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Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA)

Structure, Pace, Content

Structure: Hybrid Format

Hybrid = synchronous and asynchronous each week

  • Faculty will start each week physically present in a classroom (with Zoom running) for 1-1.5 hours. The rest of the class will consist of asynchronous learning activities.
  • Those who want to attend in person can do so (International students must attend in person 6 credit hours per semester)
  • Those who want to attend on Zoom can do so

Requirements to Apply:


  • Baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited university
  • Copy of an official transcript from each institution where course credit was granted
  • a 2.75 overall GPA or a 2.75 GPA in your last 60 hours of undergraduate course work (plus any completed graduate courses)
  • 3 letters of recommendation
  • Statement of purpose
  • Resume
  • GRE not required


  • Official TOEFL iBT scores required with a 85 overall
  • Official PTE scores required with a 57 overall
  • Official IELTS (academic) scores required with a 6.5 overall and minimum individual module scores of 6.0
  • Official DET (Duolingo English Test) scores required with a 115 overall
  • Official TOEFL Essentials scores with a 9.5 overall


The Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA) program addresses the following course competencies throughout the curriculum:

MHA Competencies



Best Faculty and 5th ranked MHA program overall in 2023 (

CAHME Accredited

Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education
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Texas State University CAHME Accreditation Annual Report

Program Pace

A screenshot of an Excel table showing the MHA course sequence by semester.
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photo of MHA program director, Dr. Zo Ramamonjiarivelo

For More Information Contact

Dr. Zo Ramamonjiarivelo
Associate Professor & MHA Program Coordinator
School of Health Administration
Encino Hall, 256

E-mail: (preferred)
Office Phone: 512.245.3497
Office Fax: 512.245.8712


Visit the M.H.A catalog page for detailed course listings and descriptions.

Course Details

HA 5111 Topics in Health Administration. (1-0) An in-depth study of a singular topic or a related problem being faced by practicing managers in the rapidly changing healthcare industry. Special emphasis will be placed on the topic’s current relevance and its utilitarian value to the participant. May be repeated if topic differs.

HA 5191 Field Experience Orientation. (1-0) This course will assist the student to prepare for the field experience and to prepare for the comprehensive exam. An extensive orientation to the field experience will be provided to better enable students to move from the classroom setting to a workplace scenario.

HA 5211 Topics in Health Administration. (2-0) An in-depth study of a narrow range of topics or related problems being faced by practicing managers in the rapidly changing healthcare industry. Special emphasis will be placed on the topic’s relevance and its utilitarian value to the participant. May be repeated if topic differs.

HA 5300 Healthcare Organization and Delivery. (3-0) A survey of the organization and delivery of health services focusing on the history and development of health systems as they relate to the overall health and medical care systems. Major attention is given to governing bodies, patient care organizations, and executive management structures.

HA 5301 Healthcare Administration Research Methods. (3-0) A study of research methodology as it pertains to healthcare administration. Included are hypothesis forming, designing research, and the collection, manipulation and analysis of data. Knowledge of numeracy and statistics is essential.

HA 5303 Information Systems Management in Healthcare. (3-0) This course provides a comprehensive introduction to information systems management for healthcare organizations. It covers the determination of information required by whom, design of information flows, procurement of information systems technology resources, assurance of information security, and management of systems integration.

HA 5304 Healthcare Economics and Financial Theory. (3-0) A study of economic theories that have an impact on the healthcare industry. Special emphasis will be placed on emerging economic research and its impact on potential policy ramifications.

HA 5311 Trends in Health Administration. (3-0) An in-depth study of singular trend or a related problem being faced by practicing managers in the rapidly changing healthcare industry. Special emphasis will be placed on the topic’s current relevance and its utilitarian value to the participant. Examples of trends, which are typically offered, include trends in rural health, managed care ethical issues, and in total quality management. This course may be repeated for credit with a different subject area.

HA 5316 Healthcare Financial Management. (3-0) An introduction to healthcare financial management including the financial management in healthcare organizations, healthcare payment systems, financing and investment decisions, and financial planning, analysis, and control. 

HA 5321 Healthcare Law. (3-0) An in-depth analysis of healthcare law and its effect on the relationships between the patient, the patient’s family, the provider, and other interested third parties. Analysis of cases is the primary method of study.

HA 5325 Health Care Quality Improvement Concepts and Tools. (3-0) This course teaches the concepts of quality in health care and the use of quality improvement tools. Quality management will be explored using Lean Six Sigma continuous process improvement methodologies. This course is intended to help students learn and translate health care quality management theory, concepts, and knowledge into practice.

HA 5334 Operational Decision Making for Healthcare Managers. (3-0) An introduction to the fundamentals of selected operations research techniques essential to the analysis of healthcare managerial problem situations, the design of new and improved systems, and the implementation of systems to achieve desired systems performance.

HA 5335 Public Health for Healthcare Administrators. (3-0) This course introduces the healthcare manager to public health and its role in preventing illnesses and improving the health of the community. Students will learn of the role of the manager in disease prevention and how to participate and lead community efforts for the wellness of the community.

HA 5346 Healthcare Strategic Management. (3-0) This capstone course examines mission, vision, strategy, and operations from both the formulation and implementation perspectives. Emphasis will be on the role of the manager/leader in strategic management analysis, creativity, and action. This course is available to HA majors only.

HA 5355 Human Resource Management in Healthcare Facilities. (3-0) A study of personnel administration in the healthcare facility and the environment in which it functions. Emphasis will be on the role of the Personnel Office in forecasting, developing, and managing human resources, in addition to a review of current legislation affecting the personnel function.

HA 5356 Policy Development in Healthcare Arena. (3-0) Prospective healthcare administrators analyze changing healthcare paradigm to determine decision-points where policies can be affected. Course allows students to apply existing skills to real world policy issues at state and national levels and to analyze policy development from numerous stakeholders’ viewpoints.

HA 5362 Healthcare Organizational Behavior/Theory. (3-0) This course is a study of theory and concepts drawn from the behavioral and social sciences. These concepts are applied as a foundation and conceptual framework for the analysis, diagnosis, prediction and guidance of human behavior in healthcare organizations.

HA 5371 Marketing of Health Services. (3-0) A study of marketing functions and principles as they relate to the healthcare delivery system. Analysis of marketing concepts such as market segmentation, marketing planning, marketing audit, marketing positioning, and marketing mix will be discussed.

HA 5375. Healthcare Accounting. (3-0) An introduction to financial accounting in healthcare with an emphasis on the preparation of non-profit financial statements for healthcare service organizations, control procedures for healthcare entities, and accounting issues unique to the healthcare industry. This course does not earn graduate degree credit.


Final term:

HA 5840. Administrative Field Placement. (8-0) A one-semester, full-time field experience which allows students to apply their foundational didactic education by means of rotations, experiences, and projects in a healthcare organization.


HA 5399A Thesis. (3-0) This course represents a student’s initial thesis enrollment. No thesis credit is awarded until student has completed the thesis in Health Administration 5399B. Graded on a credit (CR), progress (PR), no-credit (F) basis.

HA 5399B Thesis. (3-0) This course represents a student’s continuing thesis enrollments. The student continues to enroll in this course until the thesis is submitted for binding. Graded on a credit (CR), progress (PR), no-credit (F) basis.