The residential Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA) degree curriculum emphasizes a balance between systematic learning about health services and public health issues on the one hand and management and policy analysis, concepts, and techniques on the other. Emphasis is placed on both classroom and experience-based learning.
The MHA is a professional degree for students wishing to pursue management careers in health systems, hospitals, consulting firms, managed care organizations, insurance firms, non-governmental organizations, medical group practices, government agencies and other settings. The MHA degree is designed to provide strong preparation in the management disciplines, a comprehensive understanding of the healthcare sector, experiential elements, and an opportunity to pursue an area of concentration. All students will enter the program with some work experience; those choosing to continue full-time work are counseled to study in the distance program. The intended outcome for those working full-time, and for those who bring more management experience to either the residential or distance program, is postgraduate employment in the health care industry with more, or more significant, management responsibility than that held previously. For those in either the residential or distance program with more limited management experience, the intended outcome is a responsible health care management position, which for some of those who already hold full-time positions may entail a change of organization.
The following curriculum and graduation requirements apply to all Residential Master’s Program degrees:
- At least two full semesters of residence credit, either by full-time registration or by part-time registration over several semesters.
- All requirements for the degree must be met within five years from the date of matriculation.
- Successful completion of 60 credit hours comprising School of Public Health, Department and degree core courses, and elective courses for MHA students
- Successful completion of a 12-week internship (HPM 793)
- Enrollment in three semesters of Professional Training (HPM 701, HPM 702 and HPM 703)
- Successful completion of the master’s paper and comprehensive examination Graduate School requirement.
- MHA students meet the comprehensive examination requirement through business plan development and presentation through HPM 734 and HPM 735.
- MHA students meet the master’s paper requirement through case analyses in HPM 735.
NOTE: Your application must be complete and include all required materials. Applications typically become available for the coming academic year in September.
Master’s Programs Admission Requirements
Please also review our Competency Logic Model. A competency model defines what graduates should be able to do to succeed in their professional careers.
PLEASE NOTE: Residential MHA candidates are required to travel to Chapel Hill for an in-person interview. Phone/Skype interviews may be arranged for applicants who are currently located out of the country.
Minimum requirements necessary for application to Residential Master’s Programs:
- An undergraduate degree with a Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher (4.0 grading scale)
- Relevant work experience.
- Applicants are advised to prepare in microeconomics, accounting, and statistics.
- International applicants are required to submit a Financial Certificate.
Required MHA Application Materials
- Completion of online Graduate School application. Start your application by creating an account and following the instructions. Applications for the next academic year are available in August. A current email address is a required field on the application since all correspondence is conducted by email. If you have problems with the online form, contact the Graduate School.
- Nonrefundable application fee. In some instances the application fee may be waived; please see the Graduate School’s Application Fee Waiver page if you have questions or need more information on eligibility.
- Transcripts (complete, not selected courses). One unofficial transcript from each university attended must be uploaded within the application. If offered admission, one paper official transcript for each university attended will be required. If you have questions or need more information about preparing transcripts, please see the Graduate School’s transcript information here.
- The email address of three recommenders is required within the application for electronic submission and delivery.
- Personal Statement (distance and master’s)
Please upload a two page (double spaced) statement addressing the following:
- How will this degree program at UNC-CH contribute to your projected career?
- What is your experience working in teams and what can you contribute to a team?
- How will you contribute to a diverse, inclusive student community at Gillings?
- Please provide any additional information that will help us to evaluate your application.
In addition to the materials listed above, international applicants must submit the following:
- TOEFL or IELTS score (no more than 2 years old). UNC is institution #5816. For more information about these tests, see the Graduate School’s TOEFL and IELTS instruction page.
Applicants are advised to prepare in microeconomics, accounting, and statistics.
Dual and Concurrent Degree Applicants
Students must apply separately and be accepted by each program of interest. See more information about dual degrees.
You may monitor the status of your application by logging into your account and following the instructions.
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Tuition and Fees
The latest information on costs for the Master’s programs can be found by visiting the most current Tuition and Fee Rates document, found under the
Charges for Attendance heading on the University Finance Division web site. Scroll down to the Health Affairs/School of Public Health section of the document.
Please note that tuition and fees are subject to change.
HPM Fees – in addition to university fees
Internship Fee – $450.00
Professional Training I Fee – $550.00
Professional Training II and III Fees – $500.00 each
Please note that tuition and fees are subject to change.
Need financial assistance? See our Financial Aid Information.
Jeffrey Simms, MSPH, Interim Program Director
See our Frequently Asked Questions about the Master’s Program.