Master of Healthcare Administration

In as little as 24 months, you can have your Master of Healthcare Administration degree and be ready for the next step in your career.

Program Features

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*Individual requirements may vary.

Effective fall 2019, the Health Systems Management program (MHSM and Dual MBA/MHSM) was absorbed within the Health Care Administration program. Students in the MHSM or Dual MBA/MHSM programs will be able to complete their degrees. New students who began the program in fall 2019 and moving forward will graduate with a Master’s of Healthcare Administration (MHA) degree. Current MHSM students can find degree information in past university catalogs.

Why health care administration at TWU?

Explore three degree options

The COB offers an MHA and two MHA emphasis options:

Study abroad elective opportunities are also available between Spring and Summer semesters and internships can be used for elective credit hours. 

Accredited and highly ranked

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We are nationally recognized for our health services programs. For more than 20 years, this MHA program has earned national accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME).

Texas Woman’s also ranks 6th (tied) among U.S. universities for diversity, according to U.S. News & World Report.


The Master's Degree program in Health Care Administration is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME). In 2007, the HCA Program adopted the National Center for Healthcare Leadership (NCHL) competency integration model for healthcare education. The NCHL Model facilitates the spread of promising leadership practices by providing breakthrough research and a comprehensive database for defining the competencies required for outstanding leadership for the future (Copyright 2006. National Center for Healthcare Leadership. All Rights Reserved). Each course in the HCA curriculum is mapped to applicable NCHL competencies.

Benefits of an Accredited Program

  • The CAHME accreditation process benefits all stakeholders: Texas Woman’s University and the College of Health Sciences, MHA students, alumni and employers.
  • Participation in the CAHME accreditation process affirms the program’s responsibility for the quality of education offered and demonstrates commitment to continuous improvement.
  • The HCA program has completed a rigorous self-evaluation and peer reviews and it satisfies criteria established and accepted by the health care administration education community.
  • The program has a clearly defined mission and educationally appropriate objectives.
  • Accreditation assures prospective employers that TWU MHA graduates come from a program where the content and quality have been evaluated to satisfy high standards.
  • The employer can be confident that the MHA program has followed a specific core body of knowledge, as dictated by CAHME, which ensures the understanding of today’s complex health care environment.
  • The HCA program is current and reflects changes in knowledge and practice generally accepted in the health care administration community.

A private school education at a public school price

Part of the Texas Woman’s experience is keeping costs low and education quality high. As a result, TWU is the most affordable public university in the DFW Metroplex. For more information on costs, visit our Cost of Attendance site.

Our small class sizes also allow you to interact closely with your classmates and professors.

TWU does more to build women leaders

Only 5.4 percent of Fortune 500 CEOs are women, and only 25 percent of senior managers and executives within those companies are women. TWU is working to help change that.

More than 70 percent of our faculty and staff across the university are women. While COB faculty prepare you to tackle the male-dominated world of business, our outreach staff work closely with employers to bring networking and employment opportunities to campus.

For our budding entrepreneurs, TWU’s Center for Women in Business is the state’s only university center dedicated to women’s entrepreneurship and business ownership. The Center provides tools for you to succeed including access to training/coaching, funding, mentoring and networking opportunities.

TWU believes in opening doors for its students

The Career Connections Center on each campus provides advising services and tailored career planning for our students and alumni, from career advising and networking to negotiating a salary after graduation. The Career Center has also implemented Handshake, a unique resume reviewing and job opening database that works to fast-track your job search.

The COB takes it one step further with a team of Outreach and External Relations staff that work with the Career Connections Center to keep our business students in-the-know on employment opportunities and networking events.

Careers & Salaries*

With this degree, you have multiple career opportunities including:

*Median salaries, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and

Program Requirements

  • 45 semester credit hours in required courses including six elective hours
  • A professional portfolio completed in your final semester and presented to faculty

A full list of courses and requirements are available in the course catalog.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the TWU Graduate School

When you apply to the TWU Graduate School, we will evaluate your academic achievement and preparation, as well as your standardized test scores if required. All students must meet the University requirements as outlined in the Admissions to the TWU Graduate School. In addition, most graduate programs have additional admission requirements that must be completed. These requirements can be found on each graduate program website. After acceptance, you will need to begin your program within one year, unless a deferral has been approved by the program.

Check out the links below for specific admissions information:

*Admission to the Health Care Administration Program

Program Contact

Dr. Margaret Young, Associate Dean for
Academic Affairs and Director of Graduate Programs 

Application Deadlines

Fall – June 30
Spring – October 31
Summer – March 31

International applicants are encouraged to apply far in advance.

Admission Requirements

  • Undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • Minimum 2.5 GPA
  • GRE/GMAT if less than 3.2 GPA (Provisional admission possible without GRE if less than 3.2 GPA, with full admission granted based on B or higher for each course in first 12 hours. Failure to meet the conditions of provisional admission will result in removal from the degree program without possibility for readmission.)
  • Prerequisite coursework may be required based on previous academic and/or professional experience

Application Process

  1. Apply for admission to the TWU Graduate School.
  2. Take the GRE General Test or GMAT and submit your scores to TWU (optional depending on GPA).
  3. Submit TOEFL Scores (for international students and permanent residents) if required.
  4. Collect and submit the following documents as separate pdf files in ONE email to with the subject line (YOUR LAST NAME)-(YOUR FIRST NAME)-HCA. Please attach all items as PDFs.
    • letter of interest
    • resume
  5. One professional reference should submit a letter of recommendation as a PDF on institutional or organization letterhead to Recommender should include student name and "HCA" in the subject line.
  6. A brief interview may be required.
  7. Mandatory Orientation - The Health Care Administration Program holds orientation for new students in the fall and spring semesters. It is a requirement that all new students must attend one of these sessions. Information is given at these sessions that will enhance the student’s learning experience.

Advanced Standing

Advanced standing may be granted to applicants who hold a prior master’s or doctoral degree from an accredited U.S. university. This advanced standing means that an applicant may request and be eligible for waiver of certain foundation or core courses, in addition to the GRE/GMAT waiver as described above. It is the responsibility of the applicant to make the request for specific course waiver or transfer credit. In addition, the applicant must submit evidence of equivalent prior course work. Waivers are not automatic and are made on a case-by-case basis by examination of the content of each course requested for waiver/transfer credit. Each course accepted for transfer credit of a required core course must have been completed within the 6 years of the date that the M.H.A. degree is to be awarded. Otherwise, these courses must be repeated.

Students who have completed the M.B.A. or M.H.S.M. degree at Texas Woman’s University may be eligible for award of up to 12 semester credit hours of transfer credit toward the M.H.A. degree, subject to Graduate School policies.

For More Information 

Learn more at one of our Graduate Information Sessions

Apply today
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