Master's Degree in Healthcare Administration


Am I qualified to get into an online healthcare administration master’s program?






2+ Letters

At least two letters of recommendation from professors or former employers

Writing Samples

Brief Statement

A brief statement of intent regarding your degree program timetable and career aspirations


Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT)

While this is a standard entrance exam for many MHA programs, some colleges do not require candidates to submit GMAT scores.

  • Average Score:
    • 525

Some MHA programs accept GRE scores in lieu of the GMAT. The scores reported below are the average of those pursuing health and medical science degrees.

Additional Requirements

Work experience

Some MHA programs require that candidates gain 2-5 years of professional experience in the healthcare industry before applying.


Since career experience factors into the admissions process at many colleges, this document helps admission boards understand your familiarity with the healthcare field.

What undergraduate degrees do healthcare administration master’s students typically hold?

  • Psychology
  • Criminology
  • Criminal Justice
  • Sociology
  • Political Science

What can I do to better my chances of getting into an online master’s in healthcare administration program?

  • Gain career experience in the healthcare industry after completing an undergraduate degree through internships or entry-level positions under the supervision of a healthcare manager.
  • Volunteer in hospitals or clinics to gain an understanding of how they function and what the administrator is in charge of.
  • Take a job as an administrative assistant to learn the basics of what healthcare administrators do.

Financial Aid

What scholarships and grants are available to online healthcare administration master’s students?

  • David A. Winston Health Policy Fellowship: The David A. Winston Fellowship awards $10,000 to ten graduate students in their first year of study, who demonstrate a passion for a lifelong career in health policy creation and administration.
  • Foster G. McGaw Scholarship: The Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA) awards funds to member institutions that are then used as scholarships for students.
  • Transamerica Retirement Solutions Leaders in Healthcare Scholarship: First and second year graduate students enrolled in healthcare administration or comparable programs, with financial need, can receive up to $5,000 in funds through this scholarship program from Transamerica.
  • Cathy L. Brock Scholarship: Sponsored by the Institute for Diversity in Health Management, this scholarship provides $1,000 in funding to a minority student enrolled in an MHA or comparable program, who demonstrates both leadership promise and financial need.
  • Tylenol Future Care Scholarship: Tylenol awards scholarships to a wide range of students committed to pursuing an education and a lifelong career in a healthcare field.
  • The American Society for Healthcare Risk Management (ASHRM) Scholarship and Grant Program: ASHRM chapter members can earn grant funding for projects that improve patient care conditions and safety. Many grants come with risk management training or service obligations.
  • Accelerating the Pace of Drug Abuse Research Using Existing Data: The National Institute of Health is awarding up to $150,000 to healthcare academic programs that conduct research on drug use behaviors.
  • Allen Foundation Grant: This grant program prioritizes research that will advance human nutrition through training programs; this funding goes to organizations, not individual researchers.
  • Lesbian Health Fund: Students who design projects aimed at ending healthcare discrimination among sexual minorities can earn up to $10,000 in research funding.
  • Data for Life Prize: Health scholars who devote their research to assessing childhood mortality can earn up to $50,000 in project funding. Two winners can receive funding each year to perform an independent, year-long field study of an intervention to save the lives of children under five.

Careers & Salary

Upon graduation from an online healthcare administration master’s degree program, what skills will I have?

  • A thorough understanding of healthcare delivery and information systems used in modern medical environments
  • The ability to make financial and operational decisions to improve healthcare communities
  • A firm understanding of patient and medical staff experiences and the challenges they face
  • Awareness of effective management techniques used locally and globally
  • The ability to apply administrative theory to leadership practice
  • A high level of awareness regarding ethical and legal healthcare standards

Once I’ve earned my online master’s in healthcare administration, what will my job prospects look like?

  • Social and Community Service Managers

    • Annual Mean Wage

    • Total Jobs, 2013

    • Total Jobs, 2022

    • Job Outlook, 2013-22

    • State with Higest Pay

      New Jersey — $83,140
    • City with Highest Pay

      Madera-Chowchilla, CA — $91,200
    • State with Highest Job Concentration

      Maine — $55,650
    • City with Highest Job Concentration

      Bismarck, ND — $58,430
  • Human Resources Manager

    • Annual Mean Wage

    • Total Jobs, 2013

    • Total Jobs, 2022

    • Job Outlook, 2013-22

    • State with Higest Pay

      New Jersey — $138,210
    • City with Highest Pay

      San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA — $161,890
    • State with Highest Job Concentration

      Minnesota — $108,270
    • City with Highest Job Concentration

      Trenton-Ewing, NJ — $127,590
  • Medical and Health Services Manager

    • Annual Mean Wage

    • Total Jobs, 2013

    • Total Jobs, 2022

    • Job Outlook, 2013-22

    • State with Higest Pay

      New York — $114,750
    • City with Highest Pay

      Vineland-Millville-Bridgeton, NJ — $123,760
    • State with Highest Job Concentration

      Massachusetts — $97,660
    • City with Highest Job Concentration

      Santa Fe, NM — $71,710

Source: Occupational Outlook Handbook and Occupational Employment Statistics, Bureau of Labor and Statistics; Collected July 2014

* Highest concentration of jobs refers to the location with the highest number of jobs (by field) for every thousand jobs. Average annual wage is then identified for the career in each location.


What are some of the most important publications in the healthcare administration field today?

  • Advanced Healthcare Technologies: This multidisciplinary and international journal publishes research, commentary, and case reports regarding a broad array of technologies used in the field of healthcare.
  • Journal of Health Administration Education: This quarterly AUPHA journal addresses international health administration policy changes and educational research developments.
  • Journal of Health Economics: This publication scrutinizes the intersections of finance and economics with the healthcare industry.
  • Education and Primary Care: This quarterly publication strives to collect research, practice, and debate papers that address inclusion, culturally aware practices, and minority issues faced in the international healthcare community.
  • Healthcare Management Review: This quarterly journal welcomes manuscripts that are relevant to scholars, professionals, and researchers in the healthcare management and administration communities.

What RSS feeds related to healthcare administration are worth subscribing to?

  • Modern Healthcare: This print and digital publication covers a broad array of healthcare administration concerns, including medical IT, government policies, insurance concerns, and health finance.
  • WebMD: This health news and information portal has won significant recognition from the Webby Awards, W3, and the American Society of Healthcare Publication Editors (ASHPE)
  • New York Times Health: Stay on top of national headlines regarding healthcare systems, policies, and challenges.
  • CNN Health: Like the New York Times, CNN also provides national coverage, with special feeds dedicated to mental health, fitness, and health lifestyles.
  • Healthcare Economist: Learn more about the money behind the healthcare industry by following this Ph.D. economist’s insights and analyses.


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