Master of Health Administration

Our program is designed to develop health care leaders for a rapidly changing world.

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Beginning in Spring 2017, Metropolitan State University of Denver will be offering a Master of Health Administration (MHA), designed to prepare students for a challenging and rewarding career in health care. The program will offer continuing students, as well as those looking to increase their knowledge and earning potential, a unique and well-rounded insight into an industry that is expected to see a 17% increase in employment by 2024. The MHA program can be completed in 2.5 years in small class sessions that promote student interaction and individualized attention.

For more information about our program, please click the red link above, read the links below, or email us at mhahep@msudenver.edu or call 303-556-6181.

Policies and guidelines are subject to revision. Please check the webpage regularly.

Please review the required items needed to apply before starting the application. Requirements can be found in the Admissions Requirement buttons shown below.

 

 

 

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The MHA Admissions Committee, which is comprised of faculty members, will review complete applications only. Applicants who submit incomplete applications will not be reviewed by the admissions committee and will be denied from the program. After the MHA Admissions Committee receives and reviews the application the applicants will be notified in writing (via e-mail) of their status. Applicants may be accepted, accepted with conditions, waitlisted, or denied admission. Students should check the program website for application timelines.

Accepted:

Students who are accepted into the program typically have no additional obligations to fulfill and will receive an acceptance letter. Students will be required to confirm their acceptance into the MHA program by the intent to enroll deadline specified under in application deadlines.

Accepted with Conditions, Conditional and Provisional Admission Guidelines:

Conditional and/or provisional admission is possible in some programs. Each master’s degree program determines whether or not to allow conditional and/or provisional admission, as well as the criteria for conditional and provisional admission to its program. Generally, a provisional admission is applied when a student has not submitted all of the necessary paperwork for admission, i.e., complete transcript, standardized test score, etc. A conditional acceptance is recognized as a department or program requiring a specific “condition” that the student must meet. This could be achieving a particular GPA or other such requirements.  Students should check the program website and/or program section of the catalog to determine if this status is available and the details.

Students who do not fulfill the requirements set forth by the program may be dismissed.

Waitlisted:

Students may be offered waitlist status.

Denied Admission:

The MHA Admissions Committee reserves the right to deny acceptance of any applicant. Applicants who submit incomplete applications, including transcripts and additional admissions materials will not be reviewed by the MHA Admissions Committee and will be denied from the program.

To apply for our Master of Health Administration Degree (MHA), we need the following requirements to be fulfilled by the dates below.

1. Complete the Graduate Admissions Application.

  • It's Not Too Late, APPLY NOW for Spring 2017.  Applications are still being accepted!
  • January / Spring Start 2017, Applications for Domestic Students Due November 4, 2016
  • January / Spring Start 2017, Applications for International Students Due October 31, 2016

Attention International Students:

F-1 visa holders are excluded from pursuit of MSU Denver’s online MHA program due to federal enrollment requirements for F-1 international students. F-1 international students are only permitted to have one online class per semester count towards their full-time enrollment requirements. Since the program for which you have applied is taught entirely online, you will not be permitted to pursue this program on your current visa status. Here’s a link that talks about full-time enrollment requirements for our F-1 international students: http://www.msudenver.edu/sas/internationalstudentsupport/immigration/maintainingyourimmigrationstatus/meetingfull-timeenrollmentrequirements/

2. Pay the Graduate Application Fee.

  • A $50 nonrefundable application fee payable by check or money order.  Fees can be submitted to the Department of Health Professions in person or mailed to:

                      Metropolitan State University of Denver
                      Department of Health Professions
                      Attn: Master of Health Administration 
                      PO Box 173362, Campus Box 33 
                      Denver, CO 80217-3362

3. Official transcripts are needed.

  • MSU Denver official transcripts do not have to be submitted.
  • International transcripts must have an official English translation done by a certified translator (if applicable), and a professional course-by-course evaluation showing equivalency to a U.S. bachelor's degree.
  • Official transcripts from all previous colleges or universities attended, if you haven't already turned them in.
  • Must be sent directly to MSU Denver from the issuing institution(s). We will accept copies from students as long as the official copy is delivered/mailed to MSU Denver in the original, sealed envelope from the issuing institution(s).World Education Services (www.wes.org) or Education Credential Evaluators (www.ece.org) are recommended professional transcript evaluation service providers. 
  • If you prefer to use another company, please contact the graduate admissions coordinator to confirm an evaluation from the service provider will be accepted.

4. Upload Your Resume.

  • Follow the directions in the application link above to upload your resume.

5. Share contact information from three (3) professional references.

  • Do not submit reference letters.
  • Provide names and contact information for individuals (supervisors and/or professors) who can offer evidence of your abilities to complete graduate level course work.
  • For example, individuals who can address your abilities in decision-making, critical reasoning, ethics, and communications should be considered. 
  • You will need to submit their full name, title, place of employment, e-mail address, and telephone number.
  • Current MSU Denver Health Care Management students or MSU Denver Health Care Management alumni can request 1 of the 3 required references from Health Care Management faculty and advisors.  The two remaining references should be from other professional sources external to the MSU Denver Health Care Management Program.

5. Submit a Personal Statement Video or Essay

  • Submit a well-developed 2-3 minute video or 3-5 page personal essay that will help the MHA Admissions Committee evaluate your readiness and capability for graduate education. The personal statement is a critical part of your admission application and will be the basis for evaluation of your writing skills, capacity for self-awareness, and personal growth.
  • Your statement should address the following topics:
    • The significant factors influencing your decision to pursue a Master of Health Administration degree
    • Your personal philosophy, values, and professional experiences
    • Your career plans and focus in the field of health care
    • Your strengths, unique characteristics, and leadership experiences that are relevant to the health care profession
    • A time you were given critical feedback and your reaction
    • Why you believe the MSU Denver's MHA program is best suited for your educational and professional goals
    • How you will manage the rigorous demands of graduate education
    • You have the option of including anything else you would like the MHA Admissions Committee to know about you
  • If submitting a video, remember that you are submitting a link (URL) to your video (such as on YouTube.com, some other video hosting site, or your own website), not the video itself.
    • Do not secure your video with a password. Instead, we recommend that you make the video unlisted. The following descriptions apply to YouTube.com, but should be applicable to other video hosting sites. YouTube has three privacy settings: 
      • Public, Private, and Unlisted.Public means anybody can find it and view it. Do not use this option.
      • Private means it can only be seen by you, and the people you select. The video doesn't appear in your channel or in search results. Viewers you select must have a Google account to log in and see the video, and you must also know to whom to grant permission. Do not use this option.
      • Unlisted means that anybody who has the link can view the video, but it doesn't appear in your channel or in search results. Use this option.
    • While some personal information is required in the strength (e.g., your strengths), you should be judicious in the use of self-disclosure. You are not expected to disclose intimate details of your life; however, if you choose to do so, you should do so only briefly and make it clear how the issue has been resolved so that you may now succeed in the program and the profession. The Department of Health Professions, Health Care Management, and/or Master of Health Administration faculty, advisors and/or staff will not provide feedback on your personal statement prior to submission.

Application Deadlines

Domestic Students Application Deadline:

Acceptance Notification Date:

Student Notification of Intent to Enroll Due:

Spring 2017 Semester Program Start

It's NOT Too Late,

Apply NOW for Spring! Applications due Friday, January 6, 2017

Applications due November 4, 2016

November 30, 2016

Immediate after receipt of completed application.

December 16, 2016

Fall 2017 Semester Program Start

Applications due April 14, 2017

May 5, 2017

June 1, 2017

International Students Application Deadline:

 

Spring 2017 Semester Program Start

It's Not Too Late,

Apply NOW for Spring!

Application due October 31, 2016 

November 30, 2016

Immediate after receipt of completed application.

December 16, 2016

Fall 2017 Semester Program Start

Applications due March 31, 2017

May 5, 2017

June 1, 2017

Courses will be eight weeks long to meet the needs of working adults. Courses will be offered during fall, spring, and summer terms in a sequenced format with a mixture of online and hybrid formats.  Students will be accepted into the program in the fall and spring semesters for fall and spring start dates. Students may complete the MHA Program full-time or part-time. Students will be expected to create a degree plan with their MHA faculty advisor.

Students in the MHA program who live at a distance will be able to attend hybrid course sessions utilizing BlackBoard (Bb) Collaborate. The student can download the Bb Collaborate application to their computer or device for free. Additionally, students will need a webcam, a stable internet connection (sufficient to stream videos) and a telephone nearby.  Our virtual class meetings will be scheduled (time/day) by the course instructor. Students will log on to the course in Bb and join the Collaborate session. They will be given a phone number to call in to get the audio portion of the class meeting. The video will come over the Internet and the audio through their phone. This dual-channel approach allows for real-time video between the instructor and the learner.

Required Courses

The competencies for the Masters Degree in Health Administration (MHA) graduate program have been established based on best practices recommended by the Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Management, the specialty-accrediting agency, and review of other graduate programs across the country.

The student work will be benchmarked against other programs in the U.S., as the graduate program will be a member of the Association of University Programs in Health Administration, which will provide a forum for faculty to compare and contrast the level of knowledge and competency attainment comparable to traditional education formats.

Courses will be offered in a sequenced format on a phased-in basis as the program is established. The sequential coursework framework means not all courses will be offered each semester.  Student advising is essential for effective course planning.

For more descriptive explanations of all of our MHA courses, please visit HERE.

 

MHA Course Listings

Course Number

Course Name Credit Hours
HCMM 5000 Fundamentals of Health Care Systems and Organizational Structures 3
HCMM 5010 Health Care Administration Theory and Application, Governance, and Leadership 3
HCMM 5020 Health Care Human Resources, Organizational Behavior, Change, and Development 3
HCMM 5030 Health Care Legal Principles, Compliance, and Ethics 3
HCMM 5040 Population and Community Health 3
HCMM 5050 Health Administration: Current Topics, Trends, Policy, and Sustainability 3
HCMM 5060 Health Information Systems 3
HCMM 5070 Health Administration: Capstone Preparation 1
HCMM 5080 Marketing and Strategy in the Health Industry 3

HCMM 5090

Financial Analyses and Application in Health Care Organizations 3
HCMM 5100 Health Care Research Methods and Statistical Analysis 3
HCMM 5200 Health Care Operations, Risk Management, and Quality Assessment and Improvement 3
HCMM 5300 Health Economics 3

HCMM 6100

or

HCMM 6200

Health Administration Capstone: Internship (Field Hours)

 

Health Administration Capstone: Thesis

3

 

3

  MHA PROGRAM TOTAL CREDIT HOURS 40

Spring 2017 – Spring 2019

NOTE: Students in the MHA program who live at a distance will be able to attend hybrid course sessions utilizing BlackBoard (Bb) Collaborate. The student can download the Bb Collaborate application to their computer or device for free. Additionally, students will need a webcam, a stable internet connection (sufficient to stream videos) and a telephone nearby.  Our virtual class meetings will be scheduled (time/day) by the course instructor. Students will log on to the course in Bb and join the Collaborate session. They will be given a phone number to call in to get the audio portion of the class meeting. The video will come over the Internet and the audio through their phone. This dual-channel approach allows for real-time video between the instructor and the learner.


ROWDY TRACK   

 

Term

Spring 2017

Summer 2017

Fall 2017

 

Year 1

Term I:

1st 8 Weeks

HCMM 5000 (3) -

Fundamentals of Health Care Systems and Organizational Structures

 

 

HCMM 5040 (3) -

Population and Community Health

HCMM 5000 (3) -

Fundamentals of Health Care Systems and Organizational Structures

 

HCMM 5010 (3) 

Health Care Administration Theory and Application, Governance, and Leadership. This section only for MHA Students who start in the Spring 2017

 

Term II:

2nd 8 Weeks

HCMM 5020 (3) -

Health Care Human Resources, Organizational Behavior, Change, and Development  

 

HCMM 5030 (3) -

Health Care Legal Principles, Compliance, and Ethics

 

HCMM 5010 (3) - Health Care Administration Theory and Application, Governance, and Leadership

 

HCMM 5050 (3) -

Health Administration: Current Topics, Trends, Policy, and Sustainability

 

 

Spring 2018

Summer 2018

Fall 2018

Spring 2019

Year 2

Term III:

1st 8 Weeks

HCMM 5100 (3) -

Health Care Research Methods and Statistical Analysis

*HYBRID COURSE*

HCMM 5300 (3) -

Health Economics

*HYBRID COURSE*

HCMM 5070 (1) -

Health Administration: Capstone Preparation

HCMM 5080 (3) -

Marketing and Strategy in the Health Industry

 

HCMM 6100/6200 (3)

 Capstone

Term IV:

2nd 8 Weeks

HCMM 5200 (3) -

Health Care Operations, Risk Management, and Quality Assessment and Improvement

*HYBRID COURSE* 

HCMM 5060 (3) -

Health Information Systems

 

HCMM 5090 (3) -

Financial Analyses and Application in Health Care Organizations

*HYBRID COURSE*

*Schedule subject to revision based on student and program needs. Course delivery format (online vs. hybrid) may change depending on the course and student need.

** Students are highly encouraged to meet with a Financial Aid representative to verify required policies and minimum credit allocations for financial aid.

*** This introduction document does not substitute for the official MSU Denver catalog verbiage or rules and policies.

Additional application details coming soon!

For additional information please contact the Master of Health Administration Department at 303-556-6181 or mhahep@msudenver.edu.

Time Limit on Completion of Degree

Students must complete the master’s degree within six calendar years from the term they initially enroll.

Time Limit Waiver Request: MHA students who experience unexpected, life-changing events may request a waiver of this policy in writing to the Master of Health Administration Program, located within the Department of Health Professions. Approval will be determined on a case-by-case basis and will be reviewed by the Chair, MHA Program Coordinator, and the student's faculty advisor.  Requests must be submitted in writing to the MHA Program at mhahep@msudenver.edu.

 

  • Students are highly encouraged to meet with a Financial Aid representative to verify required policies and minimum credit allocations for financial aid.

  • Program acceptance would require students to have a Bachelor’s Degree from a regionally accredited University acceptable by MSU Denver, a minimum 3.0 GPA (in and out of major).

  • We encourage incoming students to have experience in the healthcare industry. Career changers with a demonstrated commitment to health care are also welcome.

  • Prior college level coursework is required in accounting, statistics, and economics. In lieu of this academic preparation, students can complete the requirements via Peregrine Academic Services (online learning modules) in addition to the core 40 credits.  Additionally, experience with technology, computer applications, and applicable computer systems and applications are highly encouraged.

  • Students lacking required prerequisite coursework can apply to the MHA program for conditional acceptance.  Students will be granted official acceptance and permission to begin the MHA program once they successfully complete the required prerequisite courses with a “C” or better.

  • The 40-credit hour core program will be primarily comprised of online and hybrid classes.  Occasional classroom-based courses may be offered.

  • Courses will be eight weeks long to meet the needs of working adults.

  • Students in the MHA program who live at a distance will be able to attend hybrid course sessions utilizing BlackBoard (Bb) Collaborate. The student can download the Bb Collaborate application to their computer or device for free. Additionally, students will need a webcam, a stable internet connection (sufficient to stream videos) and a telephone nearby.  Our virtual class meetings will be scheduled (time/day) by the course instructor. Students will log on to the course in Bb and join the Collaborate session. They will be given a phone number to call in to get the audio portion of the class meeting. The video will come over the Internet and the audio through their phone. This dual-channel approach allows for real-time video between the instructor and the learner.

  • A graduate application and fee, resume, professional references, official transcripts, and a personal essay or video will be required for admission.

  • Prior to program entry students must sign a Criminal History Statement.

  • GRE, GMAT, or MAT testing is not required for admission to the MHA program.

  • Courses will be offered during fall, spring, and summer terms in a sequenced format.  Students will be accepted into the program in the fall and spring semesters for fall and spring start dates.

  • Students can transfer up to 9 credits hours of applicable graduate courses. (Note: Students with extensive health care knowledge can test out of courses based on successful completion of prior learning assessments (PLA). PLA credits count towards the 9 transfer credit hours.)

  • A PLA will be available for the below course. Prior learning assessments are charged half of the tuition rate. Financial Aid does not apply. Passing the PLA will count towards the 9 credit hours of transfer courses.

    • HCMM 5000 (3) Fundamentals of Health Care Systems and Organizational Structures
  • Students must successfully complete all courses comprising of 40 credit hours. MHA students must maintain a GPA of 3.0 in any academic term. Any student falling below a 3.0 in any given term will be placed on academic probation and be required to develop a remediation plan with an academic advisor for raising the GPA above 3.0.

  • Students who fail to raise their GPA over 3.0 after 15 credits will be dismissed from the program. No grade lower than a “B” counts toward degree completion. Students receiving a “C” or below will be required to repeat the course. Students must be aware that the sequential coursework policy will often require students to take time off to repeat the coursework. Students who do not successfully complete an MHA course with a “B” or better after the second attempt will be dismissed from the program.

  • It is highly recommended HCMM 5000 (3) Fundamentals of Health Care Systems and Organizational Structures is completed within the first eight months of starting the program.

Please click HERE to view current program tuition rates.

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Application Deadlines

Spring Start 2017 Applications

Domestic Students Due November 4, 2016

International Students Due October 31, 2016

What grads offer the Health Care Industry

The health care workforce depends on Health Care managers to plan, direct and coordinate all types of Health Services. MHA Graduates coordinate doctors, technicians, nurses and are in charge of coordinating the tasks of people hired to work within the system.