Online MHA Frequently Asked Questions
About The Online MHA Program
What are the typical jobs I might be able to acquire with the Online MHA degree, and how will my career progress?
You will be prepared to assume leadership roles in hospitals, community healthcare clinics, health insurance companies, healthcare consulting firms, doctors’ offices, nursing homes, home health organizations, and pharmaceutical and medical device companies. Depending on your experience entering the program, you will be able to move from entry-level management jobs to supervisory positions (such as front-line manager), to positions where you manage entire units/programs/service lines. In the future, you may manage larger and more complex units, multiple units, divisions and entire organizations (e.g., CEO, COO), or lead work groups performing key analytic work (marketing, strategy, communications, finance) for divisions and entire organizations (e.g., CFO).
How long does it take to complete the Online MHA?
The program takes two years and one semester (seven semesters total, or about 28 months). It is not possible to complete this program on a shorter (or longer) timeline.
Is the Online MHA program part-time or full-time?
The program is offered part-time only, 6 credits per semester. Weekly live classes are held in the evenings for 60-90 minutes. Students can expect to spend 3-4 hours in live classes each week.
What are the required courses for the Online MHA?
The Online MHA follows a set curriculum, with no electives. Over seven semesters, students take the following courses: Managing Healthcare Organizations; Health Policy and the Health System I; Accounting for Healthcare Management; Health Policy and the Health System II; Analyzing Data for Healthcare Management; Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship for Healthcare Organizations; Managerial Accounting for Healthcare Organizations; Healthcare Information Technology: Public Policy and Management; Principles of Human Resources Management for Healthcare Organizations; Introduction to Health Economics; Healthcare Marketing and Strategic Communications; Healthcare Law; Governance and Ethics; Operations Management for Healthcare Organizations; Advanced Topics in Health Policy; Capital Financing and Advanced Issues in Financial Management; Continuous Quality Improvement; and Advanced Topics in Data/Evidence for Healthcare. Additional immersion courses include: Skill-Building for Healthcare Managers (introductory immersion) and Advanced Simulation in Healthcare Management (culminating immersion).
What is the average class size in the Online MHA?
There are always fewer than 20 students per class, with an average class size of approximately 15 students.
What is total cost of the Online MHA including tuition and fees?
The total cost of the program is about $85,000 in tuition and fees. Tuition is $1,788 per credit hour, with a $499 fee for the first credit hour and a $70 fee for each additional hour. A $1,000 deposit is due at the time of enrollment.
Applying To The Online MHA
What are the application deadlines for the Online MHA?
Applications to the Online MHA program are accepted on a rolling basis.
Do I need to submit GRE/GMAT scores in order to apply to the Online MHA?
You are not required to submit GRE or GMAT scores, but it is recommended — especially if you have limited quantitative undergraduate coursework. Scores should be no more than five years old and should be transmitted directly from your testing agency.
Am I required to submit a resume in order to apply to the Online MHA?
Yes, you must submit a resume listing relevant work experience, internships, research, awards, and/or publications, as well as your educational history.
Do I need to have experience working in the healthcare industry to be part of the Online MHA program?
Applicants should have one year of full-time healthcare-related work experience, and should currently be employed in a US healthcare related field.
Is there a minimum GPA required for admission to the Online MHA?
No, however our most competitive applicants have a GPA of at least 3.0.
Will coursework for post-bacc or graduate programs (without a degree) be considered for acceptance to the Online MHA?
Yes. If you are considering applying with an unrelated undergraduate background and/or a very low GPA, we encourage you to enroll in one or more post-bacc courses at a local college to demonstrate your quantitative skills and/or general academic ability.
Can I be admitted to the Online MHA before I’ve graduated with my undergraduate degree?
Yes. You can be admitted without a degree if you are in the process of completing your final undergraduate term and if transcripts with proof of degree conferral are transmitted upon graduation. You will not be allowed to register for courses, however, until your final transcripts are received. In addition, you must have at least one year of healthcare-related work experience.
How many letters of recommendation are required for the Online MHA?
You must submit two letters of recommendation. We would prefer one professional reference and one academic reference from a faculty member or academic advisor who is familiar with your work. If you have been out of school for more than two years, it is acceptable to submit two professional references.
Do I need to be a US citizen in order to apply to the Online MHA?
You can apply without US citizenship, however we are unable to sponsor student visas for a part-time program. Even if you are not a US citizen, you must be working in a US healthcare related field in order to apply to the Online MHA. If you’re interested in comparative healthcare systems or international health policy and management, you should apply to our CAHME-accredited, on-campus MPA in Health Policy & Management.
Can I apply to the Online MHA through HAMPCAS?
The Online MHA cannot currently accept applications through the Healthcare Administration, Management & Policy Centralized Application Service (HAMPCAS), but the on-campus MPA in Health Policy & Management does accept submissions through HAMPCAS.
Am I eligible for an application fee waiver for the Online MHA?
You are eligible for a waiver if you have participated in one or more years of full-time service with the U.S. Military or National Guard, AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, City Year, or Teach for America; are a Public Policy and International Affairs (PPIA) fellow, Rangel Fellowship recipient, or McNair Scholar program participant; are a current NYU undergraduate student; submitted an international credit evaluation; or are experiencing economic hardship (with documentation). Contact an enrollment advisor if you believe that you qualify for an application fee waiver.
Can I defer my enrollment to the Online MHA?
The Online MHA program does not offer an option to defer enrollment, so students should apply for the semester in which they plan to enroll. Deferrals are only granted for medical/family emergencies or on a case-by-case basis.
I have graduate credits from another program. Can I transfer them to the Online MHA?
This program does not accept transfer credits for coursework taken at other institutions or as part of other degree programs.
What is the admission rate for the Online MHA program?
Our CAHME-accredited, on-campus MPA in Health Policy & Management receives several hundred applications each year for an entering class of around 50-60 students. The Online MHA is also a very competitive program. However, our goal is to admit any student who we believe can succeed in the classroom, benefit from the program, and contribute to the Wagner community.
What is admissions decision process for the Online MHA?
Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, and decisions are made approximately two to three weeks after submission. After your application file is complete and all required information from your application checklist has been received, the Graduate Admissions Committee will review your file and make a decision.
What is the best way to get in touch with the NYU Office of Financial Aid regarding my Online MHA application?
Can I submit applications to both the Online MHA Program and the MPA in Health Policy & Management?
No, you can only submit an application to one program per year.