Master of Science in Healthcare Administration

  • Online

MS Healthcare Administration

Prepare to build stronger healthcare organizations.

As demand grows for healthcare services, so does the demand for thoughtful leaders who can guide management decisions, public policy, and outcomes-based practice to better serve patients. In this online Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA) degree program at the nationally acclaimed Egan School of Nursing and Health Studies, you’ll build industry expertise through hands-on experience and practical application—helping you hit the ground running as a healthcare leader, even if you enroll without prior healthcare experience or education.

Earn a flexible MHA degree that will help you make an impact.

Completion: 16 – 32 months

Schedule: Full-time | Part-time

Start Dates: September | January | May

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Taught by expert faculty from nationally ranked healthcare and business schools.


The best of healthcare and business insights—combined.

Study the interdisciplinary topics that influence today’s healthcare landscape—from economics to accounting and healthcare policy to information technology. Ready to learn more? Take the next step

Potential career settings for those with an MHA degree:

  • Policy organizations
  • Insurance organizations
  • Healthcare suppliers
  • Healthcare providers

Courses (43 total credits)

  • Introduction to the United States Healthcare System
  • Healthcare Reimbursement and Organizational Performance
  • Healthcare Administration Practicum
  • Healthcare Administration Capstone
  • Healthcare Leadership Roles for Systems Improvement
  • Healthcare Economics and Marketing
  • Advanced Healthcare Policy
  • Research Methods for Evidence-Based Practice
  • Information Technology for Healthcare Improvement
  • Introduction to Accounting
  • Principles of Finance
  • Legal and Ethical Environment of Business
  • Managing People for Competitive Advantage
  • Performance Management

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Earn your MHA online.
Become a next-generation healthcare leader.


Graduate having developed a professional healthcare business plan.

Every MHA degree program student completes practicum and capstone experiences that brings together all the subject matter covered into one comprehensive, real-world project. You’ll complete 150 hours of practicum immersion time in a healthcare organization and use that experience to inform your capstone project—with a faculty advisor to support you through the entire experience.

Connect with a network of more than 100 healthcare agencies, associations, and professionals. 

As part of Fairfield’s notable Master of Healthcare Administration program, you’ll draw on the professional network we’ve built in the healthcare industry. This includes private practice, acute care hospitals, schools, community agencies, clinics, and long-term care facilities nationwide—all of which can inform your education and help you take the next step forward in your career with your MHA degree.

The Fairfield MHA Program is a participant in the American College of Healthcare Executives – ACHE Higher Education Network, further extending powerful networks for students to leverage for career development.

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"Fairfield offers high level education in a setting that makes you really feel part of the community. I mostly appreciate the approachability of the instructors and their constant help and support. The idea that I am doing something to further advance my knowledge and skills has given me a renewed enthusiasm."

– Francesca Lirosi, MD
Current MHA Student, Bariatric/General Surgeon

Faculty & Academic Approach

Shaping the next generation of healthcare leaders.

As leading educators and scholars, our MHA degree program faculty contribute to internationally recognized research and life-saving knowledge for the benefit of society. Their expertise drives our mission—to enhance the quality of life of individuals, communities, and underserved populations. We hope you’ll share that mission as you earn your healthcare administration master’s degree.

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Lisa Sundean

Lisa Sundean

Dr. Lisa Sundean is an assistant professor and director of the Master of Healthcare Administration program at the Egan School. Her research and scholarship focus on nursing leadership, specifically in board leadership roles, health policy, and nursing workforce development.

Karen Burrows

Karen Burrows

Dr. Karen Burrows is an Assistant Professor of the Practice at the EGAN School of Nursing and Health Studies, teaches Undergraduate and Graduates students, and serves as the Veterans Administration Nursing Academic Partnership Program Director.

Two renowned graduate schools. One distinct MHA degree.

Our online Master of Healthcare Administration program brings together the best of our business and healthcare graduate schools to create a uniquely relevant curriculum. It’s just one example of how Fairfield has become a regional leader in healthcare education.

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Admissions & Aid

Get unmatched support on the path to your MHA online.

From your initial admissions conversation to graduation—every step of the journey to your MHA degree at Fairfield will be filled with support. We offer a breadth of admissions and academic support services for both online and hybrid students, and our faculty take pride in developing one-on-one relationships with students. See what we have to offer.

Admission requirements

The MHA degree program at Fairfield University is open to students with a bachelor’s degree in any discipline, provided you have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 and a strong personal statement. No GMAT or GRE required.

Application Priority Deadline: Application and all supplemental materials must be received no later than three weeks prior to the start of each term.

Please note that Fairfield University cannot supply I-20 documentation for international students enrolling in online or low-residency programs, like the MS in Healthcare Administration.

A completed online application.

A non-refundable $65 application fee paid by credit card. Application fee is waived for current Fairfield students and for those who attend an information session.

A professional resume. Applicants are required to submit a current resume that includes employment and education history (submit online).

From your experience or current knowledge, discuss a systems level healthcare issue that has broad impact on organizations, consumers, and/or society. State your professional goals over the next 5-7 years and how the MHA degree will help you achieve your goals and address the issue you discussed.

Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended demonstrating a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0. All foreign transcripts must be evaluated by an approved evaluating service.

Two recommendation forms and letters, one of which, preferably, from a current employer or supervisor. Recommendations are completed online. At the time of application candidates must provide the email addresses and names of their two recommenders.

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