Feb 24, 2024  
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog

Healthcare Administration - MHA

The Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA) program is committed to being the premier, dynamic, graduate program focused on learning, service, and inclusively, where students from culturally diverse backgrounds fulfill their potential as leaders in healthcare management. Led by a mixture of faculty drawn from academic and professional backgrounds, students gain competencies in management and business functions that are applicable to a wide range of healthcare organizations. The MHA program provides a comprehensive graduate experience designed to meet the needs of working professionals by utilizing a distance learning model whereby the two-year program is taught primarily online with limited synchronous or in-person, face-to-face meetings.faculty, MHA classroom instruction

We value

  • Compassion for all
  • Leadership that makes a difference
  • Integrity in all situations
  • Excellence in all undertakings
  • Diversity focused on inclusion
  • Service as a creed for life

Learning Outcomes 

Students will be able to:

  1. Formulate business communications, including presentations and business reports. (Communication & Relationship Management)
  2. Apply leadership models, management techniques, and theories, demonstrating a capacity for leadership roles. (Leadership)
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of professional roles, responsibilities, accountability, and ethical implications of alternative decisions and behaviors. (Professionalism)
  4. Appreciate the interrelationships among access, quality, cost, and resource allocation in a diverse healthcare community. (Knowledge of the Healthcare Environment)
  5. Apply business principles, including systems thinking, to the health care environment. (Business Skills & Knowledge) 

Program Goals

  • The program will include a student body of culturally-diverse working professionals, including members of populations that are underrepresented in the healthcare administration field.
  • The program will utilize faculty with academic and professional backgrounds that support the curriculum.
  • The program will be grounded in values that serve as guides to behavior and decision-making.
  • The Program curriculum will be based on an appropriate competency model.
  • Graduates will demonstrate competency in business functions core to healthcare management.
  • The program will produce research that supports the mission, vision and values of the program.
  • The program will encourage service to the university and the community.

Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
  • Cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0
  • Professional Assessment*
  • One official copy of all transcripts
  • Three recommendation letters
  • Admissions essay *
  • Resume’ – work experience is a critical component of the admission process
  • $50 application fee

Please submit required documents to:

Graduate Admissions Office

Anderson Center Suite 111

601 S Martin Luther King Jr Drive

Winston-Salem, NC 27110

Electronic official transcripts  should be sent to: graduate@wssu.edu

*Contact the Department of Healthcare Management if you have any questions.

Since preferred consideration is given to those who submit their application early, all application materials should be submitted as soon as possible.

International students must also provide a financial certification of sufficient funds to carry on graduate study, a sponsor’s affidavit, and an evaluation of transcripts by an International Education Evaluation Services. Those who do not have English as their native language must provide TOEFL scores of 550 or better (written) or 213 (computer) Or IELTS scored of 6.5 or better.

Application Deadline

The priority deadline for receipt of all application materials is February 15the; space permitting the deadline may be extended to March 1st.  Since preferred consideration is given to those applicants who submit their applications early, all application materials should be submitted as soon as possible.  Fall semester entry only.

Transfer Credits

Subject to the approval of the Graduate Program Coordinator, up to 7 hours of graduate transfer credit may be applied toward the MHA. Graduate transfer credit will only be granted for courses completed with a grade of “B” or better and taken within the last five (5) years. 

Degree Requirements

The MHA program consists of 40 credit hours: a total of 13 courses. Students in the MHA program must maintain an overall GPA of 3.0 (“B” average); no more than two grades of “C” are allowed. In addition to the 12 MHA courses, for 3 credit hours, students must take a graduate elective, participate in independent study, or complete an internship.

Time Limits for Completion

The time limit for completion of the program is six years.