Description of Program
Under the framework of interprofessional education, the Master of Health Administration, MHA, Program will provide a high quality educational experience that will prepare students for success in early and mid-career executive positions in the healthcare industry. The program exposes students to the essential leadership and management competencies required to successfully lead and navigate complex and diverse healthcare related organizations.
**Note: Program availability may vary by state - please contact the Enrollment Office for more information**
Basis for Admission
The MHA degree requires a conferred bachelor’s degree with a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or a conferred master’s or doctoral degree from a regionally or nationally accredited academic institution, applications for admission to the Department of Health Science’s programs require:
- Completion of the application for admission
- Statement of goals and career interests
- Curriculum vitae or résumé
- Applicant interview with the School of Health Sciences
EXCEPTION: Applicants with an undergraduate GPA between 2.5 to 2.99 may submit a letter of recommendation in addition to the required applications for admissions indicating that the applicant possesses the aptitude and ambition to complete a course of study for the MHA degree. Preferably, letters should be from current or previous employers and/or from last school attended.
NCU may accept a maximum of 6 semester credit hours in transfer toward the master’s degree for graduate coursework completed toward a non-conferred graduate degree at an accredited college or university with a grade of “B” or better. Transfer credit is only awarded for course work that is evaluated to be substantially equivalent in content to the required course work in the MHA program. See the
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The MHA program has the following graduation requirements:
- Successful completion of all required degree program courses with a Grade Point Average of 3.0 (letter grade of “B”) or higher
- Official documents on file for basis of admission: a conferred bachelor’s degree from an accredited academic institution
- Official transcripts on file for all transfer credit hours accepted by the University
- All financial obligations to the University paid in full
Time to Completion
NCU allows 6 years to complete Master’s programs requiring more than 36 credit hours.
Students who are unable to complete a degree program within the stated time limits (6 years) are dismissed. If a student believes they have extenuating circumstances they may document the circumstances and send a request for consideration to their respective School Dean or designee. Exceptions to the policy are determined on a case-by-case basis and are granted only once.
Normal time to completion for this program is 21 months.
Time to completion varies depending upon the pace in which a student completes courses and the number of transfer credits accepted. As most NCU students are working adults balancing educational, professional, and personal commitments, our academic and advisors will work with you to develop a program schedule that works best for your needs.
The normal time disclosed above reflects the experience of students who may have entered under different program requirements. In the quest for continuous improvement, academic leadership has revised the program to optimize curriculum and pace, facilitate student learning, and improve chances for success. Therefore, the program is now designed for students enrolling today to take advantage of these revised course structures, lengths, and schedules. New students following the preferred schedule designed by the Dean for this program, and applying no transfer credits, can expect to finish in as little as 21 months.