Health Administration Program FAQs

Below you will find answers to a collection of frequently asked questions to help guide you in making the transition to online student as smooth as possible.





What are the admissions requirements for the Master of Health Administration or graduate certificate programs?
Admissions requirements include a baccalaureate degree and an undergraduate GPA of a 3.0. International students must take the TOEFL exam and must score a minimum of 580 (paper), 237 (computer) or 93 (Internet) to be considered for the program.
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What is the application process?
All applications must be submitted online at The online application will require a CV (curriculum vitae), letter of intent and contact information for three references. In addition, you must submit official transcripts for all previous institutions attended to the Off-site Admissions Center.
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Is the GRE required?
No, the GRE is not required for admission into the programs. Although not required, you are welcome to provide GRE/GMAT scores during the application process.
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Are there any prerequisite courses required for admission into the program?
No, we do not require prerequisite courses for admission into the program.
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What tips would you give someone regarding their letter of intent when applying for the program?
First and foremost, honesty is an important consideration when writing this letter. Applicants are asked to share how prepared they are to handle the rigor of the program. The letter should also express his or her vision for the future including the type of role he or she wishes to pursue after graduation.
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Do letters of recommendation need to come from someone in the health care field or an academic reference?
No, this is not a requirement. Letters of recommendations should come from someone who knows you well and can assess you as a candidate. The reference should highlight your academic ability, work ethic and other aspects that speak to your ability to succeed in the program.
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Is the program suited for those who do not have previous experience working in the health care industry?
Our program is designed for working health care professionals – for example, we do not offer a “full-time” study option; we have paced this program to allow those will full-time employment to be able to continue their education while moving forward with the demands of employment and home.
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Is there any credit for work experience or for other degrees already earned?
Although experience and other educations accomplishments are great advantages in this program, we cannot offer academic credit for life experience or for degrees already completed.
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Can work experience be considered in lieu of a bachelor’s degree?
No, a bachelor’s degree is required for admissions into the program.
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How many students will you admit each term?
The UC MHA and graduate certificate programs have a rolling admissions policy. We currently do not have particular limitations on accepting qualified candidates per term. We do, however, promote a small class size. Our course structure design allows 20 students per faculty member.
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What is the average cost of books?
The cost of textbooks range from $100-$250 per term.
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Can you complete the entire curriculum online?
Yes, this program was designed to be completed 100% online. It will consist of online coursework allowing flexibility for working professionals.
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Is the program accredited?
The University of Cincinnati is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC)∞, a commission of the North Central Association of Schools and Colleges (NCA). The NCA are recognized by both the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and the United States Department of Education (USDE).
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I am new to online learning; how is the master’s or graduate certificate material presented?
Coursework is presented in Blackboard. In Blackboard you will view videos and PowerPoint presentations; participate in discussion boards and chat sessions with faculty and peers; and complete quizzes and assessments. Textbooks will also be utilized within the course for reading assignments. It is important to have reliable Internet access and log on at least once per day to check announcements and stay current with your coursework and assignments.
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What is the benefit of a master’s in health administration?
For those wishing to advance in health management and leadership, an MHA is considered the premier degree for this path. The MHA curriculum very intentionally teaches leadership and analytical business skills as they directly relate to health care administration. Research institutions are beginning to see the economic, political and social impact of highly educated health care administrators.
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How does someone working outside of health care complete the Capstone course?
The capstone course is designed to give you the opportunity to show that you have mastered all competencies set forth in the program’s curriculum. As you progress through your core and concentration courses you will develop more focused interests which will guide you toward a Capstone project. Your faculty capstone advisor will aid you in the process of designing the project and locating the appropriate practice-based mentor.
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How many credit hours are taken per term?
For the master’s program, students will take 2, 7-week courses per term. A typical course will consist of 3 credit hours. Graduate certificate students can take as little as one 3-credit course a semester or up to 4 classes worth 12 credits.

Beginning Fall 2014, the courses will be 7.5 weeks in length.
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Does this online course follow the UC calendar?
UC is in preparation to convert from quarters to semesters. In the fall of 2012, UC will be fully converted to semesters and students will be taking 1 course per 7 weeks with 2 courses per 14 week term. Until the fall of 2012, will be covering 14 weeks of material in 10 weeks with classes slightly overlapping in the middle of each term.

Beginning Fall 2014, the courses will be 7.5 weeks in length per 15 week term.
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Please describe the difference between a master’s in health administration, an MBA and an MPH degree.

  • A master’s in health administration is focused on leadership, management, quality improvement and the allocation of resources to improve health and health care delivery. Students learn how to make evidence-based decisions about health care, but they concentrate on how to manage human, financial and other resources within health systems to achieve the best health care results.
  • The MPH degree is focused on improving the health of populations. Students may complete an MPH with as little as one course in administration. They focus more on topics like health education, biostatistics, epidemiology and other disciplines.
  • The MHA and MBA are degree programs that deal with business knowledge and skills. Overall, MBA programs have more emphasis in areas of finance, accounting, strategic management, marketing, international business and more general business concepts and principles, while MHA programs focus on the business concepts and organizational leadership skills specific to the needs within the health care industry.

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Will classes take place during the summer?
Yes, this is one of the three terms per year within the program.
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What is the average salary expectation for a health administrator?
The average salary varies based on type of occupational setting, experience and level of employment. Typically, health administrators can expect to make between $50,000-$144,000 according to the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics. Please visit their website to view more detailed salary information.
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What is the job outlook for a health administrator?
According to the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics, jobs in medical and health services management are expected to grow 16% from 2008 to 2018.
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What are the typical occupational settings for a health administrator?
Health care administrators can work in a variety of settings. Some of these settings include health care systems (hospitals, outpatient health care facilities), medical practices (multi- or single specialty), consulting firms and health insurance companies.
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How will health care reform affect a health administrator’s role?
Health care reform is about access to care, quality of care and health care costs. The professional with an MHA is well equipped to handle the allocation of scarce resources and examine issues of health management and policy.
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10 Responses to “Health Administration Program FAQs”

  1. Monica says:

    If I don’t have a bachelors degree but I have a medical degree (MD) will I be able to apply for MHA program?

    • Margo Eagon says:

      Hi Monica, thank you for your questions. You will be able to apply if you meet all the pre-qualifying requirements. This program requires a bachelor’s degree, a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. For additional information, please contact a Enrollment Advisor at 877-398-3050. Thank you.

  2. Jessica says:

    I have an undergradate degree in Biology Health Science but do not have a 3.0 overall gpa. What all would I have to do in order to apply and be accepted? Should I even apply even though I do not have a 3.0?

    • Margo Eagon says:

      Hi Jessica,

      The online MHA program prefers that applicants have at least a GPA of 3.0 or better. However, there are a couple of recommendations to consider before applying. First suggestion is completing non-matriculating (non-degree seeking) courses at the graduate level, which gives you the opportunity to show recent academic experience to be considered for admission. We recommend that you review the MHA program curriculum to gain insight on health care related courses to possibly take for your non-matriculation courses. Unfortunately, this program does not offer non-matriculating courses online. Second, you may wish to consider submitting your GMAT or GRE scores for consideration.

      If you have any further questions, please call an Enrollment Advisor at 877-398-3050.

  3. Dave says:

    My GPA from my BS (earned in 1990) was only ~2.8. However, my GPA from my MS (earned in 1994) was ~3.5. Given that my Masters GPA exceeds 3.0, would I be considered for the program without needing additional coursework or exams?

    • Margo Eagon says:

      Hi Dave,
      Correct. The admission committee likes to see graduate work as a way to off-set a lower GPA for your undergraduate education. It also testifies to your ability to handle graduate level coursework; which helps you from an applicant perspective as well. If you would like to further discuss the admission requirements, please contact Margo Eagon, Enrollment Advisor at 877-398-3050 ext 5038.

  4. Matt says:

    How many people apply during the year vs. the people getting into the program?
    Is the program competitive?

    • Margo Eagon says:

      Hi Matt,

      Thank you for your questions. The number of students entering into the MHA program depends on the number of applicants who are deemed admissible by the admission committee. This program is highly competitive and applicants are heavily screened based on academics, work experience, and achievements. To further discuss the admission requirements, please contact Margo Eagon, Enrollment Advisor at 877-398-3050 ext 5038.

  5. John says:

    I have an undergraduate degree, but not a 3.0 GPA. After having received my BA, I started a graduate degree program (MPA) and was unable to finish it but maintain good grades. Would I be eligible to apply for UC MHA program?

    • Margo Eagon says:

      Hi John,
      The committee considers several factors when reviewing applicants. I would need to ask you some additional questions to determine your eligibility. Please call Enrollment Advisor, Margo Eagon at 877-398-3050 ext 5038 to furtherdiscuss your options.

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