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2015-2016 Academic Catalog 
2015-2016 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Healthcare Administration, M.H.A

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Program Description

The Master of Healthcare Administration is a two-year program that develops leaders who possess the values, knowledge, and skills needed to work in a highly-competitive, market-driven environment. Students will learn about the management of healthcare from experienced administrators. They will also learn to conceptualize, analyze, and apply vital concepts when dealing with multifaceted healthcare administrative issues. All classes are offered in the evening and one Sunday per course to accommodate the working professional.


Applicants with fewer than two years of experience in healthcare, and who are admitted to the program, will be required to complete a three-credit residency during the final trimester of the program.

Mental and Physical Requirements

Applicants seeking admission to the Master’s degree in the Healthcare Administration program must:

  • Be able to speak in a clear and concise manner.
  • Have communication abilities sufficient to interact professionally with others in verbal and written form.
  • Possess critical thinking skills sufficient to think clearly and act appropriately in stressful situations.
  • Possess interpersonal skills sufficient to interact with individuals, families, and groups from a variety of social, emotional, cultural, and intellectual backgrounds.

Admission Requirements

Applicants to the Healthcare Administration program must:

  1. Submit an application online and nonrefundable $50 application fee.
  2. Present evidence of a Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  3. Present current official transcripts from all undergraduate and/or graduate institutions attended. Admission GPAs will be calculated based on credits and grades from regionally accredited institutions only. Transcripts must be mailed or delivered electronically to the Office of Enrollment Services from each institution attended. Transcripts will be considered official only when received directly from the institution and not hand-delivered by the applicant or faxed by the institution attended. Failure to disclose all colleges previously attended could result in denial or dismissal. Additionally, transcripts from institutions outside the United States must be evaluated by World Education Services (WES). This is the only company from which we accept transcript evaluations.
  4. Present official transcripts for each College Level Examination Program (CLEP), Advanced Placement (AP), and/or International Baccalaureate (IB) examination taken only if the applicant would like them to be considered for fulfillment of prerequisite requirements. CLEP scores reported on an official college transcript are also acceptable for this requirement.
  5. Present a minimum undergraduate cumulative grade point average of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale.
  6. Submit the MHA Prerequisite Eligibility Form.
  7. Present an updated résumé. Two years of professional experience in healthcare are preferred. Applicants with fewer than two years of experience in healthcare and who are admitted to the program will be required to complete a three-credit residency during the final trimester of the program.
  8. Provide an essay or goal statement outlining career goals, reasons for choosing to attend a faith-based institution, and reasons for specifically choosing Adventist University of Health Sciences.
  9. Provide three recommendations using ADU Recommendation Forms. Two recommendations should be from professional references and one from an academic reference.
  10. Present the following undergraduate courses either as having been completed in the applicant’s undergraduate program or taken post-baccalaureate but prior to admission to the MHA program:
    1. Accounting I
    2. Finance
    3. Microeconomics
    4. Macroeconomics
  11. Successfully complete the personal interview process. (See below.)

Applicants are reminded that, due to the competitive nature of the admission process, meeting the minimum standards for admission does not guarantee admission to the program. After the initial screening of the applications, some applicants will be invited to campus for a personal interview (see requirement above).

Each applicant accepted to an on-campus professional program is expected to pay a nonrefundable deposit of $500 to reserve his or her place in the program. The applicant’s acceptance letter will contain a deposit amount and a deadline, indicating when the deposit must be received by the University. Once the student enrolls in the program, this deposit will be applied toward the student’s account. Students who have paid the deposit, but decide not to enroll in the program, will forfeit the deposit. If that student is admitted to the same program at a later date, he or she will be required to pay the full deposit amount again. If an applicant is admitted to a program with prerequisites in progress and becomes ineligible for admission due to his or her grades, a full refund will be provided. A professional program deposit is not transferable to another department. Distance Education students are not required to pay a program deposit.

Note: Competency in computer skills is assumed.

Reapplication Process

Applicants who are not admitted to the Master’s in Healthcare Administration program during a specific admission cycle may reapply to the program for the next admission cycle as long as they have successfully met the minimum admission requirements. Reapplicants are expected to meet the published admission deadlines by submitting the following additional information to the Office of Enrollment Services.

  1. Submit an application online with a non-refundable $50 reactivation fee.
  2. Updated official transcripts from any accredited institutions attended since the original application was submitted.
  3. Provide an updated resume.


In the MHA Program, students will be deemed to be making continuous satisfactory progress toward the MHA degree when they:

  1. Complete all scheduled courses with a grade of ‘B’ or better. One course with a grade of ‘C’ is permitted.

  2. Maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.00, on a 4.00 scale, or better in all program coursework.


Adventist University of Health Sciences will consider students for graduation with a Master’s in Healthcare Administration when they have:

  1. Met the general requirements for the Master’s in Healthcare Administration degree.
  2. Completed all required courses in the Master’s in Healthcare Administration curriculum with grades of “B-” (2.70) or better.
  3. Completed all required courses in the Master’s in Healthcare Administration curriculum within 72 months of their acceptance into the program.
  4. Completed an acceptable Capstone Project.
  5. Completed internship if required.


*Classes meet in the evenings, plus one Sunday per 7-week course.

Program Sequence

Total: 7-10 Credit Hours

1Required for those without two+ years of healthcare administration experience.

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