Online Master of Health Administration

Ranked No. 12 on U.S. News and World Report’s 2019 list of best graduate schools in health care management,1 the Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University is preparing the nation’s future health care leaders to effectively manage health systems and organizations.

Our online MHA program, MHA@GW, is designed for driven professionals looking to improve health care delivery, assume leadership positions in a range of health-related environments and oversee influential change in communities around the world.

As an MHA@GW student, you’ll have the opportunity to accelerate your career with these benefits:

  • Learn from faculty teaching at GW’s campus located in Washington, D.C. — the center of health policy law, administration and regulation.
  • Complete the program on a full-time or part-time basis, giving you the chance to graduate in as little as two years.
  • Earn your degree from home while maintaining your current career.
  • Experience in-person immersions that simulate leadership scenarios at prominent health organizations in D.C. and around the world.
  • Graduate from an MHA program that is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME).


Our online MHA program prepares health services professionals to pursue administrative and leadership positions in the ever-changing field of health care.

50 credits

Complete in as little as two years

4 in-person immersions

MHA@GW’s academic content is designed to build expertise across the various skill sets necessary for effective health organization leadership. In-person immersion experiences, highly experienced faculty and a curriculum focused on real-world scenarios are the pillars of our MHA program.

Admissions Counselors are ready to speak with you about the academic requirements and answer any questions you may have.


The MHA@GW curriculum is made up of eight 10-week learning modules. Students attend four real-world immersion experiences held on campus and at selected health care facilities. During the final organizational research project, which is divided into two parts and completed during modules six and seven, students choose to either evaluate an organization, develop a business plan or complete a literature review.

The coursework that students complete in the MHA program is designed by expert faculty in D.C. — the heart of health policy. The curriculum is designed to provide students with the necessary skills and knowledge to improve the function and efficiency of health care organizations.

Each learning module focuses on different core skill sets required for optimal delivery of health care:

  • Health Care Management and Strategy
  • Medical Informatics and Decision Management
  • Health Care Financial Management
  • Community and Public Health
  • Health Economics and Quantitative Methods
  • Quality and Performance Improvement
  • Law and Policy
  • Systems Thinking and Learning


As an MHA@GW student, you will participate in three immersions held on the George Washington University campus in Washington, D.C. — the center of health care policy and regulation. In addition to Capitol Hill, you will attend one off-campus immersion at a reputable health organization located around the world.

Past Global Locations

San Antonio


New York City


San Diego

During these immersion experiences, you will uncover your leadership style through simulated scenarios alongside other students and influential health care leaders. You will critically examine and assess the structure, function and operations of domestic or international health systems and learn from elite health care professionals who design them.

During the fourth and final immersion experience, you will present your organizational research project — a culmination of your academic studies and leadership portfolio. Your peers, alongside a panel of experienced health care leaders, will provide constructive feedback on your findings.

Our Online Student Experience

MHA@GW’s online format lets you pursue leadership roles without putting your career on hold or drastically changing your lifestyle. The online campus acts as your virtual suite of academic and communication tools.

Attend live, weekly classes of approximately 15 students that foster individual perspectives and discussions with classmates originating from diverse cultures and backgrounds.

Access faculty-curated coursework at any time, giving you the freedom to complete interactive assignments at your own pace between live classes.

Communicate face-to-face with faculty and fellow students, through breakout groups and one-on-one office hours, to discuss course content and collaborate on group projects.

Live classes are hosted via HD streaming video, which broadcasts peers and faculty together in real time. Classroom layouts can be adapted for the specific needs of each course and feature engaging sharing tools like live chats, break-out rooms, polling and annotation.

Gain Global Access to Hundreds of Workspaces

When you become an online MHA student, you’ll receive a global membership that grants you access to WeWork’s network of more than 450 workspaces in over 90 cities.

Perfect for the traveling public health professional, each space is equipped with on-site amenities including Wi-Fi, printers, office supplies, kitchen space and coffee. Use these spaces to attend class, meet with classmates and connect with other professionals in the area, no matter where you are.

Strengthen Your Professional Network with LinkedIn Premium Career

As a student in MHA@GW, you receive access to LinkedIn Premium Career to help you showcase your new skills and gain exclusive insights that other applicants may not have. Your membership includes the following tools and resources:

  • The ability to send InMail messages directly to job posters and recruiters
  • Insight into who’s viewed your profile in the last 90 days
  • Applicant Insights to see how you compare to others
  • Access to in-demand skills through LinkedIn Learning
  • Instant access to salary insights and career data
  • Interactive interview preparation to practice for job interviews 
  • Resume review by an expert coach


The Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University seeks students who are dedicated to academic excellence and professional development. MHA@GW is a rigorous online program that maintains the same academic standards as the on-campus program.

Those interested should have two years of full-time health sector experience or three years of full-time experience in any other industry.

The Final Deadline is August 7, 2020

MHA@GW offers four program start dates each year, typically in January, April, July and October. Admissions Counselors are available to help you complete your application in time for your desired start date.

Because applications are reviewed as they are received, you are encouraged to submit your completed application as soon as possible. Admissions decisions are made on a rolling basis.

Benefits for applicants who submit by the priority deadline:

  • Become eligible to have the $75 application fee waived. Reach out to an Admissions Counselor prior to submitting your application to receive the waiver.
  • Receive your admissions decisions early.
  • Have priority when registering for classes.
  • Connect with GW faculty and resources sooner.


MHA@GW candidates should be strong academic scholars who have made the decision to elevate their career and skill set in the health care field.

To be considered for the online MHA program, you must:

  • Hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution of higher learning or an international institution that is accredited by the country’s ministry of education or comparable governmental agency.
  • Have at least two years of full-time health sector experience or three years of full-time experience in any industry. Students with less than two years of experience must pass an online examination prior to enrolling in Module One.
  • Be currently employed in the health sector.

View a full list of application requirements.

The Milken Institute School of Public Health

Milken Institute SPH is Ranked No. 12 in the country on U.S. News & World Report’s 2019 list of best health care management schools.

The Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University is committed to excellence in scholarship and advancing the health of our local, national and global communities.

Our mission is to provide the best public health educational experience for the next generation of thought leaders, practitioners, policymakers and scientists who will transform public health worldwide.

The faculty who lead the Milken Institute School of Public Health are highly qualified experts who not only teach and mentor, but are also heavily involved in the latest national public health forums. Faculty members include experienced practitioners who are passionate about developing the next generation of health care and health services leaders.

As an MHA@GW student, you’ll have the opportunity to connect with faculty through one-on-one sessions, classroom discussions and office hours. The tools, resources and accessibility of the online format enable you to develop lasting relationships as you pursue leadership in health administration.

Admissions Counselors are ready to answer any questions you may have.

What Is a Master's in Health Administration?

A Master of Health Administration (MHA) degree focuses on developing leaders with the skills and knowledge needed to manage health-related programs and organizations. As an MHA student, you will complete courses that build proficiency in business administration, ethics, human relations, law and financial management.

Benefits and Career Paths in Health Administration

A master’s in health administration enables health care professionals to gain the skills they need to elevate their current clinical or administrative leadership position.

Medical and health services administrators can expect to find more opportunity in the field over the coming years. There is a 20 percent projected growth in available jobs between 2016 and 2026, with a median annual wage of $98,3502.

Earning an MHA prepares you to pursue a number of career paths in directorial and managerial positions, such as:


  • Quality management 
  • Risk management 
  • Clinical finance 
  • Clinical operations


  • Chief executive officer
  • Chief financial officer
  • Chief marketing officer
  • Chief operations officer

Health care planning
and management

  • Infection prevention
  • Business development
  • Physician recruitment


  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Insurance
  • Long-term care
  • Home care
  • Veterans health administration
  • Government analyst

Elevate your career with MHA@GW’s expert faculty, real-world curriculum and online classroom.

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