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Application for the Master in Health Administration - Executive


Healthcare facilities are increasingly complex to manage due to a number of factors: increased governmental regulation, demand for accountability, advances in healthcare technology, the changing demographics of the country, and the variety of reimbursement systems. There is a pressing need for qualified healthcare administrators to plan, organize, direct, and control their organization's resources. Career opportunities abound for capable, highly skilled individuals. To help meet this need, the Master in Health Administration program in the College of Health Professions offers two formats, one in a full-time traditional day program (residential format) and one in an executive format via on-line course delivery. The executive MHA consists of 54 semester hours: 51 semester hours of core coursework and 3 semester hours of elective coursework. While both programs are designed to develop the healthcare leaders of tomorrow, the Executive program is designed for working healthcare professionals who wish to continue working while pursuing their education to advance their careers. Executive MHA students may attend as full-time or part-time students.

Distance Education Information

MUSC has been approved by South Carolina to participate in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements. NC-SARA is a voluntary, regional approach to state oversight of postsecondary distance education. Currently, MUSC accepts applications to the Master in Health Administration - Executive format from students who live in all states except the territory of Puerto Rico.

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  • Two or more years healthcare experience preferred (or comparable professional work experience).
  • A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university. A GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale is necessary to be competitive. Previous graduate work should reflect a GPA of 3.0 or above.
  • A competitive score on the GRE or the GMAT is required for residential MHA applicants. For Executive MHA students, if the applicant does not have an overall grade point average of 3.0 or higher from their undergraduate school, a GRE or GMAT is required. A GRE score above the 50th percentile for both the verbal and quantitative sections, and 4 or higher on the analytical section; or GMAT score of 500 suggests a student’s ability to be successful in the program. If your score is significantly below the suggested minimum level, you should consider retaking the exam to determine if your score is appropriately representative. Scores older than five years may be considered on an individual basis. Applicants with terminal degrees (e.g. MD, DO, DMD, DDS, JD, Ph.D., Dr.PH, ScD) may request a waiver of the GRE or GMAT. 
  • Three reference forms from individuals who can comment on the applicant’s professional background, academic capabilities, and motivation. (Applicants provide the email address of 3 individuals on the application and the recommendation form is electronically sent to be completed.)
  • Undergraduate courses (one each) in statistics and in microeconomics should be completed prior to entering the program. (Undergraduate Accounting is suggested but not required.)
  • Students should have working knowledge of word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software.
  • For MHA Executive Track candidates, one or more years of health care experience is required. A resume should be submitted.

Eligibility for admission is based on the GPA, the GRE or GMAT, the personal statement, and references. Admission requirements can be found at

International Applicants

International applicants are not considered without a permanent resident visa.

Application Process

In addition to the application itself, the applicant must complete supplemental reference materials specific to the program to which he or she is applying. These forms are available in PDF format within the application and are also sent through email once an application is submitted. Applicants are required to submit official transcripts from each post-secondary school attended, and all materials must be received by the application deadline.

Application Deadlines

Start TermApplication TypeAvailableDeadline
Summer 2017RegularJuly 1, 2016April 15, 2017

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Last Published with Edits:February 15, 2017 1:50 PM
Last Comprehensive Review:June 2016

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