About the Master of Health Administration Program
The MHA is a professional degree, preparing future health care executives for management and leadership positions dedicated to improving health and health service delivery across all sectors. The Hopkins program focuses on the U.S. healthcare system and is well-suited for early careerists interested in managerial and leadership positions within hospitals and health systems, the health insurance industry, and consulting firms.
The accelerated two-year residential cohort program is designed specifically for the early careerist. The curriculum includes one year of full-time academic coursework followed by a full-time, 11-month compensated administrative residency with faculty preceptors designed to provide direct experience through hands-on learning. The curriculum is founded on principles of innovation and strategic problem-solving, and develops the analytical, technical, and management skills required to improve the quality, cost-effectiveness, and integration of health and health care organizations and systems. Read more in the MHA Year In Review 2021 - 2022.
Accreditations: The residential program is fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME); consistently ranked in the top ten of US News and World Report.
Master of Health Administration Program Highlights
ranked in the top 10 (#7) of graduate programs in health administration per the 2023 U.S. News & World Report; accredited by the Commission for Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME); and full graduate member of the Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA)
Program faculty and student advisers are accomplished professionals
with years of practical health care management experience
A paid, full-time 11-month administrative residency
where students become members of an organization's executive management team and work on important assignments, make meaningful contributions, and develop and enhance valuable competencies related to health and health care administration
Residency organizations across the country
representing important segments of the U.S. health care system include payers, providers and consulting organizations
Our MHA program is accredited by the Commission for Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education. This accreditation assures you are receiving the highest quality educational experience and preparation for the future.
What Can You Do With a Graduate Degree In Health Administration?
According to the US Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, the growth in healthcare employment, especially medical and health services managers, is expected to increase by 20% between 2016 and 2026.
MHA graduates pursue career paths in many different settings including:
- Hospitals/Health Systems
- Consulting firms
- Non-profit organizations
- Physician practice management
Possible job titles after residency include:
- Assistant Director
- Project Manager
- Practice Manager
For general admissions requirements, please visit the How to Apply page. This specific program also requires:
Prior to matriculation, an undergraduate-level microeconomics course
Minimum 3.0 undergraduate GPA
Administrative Residency Requirement
The full-time residential program has a required administrative residency component during the second year of the program. The program has partnerships with local and national organizations providing the full-time paid residency positions, many exclusive to JHU students. However, because many of the residency sites have rules prohibiting placement of non-U.S. citizens and non-permanent residents, the program cannot guarantee placement of international students and thus the ability to successfully complete the degree program requirements for graduation. Therefore, non-U.S. citizens and non-U.S. permanent residents should carefully consider these possibilities before applying to or accepting an offer of admission from the full-time residential program.
Standardized Test Scores
Standardized test scores are not required and not reviewed for this program. If you have taken a standardized test such as the GRE, GMAT, or MCAT and want to submit your scores, please note that they will not be used as a metric during the application review. Applications will be reviewed holistically based on all required application components.
Program Faculty Spotlights
Mark Bittle, DrPH ’06, MBA, FACHE, focuses on the organizational and management factors that influence physician alignment and managing change in complex organizations.
Conan Dickson, PhD ’04, MPH, leverages his experience in health system management to enhance education in health care strategy, finance, and quantitative tools.
David Chin, MD, MBA focuses on transforming health systems and academic medical centers for success under value-based health care models.
Karen Charron, MPH ‘91, is an experienced course instructor and graduate cohort director who teaches and mentors students in the Master of Health Administration program.
Tuition and Funding
The Master’s Tuition Scholarship is available to students in good academic standing in the two-year, full-time residential master’s program. The MTS is a 75% reduction in tuition for year two of an eight-term program. Students have the option of distributing the scholarship entirely in their second year of study or receive a 25% reduction in tuition their first year and 50% in their second year.