Master of Health Administration

The Master of Health Administration is a 42 - 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 25 Cr
Understanding Health Care Organizations 2 cr
Financial Management 2 cr
Human Resources Management 2 cr
Research and Program Evaluation 2 cr
Managing and Analyzing Health Care Information 3 cr
Quality Healthcare Management 3 cr
Leadership and Managing People 2 cr
Legal Issues in Health Care 3 cr
Ethical Issues in Health Care 3 cr
Organizational and Government Policy on Health Care 3 cr
Core Electives:  Choose 2 of the 3 5 - 6 cr
Marketing and Promotion 2 cr
Epidemiology 3 cr
Health in the Community 3 cr
Experiential Training 3 - 6 cr
Practicum 3 cr
Internship  3 cr
General Electives 8-9 cr
Students may choose a range of electives from business, health,
information technology, professional writing, ethics and other fields.
These electives may be used to partially fulfill the requirements of a 
certificate program.  


Admission Requirements & Application Process

Interested students should access the online application through the Web site (, 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 80; or a minimum IELTS score of 6; 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.  To request information about the MHA program, click here.  

Financial Considerations

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

Tuition for the 2012-2013 academic year is $560 per credit hour, extremely competitive for one of the top ranked institutions in the Midwest and lower than many other private universities in the region. Students may be eligible for financial aid through federal loans and work study. To learn more about financial aid options, contact the Office of Financial Aid at 1-888-GO-VALPO or  The program is highly flexible and can be completed on a part time (approximately 30 months) or full time basis (approximately 18 months).   

To begin the application process, click here.