Master of Health Administration   

Yaseen Hayajneh, Graduate Coordinator, WS 385 Phone: (203) 837-8183
Lorraine DiLeo, Department Secretary, WS 249 Phone: (203) 837-8341
Fax: (203) 837-8527


Accounting Faculty J. Donegan; M. Ganon; X. Jiang; B. Kim; T. Monks; G. Skiba.
Finance Faculty C. Huang; W. Lin; L. Vo; A. Wong.
Management Faculty P. Assenza; S. Bazan; E. Buccini; K. Burnard; M. Chuang; M. Dugal; L. Forbes (M.B.A. Coordinator).
Management Information Systems E. Collar; J. Flynn; R. Montague; P. Nugent; T. Yoon.
Marketing J. Cronin; R. Drozdenko; X. Han; K. Koza; B Oumlil.
Division of Justice and Law Administration M. Alizadeh; W. DeFeo; T. Dwyer; K. C. Jordan; G. Kain (M.S.J.A. Coordinator); K. Marino; A. Markert; C. Mullaney; D. Sharma.

Program Overview and Mission

Western’s Master of Health Administration (M.H.A.) program prepares students for managerial positions in a range of health services organizations. The program is designed for part-time study; classes are scheduled in the evenings and occasionally on Saturdays.

Program Learning Outcomes

1. Demonstrate effective written and oral communication skills when facilitating group interactions, preparing written analyses, presenting compelling arguments and solutions, preparing well-documented plans, reports, and papers and when sharing core health administration principles, concepts and practices.

2. Apply leadership techniques appropriate for the context to inspire and influence individuals and teams to pursue a shared vision and goals.

3. Demonstrate awareness of the multidisciplinary nature of healthcare operations and take responsibility for acting effectively and professionally in teams as a team leader and/or as a member.

4. Apply critical thinking and analytical skills to assess situations, identify challenges and opportunities, solve problems, implement solutions, and evaluate results in health care delivery.

5. Make decisions and conduct oneself according to high ethical and professional standards.

6. Apply knowledge of management and leadership theories and practices to design, organize, mange and improve health care systems and organizations in compliance with industry standards and overall mission.

7. Apply the knowledge of health care organization’s structure, operation, finance, accounting, technology and context to design systems of care, develop operational plans and strategic plans in line with organization’s overall mission and strategy.

8. Identify and evaluate ways to strengthen the U.S. healthcare system by critically comparing it to international health care systems.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the M.H.A. program requires submission of the following materials:

  • a completed application for graduate study
  • submit official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate courses and degrees
  • if your undergraduate grade point average (GPA) is less than 3.0, complete and pass (> 35th percentile) an entrance examination score from one of the following:
    • Miller Analogies Test (MAT)
    • Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
    • Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT)
  • submit two letters of recommendation
  • submit a current resume or curriculum vita

Once the application has been submitted, the applicant will meet with the program coordinator to complete the application process, to review the program requirements, and to design a course of study.

Criteria for admission to the program include the following:

  • 2.50 or higher (on a 4.0 scale) undergraduate grade point average
  • if required, and entrance test score at or above the 35th percentile
  • an undergraduate or graduate statistics course (3 or 4 credits) with a grade of C or better
  • at least two years of full-time, post-bachelor degree work experience

Previous academic achievements, entrance test score, letters of recommendation, and work experience are all important factors. For example, a record of appropriate employment at increasing levels of responsibility and supervision or significant involvement in community organizations might be considered.

Degree Requirements

The M.H.A. degree will be conferred upon the matriculated M.H.A. graduate student who has

  • completed the required 36 semester hours from the three groupings
  • completed the program within an six-year period
  • a cumulative GPA of 3.0 (B) or better

Waiver of Courses

A maximum of nine graduate credits may be waived (with substitution) based on undergraduate course work. The total number of waived and transferred course credits may not exceed 15 semester hours.

Transfer of Courses

A maximum of nine graduate credits from other institutions may be transferred to the M.H.A. program. To be considered for transfer, the courses (at least a grade of B) must have been completed in the six years prior to enrollment at Western.

Course Restrictions

For a complete list of prerequisites, co-requisites and other restrictions for all courses, please consult the Course Description section of this catalog.

Graduate Student Success Manual Ancell Leads

This manual, targeted to our Ancell graduate students, provides information about student life here at WCSU, and on the Westside campus. The goal is to ease the transition of graduate students to the program at the Ancell School of Business (ASB).

Master of Health Administration

Management Core: (6 SH)
MGT 530 Leadership 3 SH
MGT 547 Human Resource Management 3 SH
Health Services Core: (18 SH)
MGT 580 Health Delivery Systems 3 SH
MGT 581 Health Services Financial Management 3 SH
MGT 582 Managing Health Services Organizations 3 SH
MGT 585 Health Services Quality Tools 1.5 SH
MGT 589 Health Services Tech and Innovation 1.5 SH
MGT 591 Introduction to Health Policy 3 SH
MGT 595 Strategic Managing for Health Services 3 SH
Elective Courses: (12 SH)
Electives 12 SH
Total Semester Hours for M.H.A. Program: 36 SH

Management Department Electives:
MGT 550 Selected Topics in Management 3 SH
MGT 544 Negotiations and Conflict Resolution 3 SH
MGT 548 Organizational Excellence 3 SH
MGT 588 Healthcare Administrative Residency 3-6 SH
MGT 584 Long Term Care Administration 3 SH
MGT 586 Health Services Marketing 3 SH
MGT 587 Health Services Law 3 SH
MGT 598 Faculty-Developed Study 3 SH
MGT 599 Student-Developed Study 3 SH

With the approval of the MHA Coordinator, you may also choose non-MHA electives from the graduate course offerings of

  • the Management Department,
  • other Ancell School of Business departments (e.g., marketing, finance), or
  • departments outside the Ancell School (e.g., nursing, psychology, communications).

Choosing electives permits you to tailor the MHA program to your needs and objectives. Please present your non-MHA choices and rationale to the Coordinator for prior approval. Please see the current Graduate Catalog for course descriptions and other relevant information.

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