To make effective decisions, health care administrators must understand the basic business principles and tools related to finance, information systems, strategic planning, human resource management, and marketing. The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA) Program prepares you 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.
Why choose us?
- We are the first accredited MHA program in Wisconsin.
- Our program is designed for both full-time or part-time students with the flexibility of completing the program entirely online.
- Full-time students can complete the program in just 2 years.
- We are a proud member of the National Council of Administrative Fellowships (NCAF).
To apply to the Master of Healthcare Administration Program you must apply to the UWM Graduate School.
For the most up-to-date information, visit the UWM Enrollment & Financial Services website . Be sure you are viewing the Graduate Fee Schedule for the appropriate semester.
UWM offers the following Tuition Reduction Program for out-of-state residents:
- Minnesota–Wisconsin Tuition Reciprocity agreement
These funds are earmarked for the support of certain student services. See the Mandatory/Segregated Fees document for the appropriate semester on the UWM Enrollment & Financial Services website .
Additional Course Fees
There may also be additional course fees that could include differential tuition, distance education fees, or special course fees. To see if your courses have additional fees, go to web.uwm.edu/registrar/tools/fee .
The Master of Healthcare Administration Program is looking for dynamic graduate students to support our program. These part-time graduate assistantships provide a modest stipend and an excellent experience working closely with faculty. Assistantships are matched to faculty focus areas.
UWM Fellowships & Awards
Applications for Graduate School Fellowships have due dates in late December/early January, so be sure to check if you plan to apply.
UWM & CHS Scholarships
Complete the FAFSA then go to the UWM Panther Scholarship Portal . Sign in using your PAWS credentials and complete the General Application and the CHS application. You may save your work and return to the portal at a later time. Additional information can be found at uwm.edu/scholarships .
State & National Scholarships/Awards
UWM Emergency Grant
The UWM Emergency Grant is funded by several private contributions and is available to students when they have unforeseen circumstances that may negatively influence their academic success. You can be awarded up to $1,000 for non-academic expenses (e.g., car repairs, medical bills, rent, utilities, child care, food, etc.). Learn more at uwm.edu/emergencygrant .
The UWM Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA) has received accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME). This makes our program the first accredited MHA program in Wisconsin!
Competency ModelCompetency Model
The Master of Healthcare Administration Program utilizes the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) Healthcare Leadership Alliance (HLA) domains and competencies. Through a thorough assessment and input process from key stakeholders, the program faculty have adopted twenty-four (24) core competencies covering 5 domains (Communication and Relationship Management; Leadership; Professionalism; Knowledge of the Healthcare Environment; Business Skills and Knowledge). Various assessment measures are used throughout the program to assess competencies, skills, knowledge and abilities.
Domain 1: Communication and Relationship Management
- Interpersonal skills and communication (builds and utilizes collaborative relationships and develops negotiation skills)
- Use factual data to produce and deliver credible and understandable results
- Facilitate group dynamics, process, meetings, and discussions
- Demonstrates and reinforces respect for diversity and inclusion
- Presents effective business communication through writing skills and effective oral communication through presentation skills
Domain 2: Leadership
- Leading and managing others (hold self and others accountable for organizational goal attainment)
- Collaboration and interpersonal skills (builds and utilizes collaborative relationships, develops negotiation skills, and demonstrates commitment and encouragement when collaborating with others as part of a team)
- Systems thinking (be able to assess the potential impacts and consequences of decisions in a variety of situations)
- Change management (promote and manage change)
- Demonstrate critical thinking, analysis, and problem solving
Domain 3: Professionalism
- Understands professional codes of ethical behavior and acts upon ethical and professional standards
- Capable of navigating through uncertainty of change
- Establish, build, and sustain a network for professional development and engage in continued professional development including reflection and self-directed learning
- Professional & community contribution (participate in community service; balance professional and personal pursuits)
Domain 4: Knowledge of the Healthcare Environment
- Health care issues and trends (explain and discuss important issues in health care, including circumstances causing major changes and reform in U.S. health care delivery)
- Assess the interrelationships among access, quality, cost, resource allocation, accountability, and community
- Acquires data from multiple and diverse sources when solving problems
- Analyze and apply funding and payment mechanisms of the health care system
- Population health and status assessment (understand and explain the major factors in population health status)
- Healthcare legal principles (discuss and critically analyze health-related legal principles, including standards, regulations in health policies, and risk management)
Domain 5: Business Skills and Knowledge
- Strategic planning (ability to perform environmental analysis and develop strategic alternatives; discern competitive strategy; formulate business strategy based on evidence)
- Quality improvement/performance improvement (identify relevant problems and apply concepts of process improvement, root-cause analysis, and problem-solving techniques)
- Organizational dynamics and governance (articulate and explain the roles, responsibilities, structures, and influence governing bodies hold in health care organizations)
- Financial management (ability to compile and analyze financial information and apply principles of operating, project, and capital budgeting)
- Human resources (apply methods and techniques related to the management of health care organizations, employees, and professional staff)
Program OutcomesProgram Outcomes
- Graduation rate: 90%
- Acceptance rate: 86%
- Employment rate: 96%
- Job sites for recent MHA graduates
- Children’s Hospital
- Advocate Aurora Health
- Ascension Health
- Milwaukee Catholic home
- CVS Health
- Froedtert Hospital
- Medical college of Wisconsin
- UW Health
- Fedex Services
- Froedtert Hospital
- Job titles for recent MHA graduates
- Solution Development Senior Analyst
- Senior Consultant
- Individual Placement Support-Employment Specialist/Case Manager
- Payor Relations & Contracting Manager
- Pharmacy Supply Chain Manager
- Senior Research Coordinator
- Quality Improvement Coordinator Sr
- Research Business Service Specialist
- Project Coordinator – Ambulatory Operations
- Specialty Pharmacy Manager
- Health-System Pharmacy Operations Manager
You must first meet the admission requirements of the UWM Graduate School . In addition to UWM Graduate School requirements, you must be prepared to 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.
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
Review of Applicants
All applications will be reviewed by the Master of Healthcare Administration Program Co-directors. An Application Data Summary form will be prepared for each application. All applications and forms will be distributed to faculty members within the appropriate primary focus area. Each member 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 must obtain permission from your advisor and from the UWM Graduate School to take coursework at another institution as part of the Master of Healthcare Administration. Taking coursework at another institution during the semester you intend to graduate does not satisfy the minimum registration requirement at UWM.
You will need to complete a Transfer Credit Evaluation Form (PDF) and request your 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 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 the program. Transfer work is not calculated into the UWM GPA; only UWM coursework is calculated into the GPA.
For information regarding curriculum and the most up-to-date list of courses, visit the UWM Academic Catalog .
Full-time students can complete the Master of Healthcare Administration Program in just 2 years.
- Face-to-face program (39 credits)
All courses are face-to-face: 30 credits of required courses, 3-credit internship, and 6 credits of electives are required.
- Online program (39 credits)
All courses are online: 30 credits of required courses, 3-credit internship, and 6 credits of electives are required.
- Executive Online program (33 credits)
All courses are 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 (e.g., MBA, PharmD, PhD, MD, JD, DO, DPT, and APRN).
You will take part in a fieldwork placement in a staff or administrative position at an organization where you will establish a compelling organizational vision and goals. This is usually completed during the regular academic session. Required, too, is an individual project and preceptor designation, along with starting the capstone process that will continue until graduation.
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 is 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 32 percent from 2019 to 2029, much faster than the average for all occupations.
Salaries depend on education level, employment setting and experience. The median annual wage for medical and health services managers was $100,980 in May 2019. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $58,820, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $189,000. 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
- Ron A. Cisler, PhD
- Jennifer T. Fink, PhD, MS
Associate Professor, MHA Program Co-director
- Jake Luo, PhD
Associate Professor, Informatics Graduate Program Director
- John J. Lynch, PhD
Associate Professor Emeritus
- Mary K. Madsen, PhD, RN, FAAIDD
- Priya Nambisan, PhD
- Kathleen M. Olewinski, MS, RHIA, NHA, FACHE, PhD (ABD)
Clinical Associate Professor, Director of Health Care Administration Studies, Educational Coordinator
- Gary H. Ross, PhD
Clinical Associate Professor
- Hanh Trinh, PhD
- Min Wu, PhD
Associate Professor, Chair
- Barbara J. Zabawa, JD, MPH
Clinical Assistant Professor, MHA Program Co-director