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Advance Your Career in Health Administration

Health Administrators are in high demand.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the field of healthcare administration is projected to grow 20% through 2026 - faster than average compared to other careers. This fast-paced health care environment needs administrators with solid business skills who can apply creative approaches to health care delivery and support services.

Become the health care leader tomorrow needs.

Jacie Green, Director of Graduate Programs

Are you ready to become a leader in health care?

The online Master in Health Administration (MHA) program prepares students to plan, direct, manage, and coordinate medical and health services and adapt quickly to changes in health care laws, regulations, and technology.

Graduates of the MHA program are equipped with the required knowledge, skills, and qualities that health care organization leadership deems important to serve in an administrative capacity. The program specifically prepares students in areas of management, health care finance, human resource administration, strategic planning, law and ethics, health economics, and health information systems.

Information About the Program


This master's program prepares you to become a leader/executive in healthcare organizations. The 43-credit hour online curriculum provides competency-based training for health care administrators in:

  • Healthcare systems and management
  • Communication and interpersonal relationship management
  • Critical thinking, analysis, and problem solving
  • Management and leadership
  • Professionalism and ethics

Gain applied industry experience through placement in a health system, hospital, agency or organization where you take part in a practicum which can be completed in your state of residence and local community.

Learn more about the curriculum in the Graduate School Catalog: 

MHA Graduate Catalog

Accelerated Bachelor's to Master's

The accelerated bachelor’s to master’s in Health Administration is ideal for any undergraduate student seeking advanced career opportunities in the health management. Shorten your graduate studies by one semester. Save time and money -- apply 9 hours of dual credit to your undergraduate and graduate degree.

Graduate Certificate to Master's

Not ready to commit to a Master's? Compliment your career and add industry knowledge through completion of a 12-credit hour graduate certificate. All certificate credits transfer to the Master's program.

Planning on a Master's? Expand your marketability by adding a graduate certificate in a complimentary focus.

Careers and Alumni

The 100% online Master of Health Administration degree from Wichita State prepares you to:

  • Direct a health system
  • Manage a hospital or health service organization
  • Oversee a medical practice group
  • Coordinate an ambulatory clinic
  • Supervise a local, state, or federal government agency
Colorado State Disclosure

While WSU participates in the National Council of State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (NC-SARA), WSU has limited authorization to offer internship, field experience, clinical placement, or practica in the state of Colorado due to the Colorado Workers’ Compensation Act (the “Act.”) The Act requires students to be covered by workers’ compensation insurance when completing an unpaid internship, field experience, clinical placement, or practica within the state of Colorado. The Act requires the institution sponsoring the student (WSU) to either: (1) insure the student through the institution’s workers’ compensation policy; or (2) work with the host site to negotiate a reasonable level of compensation to the host site for the host site’s expense of providing workers’ compensation insurance for the student. WSU is not permitted, under Kansas law, to add students to WSU’s institutional workers’ compensation policy. And while some Colorado host sites are willing to work with WSU and/or individual students to ensure coverage through the Colorado host site or through a private carrier, this is not guaranteed. The Act does not allow students to purchase their own insurance for workers’ compensation.

Students enrolled in either online or on-campus programs cannot be placed in on-ground internships, field experiences, clinical placements, or practica in the State of Colorado without the appropriate workers’ compensation in place. For questions please contact Dr. Amber Anderson or Dr. Brett Bruner.

Application and Admission Requirements

Priority Deadlines
  • Fall: July 15
  • Spring: December 1
  • Summer: April 15
Admission Highlights

Preference for an undergraduate degree in health management, business, clinical profession or related field. Will consider unrelated fields for candidates with health care experience or other high-quality indicators below.

  • Have a minimum overall GPA of 2.750 (on a 4.000 scale) or a 2.750 in the last 60 credit hours of study. Preferred overall GPA of 3.000 in the last 60 credit hours of study. Students with lower GPAs may apply and will be considered for probationary admission pending a strong personal goals essay, recommender scores, and letters of recommendation.
  • The GRE is not required for admission.

Information surrounding additional supporting documents required for admission can be found in the graduate catalog.



Wichita State students enrolled in a fully online degree program pay in-state tuition regardless of residency.

The cost of tuition varies depending on degree, credits, and courses, but total program cost including tuition/fees for the 43 credit hour MHA is approximately $23,000.

"This program continues to pay off in real life. I've negotiated a contract for the site, hired and implemented staff, created SOPs and built operations from the ground up, secured inventory . . . so much of what I've learned in our program has helped at various points." - MHA Graduate