Master of Health Administration (MHA)


2020-2021 GRADUATE STUDIES CATALOG
Volume 1: 2020.2021

Effective 1 June 2020 through 31 May 2021

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This program is offered by the George Herbert Walker School of Business & Technology. It is available at the St. Louis home campus and at select U.S. campuses. Please see the Campus Locations and Offerings section of this catalog for a list of campuses where this program is offered.

Program Description

This course of study builds a broad conceptual understanding of the health care industry, and develops specific, focused administrative skills that will help graduates guide health care organizations toward greater efficiency, effectiveness and patient centered care.

acbsp logoThe MHA is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).

Learning Outcomes

  • Students will be able to explain healthcare leadership styles and demonstrate effective communication skills that are required in managing effective teams and in predicting human behavior in an organization.
  • Students will be able to apply health care management skills in problem solving, decision making, planning, delegating and managing time. 
  • Students will be able to incorporate strategic thinking to set priorities, focus energy and resources, and strengthen operations, in order to ensure that employees and other stakeholders are working toward common goals, and to operationalize healthcare organization's mission and vision. 

Program Curriculum

The 42 credit hours required for the master of health administration (MHA) must include the following courses:

  • HLTH 5000 Organization and Management in Health Administration (3 hours)
  • BUSN 6150 Business Communications and Technology (3 hours)
  • HLTH 5040 Human Resources Management in Health Administration (3 hours)
  • HLTH 5050 Financial Management in Health Administration (3 hours)
  • HLTH 5070 Financial Analysis in Health Administration (3 hours)
  • HLTH 5100 Statistics for Health Administration (3 hours)
  • HLTH 5120 Issues in Health Policy (3 hours)
  • HLTH 5140 Health Administration Law (3 hours)
  • HLTH 5130 Healthcare Strategy and Marketing (3 hours)
  • HLTH 5150 Process Improvement in Health Administration (3 hours)
  • HLTH 5160 Health Informatics (3 hours)
  • HLTH 6000 Integrated Studies in Health Administration (3 hours)

In addition, the student chooses 2 elective courses offered in this major and/or from the program curricula of other George Herbert Walker School of Business & Technology majors.

If the requisite course HLTH 5000 Organization and Management in Health Administration is waived, the student must choose an elective course from this major or from the program curriculum of another George Herbert Walker School of Business & Technology major. Students pursuing a dual degree who have the requisite course(s) waived will complete only the remaining required courses for the dual degree.

Dual Degree Option: MBA/MHA

63 to 66 Credit Hours

Requirements for a dual degree with the MBA program generally include the required MBA courses (33 hours) and the required coursework in the additional degree program, except where noted below. If BUSN 5000 has been waived, the required hours are reduced by 3 credits and the BUSN 5000 course does not require a substitution.

Upon completion of all required credit hours, two separate diplomas are issued at the same time. The two degrees cannot be awarded separately or sequentially under this arrangement.

  • BUSN 5000 Business (3 hours)
  • MBA 5010 Value Creation (3 hours)
  • MBA 5030 Market Analysis and Business Planning (3 hours)
  • MBA 5100 Adding Value through Human Capital (3 hours)
  • MBA 5200 The Financial Value of Capital Projects (3 hours)
  • MBA 5300 Providing Value to Customers (3 hours)
  • MBA 5400 The Supply Chain and Business Processes (3 hours)
  • MBA 5500 Information Support for Decision Making (3 hours)
  • MBA 5910 Cases in Value Creation (3 hours)
  • MBA 5920 Walker Consulting Project: Adding Value to Organizations (3 hours)
  • HLTH 5000 Organization and Management in Health Administration (3 hours)
  • BUSN 6150 Business Communications and Technology (3 hours)
  • HLTH 5040 Human Resources Management in Health Administration (3 hours)
  • HLTH 5050 Financial Management in Health Administration* (3 hours)
  • HLTH 5070 Financial Analysis in Health Administration (3 hours)
  • HLTH 5100 Statistics for Health Administration* (3 hours)
  • HLTH 5120 Issues in Health Policy (3 hours)
  • HLTH 5140 Health Administration Law (3 hours)
  • HLTH 5130 Healthcare Strategy and Marketing (3 hours)
  • HLTH 5150 Process Improvement in Health Administration (3 hours)
  • HLTH 5160 Health Informatics (3 hours)
  • HLTH 6000 Integrated Studies in Health Administration (3 hours)

*HLTH 5050 and HLTH 5100 substitute for MBA 5020.

Admission

Admission Criteria

Students applying for admission to the master of health administration (MHA) program must meet the admission requirements outlined below:

  • A bachelor's degree from an accredited educational institution recognized by Webster University.
  • An undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale or a cumulative 3.0 GPA for a minimum of 12 credit hours of graduate work.
    • Applicants with an undergraduate GPA that is at least 2.5 but below 3.0 may be admitted on a conditional basis. These students must successfully complete 12 credit hours of graduate credit with a grade of B or better to advance to candidacy.
  • A minimum of one year of relevant work experience

Conditional Admission Criteria

Applicants with an undergraduate GPA between 2.5 and 3.0 may be admitted on a conditional basis based on a review of the following:

  • GPA of a least a 3.0 for the final 60 credit hours of undergraduate coursework, or for major coursework.
  • Student must submit additional documentation that provides justification for how they will be successful in the MHA program. 
  • Student must submit a letter of recommendation from a supervisor or other professional who can speak to the student's ability to succeed in the MHA program.

For questions or concerns for conditional admission, the admissions representative may contact the program lead to further discuss this admission and a decision will be made for conditional admission.

Application Process

Students applying for admission must submit the following to the Office of Admission:

  • Application for graduate study.
  • A non-refundable application fee of $50.
  • Official transcripts from all universities and colleges attended.
  • One signed letter of recommendation supporting the applicant's petition for graduate study from a current or former employer or from a faculty member familiar with the student's work.
  • A résumé.
  • A personal statement of 500 words or less describing the applicant's career goals and rationale for seeking the MHA degree.

Admission materials may be submitted online by visiting: webster.edu/apply

Send all admissions materials to:

Office of Admission
Webster University
470 E. Lockwood Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63119
admit@webster.edu
(314) 246-7800

Advancement to Candidacy

Students are admitted to their graduate program upon completion of all admission requirements. Students are advanced to candidacy status after successfully completing 12 credit hours of graduate credit, with grades of B- or better. In the MBA program and other specialized programs, courses required as prerequisites to the program do not count toward the 12 credit hours required for advancement.