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Master of Health Administration (MHA)

About the Program

The Master of Health Administration (MHA) Program is a professional degree program intended for students pursuing administrative practice in health service-related settings.

Program Tracks

We offer two tracks to earn the MHA degree:

  • the Resident Track for students embarking on their career in health administration
  • the Executive Track for currently employed health care professionals

The 55-credit hour Resident Track curriculum can be completed in 21 months (full-time) or 33 months (part-time). The comprehensive and timely curriculum includes a required 10-week summer practicum that allows you to apply classroom knowledge in a wide range of health services organizations.

The 45-credit hour Executive Track typically admits students annually every August and requires two years to complete. This track is intended for working, mid-career health care professionals with at least five years of increasing responsibilities within health services or related industries.

Regardless which track you pursue, our MHA Program will provide a rigorous and comprehensive educational experience, including the core disciplines of the schools of public health that have become increasingly important in health administration.

Dates and Deadlines

The MHA Residential program admits in the Fall and Spring terms only (not summer term). Applications for Spring 2024 are now open; Fall 2024 will open on Sept. 1, 2023.  

Application deadlines
Entering Semester  Application Deadline Mandatory Orientation Day* First Class Day

Spring 2024


Oct. 15, 2023


January 2024

Tuesday, Jan., 16, 2024

Fall 2024


March 15, 2024 (final deadline for international applicants)

May 1, 2024 (final for domestic/US applicants)

August 2024


August 2024**

*All new graduate students must attend mandatory orientations. More information will be shared via email.

**The exact date will be posted when the 2024-2025 academic year calendar is posted. 

Cost of Attendance

For cost of attendance, including an estimated cost of tuition and fees, books and supplies, housing, etc., please visit the Aggie One Stop.

Resident Track

The MHA Resident Track is for students who are beginning their career in health administration. The program builds upon the core disciplines in public health, preparing students for competitive opportunities post-graduation.

The 55-credit hour Resident Track curriculum can be completed in 21 months (full-time) or 33 months (part-time) on the Texas A&M University campus in College Station, Texas. The curriculum also includes a required 10-week summer practicum that allows you to apply classroom knowledge in a wide range of health services organizations.

The program embraces the ethic and philosophy that health services managers must provide leadership in attending to the interests of the populations their organizations serve.

Resident Track graduates have developed successful careers as managers and leaders across the health care industry spectrum including hospitals, physician offices and groups, clinics, nursing homes, health insurers, consulting firms, and trade associations.

Resident Track Degree Requirements

Below is an overview of the courses required to complete the MHA degree. Please see the Texas A&M Course Catalog for more detailed course requirements and course descriptions.


Deadlines for MHA programs
Course Number Course Title Credit Hours
PHPM 602 Managerial Statistics 3
PHPM 601 Fundamentals of Public Health 3
PHPM 606 Health Systems Management 3
PHPM 614 Strategic Planning and Marketing I 3
PHPM 615 Strategic Planning and Marketing II 3
PHPM 616 Management of Human Resources 3
PHPM 617 Quality and Process Improvement 3
PHPM 620 Operations Management 3
PHPM 623 Health Care Financial Management I 3
PHPM 624 Health Care Financial Management II 3
PHPM 631 Health Information Management Systems 3
PHPM 633 Health Law and Ethics 3
PHPM 636 Project Management 3
PHPM 640 Health Policy and Politics 3
PHPM 654 Health Insurance and Managed Care 3
PHPM 661 Introduction to Health Economics 3
PHPM 680 Health Systems Leadership (Capstone) 3
PHPM 681 Professional Development Seminar 1
PHPM 684 Practicum 3

How to Apply

Applicants for the Master of Health Administration Resident program must submit all necessary documents by the posted deadline in order to be reviewed for admission. International applicants should review the International Applicant information for additional requirements.

Admission Requirements

To be eligible to apply, applicants must: 

  • Hold a bachelor's degree (or equivalent) from an accredited college or university prior to the start of the program, and
  • Complete three required prerequisite courses with a grade of B or better, prior to the start of the program: 
    • introduction to economics 
    • statistics
    • managerial accounting or finance

For accepted TAMU courses and equivalents at other colleges, view the MHA Resident Program Prerequisite Courses webpage.

For any courses not on the pre-approved list, please contact and provide a course description and syllabus. 


Application Requirements

Application and Application Fee

Applicants must complete their application and submit it to SOPHAS or HAMPCAS along with all related application fees

Visit each application service website’s FAQs for information about the application and for helpful tips:

Three Letters of Recommendation

The School requires three letters of recommendation (professional and/or academic).

  • Of the three letters, our preference is for at least one letter to be provided by an academic reference and one letter provided by a professional reference. The remaining letter may be either professional or academic. 
  • For the academic reference, it should come from one of the applicant's course instructors who can attest to the applicant's capability to pursue graduate studies.

Letters must be submitted electronically to SOPHAS or HAMPCAS. The School of Public Health cannot accept hard copies of recommendation letters.

Statement of Purpose

In addition to describing why you want to pursue the chosen degree plan/concentration and attend the School of Public Health, we recommend addressing the following topics in your statement of purpose:

  • Reasons for interest in health administration.
  • Reasons for interest in this school and program. 
  • Career goals.
  • Any personal qualities, characteristics and skills you believe will enable you to be successful in your chosen field of study.

Review the instructions section in your SOPHAS application for more details.

A Current Curriculum Vitae or Resume

Official Transcripts

  • Official transcripts from each U.S. and English-speaking Canadian college-level institution attended must be sent to SOPHAS or HAMPCAS. The School of Public Health cannot accept official transcripts on behalf of SOPHAS or HAMPCAS.
  • Applicants who attended institutions outside of the United States should not send transcripts or mark sheets to SOPHAS. Refer to the international applicant instructions for additional instructions. HAMPCAS international applicants should refer to the same page in conjunction with HAMPCAS documentation requirements.

Official Test Scores

Official test scores (GRE or GMAT) are no longer required to apply to the MHA program. 

Below are resources to help you identify the prerequisite courses offered by Texas A&M University or their equivalents at other U.S. colleges & universities


Texas A&M University

The following courses are pre-approved to fulfill the prerequisite requirement for the MHA Resident program.

  • Managerial Accounting
    • ACCT 209 
    • ACCT 229
    • ACCT 230
  • Finance
    • FINC 341
    • FINC 409
  • Statistics
    • BUSN 203
    • MGMT 421
    • PHLT 315
    • SCMT 303
    • SCMT 305
    • STAT 201
    • STAT 302
    • STAT 303
    • STAT 312

  •  Economics
    • ECON 202
    • ECON 203
    • PHLT 434


Texas Common Course Numbering System

To identify equivalent courses from community colleges in the State of Texas, refer to the Texas Common Course Numbering System website:


U.S. Colleges and Universities

The Texas A&M University Transfer Course Equivalency website contains a searchable database of course equivalencies/evaluations for U.S. colleges & universities: 


Additional Questions

For courses not on the pre-approved list, please contact and provide a course description and syllabus.