Earn Your Master of Health Administration Degree
MHA@GW is the online Master of Health Administration program from the George Washington University’s Milken Institute School of Public Health — ranked the No. 11 best health care management program in 2023 by U.S. News & World Report1. MHA@GW is fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME).
Our program is designed for experienced health care professionals who are driven to enhance the health of global communities through leadership and management. With a blend of online and in-person sessions, MHA@GW offers the same renowned faculty, admissions requirements and academic rigor as GW’s on-campus program.
As an MHA@GW student, you’ll have the option to complete the program on a full-time or part-time basis, and graduate in as little as two years. You’ll study alongside faculty who are experienced researchers and policy experts at the center of health care in Washington, D.C.
Throughout the program you’ll uncover your leadership style and engage with elite health care professionals during four in-person immersion experiences. Our interdisciplinary curriculum includes topics such as business and medical informatics, management theory, finance law, policy and decision-making. Of course you’ll always be backed by GW’s robust public health community of scholars, teachers and leaders who are influencing health care delivery around the world.
What is a Master of Health Administration?
A Master of Health Administration (MHA) degree is centered around preparing health care professionals for leadership positions in both private and public sector environments. Overseeing health-related programs and organizations requires a diverse skillset that combines technology, management, medicine and finances.
Find Out If MHA@GW Is Right for You
Online MHA Curriculum
Fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME), MHA@GW offers a 50-credit program designed to prepare you for management and administrative positions across the health care landscape. The program was created by GW’s expert faculty who are active health care professionals in Washington, D.C.
MHA@GW features an interdisciplinary curriculum delivered through eight 10-week modules that focus on essential skillsets for aspiring health care leaders:
- Health Care Management and Strategy
- Medical Informatics and Decision Management
- Health Care Financial Management
- Community and Public Health
- Health Economics and Quantitative Methods
- Quality and Performance Improvement
- Law and Policy
- Systems Thinking and Learning
As a student, you’ll develop your expertise across a variety of topics, gain industry insight from health care influencers and make connections with peers and faculty.
Online MHA Immersions
A fundamental cornerstone of MHA@GW’s curriculum is the in-person immersion experiences. These courses are crafted to deliver hands-on learning, networking opportunities and exclusive insights from seasoned leaders and influencers.
Over the course of four immersion experiences, you will engage with active health care professionals who will show you how to combine theory and practice. In preparation for health management roles, you will discover and develop your own leadership attributes and investigate:
- emotional intelligence
- servant leadership
- health systems analysis
- ethical principles
- organizational change
Three of these in-person experiences will take place in Washington, D.C. — the center of health care policy and law. In addition, you’ll attend one off-campus immersions at a reputable health organization located around the world.
During the last immersion, you will present a culminating research project to your fellow peers and professors. This capstone experience will signify everything you’ve learned and practiced throughout your time in the program.
Speak With an Admissions Counselor
Our Admissions Counselors are available to give you more information and help you find out if MHA@GW aligns with your goals. They can also assist you with your application and keep you up-to-date on important deadlines and events.
Online MHA Admissions
The George Washington University’s online Master of Health Administration program, MHA@GW, seeks experienced health care professionals who are dedicated to leading transformative change in organizations and communities around the world. The program can be completed anywhere from two to four years.
MHA@GW offers program start dates four times per year, typically in January, April, July and September. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Learn more about start dates and deadlines.
Online MHA Program Admission Requirements
To apply to MHA@GW, you must have earned a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited university. Applicants must have at least two years of full-time health sector experience or three years of full-time experience in any industry.
All students must currently be employed in the health sector field and those students with less than two years of experience must pass an online examination prior to enrolling in Module 1. Applicants are not required to take the GRE or GMAT.
To complete your application, you must submit the following:
- Online application
- Application fee
- Statement of purpose
- Two letters of recommendation
- Official transcripts from all educational institutions attended
- Resume or CV
Application and Program Support
Our support team can provide you with the resources you need to learn about the program and submit your application. Admissions Counselors, Academic Advisors and Student Success Specialists are available to assist you from the moment you request information up until you graduate.
Our program support specialist can help you:
- fill out and submit your application
- understand your financial aid options
- learn about the online student experience
- explore the curriculum and academic coursework
- find out if the program fits your professional goals
Master of Health Administration Careers
A Master of Health Administration (MHA) degree integrates the study of health care delivery, economics, law, management and technology.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there is a growing demand for skilled health care professionals.
- Employment of healthcare occupations is projected to grow 14 percent from 2018 to 2028, much faster than the average for all occupations, adding about 1.9 million new jobs.1
- The median annual wage for medical and health services managers was $99,730 in May 2018.2
What Can I Do With an MHA?
In the ever-changing health care industry, a health care administration degree can be useful in many sectors and transform a preexisting health-related career. Once you earn your MHA, you’ll be prepared to pursue a management-oriented career in a vast range of health care organizations and environments.
Qualified MHA candidates will be ready for employment in public and private settings such as:
- private clinics
- large health networks
- government health agencies
- long-term care facilities
- tech companies
- international aid/humanitarian groups
Prepare for Healthcare Leadership With GW
Designed to help you become a leader in health care delivery, MHA@GW can give you the skills, resources and connections necessary to enhance your career.
As an MHA@GW student, you will:
- build upon your existing leadership expertise
- acquire knowledge across the health care sector
- extend your professional network of health organization leaders
- collaborate with professors and peers both online and in person
- hone essential skills of effective health care delivery executives