Master of Health Administration (MHA)

Whether serving in a hospital, medical group practice, government agency, non-profit or corporate environment, use your professional skills to benefit patients and the community.

When problems arise, use your skill-set to help bring the right solution to bear. Data may direct you to the right opportunity to affect change. People will energize you and you will enjoy that chance to bring out your team’s best traits.

Join us at The University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth, a graduate only campus in the center of Fort Worth, Texas. Here you’ll bond with a small cohort of like-minded students, complete a rigorous program in just 2 years and launch a lifelong career. As the only CAHME accredited program exclusively based in North Texas and the first MHA program in the nation to partner with the National Association for Healthcare Quality and fully integrate a pathway to Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality (CPGQ) into its curriculum, the MHA program at HSC is an efficient and effective program that will transform you into a leader who can and will affect meaningful change in health systems and outcomes.

Mission, Vision and Values

We improve the human condition through healthcare leadership. We prepare practicing and aspiring professionals and leaders to influence change and improve quality across the care continuum. Our scholarship creates innovative solutions to advance the health of communities.
We transform lives, organizations, and communities through healthcare leadership education and scholarship. Our program will be the trusted leader in providing healthcare management talent to North Texas, universally recognized as a premier source of training and research.
Serve Others First, Integrity, Respect, Collaboration, Be Visionary.

About the Program

The Master of Health Administration program is designed to prepare you for effective organizational management based on competencies and evidence-based practices needed to become an exceptional manager and leader. The program is also committed to the improvement of health services through health services research and community engagement within complex health-related organizations.

Full-time. The Master of Health Administration Program is a cohort style program. Students take 54 credit hours over the course of 5 semesters. Students carry a heavier than average load for graduate students (up to 15 credit hours), therefore employment outside the university is prohibited during classes.

Fall Entrance. Admission is only offered in the Fall semester. There are no spring or summer start options.

Small Class Sizes. The MHA program is a on-campus program. Core classes range in size anywhere from 15-25 students. The typical faculty to student ratio is 15:1.

Cohort Format. Students complete the program in a pre-determined sequence and pace. This is shown to improve student succes and completion rates, offer strong networking opportunities between students and develop quality relationships with program faculty.

SPH Interlude and IPE Programs. Students participate in weekly interlude meetings which consist of additional career and field prep programs. Programs range from alumni panels to networking, coaching and guest speakers specific to studies. IPE (inter professional education) activities bring students from across university schools together for cross-disciplinary training. Students gain experience in collaborative work with professionals in real life scenarios.

Competencies. The Master of Health Administration Program has adopted the National Center for Healthcare Leadership competencies model. Three competency domains (Transformation, Execution and People) and nineteen competencies within those domains guide the MHA Program curriculum. By the conclusion of the MHA program, students will be able to demonstrate knowledge and application in 12 competencies

Advisory Council - Since its establishment in 2010, the MHA advisory council has helped to shape the structure and direction of the MHA program. The council is made up of key stakeholders in the Dallas – Fort Worth Metroplex area, who share an expertise of healthcare management, as well as a commitment to educating the next generation of healthcare leaders. Their input and engagement is helping to make the UNTHSC MHA program the best in Texas.

Professional Partners. The MHA program maintains relationships with a variety of professional partners healthcare sites and organizations.

Internship Experience

MHA students complete an intensive, hands-on experience with local health systems or hospitals prior to graduation.

UNTHSC places students with organizations based on their field and career goals. Students spend 2 semesters in a part-time placement with an approved health service organization, under the guidance of a qualified preceptor. Through this hands on training experience, students complete a significant project on behalf of the organization. This could entail project management of a complex deliverable, redesign of a system level process or analyzing a deep data set for actionable change.

From this professional field experience, you will gain a professional reference, interview discussion material and new confidence in your career path. The MHA Internship program is managed under the direction of the MHA Program Director in cooperation with program faculty, students and preceptors (supervisors) in the field.

Internships enable Students to accomplish the following objectives:

  • To observe and understand the leadership and managerial style of the preceptor
  • To understand the overall design and Interrelationships of the individual parts of the organization's structure
  • To contribute to the "real output" of the organization by participating in relevant projects
  • To practice serving as a "real healthcare manager"withing the organization
  • To understand the internal and external environment in which the organization functions


Click below for a look at our MHA coursework:

Admission Requirements

UNTHSC conducts holistic application reviews. A completed bachelor’s degree or its equivalent is required. No specific degree or prerequisite coursework is required. Furthermore, there are no specific score requirements for GPA or GRE scores.

Applications are reviewed once they have been completed and verified by SOPHAS. UNTHSC does not offer conditional or provisional admission. All items must be received in order for an application to be reviewed and a decision rendered. 

To Apply:

  • Create an account in SOPHAS online application portal.sophas pic
  • Applicants to the MHA program may also apply through HAMPCAS

In addition to the SOPHAS required documentation of official U.S./Canadian transcripts and C.V./Resume, please provide the following additional documentation with your application.

  • Statement of Purpose and Objectives (personal statement).

    Your statement should be original and unique to each program you are applying to. Furnishing false or incomplete information, including plagiarism on any part of your statement or in any related application materials, will result in an automatic rejection of your application.

    (Brief quotes are permissible if accompanied by quotation marks and a reference to the source of the quote.) 

    Your statement is intended to give you the opportunity to submit a tailored narrative which will describe your education, experience and professional career objectives. It should include:

    • Why are you interested in pursuing your chosen degree and concentration?
    • What are your career goals and how will this program prepare you for your career?
    • Highlight your relevant experience in prior coursework, professional or volunteer work.
    • Reasons for interest in UNT Health Science Center at Fort Worth.
    • Address any areas of weakness in your application.
  • Three (3) Letters of Recommendation. Ideal sources include academic professors, academic advisors and employment/internship supervisors. Physician shadowing letters are not recommended. Letters from friend or relative are never appropriate.
  • World Education Service (WES). ICAP Course-by-Course evaluation of academic records from institutions outside the U.S. and English-speaking Canada (if applicable). 
  • The GRE exam is no longer required for our MHA programs. 

Application Deadlines and Timeline

Upon submission of your SOPHAS application, there is between 4-8 weeks before you can anticipate a response to your application. In that time, all requested items must reach the application service. This includes recommendations and official transcripts/test scores.

Upon final completion, SOPHAS will conduct an initial evaluation of the degree and transcript records.

Priority Deadline-March 15th. All applications that have been completed, submitted, and verified by the application service will be considered for scholarship opportunities, no additional application is required. We suggest submitting your application by February 15th to allow time for SOPHAS verification.

International Applicants Deadline-March 15th. Application reviews of international applicants will conclude on March 15th unless program seats fill earlier in the admissions cycle. 

Domestic/US Applicants Deadline-July 1st. Application reviews of domestic/US applicants will conclude on June 1st unless program seats fill earlier in the admissions cycle.

Once verified, application materials will be sent on to UNTHSC. You will receive an automated email when your application reaches our system.

UNTHSC Admissions will then process and review the application before presenting it to our Faculty Admission Committee. We appreciate your patience as your application is taken through this process.

UNTHSC School of Public Health recommends allowing up to 4 weeks for SOPHAS or HAMPCAS to complete coursework verification and processing. Consider your goal to "submit" your application 1 month prior to the deadline listed.

International Students

Applicants who have degree coursework from institutions outside the U.S. must submit a credential evaluation from World Education Services (WES). We require the iCAP WES This will be submitted to the SOPHAS system for your final application.

International applicants must demonstrate satisfactory proficiency in oral and written English before being considered for admission. Minimum requirements: TOEFL internet based = 85 or IELTS = 6.5. Meeting minimum scores does not guarantee admission.

International applicants should submit their application 6 weeks prior to the international applicant deadline. This will allow sufficient time for WES to process the transcript evaluation report and adequate time for visa processing.

Visit our International Student Office site to learn more about the I-20 process, estimated Cost of Attendance and other key factors.

Cost, Scholarship, & Financial Aid

Total program tuition and fees cost estimate:.

MHA (Cohort Program)In-State Resident $12,500Non-Residents $36,000

Scholarship opportunities are available for cohort applicants. All applications complete and verified in SOPHAS or HAMPCAS by March 15 (priority deadline) will be considered, no additional application is required.   We suggest submitting your application by February 15 to allow time for SOPHAS verification.

Students with outstanding academic achievements may qualify for the Dean, President or Chancellor’s awards of $2,000 or more awarded over the 2 year program. This award may qualify non-resident students for in-state tuition. 40% of students offered admission to the Fall 2018 class received a scholarship offer.

UNTHSC is a graduate only campus and has limited GA, RA & TA positions. MPH, MHA & MS students may apply for positions following admission. Work hours are capped at 19 hours a week. Available positions do not carry tuition/fee waivers.

Financial Aid is available to support tuition, fees and living expenses. Average loans taken for UNTHSC School of Public Health MHA students is $29,245. Loans taken may extend beyond the actual cost of the program to include living expense assistance. Contact Financial Aid for specific questions and counseling.

International students are automatically billed for student insurance coverage at a current cost of $997 per semester or $2600 per year.  Full insurance details and requirements.

MHA Frequently Asked Questions

What is the MHA?
The MHA program prepares students for effective organizational management based on competencies and evidence based practices needed to become exceptional managers and leaders in health care organizations. The 54 credit hour curriculum is designed for aspiring and committed professionals who are interest in careers in health services administration in such settings as hospitals; managed care organizations; medical group practices; ambulatory, long-term care, insurance and pharmaceutical companies; consulting firms; government agencies; for-profit and nonprofit sector organizations.

The MHA degree focuses on the organization and effective and efficient management of health services organizations within dynamic policy and competitive market environments. The central focus of course material is on organization, operation and financing of the health services organization and on the development of a strong set of business management skills for application within the market-based health care environment. In essence, an MHA is a business degree that focuses on the intricacies of the health care industry and prepares students to lead their organizations to meet, and even exceed, the needs of their communities.

How long does it take to earn an MHA degree?
The MHA program follows a cohort model, students will progress through the program together completing their degree requirements in five semesters (including summer). Part-time curriculum is not available.

How many credit hours are required for the MHA degree?
The MHA program is a 54 credit hour program.

What should I expect from graduate studies?
The mission of the MHA program is to start early career students on a path towards becoming exceptional managers and leaders. This requires not only a foundational knowledge of the healthcare industry but, more importantly to develop competencies (hyperlinked) critical to success in the field. To do so, students, will have the opportunity to learn by participation in team-based learning, case studies, analysis of real world data, simulations and external field experiences. To assess progress, the MHA program and faculty utilize a blend of traditional assessment methods to test knowledge and higher order assessments to test competency attainment through class discussions, reflective learning, peer assessments, presentations, internship preceptor feedback, policy briefs, financial modeling and oral presentations.

Is the UNTHSC MHA program CAHME accredited?
Yes! Our program is DFW’s first CAHME accredited program.  In addition, the UNTHSC School of Public Health is accredited by the  Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH).

What does a holistic review of an application mean?
The Masters Admission Committee reviews all previous academic coursework, standardized test scores, relevant experience, and personal references. Furthermore, the committee assesses the alignment between the mission of the MHA Program and the applicant’s career goals, including articulation of how the UNTHSC MHA will help achieve those goals.

What is the approximate cost to attend?
For MHA residential students, total tuition and fees cost is approximately $12,500. For MHA non-residential students, total tuition and fees cost is approximately $36,000.

** Approximate costs are to complete the entire program which includes tuition & fees, course fees, transcript, matriculation and graduation fees included. These costs are subject to change.

What is an MHA internship and when do students complete it?
Each student in the UNTHSC-SPH MHA Cohort Program is required to complete a full-time internship (up to 2 semesters) in an approved health services organization under the guidance of a qualified preceptor. The purpose of this internship is to provide the student with a "real world" experience in which to apply concepts and models learned in the classroom; to enable an appreciation of the complexity of organizations and the individuals that comprise them; and to provide insights for further development of skills and knowledge during the student's remaining time in the program. The MHA internship program is managed under the direction of the MHA Program Director in cooperation with program faculty, students and preceptors in the field.

All internships are designed to enable students to accomplish the following objectives:
To observe and understand the leadership and managerial style of the preceptor;
To understand the overall design and interrelationships of the individual parts of the organization's structure;
To contribute to the "real output" of the organization by participating in relevant projects;
To practice serving as a "real healthcare manager" within the organization; and
To understand the internal and external environment in which the organization functions.

I don’t have any healthcare experience. What opportunities or resources are available prior to the internship?
Our MHA program encourages students to participate in a number of professional and interprofessional activities to help students prepare for their internship and futures as healthcare leaders. Students are required to participate in MHA Professional and Academic Development (PAD); a course designed to enhance professional development skills and opportunities. The MHA PAD course consists of a number of activities every semester including volunteering or working in a healthcare setting, joining a professional organization such as ACHE ( ), MGMA ( ) or HFMA ( ), meeting local health executives and administrators, and participating in other workshops, and sessions that will assist students in defining their career goals, building competency within their professions, and increasing their knowledge and skills to excel academically and professionally.

What types of funding is available for master students?
Scholarships & graduate assistantships (GA) are available to new incoming students each fall semester. These awards are given out based on prior academic performance. To be considered for the  scholarships & GA positions applicants must have completed, submitted, and verified by the application service( SOPHAS or HAMPCAS) by the March 15th priority application deadline to be considered. That means all application materials must be received by the application service well enough in advance for the service to complete the coursework verification and release the application to the university.

The competitive scholarship qualifies an out-of-state or foreign resident for an out of state residency tuition waiver for the designated award year(s).

The GA positions are part-time hourly paid positions with a limited amount of funding for the first academic year. These positions do not qualify for an out-of-state residency waiver for tuition.

What types of job opportunities are available to MHA graduates?
Many of our graduates go one to work in hospitals, health systems, medical clinics, physicians’ practices, VA facilities, long-term care facilities, home health agencies, or do consulting work. They hold management staff positions, staff specialist or staff support positions, and senior staff positions. Approximately 90% of our graduates are employed within three months of graduation.

What support is available to international students?
Our Office of AdmissionOffice of Academic Services and our International Services offer support and resources for our international students.

For information about the documents needed for international applicants please click here

Who should I contact if I don’t see the answers to my questions?
If you have specific questions about the MHA program or curriculum contact:

Stephan Davis, DNP, MHSA, FACHE
Assistant Professor and MHA Program Director

If you have specific questions about admissions please contact:

Brandon Sermon, MA
Recruitment & Outreach Coordinator
Phone: 817-735-2459



MHA Completion Rates MHA Employment Rates

Average Admitted Student Profile: Fall 2019

2018 – 2019 = 92% 2019 – 2019 = 82% UG GPA:  3.40
2017 – 2018 = 86% 2017 – 2018 = 90% GRE Verbal:  63%
2016 – 2017 = 76% 2016 – 2017 = 90% GRE Quantitative:  46%
GRE Writing:  56%


The UNT Health Science Center School of Public Health is accredited by both the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education and the Council on Education for Public Health.