Who should apply?
Working professionals will find a flexible fit to their busy schedules with Mason’s online MHA degree’s asynchronous and synchronous courses. Students come from a variety of backgrounds, including health and allied health (physicians, nurses, pharmacists, physical therapists), health care financial management and accounting, health insurance, business analysts and consulting, and quality and risk management.
A prior health-related bachelor’s degree or field experience is not required but is considered in the admissions process. Eligible students may transfer up to 12 semester hours from equivalent courses taken at another accredited college or university.
Why choose Mason?
- Our online program is CAHME-accredited and mirrors the on-campus MHA program in Health Systems Management.
- The MHA program is the 2023 recipient of the CAHME/Canon Solutions America Award for Sustainability in Healthcare Management Education and Practice.
- Students can complete the online degree program in 30 months.
- The same experienced, industry-shaping faculty experts teach in both the online and on-campus MHA programs.
- The program includes a virtual opportunity to interact with health care policy making that takes place in Washington D.C. Both live and recorded online panel discussions with Capitol Hill policy-makers, fellow students, policy experts and faculty focus on the most cutting edge topics relating to health care.
Program requirements for the master’s degree in health administration are subject to change.
Requirements: 45 total credit hours
Most courses for the Mason’s online MHA in Health Systems Management are offered in convenient, online asynchronous format. One in-person practicums develop leadership skills in real-world settings.
GCH 500 Foundations of Public Health *May be substituted for HAP 678 until Fall 2023
HAP 602 Statistics in Health Services Management
HAP 621 Leadership and Organizational Behavior
HAP 635 Role of Government in Health Care and Public Health
HAP 698 Quality Measurement and Evaluation
HAP 715 Health Economics
HAP 740 Management of Health Information Systems
HAP 750 Legal Issues in Health Administration
HAP 790 Capstone Practicum in Health Systems Management
Health Care Quality
HAP 697 The Healthcare Quality Environment
HAP 699 Liability in Health Care Quality and Patient Safety
HAP 704 Contemporary Issues in Health Systems Management
HAP 705 Strategic Management and Marketing in Health Care
HAP 746 Health Policy and Government Payment Systems for Health Care Services
HAP 652 Essentials of Health Insurance and Managed Care or HAP 764 Health Policy and Government Payment Systems for Health Care Services
HAP 702 Managerial Accounting in Health Care
HAP 703 Financial Management in Health Systems
HAP 704 Contemporary Issues in Health Systems Management
HAP 705 Strategic Management and Marketing
HAP 707 Human Resource Management in Health Care
Tuition & Fees (2022-2023):
Tuition is $895 per credit hour. An additional charge of $35 per credit hour applies for a Distance Learning fee.
For information on loans and scholarships, visit the Office of Student Financial Aid. For information regarding grants, tuition waivers and other merit aid, please inquire with your graduate department.
Post graduate employment is a strength of the MHA program. Graduates are prepared to support and solve a range of health care situations. Alumni work for hospitals, medical groups, clinics, governmental and non-profit organizations, and more roles including:
- Medical records and health information manager
- Hospital administrator
- Population health care coordinator
- Clinical workforce administrator
- Health care policy consultant
- Underwriter at health care organization
- Program manager
- Community and social service specialists
- Administrative services and facilities manager
- Medical and health services manager
- Start-up entrepreneurs
- Risk management
- Quality improvement
- Artificial Intelligence (AI)
If you are unable to find the answers to your questions, submit a Request Information form or contact our admissions representative via the contact information below.
How do I apply?
All admission applications for the online MHA in Health Systems Management program are handled online here. Applications for the on-campus master of health administration program are handled online through the College of Public Health. If you have more questions, please see our FAQs below.
What accreditations do George Mason and the master’s of health administration program have?
George Mason University on-campus and online MHA program in the Department of Health Administration and Policy is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME).
How long does it take to complete the program?
The online MHA in Health Systems Management is 45 credit hours and can be completed in 30 months. Students take one course per semester and have up to six years to complete their health administration degree program.
Graduate students who do not enroll in courses for two or more consecutive semesters must re-enroll in their program upon their return. Re-enrollment does not have fees; forms are available through the Office of the Registrar.
Can I transfer credits from another university?
Graduate students may transfer up to 12 semester hours of approved, equivalent course work from an accredited college or university to the online MHA in Health Systems Management. Transfer credit policies are available in the University Catalog.
When are classes offered?
Most courses for the online master of health administration degree are offered in asynchronous online format. In the Capstone Practicum course, students work in the field in a health service-related organization. Classes need to be taken one a time.
Where can I find course descriptions?
Course descriptions for the online MHA in Health Systems Management are available in the University Catalog, though the online course sequence may vary.
What tuition assistance is available?
George Mason’s Office of Student Financial Aid provides information on potential scholarships and aid packages.
What is the format for the practicum?
The capstone practicum’s 8-week sessions contain 3 required synchronous meetings, usually at the beginning, middle and end of the capstone course. Students are expected to meet with their preceptors and work on their projects and deliver on agreed upon deliverables during the 8 weeks of class. Depending on your capstone, meetings with your preceptor can be virtual or in-person. The capstone can also be virtual or in-person. Through this process, students gain new project management insights while executing their project plan.
What are the practicum requirements and eligibility?
All coursework must be completed before a student enrolls in the capstone course. Any exceptions must receive the approval of the student’s academic advisor and course faculty. This is important because the capstone requires the application of the knowledge and competencies students are expected to have acquired from prior coursework.
The MHA program cannot guarantee practicum placement or subsequent degree completion for students who do not pass a background check. Mason does not require background checks, however some companies do. Moreover, employment prospects for students are not likely for those who cannot pass a criminal background check and other pre-employment screening typically conducted by hospitals, health care clinics, long-term care or assisted living facilities.
How do I receive additional information?
Prospective online MHA in Health Systems Management degree students can complete an online form to request more information.
How much does it cost to apply?
While there is a $75 application fee, there are multiple times throughout the year that the fee may be waived.
What are the admissions requirements?
- Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution
- Minimum of a 3.0 GPA
- Official transcripts
- Statement of Purpose and objectives
- Two letters of recommendation
- Program specific application materials
In addition to the requirements listed above, international students must submit:
- All transcripts must be translated into English
- Work Education Services (WES) ICAP course-by-course evaluation of academic records*
- English proficiency test scores*
*Visit go.gmu.edu/CHHSinternational to see when this requirement applies