Barney School of Business

Master of Healthcare Administration

Prepare to take on a leadership role in the healthcare industry with a Master of Healthcare Administration from the University of Hartford Barney School of Business—listed as one of the nation's "Best Business Schools" by the Princeton Review.

Now accepting applications for Fall 2024!

The Barney School of Business is accredited by AACSB and will seek the CAHME accreditation to increase the competitive advantage of the program. The program will fulfill the requirements of CAHME by offering courses in key areas of healthcare management:

  • Healthcare Environment
  • Leadership and Professional Development
  • Managing Business Operations
  • Strategic Management and Innovation
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About the Program

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The Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA) degree prepares aspiring health-care professionals to move forward in their careers to take on leadership roles. Upon graduation, professionals with this degree will plan, direct, and coordinate services in various health-care delivery settings. Furthermore, graduates will have the opportunity to pursue careers in consulting, the medical device industry, the pharmaceutical industry, and payer organizations.

This new program will prepare students with the analytical, leadership, and critical thinking skills necessary to succeed as administrators in health-care companies.

The MHA program aligns with the University of Hartford and Barney School of Business mission and vision by:
  • Using an interdisciplinary approach in developing skills, competencies, and critical thinking.
  • Exposing students to practical learning experiences.
  • Providing students with a career-ready progression in the healthcare field.

Learning Outcomes

  • Students will identify trends and issues in the healthcare environment including issues related to health disparities and underserved populations.
  • Students will use business principles and techniques to respond to challenges and opportunities in the healthcare environment and make operational decisions.
  • Students will demonstrate capacity to lead others and communicate effectively within and across healthcare organizations.
  • Students will be able to make strategic decisions for healthcare organizations.

Distinctive Features

  • Combines theoretical and practical knowledge by using a team-teaching approach, where professionals from healthcare organizations will visit the classroom as part-time guest-teaching lecturers, as well as assisting in project placement when needed.
  • Includes contemporary content in health-care administration.
  • Courses incorporate projects and cases from local partnering companies.
  • Requires a 3-credit-hour, project-based course.

World-Class Faculty

Our faculty are academic and industry leaders in their field. Their experiences help to bring concepts and materials to life through case studies and innovative approaches. Through these experiences, our students graduate equipped with the business analytics skills that help to drive major growth and facilitate better decisions in the ever-changing world of business. 

Who Should Apply

Working professionals who already have baccalaureate degrees and seek healthcare administration skills to upskill or change jobs.

Curriculum Requirements

The program consists of 11 required courses and 3 elective courses for a total of 42 credits. We encourage students to take an elective course from the field related to their concentration. Students can choose between two concentrations or a customized learning experience:

Healthcare Digital Informatics (3 elective courses)

Management (3 elective courses)

MGT 780 Healthcare Administration Capstone Project:

This capstone project course will compile the culminating and integrative experience for students.


Core Requirements

  • QNT 601: Managerial Statistics and Analytics
  • MGT 605: Organizational Leadership
  • AC 603: Accounting for Decision Makers
  • FIN 604: Corporate Financial Strategy and Valuation
  • MGT 607: Managing Organizational Processes
  • MGT 655: Public Health Law and Ethics
  • EC 726: Healthcare Economics and Analytics
  • FIN 726: Healthcare Insurance and Financing
  • MGT 775: Strategy Development and Implementation
  • MGT 726: Health Systems Management
  • MGT 780: Healthcare Administration Capstone Project


Healthcare Digital Informatics - choose 3 courses

  • Healthcare Informatics
  • Quality and Safety in Healthcare
  • Healthcare Supply Chain Informatics
  • Cybersecurity, Privacy and Data Protection

Management - choose 3 courses

  • Human Resources Management

  • Managerial Skills and Agile Management

  • Organizational Behavior in Management

  • Marketing Management

  • Innovation and Project Management

  • Cybersecurity, Privacy and Data Protection

Customized Learning Experience - choose 3 courses

  • Healthcare Informatics
  • Quality and Safety in Healthcare
  • Healthcare Supply Chain Informatics
  • Human Resources Management

  • Managerial Skills and Agile Management

  • Organizational Behavior in Management

  • Marketing Management

  • Innovation and Project Management

  • Cybersecurity, Privacy and Data Protection

Career Outlook

You may choose to be a Medical and Health Services Manager, Health Specialties Teacher, Administrative Services Manager, General and Operations Manager, Emergency Management Director, Social Workers in Health Care, Human Resources Manager, and more. 

Job Position Projections in Connecticut

  • $130,500

    Medical and health services managers will see a 29% growth in the number of jobs by 2030.

  • $116,000

    Administrative services managers will see a 15% growth in the number of jobs by 2030.

  • $161,500

    General and operations managers will see a 14% growth in the number of jobs by 2030.

Admission Overview

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The Barney School adheres to the standards of the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business—International (AACSB) and reserves admission to students showing high promise of success in postgraduate business study.

An awarded Bachelor's degree is a requirement to enter the graduate programs.

To assess the potential of candidates for admission, we look carefully at performance in undergraduate and other graduate programs, as well as the motivation of the applicant as evidenced in the letter of intent. GMAT scores are reviewed unless the applicant completes and qualifies for the waiver.

Additional Admission Information

  • Complete an on-line application and pay a $50 application fee
  • Send official transcripts of all previous baccalaureate and graduate study
  • Take and send the results of the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or complete the waiver if you meet the criteria.
  • Write a letter of intent and résumé

GMAT/GRE waivers are based on sufficient academic and/or professional history. To be considered for eligibility, you must meet one of the following criteria: 

  • Undergraduate GPA of 3.0+ 
  • 3 years of substantial work experience 
  • Previous completion of a Masters or higher-level degree 

If you believe you meet at least one of the criteria for a GMAT/GRE waiver, we encourage you to select this option within the online application. We will verify your eligibility during the review of your completed application. An interview may be requested for further verification of eligibility. 

The University of Hartford is not able to support F-1 student visas for international students pursuing the MHA program. International students who do not require an F-1 visa can apply and are required to supply the following items in addition to the standard application:

  • If you are not from a majority native English-speaking country, you need to provide the results of an English Proficiency Examination such as TOEFL, IELTS, Duolingo, or PTE.
  • All foreign transcripts must be evaluated by a National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) member, such as WESIEE, or SpanTran. If the transcript is written in English, a course-by-course evaluation is still required, as grading systems vary from country to country.

Meet Your Success Counselor

Julia Delgado
Assistant Director of Graduate Success
Admission - Graduate
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Learn more about our tuition rates and financial aid eligibility. Additional expenses will vary from student to student and may include rent and utilities, meals, books, supplies, transportation, and miscellaneous personal expenses.


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