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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 healthcare 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 48-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

Application deadlines
Entering Semester  Application Deadline Mandatory Orientation Day* First Class Day
Fall 2021

MHA Resident Program

Feb. 1, 2021  (scholarship eligibility)
March 15, 2021 (final deadline for international applicants)
May 1, 2021 (final for domestic/US applicants)

MHA Executive Program

DEADLINE EXTENDED TO JUNE 1, 2021  
(final for domestic/US applicants)

MHA Resident Program

Aug. 26, 2021 

 

MHA Executive Program

Aug. 1, 2021 

MHA Resident Program

Aug. 30, 2021 

 

MHA Executive Program

Aug. 14, 2021 

Spring 2022

MHA Resident Program only

Nov. 1, 2021 (Application opens Aug. 18, 2021)

 Jan. 12, 2022**

Jan. 18, 2022

Fall 2022

MHA Resident Program

Feb. 1, 2022  (scholarship eligibility)
March 15, 2022 (final deadline for international applicants)
May 1, 2022 (final for domestic/US applicants)

Application opens Sept. 1, 2021

MHA Executive Program

No cohort starting in Fall 2022.***

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*An additional mandatory orientation for international students is scheduled on Aug. 24, 2021. Details about orientation will be shared via email. 

*An additional mandatory orientation for international students is scheduled on Jan. 11, 2022. Details about orientation will be shared via email. 

***After careful consideration, the Texas A&M School of Public Health will not be admitting to the Houston based Executive track of the Master of Health Administration in fall 2022.  Please continue to check this website for updates regarding the fall 2023 entering class.

Cost of Attendance

For cost of attendance, including an estimated cost of tuition and fees, books & supplies, housing, etc., please visit the Texas A&M Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships website.

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.

Courses

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 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 Seminars 4
PHPM 684 Practicum 3

Executive Track

The MHA Executive Track is tailored to employed executives and mid-management professionals seeking to expand their educational knowledge and skill set.

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. Courses and instruction are tailored to employed executives and mid-management professionals seeking to expand their educational knowledge and skill set.

The 48-credit hour Executive Track admits students annually every August and requires two years to complete. Courses in the Executive Track are taught one weekend a month at the Texas Medical Center in Houston.

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
  • Complete three (3) 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

 

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 (3) letters of recommendation for a complete application. Our preference is at least one letter of recommendation be provided by an academic reference and one letter provided by a professional reference. The academic reference must come from one of the applicant's course instructors who can attest to the applicant's capability to pursue graduate studies. The remaining letter may be either professional or academic. 

Letters must be must be submitted electronically directly 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

Standardized test scores (GRE or GMAT) are NOT required for applicants seeking admission to the MHA programs for Spring 2022 or Fall 2022. This requirement is temporarily waived

How to Apply

Applicants for the Master of Health Administration Executive program must submit all necessary documents by the posted deadline in order to be reviewed for admission. 

Admission Requirements

To be eligible to apply, applicants must: 

  • Be a U.S. Citizen or U.S. Permanent Resident. This program is not open to international applicants.
  • Hold a bachelor's degree (or equivalent) from an accredited college or university prior to the start of the program. 
  • At least five (5) years work experience of increasing responsibilities within health services or related industries.

Application Requirements

Application and Application Fee

Applicants must complete their application and submit it to SOPHAS along with all related application fees. Visit SOPHAS Frequently Asked Questions for information about the application and for helpful tips.

Two Letters of Recommendation

Letters can come from academic or professional references who can attest to the applicant's capability to pursue graduate studies and/or health administration. 

Letters must be must be submitted electronically directly to SOPHAS. 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. The School of Public Health cannot accept official transcripts on behalf of SOPHAS.
  • Applicants with coursework from an institution outside the U.S. and English-speaking Canada, must submit a World Education Services (WES) ICAP Course-by-Course evaluation of academic records (if applicable). 

 

Employment Verification Letter

An official employment letter or electronic communication from the applicant's Human Resources office indicating minimally five years relevant management experience is required. This document should include dates of employment and titles supporting the applicant's work experience requirement. The letter can be sent via USPS or email. Please see the instructions below:

The official letter can be mailed via USPS to the following address-

TAMU School of Public Health - Office of Student Affairs
1266 TAMU
160 SPH Administration Building
College Station, TX 77843-1266

If submitting via email, please route to the TAMU SPH Office of Student Affairs at: SPH-OSA@tamu.edu