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Healthcare Administration

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M.H.A. students transform into leaders in healthcare through the active engagement in graduate healthcare administration curriculum facilitated by partnership with expert faculty. Texas State’s master of healthcare administration program has been accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME) since 1992. Because CAHME accreditation requires continual self-evaluation, regular reports and periodic external review, the educational quality of the programs remains current and reflects changes in knowledge and practice.

 


 Contact The Graduate College for general questions about getting started with your application, funding your degree, and more.
If you have program-specific questions after reviewing the program details, we encourage you to contact the following:
 

Graduate Advisor
Dr. C. Scott Kruse
s_k97@txstate.edu
512.245.4462
Encino Hall (ENC), Room 254


Advisor Support
Julie Carroll
carroll@txstate.edu
512.245.3556
Encino Hall (ENC), Room 250A

Graduate Advisor
Dr. Kim Lee
kl12@txstate.edu
512.245.3508
Encino Hall (ENC), Room 250

“The M.H.A. program has empowered me to be a strategic and innovative healthcare administrator. The faculty offer impressive experience and are truly invested in their students’ success. Through the program, I have gained an extensive professional network throughout Central Texas in addition to close friends and mentors.”

— Nicole Mari Varisco, M.H.A. ’16

Course Work

The M.H.A. program requires a total of 49 hours, which includes core courses and either field experience or a thesis in the face-to-face format or a thesis or administrative practicum in the executive hybrid model. Principal areas of study include health and disease, sociological, economic, legal and political forces affecting healthcare, and management and organizational behavior with specializations in financial management, human resource management, planning, marketing and data generation, and analysis.

Degree Concentration Hours Thesis Option Minor Option
M.H.A. No concentration 49 Non-Thesis No minor
M.H.A. No concentration 49 Thesis No minor
M.H.A. Executive Delivery Modality* 49 Non-Thesis No minor
M.H.A. Executive Delivery Modality* 49 Thesis No minor
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  *Online Availability
The majority of this program may be offered online. If you are not a Texas resident and will not relocate, please visit the Office of Distance and Extended Learning. Students requiring an F-1 student visa or J-1 exchange visitor visa are not eligible for admission into the Online Healthcare Administration program. All other international applicants should visit International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) regarding additional considerations in taking online courses.

Texas State’s master of healthcare administration program has been accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME) since 1992.

Program Mission

The mission of the School of Health Administration at Texas State University is to prepare leaders to serve in a variety of diverse healthcare environments and to add to the body of knowledge in healthcare management and leadership. The vision of the School of Health Administration is to be the health administration school of choice for students, faculty, alumni and employers. The school values and teaches leadership, service, scholarship, professionalism, and lifelong learning.

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Program Faculty

The school’s award-winning and diverse faculty bring rich experiential and educational depth to the classroom. Faculty conduct research in wide-ranging areas such as veteran’s health, life-course and aging, leadership effectiveness, human resource metrics, health information technology, bioethics, healthcare quality, core competencies, long term care administration, hospital finance, managed-care systems, operational research, public health, health law, health disparities, chronic disease management and Medicaid health plans.

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Career Options

M.H.A. graduates of both formats generally work in mid-level and senior-level management positions in areas such as operational and strategic management, business development, quality performance management and systems management, among others. Graduates find careers in a variety of settings ranging from acute hospitals, integrated health networks, ambulatory care, specialty services and products organizations, and public and community health organizations.


Application Process

Step 1

Review Requirements


Application Deadlines

Deadlines U.S. Citizen International
Fall - Priority February 1 February 1
Fall - Standard June 1 June 1
Spring No Admission No Admission
Summer I No Admission No Admission
Summer II No Admission No Admission

Application Deadline
This program has a firm deadline.

Funding Information
Applications must be complete by the priority deadline to be considered for certain types of funding.

Decision Timeline
This program reviews applications on a rolling basis.

Application Requirements

The items required for admission consideration are listed below. Additional information for applicants with international credentials can be found on our international web pages.

Application

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Application Fee

  • $55 nonrefundable application fee
    OR
  • $90 nonrefundable application fee for applications with international credentials

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Transcripts & GPA

  • baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited university
  • a copy of an official transcript from each institution where course credit was granted
  • background course work in statistics, economics, and financial accounting (to be completed before the start of the program)
  • preferred minimum of 575 on your admissions index: (last 60 hours GPA x 100) + GRE verbal section scores + GRE quantitative section scores

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GRE Scores

  • official GRE (general test only) scores required
  • preferred minimum of 575 on your admissions index: (last 60 hours GPA x 100) + GRE verbal section scores + GRE quantitative section scores

  The GRE may be waived if you hold a master's or doctoral degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution. If you hold a master's or doctoral degree (or the equivalent thereof) from an accredited international institution, the GRE may be waived on an individual basis.

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Documents

  • resume/CV including relevant experience (volunteer, research, employment, and other)
  • statement of purpose indicating your ability and interest in completing the degree program in healthcare administration
  • three letters of recommendation from professionals or academics competent to assess your interest in pursuing a career in healthcare administration
  • interview with the graduate advisor, assessing your commitment to completing the program

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TOEFL, PTE, or IELTS Scores

Applicants are required to submit TOEFL, PTE, or IELTS scores that meet the minimum program requirements below unless they have earned a bachelor’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or the equivalent from a country on our exempt countries list.

  • official TOEFL iBT scores required with a 85 overall
  • official PTE scores required with a 57 overall
  • official IELTS (academic) scores required with a 6.5 overall and
    • minimum individual module scores of 6.0

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