Master of Health Administration

The Master of Health Administration (MHA) is a 45 credit interdisciplinary program of study designed to prepare students and professionals for careers and advancement in health administration.  Professionals trained at Valpo will be prepared to assume leadership roles in this growing, yet changing enterprise and will bring a background that helps them deal with the current and forthcoming ethical challenges of medicine and health care.

Of specific relevance to establishing a master’s program in health administration at Valpo is the Lutheran longstanding tradition of active engagement in health issues--through hospitals, nursing homes, other healthcare facilities, and indemnity programs.  This program is specifically designed for professionals in health care as well as new entrants to the field.

Valpo developed the MHA program to accommodate the demands of both the Northwest Indiana and Chicagoland markets.  Many classes are held simultaneously in Chicago at Valpo's Hyde Park Campus and in Valparaiso through online video streaming.  For more information about the Hyde Park Campus, click here.  



The curriculum has both online and onsite components.  The curriculum establishes a basic foundation in business principles followed by specific applications to the field of health care.  An important component of the program is the experiential coursework, namely practicum and internships totaling 6 credit hours.  Current professionals in the field may have one of their experiential courses waived, thereby reducing the requirements to 42 credits. Graduates of the program will achieve proficiency in the following areas:

  • Understanding the profession and health care organizations
  • Legal and ethical issues
  • Health in the community
  • Organizational and government policy
  • Financial accounting and management
  • Leadership and managing human resources
  • Organizational planning and marketing

Courses Required

Core Requirements   26 Cr
HADM 501 Understanding the Professional and Health Care Organizations   2 cr
HADM 520 Financial Management 2 cr
HADM 550 Human Resource Management 2 cr
HADM 601 Research and Program Evaluation 3 cr
HADM 602 Managing and Analyzing Health Care Information 3 cr
HADM 640 Quality Healthcare Management 3 cr
HADM 650 Leadership and Managing People 2 cr
HADM 670 Legal Issues in Health Care 3 cr
HADM 671 Ethical Issues in Health Care 3 cr
HADM 675 Organizational & Government Policy on Health Care  3 cr
Core Electives: Choose 2 courses 5-6 cr
HADM 530 Marketing and Promotion 2 cr
HADM 662 Health in the Community 3 cr
HADM 664 International Health and Health Care Organizations 3 cr
Experiential Training 3-6 cr
HADM 685 Practicum 3 cr
HADM 686 Internship  3 cr
Note: Three credits may be waived for professionals in the field   
General Electives 8-9 cr
Students may choose a range of electives from business, health,
information technology, professional writing, ethics and other fields


Admission Requirements & Application Process

Interested students should access the online application or may request paper materials by contacting the Graduate School. Applicants must meet the admission requirements of the Graduate School, which include:

  • An overall grade point average of 3.0 or, if below, 5 years of work experience in the field
  • Basic course in statistics
  • For international applicants, a TOEFL score of at least 550 (paper version), 213 (computer-based), or TOEFL iBT score of at least 90; or a minimum IELTS score of 6.5; is required. Applicants needing preliminary English language work are encouraged to consider the INTERLINK program,

As part of the application process, students must provide:

  • Valparaiso University Graduate Application
  • Certified transcripts of a bachelor’s degree
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • A reflective essay indicating the reasons for undertaking graduate study in health administration
  • Application fee: $30 for U.S. citizens and $50 for international applicants

The Health Administration features a continuous admission process, so application materials may be submitted at any time.  Once received, the admission decision normally takes 2-3 weeks.  

Financial Considerations

A limited number of research or academic assistantships and graduate internships are available through the Graduate School. Visit this website for more information about these and other opportunities.

Students may be surprised to discover the affordable tuition rate at Valparaiso University.  Please visit the Student Financial Services website for current tuition rates. Financial aid may be available for students taking 6 credits or more during fall and spring semesters..    

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