Master Of Healthcare Administration

"Before this program, I only knew healthcare from a clinical side," said Kaitlyn Frenette '18 M.S., an EHR clinical applications analyst at Harbor Health Services in Boston. "Now I understand the management side, and I gained a comprehensive and diverse set of skills that's prepared me for my career."

The Future of Healthcare. Today.

Our Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA) program provides you with the skills and knowledge you need to lead a healthcare organization in the 21st century.

A flexible, cutting-edge 36 credit master’s degree in healthcare administration, our MHA is the only such program in Connecticut – and one of just four in New England – that is accredited by the Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME).

By providing a deep understanding of the past, present, and future of healthcare, our MHA program will equip you with the skills necessary to identify challenges and changes in the healthcare system and to effectively address and respond to these issues.

The program prepares students to develop competency in 11 key areas of healthcare management. With these competencies you will develop a strong foundation to contribute to the healthcare workforce and to become a leader in today’s rapidly changing healthcare climate.

  • Mission

    Our mission is to prepare students to be impactful leaders in healthcare, by providing a person-centered, evidence-based, experiential, and community-focused healthcare management educational experience.

    Vision

    Our vision is to be the program of choice for aspiring healthcare leaders and to be known for being an active learning community that continuously strives towards the ideal of better healthcare and improved health for all.

    Values

    The EIGHT core values of our MHA Program are:

    Person-Centeredness: As a value, this applies both to education and to healthcare leadership. As an academic program, we focus on the interests, needs, and preferences of our students who receive instruction. Likewise, we strive to prepare our students to be person-centered healthcare leaders who seek to understand the needs, values, and preferences of the people they serve from a holistic perspective and empower them to make decisions about their care.

    Competency-Based Education: We strive to provide an educational curriculum that is designed to develop student proficiency in the competencies necessary for success in health care administration.

    Community-Based Experiential Learning: We also recognize that students learn better through student-centered rather than instructor-centered experiences by doing, discovering, reflecting, and applying. Our program will strive to promote these types of experiential learning experiences to help students develop communication skills and self-confidence and gain and strengthen decision-making skills by responding to and solving real world problems and processes.

    Integrity: We advocate and emulate high ethical conduct in all we do and provide a learning environment that strives to instill this value in our students.

    Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging: We advocate for inclusivity and celebrate and embrace the differences of those with whom we work, and the students we serve. We strive to nurture a sense of belonging among our students because we believe that belonging epitomizes the values of diversity, equity, and inclusion. While inclusion can ensure a seat at the table, belonging refers to a sense of acceptance, respect, and support such that students feel like they are valued members of the community and can strive towards attaining their fullest potential in their learning environment.

    Leadership Development: We lead our classes through example and mentorship, and prepare our students not just for practice, but to be leaders within the organization and the broader profession of healthcare.

    Evidence-Based Continuous Quality Improvement: We value continuing quality improvement in our curriculum, our pedagogy, our services, and our outcomes, in response to evidence of student proficiency, evidence of alumni success in their careers, and the advice of the stakeholders and communities we serve.

    Lifelong Learning: We recognize that lifelong learning is essential to our ability to innovate and continually improve ourselves, our organizations, and our profession.

  • Graduates of the MHA program have a proven track record of creating successful careers in healthcare. Some decide to immediately enter the workforce while others pursue administrative fellowship programs or doctoral programs in public health, business, or healthcare management.

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  • One of the hallmarks of attending a CAHME-accredited Program is that you can be assured that you will develop your knowledge and skills in the field of healthcare management. In our program, every course is aligned with one major competency for healthcare leaders. That competency is assessed through a wide range of experiences, projects and real-world simulations that test and hone your skills.

    Our competency model makes it clear and simple how your 11 required courses correspond to the key knowledge and skills you will gain in this program. After completing this program, you will be prepared to tell potential employers about the specific areas in which you have trained.

    Curriculum Map for MHA Program

    Competency Required Course
    Healthcare Systems and Organizations HCAD 6600—Intro to US Healthcare System
    Organizational Climate & Culture HCAD 6601—Mgmt of Healthcare Orgs
    Information Technology HCAD 6602—Mgmt Info Sys in Healthcare
    Financial Management HCAD 6603—Fin Mgmt of Healthcare Orgs
    Health Law and Policy HCAD 6604—Law and Public Health
    Personal & Professional Accountability HCAD 6605—Healthcare Ethics
    Data Analysis HCAD 6606—Statistics for Healthcare Mgrs
    Communication & Relationship Management HCAD 6607—Communication in Healthcare
    Leadership Skills & Behavior HCAD 6609—Healthcare Leadership
    Strategy and Innovation HCAD 6610—Strategy and Innovation in Healthcare
    Critical Thinking & Decision-Making HCAD 6611—Healthcare Admin Capstone or HCAD 6693—Healthcare Admin Intern
  • The MHA Program reviews applications holistically taking into account a wide range of factors including previous GPA, work experience, statement of purpose, and letters of recommendation. Most students who matriculate to the MHA Program have undergraduate GPAs of 3.3 or higher and average 2+ years of work experience.

    Admissions Criteria and Application Materials

    No GRE or GMAT score is required to apply to the MHA Program.

    • 3.0 undergraduate GPA or higher from an accredited institution of higher learning
    • 250-word statement of purpose
    • 2 letters of recommendation (professional or academic references only)
    • Current resume or CV
    • Current TOEFL or other language exam score (if non-native English speaker)
    Matriculant Profile

    Typically students who apply and are admitted to the MHA program have an undergraduate GPA of 3.3 or higher.

    • AY 2017-2018 Matriculant Average GPA: 3.27
    • AY 2018-2019 Matriculant Average GPA: 3.34
    • AY 2019-2020 Matriculant Average GPA: 3.41
  • Earn your degree from the convenience of home with our new 100% online Master of Health Administration (MHA) program.



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97%

Of MHA students would recommend the MHA Program to a friend or colleague (MHA Student Experience Survey, 2020)

95%

Of graduates report being full time employed in the health sector 3 months after graduation (2019-2020)

91%

Two-year completion rate

Envision Your Future

The information below is designed to show the many possible careers you could pursue with your major. The research is provided by Encoura, the leading research and advisory firm focused exclusively on higher education. It includes median national salaries and industry growth projections over the next decade. Click here to view the full report.

$104K

Medical and Health Services Managers

23% Growth 2021-2030

$99K

Administrative Services and Facilities Management

7% Growth 2021-2030

$63K

Human Resources Specialists

8% Growth 2021-2030

Charger Advantage

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Accreditation & Awards

Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME)

Our Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA) is the only CAHME-accredited program located between New York City and Boston. CAHME accreditation means that students in this program can be assured that they are receiving quality, competency-based education focused on outcomes. Students in our program are able to compete for national scholarships, in case competitions, and for post-graduate administrative fellowship opportunities that are open only to students in CAHME-accredited programs. When you attend the University of New 51 for your master's in healthcare administration, you are receiving the gold standard in healthcare management education.

Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA)

The MHA program at the University of New 51 is an Associate Graduate Member of the Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA).

Health Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS)

The MHA program at the University of New 51 is an Associate Graduate Member of the Health Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS).

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Upsilon Phi Delta

Upsilon Phi Delta is the national academic honor society for students in healthcare administration in the United States. The organization was formed in 1965 to further the profession of health administration and the professional competence and dedication of its members.

Renowned and Dedicated Faculty

All faculty have a Ph.D. or a terminal degree in their field. Our faculty have combined more than 125+ years of experience in the field. They have studied at prestigious institutions such as Johns Hopkins, Vanderbilt, Harvard, and the University of Michigan.

Women Executives in Healthcare Student Prize Opportunity

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Women Executives in Healthcare Prize Fund

The Women Executives in Healthcare Prize Fund recognizes an outstanding female graduate student enrolled in the School of Health Sciences, with preference given to a student in the Masters of Healthcare Administration or Masters of Public Health programs. Selection is based on general academic excellence and review of a student-submitted essay outlining career aspirations in healthcare management. To apply for the Women Executives in Healthcare Scholarship Fund (approximate amount is $1,500 per year) established by Women Executives in Healthcare, Inc., please email Pavani Rangachri, Director of the MHA Program.

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Nationally Recognized Center for Career Development

All University of New 51 students have access to the many resources available through the University’s Career Development Center, which has been named one of the best in the nation by The Princeton Review.

From career assessments, networking, and job shadowing to on-campus interviews and salary negotiation, the Career Development Center provides the skills and connections to identify a meaningful career and an opportunity to pursue your passion.

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Testimonials

James Halbert

James Halbert '23

"I have very much enjoyed the MHA program so far. The faculty have been absolutely amazing, and my expectations have certainly been surpassed. My professor Joel Reich, M.D., in particular has been so incredibly helpful. During his class, I started interviewing for a leadership position with Yale New 51 Hospital. He helped mentor and coach me throughout the entire process. I'm happy to report I succeeded and was chosen for the position. I know this MHA program and Dr. Reich both helped me tremendously."
- James Halbert '23

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