Master of Health Administration – Online

Grow as a leader who affects meaningful change to impact our health systems and outcomes.

Crafted for working professionals our MHA Online program allows for advancing your training while boosting your career trajectory. Based out of the UNT Health Science Center in Fort Worth, Texas you’ll find a part-time delivery that allows you to balance education, career and life’s demands.

Mha Online

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 online 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.

Part-time. The Master of Health Administration online program is delivered 100% online. Students take 48 hours over 3 years.

Fall 2020. Entrance will be available twice a year, Fall I and Spring I. Fall 2020 will mark the first entrance.

Small Class Sizes. The MHA online program is anticipated to support 20-30 students in each entrance class. UNTHSC offers a high quality program to candidates seeking a rigorous course of study.

Online Format. Classes are 8-week sessions delivered 5 times a year. Students will take 1 class each 8 week term and complete the course of study in 3 years.

Competencies. The Master of Health Administration Program has adopted a competency model informed by the National Center for Healthcare Leadership. Three competency domains (Execution, Transformation, Values and Health Systems Awareness and Business Literacy) and twelve competencies within those domains guide the MHA Program curriculum.

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.

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. Applicants to the MHA Online program must have at least two (2) years of relevant healthcare management or health administration. Applicants must be gainfully employed within the field. 

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 Online 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.

There are no formal word count or page limitations; however, we recommend that you limit your statement to two pages or less.

  • Three (3) letters of recommendation - ideal sources include academic professors, advisors and professional supervisors. Candidates currently enrolled in another masters or doctoral degree should include a recommendation from their current program advisor.
  • World Education Services (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 the MHA program.

Application Deadlines and Timeline

The MHA online program accepts applications for fall and spring semesters, and will be completed on a part-time basis taking one class each term. Online courses are taught in an accelerated 8-week format with five terms each academic year.

TermApplication DeadlineFirst Day of Class
Fall IJuly 15thAugust 17th
Spring IDecember 1January 11

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.

Upon submission of your SOPHAS or HAMPCAS 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.

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.
Upon final completion, the application service will conduct an initial evaluation of the degree and transcript records. Once verified, application materials will be sent on to UNTHSC. You will receive an automated email when your application reaches our system. SPH Admissions will process and review the application before presenting to our Faculty Admissions Committee.

Cost & Financial Aid

Total program tuition and fees cost estimate:.

MHAIn-State Resident $14,600Non-Residents $37,000

Financial Aid is available to support tuition, fees and related expenses. Contact Financial Aid for specific questions and counseling.

Review your employee benefits or contact your HR office to determine if you qualify for tuition reimbursement at work.

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. TOEFL or IELTS are accepted. 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.

Online Programs

How are the classes taught?
Courses are delivered in an 8 week accelerated format. Since you’re completing the course in just 8 weeks compared to a traditional 16 week semester we recommend students be prepared for a higher level of time commitment during the 8 week window. Students and instructors utilize the learning module system software, CANVAS for online courses. Tests are completed online via a secure service. A webcam is required for online students and used to verify participants are appropriate parties.

Part-time students who are balancing program enrollment with a full-time job and/or family commitments are recommended to take 1 course each 8 week semester. In this schedule you can complete the degree in 3 years.

Breaks in the calendar are most significant over the winter, with Fall II ending in early December and Spring I starting the second week of January. There is also a 2 week window between Spring I and Spring II. There is a second significant break between Summer ending in mid-July and Fall I beginning in mid-August.

Campus resources are available to you all From Financial Aid to the Library, even Career Services to our Academic Services office. You are always welcome, but never have to come to our physical location.

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 48 credit hour curriculum is designed for healthcare professionals who have 2 or more years of experience 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 online program follows a part-time model, students will progress through the program over 3 years.

How many credit hours are required for the MHA degree?
The MHA program is a 48 credit hour program that includes an integrative capstone project, completed over 2 semesters.

What should I expect from graduate studies?
The mission of the MHA online program is to start early to mid-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 $14,600. For MHA non-residential students, total tuition and fees cost is approximately $37,000.

** Approximate costs include total tuition & fees, course fees, transcript, matriculation and graduation fees included. These costs are subject to change.

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


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.



This page was last modified on June 4, 2021