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. Each semester is six credits, except Semester Two and Semester Seven, which are each 7.5 credits . Weekly, live classes are held in the evenings for 60 minutes. Students can expect to spend two hours in live classes each week.
What are the required courses for the Online MHA?
What is the average class size in the Online MHA?
The average class size is approximately 15 students.
Who will be teaching the Online MHA classes?
Your classes will be taught by NYU Wagner’s distinguished research and practitioner faculty. Many are top managers at the most prestigious hospitals and healthcare systems in the country; others conduct groundbreaking research and advise government agencies on major US healthcare initiatives.
Does the Online MHA curriculum require a thesis?
No, the Online MHA culminates with an interactive, online simulation, where you will practice working in top-management teams, thinking strategically, drawing on evidence, and making trade-offs under time pressure and constraints.
Are Online MHA students required to come to campus?
Yes, all students come to campus for a two-and-a-half day immersion in their second semester to build skills in leadership; communications; evidence-based decision-making; and managing careers. Lodging and meals are provided as part of tuition/fees. Students are also always welcome and encouraged to come to campus for student events, school activities, and other campus happenings if/when they are in the New York City area. Additionally, all students are strongly encouraged to attend graduation.
How will online students be involved in the NYU Wagner community?
Online MHA students are always welcome to come to NYU Wagner in the Puck Building as well as NYU’s campus across New York City. They will also have the opportunity to be a member of any student organization. Of special note is the Wagner Health Network (WHN), an academic, professional, and social support to students interested in the fields of health policy, health management, health finance, and international health. NYU Wagner works to make activities and events available to students who cannot make it to campus.
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.
What is the difference between NYU Wagner's Master of Health Administration (MHA) and Master of Public Administration (MPA) in Health Policy & Management degree programs?
NYU Wagner’s Online MHA is a highly structured program for working professionals focused on advancing their career in healthcare management. It is only available online and can only be completed on a part-time basis. It requires students to be experienced professionals currently employed in the US healthcare field. NYU Wagner’s MPA in Health Policy and Management (HPAM) is for both aspiring and experienced healthcare professionals interested in a wide array of healthcare management and policy careers. Students can pursue elective courses across NYU Wagner’s curriculum. HPAM can be completed on a part-time or full-time basis on the NYU campus. Students who select HPAM with a management specialization will complete a curriculum very similar to the Online MHA.
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?
GRE or GMAT scores are optional, but helpful if you have limited quantitative undergraduate coursework. Scores should be no more than five years old and 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?
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?
Prospective students can call the the NYU Office of Financial Aid at 212-998-4444 or reach them via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. For those who can come to campus, the office is located at 383 Lafayette Street in Manhattan or 5 Metrotech Center, Rm 201 in Dibner Hall in Brooklyn, is open 9am to 5pm ET, Monday through Friday.
Is there any merit-based financial aid available to Online MHA students?
A limited amount of financial aid in the form of partial tuition scholarships may be available to exceptionally qualified candidates based on merit.
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.