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Walden is one of the top granters of healthcare administration master’s degrees in the U.S.¹

In a rapidly changing U.S. healthcare climate, healthcare administration graduates are in demand. Walden’s MHA program prepares you with the industry insights and leadership skills to drive the transition to value-based healthcare and prevention.

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Walden is one of the top granters of healthcare administration master’s degrees in the U.S.1

A degree on your terms

Choose our flexible, competency-based format designed to work around your busy schedule.

Aligned with NCHL

Aligned with the National Center for Healthcare Leadership (NCHL) model, this MHA combines industry knowledge with practical competencies for outstanding healthcare leadership.

Pioneer in Online Learning

We’ve harnessed the power of educational innovation to give students the flexibility, support, and top-level education they need to thrive.

Program Savings

Course-Based: Receive up to a $3,000 grant if you reside in the U.S. and start this program on September 27, 2021. Contact one of our Enrollment Specialists to learn more.

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Two Ways to Learn

Choose from two degree completion options that are both designed for working professionals.

The course-based format may be a good option for you if you prefer an instructor-led approach and learning on a predetermined schedule.

Walden University Tempo Learning® Tempo Learning® is an alternative way to earn your Walden degree. It’s different from our standard course-based learning because you can work at a pace that makes sense for you, and progress once you’ve shown you understand a subject. With Tempo Learning®, you have the flexibility of online learning, plus the ability to personalize and control the length, cost, and pacing of your program.

General Program and Specializations

General Program

In the Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA) General Program, you will prepare to help your organization address the challenges of today’s changing healthcare landscape.

Course-Based Learning Tempo

Leadership and Organizational Development

In the Leadership and Organizational Development specialization, you will explore leadership and organizational theories, concepts, and trends in the healthcare setting.

Population Health

Build the core competencies and specialized professional and career skills you need to lead and manage complex, population-based healthcare initiatives and programs and drive healthcare innovations that can produce measurable clinical and economic values.

Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Designed for entrepreneurial professionals and students across all disciplines, coursework in this Walden MHA specialization covers a range of organizational activities and structures, including public, private, and nonprofit sector responses.

Systems and Policy

The Systems and Policy specialization gives you a solid understanding of systems and policy theories—and the ability to think critically and creatively about the big picture, a requirement of tomorrow’s healthcare leaders and managers.

Admission Requirements

Program Admission Considerations: A bachelor's degree or higher.

General Admission Requirements: Completed online application and transcripts. Please note that the materials you are required to submit may vary depending on the academic program to which you apply. More information for international applicants.

Be a Healthcare Change-Maker

Opportunities in healthcare management and administration are growing. Seize a leadership position with an MHA from Walden. Coursework in this online program explores the trends, regulations, laws, and health policies that impact health systems. Examine the latest technologies and best practices in the field while developing the advanced business skills that today’s healthcare employers need.

Learning Outcomes

Graduates of Walden’s online Master of Healthcare Administration program will be prepared to:

  • Communicate effectively with colleagues, stakeholders, and service recipients.
  • Assess the components of the healthcare delivery system in the United States.
  • Appraise delivery of healthcare strategies and solutions.
  • Analyze environmental factors impacting the management of healthcare organizations.
  • Analyze decisions that impact the healthcare delivery system such as laws, mandates, court decisions, and policies.
  • Utilize professional ethics in managing and leading healthcare organizations.
  • Analyze the responsibility and operations of a healthcare organization in patient care outcomes and business performance.
  • Apply critical thinking skills in financial management, human resourcing, operational improvement, and strategic planning.
  • Analyze managerial and leadership challenges in healthcare.
  • Analyze healthcare marketing used to improve consumer experience and competitive advantage.
  • Utilize evidence-based healthcare strategies that are culturally appropriate to improve population health outcomes.

What’s the Career Impact of Earning an MHA?

Unlock Your Leadership Potential

In today’s healthcare climate, employers want innovative leaders who can respond to community needs while elevating organizational performance. Jobs for medical and health services managers are expected to grow 32% through 2029, much faster than the national average for all occupations.2

As a healthcare professional with vision, you want to broaden your impact—and brighten your future. Trust Walden to help you achieve it. No other school graduates more MHA students.1

What Can I Do With an MHA?

A master’s in healthcare administration can prepare you to take on new responsibilities and advance to leadership roles. Depending on your specialization, you can pursue career options such as:

  • Ambulatory surgery center director
  • Compliance or business operations director
  • Group practice administrator
  • Academic program or departmental administrator
  • Hospital or health services administrator
  • Assistant administrator
  • Materials management director
  • Director of business functions such as marketing, operations, and planning
  • Health information manager
  • Director of managed care
  • Director of managed care business development
  • Director of patient access
  • Medical and health services manager

Career options may require additional experience, training, or other factors beyond the successful completion of this MHA online program.

Increase Your Earning Potential

A Walden master’s in healthcare administration degree can potentially lead to higher earnings. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for medical and health services managers was $100,980 in May 2019.3 The median annual wages for medical and health services managers in the top industries in which they worked were as follows in May 2019:3

  • Hospitals; state, local, and private: $110,430
  • Government: $111,520
  • Outpatient care centers: $95,320
  • Offices of physicians: $91,600
  • Nursing and residential care facilities $86,820


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