Online MHA Frequently Asked Questions

About The Online MHA Program

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).

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.

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.

The Online MHA follows a set curriculum, with no electives, over seven semesters. Visit our Curriculum page to learn more about the courses.

The average class size is approximately 15 students.

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.

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.

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.


Immersion dates:

Fall 2019: September 19-21, 2019

Spring 2020: February 20-22, 2020

Summer 2020: June 11-13, 2020

Live class sessions for the Online MHA are held from 7-8pm and/or 8:30-9:30pm on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings. 

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.

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.

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

Applications to the Online MHA program are accepted on a rolling basis.

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.

Yes, you must submit a resume listing relevant work experience, internships, research, awards, and/or publications, as well as your educational history.

Applicants should have one year of full-time healthcare-related work experience, and should currently be employed in a US healthcare related field.

No, however our most competitive applicants have a GPA of at least 3.0.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Yes, we accept applications to the Online MHA program through the Healthcare Administration, Management & Policy Centralized Application Service (HAMPCAS).

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.

Deferrals are only granted for medical/family emergencies or on a case-by-case basis.

This program does not accept transfer credits for coursework taken at other institutions or as part of other degree programs.

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.

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.

Prospective students can call the the NYU Office of Financial Aid at 212-998-4444 or reach them via email at 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.

A limited amount of financial aid in the form of partial tuition scholarships may be available to exceptionally qualified candidates based on merit.

No, you can only submit an application to one program per year.

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