Health Administration

Saint Louis University's Master of Health Administration program is ranked among the top 10 graduate programs for health care management by U.S. News & World Report. An M.H.A. from SLU prepares you to lead, manage and administer health services at hospitals, as well as private and public health care systems.

About the Program

In addition to our full-time M.H.A. program, SLU offers an M.H.A. option for working professionals — the Executive Master of Health Administration. This hybrid format of the executive M.H.A. blends distance learning with monthly face-to-face classes.

Dual Degrees

Nationally recognized and fully accredited dual-degree programs are available with SLU's School of Law (M.H.A./J.D.) and John Cook School of Business (M.H.A./MBA).

Program Highlights

SLU’s M.H.A. program offers you a practice-integrated education. Our students are transformed into knowledgeable, ethical professionals prepared for a range of management careers across the health sector.

SLU's competency model is nationally known for its rigor in ensuring our students gain the knowledge and skills required by health care organizations today and in the future. The SLU model is comprised of 60 competencies grouped into six domains: communication, critical thinking, leadership, management, political and community development, and science and analysis.

Curriculum and Program Details

A minimum of 60 credit hours is required. A sample curriculum is below:

  • Analytical Methods for Health Management
  • Ethical Leadership in Health Management and Policy
  • Financial Aspects of Health Care
  • Health Economics
  • Health Care Financial Management
  • Health Information Systems
  • Health Care Organization
  • Health Care Marketing  
  • Health Operations Management  
  • Health Policy
  • Introduction to Health Care Accounting
  • Management of Human Resources in Health Care
  • Mission and Practice of Global Public Health
  • Legal Aspects of Health Services Management
  • Strategic Management of Health Care Organizations

As one of the nation’s largest and most established programs, the SLU M.H.A. connects you to a coast-to-coast network of internship sites and alumni working in senior leadership positions.

An accelerated degree option is available for Saint Louis University undergraduate students wishing to complete the program in five years.

SLU M.H.A. graduates occupy senior management positions in a variety of health care settings. Our alumni work in health and hospital systems, insurance companies, academic medical centers, physician practices, consulting firms and benefit management organizations.
Scholarships and Financial Aid
SLU’s College for Public Health and Social Justice offers several ways to help finance your graduate education. Opportunities include a limited number of merit-based scholarships, graduate research assistantships and part-time jobs (full-time M.H.A. students only). Awards are made to applicants with the highest combinations of GPAs and test scores who complete their applications by Feb. 15.


Applicant Criteria


Applicants should possess a bachelor's degree with no less than a 3.0 grade point average. Test scores are preferably in the 50th percentiles or higher, but there are no minimum cutoffs. Applicants are required to complete an introductory, undergraduate-level microeconomics course before starting the program.


Limited to established professionals with at least 18 months of professional experience in a health care or health-related organization.

To apply, you’ll need:

Application Requirements

Application form and fee
Three letters of recommendation
Test scores (for M.H.A. applicants only) - GRE, GMAT, MCAT, LSAT are accepted
Résumé/curriculum vitae
Professional goal statement

Requirements for International Students

Application Deadline

Applications for the full-time Master of Health Administration program are due Feb. 15.

Applications for the Executive M.H.A. program are accepted on a rolling basis. Apply by the first of the month to start the program the following month, e.g. apply by Dec. 1 to start Jan. 1.

Review Process

All applications are considered on an individual basis with a balanced approach.