Online Master of Health Administration

Earn Your MHA From GW’s No. 12-Ranked School of Public Health

MHA@GW is the online Master of Health Administration program from Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University — ranked No. 12 on U.S. News & World Report’s list of the nation’s best graduate schools in public health.1 U.S. News & World Report also ranked Milken’s on-campus Health Care Management program as a No. 8 program.2

GW’s online health administration master’s program is designed for driven professionals seeking to improve health care delivery, assume leadership positions in a range of health-related environments and oversee influential change in communities around the world.

As an MHA@GW student, you’ll have the opportunity to accelerate your career with these benefits:

  • Join a thriving network of faculty, students and alumni connected to GW’s campus located in Washington, D.C. — the center of health policy law, administration and regulation.
  • Graduate in as little as two years with options to complete the program on a full-time or part-time basis.
  • Earn your degree from home while maintaining your current career.
  • Experience in-person immersions at prominent health organizations in D.C. and around the world.

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MHA@GW is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME).

Learn more about MHA@GW program information and student outcomes.

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Lead and Design Health Care Delivery

A Master of Health Administration (MHA) degree focuses on developing leaders with the skills and knowledge needed to manage health-related programs and organizations. As an MHA student, you will learn from an online course structure that has been training and empowering health care professionals since 2014. As a graduate, you will come away with a comprehensive understanding of business administration, ethics, human relations, law and financial management.

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Benefits and Career Paths in Health Administration

A master’s in health administration enables health care professionals to gain the skills they need to elevate their current clinical or administrative leadership position.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, medical and health services administrators can expect to find more opportunity in the field over the coming years. There is a 28 percent projected growth in available jobs between 2022 and 2032, with a median annual wage of $104,830.3

Earning an MHA prepares you to pursue a number of career paths in directorial and managerial positions, such as:

Clinical Administration

Quality management
Risk management
Clinical finance
Clinical operations

C-Suite Executive

Chief executive officer
Chief financial officer
Chief marketing officer
Chief operations officer

Health Care Planning and Management

Infection prevention
Business development
Physician recruitment
Government analyst

Non-Clinical Paths

Long-term care
Home care
Veteran’s health administration

As an MHA@GW student, you’ll be prepared to join the nation’s future health care leaders who are effectively overseeing health systems and organizations.

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MHA@GW Academics

The MHA@GW curriculum is made up of eight 10-week learning modules. Students attend four real-world immersion experiences held on campus and at selected health care facilities. During the final organizational research project, students choose to either evaluate an organization, develop a business plan or complete a literature review.

The coursework that students complete in the MHA program is designed by expert faculty in D.C. — the heart of health policy. The curriculum is designed to provide students with the necessary skills and knowledge to improve the function and efficiency of health care organizations.

Learn more about the MHA@GW curriculum.

Uncover Your Leadership Style

MHA@GW students participate in two immersions held on GW’s campus in Washington, D.C., — the center of health care policy and regulation. In addition to Capitol Hill, you will attend one off-campus immersion at a reputable health organization located around the world.

During these immersion experiences, you will discover who you are as a leader through simulated scenarios that reflect today’s most compelling health care challenges. You’ll also study alongside and collaborate with professors, peers and influential health care leaders.

As an MHA@GW student, you’ll be prepared to understand and manage health systems around the world and learn from the health care professionals who design them.

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MHA@GW Admissions

The Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University seeks students who display academic and professional excellence. MHA@GW is a rigorous online program that maintains the same academic standards as the on-campus program.

To be considered for the online MHA program, you must:

  • Hold a bachelor’s degree
  • Have at least two years of full-time health sector experience or three years of full-time experience in any industry
  • Be currently employed in the health sector

No GRE scores are required. MHA@GW seeks experienced candidates with a history of professional and scholastic excellence who are ready to become leaders in the health care field.

MHA@GW offers four program start dates each year, typically in January, April, July and October. Because applications are reviewed as they are received, you are encouraged to submit your completed application as soon as possible. Admissions decisions are made on a rolling basis.

Learn more about MHA@GW admissions requirements and deadlines.

The MHA@GW April cohort will not be offered in 2024. The January, July and September cohorts will be offered as usual.

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The final deadline for the July 2024 cohort is May 2, 2024.

MHA@GW prepares experienced professionals for leadership positions at all levels of health care organizations. Request information to learn more.

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1 Best Public Health Schools. (2023). U.S. News & World Report. Retrieved September 13, 2023.
2 Best Health Care Management Program. (2023). U.S. News & World Report. Retrieved September 13, 2023.
3 Medical and Health Services Managers. (2023). U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Retrieved September 13, 2023