To apply to the Master of Healthcare Administration Program you must apply to the UWM Graduate School.
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Tuition & Fees
For detailed and up-to-date tuition and fee rates, visit the UWM Enrollment & Financial Services website.
The Master of Healthcare Administration Program is looking for dynamic graduate students to support our Program. These part-time graduate assistantship positions provide a modest stipend and an excellent experience working closely with Healthcare Administration faculty. Assistantships are matched to faculty focus areas.
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UWM & CHS Scholarships
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Healthcare administrators are skilled professionals who manage hospitals, healthcare organizations and a variety of other services. To make effective decisions, healthcare administrators must understand the basic business principles and tools related to finance, information systems, strategic planning, human resource management and marketing.
Are you interested in taking your healthcare administration career to the next level? Healthcare is the largest and fastest changing industry in the U.S., and our program fully prepares graduates to enter management positions with the knowledge to make a difference when managing medical information and healthcare staff in all areas of the industry, and in doing so, provide excellent healthcare quality and value.
The Master of Healthcare Administration Program will provide students with tangible skills in the following 4 competency domains, as required by the Commission on Accreditation Healthcare Management Education (CAHME):
- Communications and interpersonal effectiveness
- Critical thinking, analysis and problem solving
- Management and leadership
- Professionalism and ethics
These are based on the ACHE Healthcare Leadership Alliance domains and competencies model.
Why choose us?
- You will have the potential as an educated professional to oversee a wide variety of functional areas in healthcare, including a financial focus, regulatory and legal compliance, human resource utilities, facilities and equipment, technology, public relations and policy making.
- Our program helps you develop the tools you will need for a growing career while giving you the flexibility of completing the program entirely online. The MHA program is designed for full-time or part-time students.
- You can potentially complete your Master of Healthcare Administration in just 2 years having completed all the required and elective coursework.
- The MHA advanced curriculum is designed for accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation Healthcare Management Education (CAHME).
- We are a proud member of the National Council of Administrative Fellowships (NCAF).
The Department of Health Informatics and Administration welcomes students from other academic areas at UWM, as well as students transferring to UWM from other institutions.
To apply to the UWM Graduate School for graduate studies in Healthcare Administration, you must first meet the admission requirements of the UWM Graduate School.
To be considered for admission and funding, the UWM Graduate School and Department of Health Informatics and Administration must receive all materials by the following deadlines. Some exceptions may be granted.
- Fall Application deadline: January 15
- Spring Application deadline: November 1
In addition to UWM Graduate School requirements, those applying to the Master of Healthcare Administration Program must meet the following departmental requirements:
- A baccalaureate degree, or its equivalent, as determined by the UWM Center on International Education, from a regionally-accredited institution, and completed before the first term of enrollment in the UWM Graduate School.
- A GRE, GMAT or other standardized college entrance exam is required, except in cases of exceptional prior professional experience or exceptional academic performance.
- A minimum cumulative undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale, or an equivalent measure on a grading system that does not use a 4.0 scale.
- Proficiency in the English language, use of word processing, spreadsheet and database software.
- Submission of 2 letters of recommendation and official transcripts.
Review of Applicants
All applications will be reviewed by the Master of Healthcare Administration Program Co-directors. A “Graduate Student Application Data Summary” form will be prepared for each application. All applications and “Graduate Student Application Data Summary” forms will be circulated among the members of the Master’s Program graduate faculty within the appropriate primary focus area. Each member within the appropriate primary focus area will vote to admit, not admit or discuss each applicant. Admission decisions are based on the applicant’s credentials and the availability of faculty advisors.
You may direct any questions or concerns to:
To take coursework at another institution as part of your Master of Healthcare Administration, you must obtain permission from your advisor and from the UWM Graduate School. Taking coursework at another institution during the semester you intend to graduate is not recommended and does not satisfy the minimum registration requirement at UWM for your final semester of studies.
You will need to complete a Transfer Credit Evaluation Form and request an official transcript of completed coursework. The form and official transcript must be sent directly from the transfer institution to the UWM Graduate School. Unofficial transcripts are not accepted.
The maximum number of transfer credits allowable is the higher of: (a) 12 semester credits or (b) 40% of the total number of credits required for graduation. This process should be completed before applying to the Master of Healthcare Administration Program, but can be done during enrollment in the program, if necessary.
Transfer credit will be posted on your official record after you have completed one semester in your degree program. Transfer work is not calculated into the UWM GPA; only UWM coursework is calculated into the GPA.
For information regarding the curriculum and the most up-to-date list of courses visit the UWM Academic Catalog.
You can potentially complete your Master of Healthcare Administration in just 2 years having completed all the required and elective coursework, along with an internship and a capstone project.
There are three options for the MHA
- Face-to-face program (39 credits required for graduation)
All courses are offered in face-to-face sections; 30 credits of required courses, a 3-credit internship, and 6 credits of electives are required.
- Online program (39 credits required for graduation)
All courses are offered online; 30 credits of required courses, a 3-credit internship, and 6 credits of electives are required.
- Executive Online program (33 credits required for graduation)
All courses are offered online; 30 credits of required courses and a 3-credit internship are required. Admission to the Executive Online program requires previous health related administrative experience and an advanced professional degree. Examples of acceptable degrees include MBA, PharmD, PhD, MD, JD, DO, DPT, and APRN.
Internship and the Start of the Capstone Project
You’ll take part in a fieldwork placement in a staff or administrative position at an organization. Usually this activity is completed during the regular academic session. While there, you’ll establish a compelling organizational vision and goals. Required, too, is an individual project and preceptor designation, along with starting the Capstone process that will continue until graduation. This course will develop your competency in communication, relationship management and leadership.
The Capstone Project will reflect the cumulative knowledge of your educational and practical/laboratory experiences, and build upon a literature base. The purpose of the capstone experience should be to further enhance your learning experience, provide some independence in developing and managing the project, and should be in line with your career goals. You will receive 3 credits, repeatable to a maximum of 6 credits.
Employment OutlookEmployment Outlook
Our graduates are highly sought after. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the demand for medical and health service managers is projected to grow 20 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations.
Salaries depend on education level, employment setting and experience. In Wisconsin, 2016 salary levels for medical and health services managers were: $54,960 (entry level), $96,700 (average) and $109,650 (experienced). Salaries differ for non-managerial entry level positions, with higher pay typically associated with positions requiring a master’s degree.
Professional OrganizationsProfessional Organizations
- American College of Health Care Executives (ACHE)
- American College of Health Care Administrators (ACHCA)
- American Health Care Association (AHCA)
- Medical Group Management Association (MGMA)
- Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA)
- Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS)
Faculty & StaffFaculty & Staff
- Thomas J. Best, PhD
- Ron A. Cisler, PhD
- Jennifer T. Fink, PhD, MS
Assistant Professor, MHA Program Co-director
- Jake Luo, PhD
Assistant Professor, Informatics Graduate Program Director
- Mary K. Madsen, PhD, RN, FAAIDD
- Priya Nambisan, PhD
- Kathleen M. Olewinski, MS, RHIA, NHA, FACHE, PhD (ABD)
Clinical Assistant Professor, Director of Health Care Administration Studies, Educational Coordinator
- Hanh Trinh, PhD
Associate Professor, Co-chair
- Min Wu, PhD
Associate Professor, Co-chair
- Barbara J. Zabawa, JD, MPH
Clinical Assistant Professor, MHA Program Co-director