

An analysis of job listing data from Burning Glass found that the median healthcare administrator salary for professionals with a master’s degree is $77,500.

The online MHA prepares students to excel in a variety of management and executive positions, including:

  • Healthcare administrator
  • Clinical director/supervisor
  • Quality and safety manager
  • Risk and compliance manager
  • C-suite executive
  • Clinical finance manager
  • Clinical operations manager
  • Data analyst
  • Healthcare consultant
  • Biopharmaceutical manager