Program Overview

MHA program overview

Founded in 1970, the University of Washington's Master of Health Administration program has a long tradition of excellence. It is the only program in the Seattle area that is accredited by CAHME, considered the gold standard for graduate programs in health care management.

The UW MHA program provides training in the business and operations side of health care. With a unique focus on leadership development, our program prepares you to take on an entry level management position in any health care organization and increase that organization's effectiveness in areas such as patient care, workforce management and strategic and financial results.

Our competency-based curriculum was carefully developed with the input of industry leaders, alumni and other professionals to ensure its rigor and relevance. It incorporates a leadership competency model created by the National Center for Healthcare Leadership that identifies the technical skills and behavioral characteristics health care leaders must have to be successful throughout their careers.

To give you a solid foundation in all aspects of health services administration, you will study a range of topics, including health economics, strategic management, industrial systems, organizational behavior, group dynamics and health law. A mandatory summer internship and capstone project allow you to apply what you've learned in real-world health care settings.

The MHA program is an interdisciplinary group degree reporting to the UW Graduate School and administratively housed in the UW Department of Health Services of the School of Public Health. Courses are taught by a dedicated and expert faculty that includes professors and researchers from various UW departments and industry professionals from the Seattle health care community.

Program Format

The UW Master of Health Administration is a full-time, two-year (six-quarter) program. It requires the completion of 76 credits, including a capstone project. Students do not take any courses in the summer between years one and two, when they are required to complete an internship in the health care field.

Classes meet on weekdays between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. on the main UW campus in Seattle.

Who Should Apply

The Master of Health Administration program is designed for highly talented and ambitious early career professionals and recent graduates interested in health care management. We consider candidates with a diverse range of undergraduate training and work experience. The most competitive applicants have some professional work experience, preferably in the field of health services. Applicants must have a bachelor's degree.

Concurrent Degrees

The UW MHA program offers students the opportunity to pursue a concurrent degree. In a concurrent degree program, you combine the MHA with another UW graduate degree. This integrated approach often allows you to complete the two degrees in less time than it would take to earn the degrees separately.

Four concurrent degree options are available: MHA/JD, MHA/MBA, MHA/MD and MHA/MPA. To be eligible for a concurrent degree track, you must apply and be admitted to both programs separately. For more information, see the Concurrent Degrees page.

Advanced Standing Degree Option

The Master of Health Informatics & Health Information Management Advanced Standing Degree Option allows UW MHA and Executive MHA graduates to earn a MHIHIM degree on an accelerated schedule. Designed for MHA and Executive MHA alumni who would like specialized training in health informatics and information management or who desire the additional credential, the program enables students to build on their health administration foundation to advance into leadership roles in health information systems and to develop domain expertise in health informatics.

Related Programs

If you are not ready to commit to a master's program, we also offer the Certificate in Medical Management for mid-career professionals. This certificate program helps you begin developing management skills for leading health care organizations.

At a Glance

Credits: 76
Learning Format: Classroom
Length: 2 years full-time
Costs: $730/credit for WA state residents

$920/credit for out-of-state residents

The [MHA] program covers a spectrum of skills – from qualitative and quantitative analysis to building strong interpersonal relationships – all of which are centered on a foundation of content knowledge in health care. The program positions students and graduates to become effective health care leaders in a variety of roles, whether in health service organizations like hospitals, or consultancies.

Sara Vaezy, MHA, 2009
Consultant, The Chartis Group


We are happy to answer any questions you may have about the Master of Health Administration program.