Master of Health Administration Program

Southern Illinois University



Master of Health Administration

NEW:  We are now offering a Certificate in Clinical Leadership.

The Master of Health Administration is now offering both online and on-campus formats.  

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Why a Degree in Health Care Management ? Why Healthcare - A Career With a Calling

The Master of Health Administration (MHA) program is designed for individuals who have successfully completed an undergraduate program of study in an associated field to allied health, healthcare management, business, or a closely related / equivalent field. The online MHA program is specifically tailored to meet the needs of those who are place bound, or who hold full-employment that prevents them from completing a master’s degree via traditional methods.

Those interested in the management of hospitals, long-term care facilities, physician’s practices, government health agencies, physicians, and other patient care providers are encouraged to enroll. 


A 2.7/4.0 GPA (SIU calculation) from the student’s undergraduate program is required for admission to the MHA program. Students with a 2.5-2.7/4.0 undergraduate GPA (SIU calculation) may enter as a non-declared student, following Graduate School policies, and will be allowed to take up to 9 credit hours of MHA courses. At the end of the 9 credit hours, the student must hold a 3.0/4.0 GPA to be then admitted to the MHA program. Students not meeting the 3.0/4.0 GPA at the end of the 9 credit hours will not be allowed to take any other MHA courses.

All international applicants must demonstrate proficiency in the English language by submitting an approved English Language Competency Test score with their application. These applicants must have one of the following minimum scores for consideration:

  • 550 on the paper-based TOEFL
  • 80 on the internet-based TOEFL
  • 6.5 on the IELTS
  • 105 on the Duolingo English Exam

This applies to all international applicants. No waivers or exemptions will be provided. Students must provide a copy of their scorecard, verifying test results, with their application to the MHA. Given the accelerated nature of the MHA, the academic program does not agree to or approve late arrivals.


For those interested in the MHA, please visit the Graduate School website for information: Apply | Graduate School | SIU.  The application to apply to the MHA can be found here:


The on-campus and online Master of Health Administration program can be completed in approximately 24 months, or more, depending on your course completion rate. The online delivery method will be through distance education via the University's classroom management system, Desire2Learn (D2L). 


The Master of Health Administration degree requires 42 graduate credit hours. Students have the choice of an individual research project or a graduate residency / internship in a University-approved facility.

Check out the program’s curriculum and course sequence for an idea of what you can expect. This is a link to search for required textbooks.

This program offers continuous enrollment, so students may begin the program at any time. Part-time enrollment is available, though students are cautioned that course sequencing and prerequisites may mean a delay of a year while waiting for a course to be scheduled again.


The cost for the online Master of Health Administration program is determined by SIU’s Off-Campus tuition and fee structure. For the on-campus format, please refer to the On-Campus Tuition and Fees Calculator.  For Off-Campus tuition, please refer to the Off-Campus Tuition and Fees Calculator for additional information. Some courses will require the purchase of additional software or other materials.

Financial aid and scholarships may be available. Please visit the SIU Financial Aid website for more information.


Mission, Vision, and Values

The mission of the MHA program is to prepare students for leadership roles in the healthcare industry.

The vision of the MHA program is to increase access to a premier graduate degree that produces graduates who are academically prepared to lead the healthcare industry.

The MHA program focuses on academic excellence by using a curriculum that meets the expectations of industry leaders and the premier accrediting body of graduate-level healthcare management education. The program strives to be compassionate and understanding to students by offering both on-campus and online education that assures access to a premier graduate healthcare management degree that is accessible to on-on-campus as well as place-bound and working adult students.

Program Objectives

  • Prepare the student to practice as healthcare executives/managers by offering a balanced curriculum and quality didactic/experiential instruction.
  • Provide didactic and experiential opportunities that lead to research in educational, professional, or healthcare issues relating to health administration and/or management.
  • Offer avenues to students for development and growth within the healthcare administrative profession.
  • Offer avenues for students to develop and apply skills in effective communication, analytical and critical thinking, and problem solving necessary for successful administrative roles in healthcare practice.
  • Provide an accessible opportunity for regional, national, and global health care/business professionals to acquire a terminal degree, especially for those who are place-bound or holding full-time employment that prevents them from completing a master’s degree via traditional methods.
  • Provide an accessible opportunity for regional, national, and global health care/business professionals to acquire the necessary means to succeed in a global and diverse workforce/workplace.
  • Provide an accessible opportunity to pursue graduate education that will prepare individuals for entry into related doctoral programs.

Certificate in Clinical Leadership

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) indicates the healthcare sector will add more than 4 million jobs by 2026, potentially becoming the largest employment sector in the United States.

To meet this projected growth, the Master of Health Administration (MHA) and the Master of Health Informatics (MHI) have designed two high-demand post-baccalaureate certificates structured to fill the workforce demand.

Although the BLS predicts much faster than average growth rates for the field of Medical and Health Services Managers, it does not document that many of those management positions must be held by those with a clinical/technical license. For example, a Director/Manager of a Radiation Therapy department typically needs a correlating clinical license to be eligible to hold that clinical leadership position. Allied health/clinical professionals have the clinical knowledge needed for patient care. However, to fill the predicted workforce demands, a significant number will need the leadership and operational knowledge to prepare them for clinical leadership roles.

The Certificate in Clinical Leadership (CCL) is open to post-bachelor level healthcare professionals who hold a valid license in a clinical specialty and is available in both the online and on-campus format.

The CCL is designed to provide the knowledge and skills specifically needed for licensed health professionals to hold roles in clinical leadership. It also serves as a transition certificate toward earning a master’s degree given a number of courses (once successfully completed in the CCL) may count as courses completed in the Master of Health Administration and/or the Master of Health Informatics.

Courses in the CCL are specific to patient care environments and will include, but not be limited to: strategic planning, operations, human resource planning, health information, and evidence based managerial decision making specific to patient care environments.

Students must complete 18 semester hours of graduate level study, all at SIUC, with a C or above in all required courses which includes:

            MHA 510, 3 - Effective Health Care Operations

            MHA 531, 3 - Human Resources in Healthcare

            MHA 536, 3 - Strategic Leadership in Healthcare

            MHA 566, 3 - Managing Health Information

            MHA 580, 3 - Managerial Epidemiology and Evidence Based Management

            MHA 585, 3 - Financial Issues in Healthcare

Students earning a grade lower than a C may retake individual courses only once. If a grade of C or higher is not received on the second attempt of an individual course, the student is removed from the certificate program due to academic performance. Online courses are restricted to online students and on-campus courses are restricted to on-campus students.



View the Graduate Catalog for more information about the University and Graduate School’s policies and requirements.