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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. Zo Ramamonjiarivelo
Encino Hall (ENC), Room 256

Advisor Support
Julie Carroll
Encino Hall (ENC), Room 250A

“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. The M.H.A. with no concentration includes core courses with either a residency or a thesis. The online M.H.A. with the Executive Delivery Modality concentration includes core courses with either a major project or a thesis. 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. The M.H.A. with no concentration will be delivered in a hybrid format. The M.H.A. with an Executive Delivery Modality will be offered completely online only. 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

*The fall 2022 domestic application deadline for all concentrations is extended to July 15.

*The fall 2022 international application deadline for all concentrations is extended to July 1.

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.


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Application Fee

  • $55 nonrefundable application fee
  • $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)

  If your last-60-hours GPA falls below 3.5, official GRE scores (general test only) and an academic index (i.e., [(last 60 hours GPA x 100) + GRE verbal section scores + GRE quantitative section scores]) of 575 are required. Read additional information below.

  Review important information about transcripts. Official transcripts, sent directly from your institution, will be required if admission is granted.

GRE 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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  • 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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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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Additional Information

  GPA and GRE Requirement
If your last-60-hours GPA falls below 3.5, the official GRE (general test only) with competitive scores in the verbal reasoning and quantitative reasoning sections will be required. Our office will notify you via email should this occur.