What is the MHA?

How long does it take to earn an MHA degree?

How many credit hours are required for the MHA degree?

What is the MHA sequence of courses?

Is the UNTHSC MHA program CAHME accredited?

What is the approximate cost to attend?

What is an MHA internship and when do students complete it?

What is the difference between an internship and a fellowship?

I don’t have any healthcare experience. What opportunities or resources are available prior to the internship?

The MHA program is competency-based, what does that mean?

What are the admissions requirements for the MHA program?

What types of funding are available for master students?

What types of job opportunities are available to MHA graduates?

What type of support is available to international students?

Who should I contact if I don’t see the answers to my 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 60 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 to six semesters (including summer). Part-time curriculum is not available.

How many credit hours are required for the MHA degree?

The MHA program is a 60 credit hour program that includes required courses (46.5 credit hours), electives (7.5 credit hours), and culminating experience (6 credit hours).

What is the MHA sequence of courses?

The sequence of courses can be found on our Program Profiles page, under Master of Health Administration.

Is the UNTHSC MHA program CAHME accredited?

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

What is the approximate cost to attend?

For MHA residential students, total tuition and fees cost is approximately $15,000. For MHA non-residential students, total tuition and fees cost is approximately $44,000.

** 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 School of Public Health’s Master of Health Administration Program is required to complete a 500 contact hour, 12-13-week, full-time internship 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 against which to compare the concepts and models learned in the classroom; enable an appreciation of the complexity of organizations and the individuals that comprise them; to provide an assessment of the student’s Program Competencies; and to provide insights for further development of skills and knowledge during the student’s remaining time in the program.
The MHA internship experience is intended to provide students with “hands on” training in health services management. The final decision regarding which type of internship is most appropriate for individual students is made by the Director.
All internships should be designed to enable students to accomplish the following objectives:

  • Observe and understand the leadership and managerial style of the preceptor;
  • Understand the overall design and interrelationships of the individual parts of the organization’s structure;
  • Contribute to the “real output” of the organization by participating in relevant projects and in one specific project that can be led by the student and which may significantly contribute to the organization’s operations;
  • Practice serving as a “real healthcare manager” within the organization; and
  • Understand the internal and external environment in which the organization function

Students may elect to complete their internships during the first summer semester (after completing 29.5 SCH), or their second summer semester.

Learn more about the MHA Internship experience.

What is the difference between an internship and a fellowship?

An internship is a requirement for all MHA students. It is typically unpaid and lasts less than six months. The MHA program places students in an appropriate internship that meets their interests and needs.

A fellowship is not a requirement for MHA students. Fellowships are typically paid and last from six months to two years, with the average length being one-year. Administrative fellowships are designed to give postgraduates additional, in-depth, hands on training to help them become better healthcare leaders. Each fellowship is designed differently, with different requirements and opportunities for students. The MHA director will inform students of fellowship opportunities as they become available; however, there are dozens of fellowships available around the country and the director is not aware of them all. Students should be proactive about seeking out these opportunities using the MHA Student Resources page, and applying for the fellowships in a timely manner.

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.

The MHA program is competency-based, what does that mean?

The mission of the MHA Program is to prepare students for effective organizational management based on competencies and evidence-based practices needed to be exceptional managers and leaders. The Program has adopted the National Center for Healthcare Leadership (NCHL) competency model. Three competency domains (Transformation, Execution and People), and 19 competencies within those domains guide the Program curriculum. The 19 competencies chosen by the program represent our assessment of the cognitive and affective knowledge and skills needed to be effective in the diverse settings in which our graduates will work as they enter careers in health services management. As indicated by the target level that we have set of each competency, we have established expectations that are realistic for aspiring healthcare leaders to have by the completion of the Program. To see a list of all 19 competencies please click here

What are the admissions requirements for the MHA program?

To be considered for admission, applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • The applicant must hold a minimum of a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent from a recognized institution
  • Applicants to the MHA program may apply through either the Healthcare Administration, Management & Policy Centralized Application Services HAMPCAS or SOPHAS
  • Submit complete, official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation
  • Statement of Purpose (1-2 double spaced pages)
  • Current resume or curriculum vita


What types of funding is available for master students?

The Dean offers competitive scholarships & graduate assistantships (GA) 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 submitted and completed their fall application through 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 Admission, Office 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:

Thomas Fairchild, M.S., Ph.D
Associate Professor, Department of Health Behavior and Health Systems
Phone: 817-735-0483

If you have specific questions about admissions please contact:

Beth Hargrove, MBA
Director of  Admissions
Phone: 817-735-5046