Healthcare Administration

Master a diverse range of disciplines with this unique educational path. Not only does a professional healthcare administrator have to manage a business, but they also must have a strong knowledge of the healthcare field. It’s a challenging career path, but the healthcare industry needs more professionals every day.

A Master of Healthcare Administration degree from Mary Baldwin University will allow you to advance your career in a way that can’t be matched by employment experience, and it will give you the ability to help shape the future of a healthcare organization.

Get an MHA and MBA at the same time from MBU

The MHA/MBA dual degree curriculum is designed for those who wish to expand their career potential in business management and healthcare administration. With core business courses focusing on the healthcare market and business industry and healthcare administration courses deeply rooted in healthcare management, this program provides the student with the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to forge a career in high-level healthcare leadership. Program policies of the MHA apply to the MHA/MBA.

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Cost and Financial Aid

MBU’s Office of Financial Aid lists ABA program tuition rates for 2022-23 and is happy to answer any questions.

Admission Requirements

Admissions decisions are made on a rolling basis. We encourage you to apply early!

College Transcripts

A bachelor’s degree is required before enrollment. Your official transcripts from your degree-granting institution must be sent to Mary Baldwin University, Office of Admissions, PO Box 1500, Staunton, VA 24402, or Unofficial transcripts are allowable for the initial review of an application; however, you will not be able to enroll in our program until your official transcript has been received, verifying completion of the bachelor’s degree and that you still meet the minimum GPA required.


Applications are available online. Please complete the application based on your anticipated start date.

Test Scores

No entrance exam is required, however, applicants may submit GMAT or GRE scores if they believe the scores will strengthen their application.

Prerequisite Course

Statistics or Research Methods – 3 credit hrs.

Students may apply before taking the prerequisite course, as long as a plan for completion is in place.


A minimum of 2.8 overall GPA is required for MHA admission, and a minimum of 3.0 is required for MHA/MBA admission. We expect that most accepted students will surpass these minimums. In addition, prerequisite courses must be completed with a “C” or better.

Personal Statement

The personal statement should describe your reason for applying to the MHA program and how admission to the program relates to your professional goals.

Language Proficiency

English proficiency is considered essential to providing quality patient care. Students for whom English is not their primary language, regardless of US citizenship, must submit their TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score with their application. The MBU school code is 5397. A minimum score is 570 (paper-based) or 88 (internet-based). A student may be exempted if they have graduated with a bachelor’s or graduate degree from a 4-year accredited US university.

Registration Fee

Once accepted into the program, you must submit a one-time, non-refundable registration fee of $50.

Conditional Admission

Conditional Admission may be considered for students who do not fully meet all of the requirements for regular admission but allows them to begin program coursework. If Conditional Admission is granted, the student must earn at least a 3.0 GPA during the first nine credits taken in the program.


Additional Admissions Requirement for MHA/MBA

Prerequisite Courses:

  • Statistics (3 credit hrs.)
  • Research Methods (3 credit hrs.)

*Students may apply before completion of the prerequisite course, as long as a plan for completion is in place.

Students without a background in business, accounting, or an approved business-related field will be required to take an exam to evaluate their level of business knowledge. Based on exam results, applicants may be required to take one or more pre-MBA module courses offered at MBU.

Out of State Distance Education Authorization

State and federal laws require colleges and universities to be authorized to offer distance education (e.g., online, out-of-state student learning experiences) outside of their home state. Under the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements or SARA, Mary Baldwin University (MBU) is authorized to offer distance education to students residing in 49 SARA member states, territories, and districts of the United States of America. Read more about SARA here:

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Eager to launch the next phase of your education? Simply fill out our application form. An admissions counselor will be in touch with a decision within a week!