Healthcare Administration MHA

About the Healthcare Administration Master at Loyola

Today's complex and ever-evolving healthcare industry requires strong leaders who also have a passion for improving the health of our communities. The Master in Healthcare Administration (MHA) at Loyola University Chicago will help you become a leader who can uphold values, ethics, and social justice in healthcare systems, services, and delivery.

The MHA degree builds on Loyola's thriving undergraduate healthcare administration program and its strong national reputation within the Association of University Programs in Healthcare Administration (AUPHA).

Hone your professional skills and develop the expertise you need to differentiate and grow in your healthcare career through the MHA at Loyola University Chicago.

Program Structure

The MHA is a 40-43 credit hour, online program offered through Loyola's Parkinson School of Health Sciences and Public Health on the Health Sciences Campus in Maywood, with 1-2 day on-site immersion sessions required prior to each fall and spring semester.

The MHA program has flexible scheduling options and may be taken as a full-time or part-time program. The median graduation time is 24 months.

Are you a current Loyola undergrad?

This program is eligible for an Accelerated Bachelor's to Master's degree. Earn a Master’s with only one extra year of study following the completion of your eligible undergraduate degree.


Why Choose Loyola for Your MHA?

The mission of the Healthcare Administration Department is to develop leaders to improve healthcare through education, research, and service, grounded in the Jesuit values of care for others and social justice.

Their vision is to become a national leader whose graduates are forces for positive change and leaders of teams that meet the challenges and opportunities of healthcare consistent with the highest ethical values.

Valuable hands-on learning opportunities

Your MHA faculty have a wide range of industry and academic experience that they leverage into substantial hands-on learning opportunities through twice-yearly onsite immersion weekends, innovative synchronous and asynchronous online learning techniques, and a unique experiential capstone experience.

Our MHA takes a holistic and interprofessional approach, integrating a variety of core competencies, from organizational management and ethics to strategy and leadership in healthcare organizations, and quality and patient safety to managerial epidemiology.

The MHA will provide you with the knowledge, skills, and professional values you need to be a leader in the administration and organization of healthcare systems and help improve the health of our communities.

You can come to the MHA whether or not you have an undergraduate degree in healthcare administration. Our students have educational backgrounds in public health and business as well as fields like psychology, communications, and social work.

You can incorporate your studies for the healthcare administration master's into your life through an MHA that is uniquely designed for working professionals. You have the flexibility of part-time, online formats so you do not have to step away from your career.

Your MHA aligns with Loyola's Jesuit heritage, providing you with the values and understanding to be an ethical healthcare leader capable of positively influencing change. Through your capstone project and other hands-on experiences, you will identify and meet the needs of your community.

Healthcare Administration Department

The Department of Healthcare Administration educates the next generation of healthcare administrators with the values and understanding to be ethical leaders in the healthcare arena, offering opportunities to engage with faculty in experiential learning, community engagement, and interdisciplinary research. Find more information on the department and stories showcasing current Parkinson School of Health Sciences and Public Health students and graduates from the Healthcare Administration MHA program and learn more about why Loyola is right for you.

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Meet the Faculty

Loyola is proud to have talented and nationally-recognized scholar-teachers as part of our diverse community of exceptional faculty, students and staff. Loyola faculty are known for their commitment to teaching, the dissemination of knowledge through innovative and interdisciplinary scholarly research, and a commitment to social justice and cura personalis, or care for the whole person. Visit the Parkinson School of Health Sciences and Public Health faculty and staff directory to learn more about the teachers and mentors involved with the Healthcare Administration MHA program.

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Curriculum and Program Outcomes

While courses for the Healthcare Administration MHA program may vary from semester to semester, Loyola’s extensive Academic Catalog will always house the official listing of courses, programs of study, academic policies, degree requirements, and specialization or concentration options.

Additionally, this resource will provide Healthcare Administration MHA learning outcomes, showcasing the commitment to specific skills and growth graduates can expect to achieve following completion of the program.

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Costs, Scholarships, and Aid

Loyola University Chicago is committed to making your graduate and professional studies a reality. Our Cost & Financial Aid page can help better inform you about the costs and potential funding opportunities through scholarships, loans, and aid for graduate and professional education.

If you are a current Loyola undergraduate or recent alum, you may be eligible for a Returning Rambler discount. Learn more and see if you qualify on our Returning Rambler Scholarship page.

Tuition and Costs

The estimated tuition and fees for the Healthcare Administration MHA totals $53320.00, or 43 credit hours at a cost of $1,240.00 per credit hour. Please note that tuition and fees for all of Loyola's academic programs are subject to change.

For more detailed information about tuition and fees, and a breakdown of how these costs are calculated on a yearly basis, please visit Tuition and Fees from the Office of the Bursar.

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Robert and Betty Parkinson Scholars Award

Named for Loyola alumni Robert (“Bob”) and Betty Parkinson, the Parkinson Scholars Award honors their commitment to helping ensure access to quality health care and the recognition that such health care is a basic human right. Bob and Betty Parkinson took to heart the Ignatian value of “being persons for others.” The Parkinson Scholars Award supports exceptionally talented students with demonstrated financial need who are dedicated to being “persons for others” and will use their Parkinson education to improve the health and health care of individuals, communities, and systems.

Awarded each semester to up to 10 Parkinson students, it includes an $8,000 tuition-restricted scholarship and additional funds to support scholarly activity. Scholars are selected to represent the broad range of the Parkinson School’s disciplines.

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More information about scholarships can be found on the Financial Aid Office website.

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Whether you’re just beginning your search, in the midst of the application process, or eager to explore our graduate and professional programs, our admissions staff is here to assist you every step of the way.

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The Parkinson School of Health Sciences and Public Health offers graduate open houses, information sessions, individual appointments, open Zoom and text sessions, and a multitude of other ways to get to know us better.

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Application Process

Application Deadlines

The available start terms and corresponding application deadlines for the Healthcare Administration MHA are listed below. Please keep in mind that both the application and the required materials must be submitted by the specified deadline.

Fall Early Action: February 1
All applicants meeting this deadline will receive an admission decision no later than 3 weeks after the Feb 1 deadline.

Fall Priority: May 15
All applicants meeting this deadline will be considered for admission. Any applications received after May 15 will be considered until Parkinson reaches enrollment capacity for the fall.

Spring: November 15
All applicants meeting this deadline will be considered for admission. Any applications received after November 15 will be considered until Parkinson reaches enrollment capacity for the spring.

Summer: March 15
All applicants meeting this deadline will be considered for admission. Any applications received after March 15 will be considered until Parkinson reaches enrollment capacity for the summer.

Application Requirements

Application requirements for the Healthcare Administration MHA include:

  • Official Transcripts

  • 2 Letters of Recommendation

  • Resume/CV

  • Statement of Purpose

Please note that a 3.0 minimum GPA is recommended.

Prerequisite Course Requirements

Admission to the MHA program requires at least three credits of undergraduate or graduate coursework with a grade of “B” or higher earned within the past five years in each of the following areas of study: Accounting, College Algebra, Statistics.

Statement of Purpose Details

Please write a brief statement describing your academic and research interests as well as your professional goals. If your cumulative undergraduate GPA is below 3.0, please include an explanation in your statement that addresses your GPA.

Official Documents

Official transcripts are those that are sent directly by the college/university to Loyola University Chicago. Transcripts sent by the student to Loyola are considered unofficial documents, and while they may be utilized for initial review of your application, official transcripts are still required. Official documents should be sent by the institution to

International Applicant Requirements

An official English language proficiency exam is required for international applicants whose native language is not English. If you have non-U.S. educational credentials, you are required to submit an official transcript evaluation. The transcript evaluation cannot be waived.

Please visit our International Applicant Requirements page for specific information regarding the application process for international students. International students seeking an F1 student visa are not eligible for this program.

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