Master of Health Administration

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Health administrators require a deep understanding of policy, management, and law. Enter or advance your career in the rapidly expanding healthcare industry with Governors State’s Master of Health Administration (MHA). With an MHA, you will learn to manage regulatory procedures, financial concerns, legal issues, human resources, technology, policy-making, and public relations in medical settings.

Demand for health administrators is growing as measures in policy change and cost control continue to increase. With an MHA, your mastery of all aspects of the healthcare industry will equip you to enter this evolving field—all while keeping the patient’s experience at the center of your studies.

Reach Your Career Goals

In the Master of Health Administration program, you will obtain the skills needed to optimize medical care for patients while improving efficiency and profitability for medical care facilities. Our comprehensive program covers a breadth of information to ensure that you enter the field with a strong foundational knowledge of all areas of healthcare administration, including research methods, quality improvement, and human resources.

Why Get a Master of Health Administration at GovState?

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As you complete your studies in the comprehensive MHA curriculum, you’ll gain a well-rounded skillset that includes strategic planning, human resources, informatics, policy, economics, research methods, quantitative decision-making, community health, and management, among others.


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The Master of Health Administration Program at GovState is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME). CAHME works with more than 100 leading academic programs and numerous healthcare practitioners to ensure that graduates entering the healthcare field have undergone an educational process meeting rigorous, measurable standards for effectiveness. CAHME accredited programs are recognized for having withstood the rigors of peer review in which curricula, faculty, and educational outcomes are critically examined. CAHME requires an extensive self-study detailing the program's mission, structure, educational processes, competencies, and assessment mechanisms in response to criteria established by the CAHME Board of Directors.

An external peer panel thoroughly examines the program, with the process culminating in an on-site evaluation of the Program. The panel's report and recommendations serve as the basis for accreditation and driving the program’s improvement. External stakeholders look at CAHME accreditation as a way to distinguish a program from its peers. Prospective students and their families seek out CAHME Accreditation when searching for a program where they will invest in their future.

Career Outlook

Data collected in 2022 from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics lists the national median annual salary for Medical and Health Services Managers as $104,830.The average Employee Health Services Manager salary in Chicago, IL is $141,045 as of March 26, 2024, according to, but the range typically falls between $124,973 and $160,730.

Delivery Format

Achieve your master’s degree in as little as 2 and ½ years. Governors State’s 54-credit hour Master of Health Administration is offered fully on-campus or in a hybrid format. Enroll full-time to jump-start your career or part-time for added flexibility.

New Student Orientation

Are you a new student joining us this upcoming fall semester? Make sure you visit our New Student Orientation page for MHA students to gather all your necessary materials for when you start classes this fall.

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Molor-od Oyunkhand

I am immensely grateful for the enriching experience provided by the MHA program. The comprehensive curriculum, coupled with hands-on opportunities like the Field Experience, has equipped me with the skills and confidence to excel in the field of healthcare administration. The program's commitment to excellence and innovation continuously inspires me to strive for greatness. I am proud to be associated with such a forward-thinking and supportive program that values both academic rigor and practical application. Thank you for the invaluable opportunities and mentorship that have shaped my professional journey

Molor-od Oyunkhand, MHA Graduate

Lisa Purdy

The MHA faculty members encourage students to get out in the field by passing along opportunities. I’ve had the chance to co-author research with one of my professors—together, we studied the Affordable Care Act and how its implementation has affected populations of people both with and without diseases. I was also able to present a grant to the GSU community, an opportunity I am so grateful for.

Lisa Purdy, Graduate Assistant in MHA

Ning Liu

Our Master of Health Administration (MHA) is a value-based, competency-driven, and healthcare system-focused education. Students enrolled in the MHA program enjoy the high quality of the program and the attention professors can afford to individual students. Full-time students can complete the coursework and graduation requirements in as little as two years. Most of our students are employed within 6 months of graduation at either an entry or middle-level management position.

Dr. Ning Lu, MHA Program Director