Here, you lead the medical community.

Health administrators require a deep understanding of policy, management, and law. Enter or advance your career in the rapidly expanding healthcare industry with Governors State’s Master of Health Administration (MHA). With an MHA, you will learn to manage regulatory procedures, financial concerns, legal issues, human resources, technology, policy-making, and public relations in medical settings.

  Demand for health administrators is growing as measures in policy change and cost control continue to increase. With an MHA, your mastery of all aspects of the healthcare industry will equip you to enter this evolving field—all while keeping the patient’s experience at the center of your studies.  

 Reach your career goals.

 In the Master of Health Administration program, you will obtain the skills needed to optimize medical care for patients while improving efficiency and profitability for medical care facilities. Our comprehensive program covers a breadth of information to ensure that you enter the field with a strong foundational knowledge of all areas of healthcare administration, including research methods, quality improvement, and human resources.

 Why get a Master of Health Administration?

 As you complete your studies in the comprehensive MHA curriculum, you’ll gain a well-rounded skillset that includes strategic planning, human resources, informatics, policy, economics, research methods, quantitative decision-making, community health, and management, among others.


  The Master of Health Administration program (MHA) is reaccredited in AY17/18 for three years with a probationary status by the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME) ( We will continue to strive for meeting CAHME’s highest standard of excellence. GSU is one of three Illinois Public Universities, and one of four programs in the entire state of Illinois that offer CAHME-accredited MHA program.. Prospective students know that selecting a CAHME accredited healthcare management program means they are assured the program accepts and strives to be exceptional. While many colleges and universities purport to offer training for this demanding field, programs that seek and maintain CAHME accreditation have gone further. They’ve adopted the philosophy that accreditation is a Continuous Quality Improvement process.  

  • Without accreditation, quality is hard to distinguish. The lack of an accrediting process leaves students unsure of the quality of the educational experience. 
  • Employers want assurance that graduate’s learning and experience properly prepared them for the wide variety of management responsibilities they will encounter. 
Data collected in 2018 lists the national median annual salary for Medical and Health Services Managers as $99,730, while Chicago’s mean annual salary for Medical and Health Services Managers is reflected as $127,190 ( Bureau of Labor Statistics).


Delivery Format

Achieve your master’s degree in as little as two and ½ years. Governors State’s 54-credit hour Master of Health Administration is offered fully on-campus or in a hybrid format. Enroll full-time to jump start your career or part-time for added flexibility.


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    Lisa Purdy, Graduate Assistant in MHA

    The MHA faculty members encourage students to get out in the field by passing along opportunities. I’ve had the chance to co-author research with one of my professors—together, we studied the Affordable Care Act and how its implementation has affected populations of people both with and without diseases. I was also able to present a grant to the GSU community, an opportunity I am so grateful for.

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    Dr. Ning Lu, MHA Program Director

    Our Master of Health Administration (MHA) is a value-based, competency-driven, and healthcare system focused education. Students enrolled in the MHA program enjoy the high quality of the program and the attention professors can afford to individual students. Full-time students can complete the course work and graduation requirements in as little as two years. Most of our students are employed within 6 months of graduation at either an entry or middle level management position.

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MHA Degree Requirements

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MHA Curriculum Sequencing and Offering

MHA Curriculum Sequencing and Offering

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