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Grand Valley State University    
2013-2014 Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog 
  Aug 25, 2019
2013-2014 Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Master of Health Administration - Program Description

For additional information about opportunities your college offers, please refer to the College of Community and Public Service  section in this catalog.

Graduate Program Director: Cline; Professors: Balfour, Kimboko, Robbins; Associate Professors: Borders; Assistant Professors: Cline. Jaskiewicz.


The mission of the Master’s of Health Administration program is to develop new, early-, and mid-career students into leaders who combine the essential knowledge, specific competencies, and practical experiences for a management career in nonprofit and governmental healthcare organizations in the Midwest, nation, and world. We actively engage the healthcare community to prepare ethical and effective practitioners for health care management and leadership.

Our vision is to be a nationally respected and regionally distinguished graduate program that is recognized as preparing high-performing managers and leaders and is the first choice for nonprofit health care management education.

The M.H.A. combines the study of management practice, public policy, and health care delivery. M.H.A. graduates are qualified to plan and direct medical and health services in hospitals, clinics, managed care organizations, public health agencies, assisted living communities, skilled nursing facilities, home health agencies, and hospice care. In addition to direct health service providers, M.H.A. graduates work in health-related organizations doing development, marketing, human resources, finance, grant making, research, and fund raising.

Minimum Hours for Graduation: 45 credit hours

Admission to Master of Health Administration

  • An undergraduate grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale calculated on the last 60 credit hours of undergraduate coursework.
  • Three letters of reference from informed sources.
  • A detailed resume.
  • An essay on career and educational objectives (250-750 words).
  • A demonstrated commitment to community and public service. Ideally this would be five or more years of professional work experience since receiving a baccalaureate degree.
  • Submitting a GRE score is recommended for applicants who have neither a 3.0 undergraduate GPA nor five years of professional experience. The GRE is also recommended for applicants applying for a graduate assistantship with SPNHA.

Program Location

Pew Campus

 The following program is available:

Master of Health Administration