M.S. Health Administration

UAB’s Executive MSHA Program is designed to prepare students for senior management positions throughout the health field. Students in the program gain new expertise and a comprehensive understanding of every aspect of health care organizations, with particular emphasis on these important health care management areas:
  • leadership
  • health care marketing
  • health care economics and financial management
  • operations management
  • health law
  • human resources management
  • managerial epidemiology
  • strategic planning and management
  • information systems and technology assessment
  • quality improvement


What makes the program appealing to so many professionals is its structure, which enables students to gain all this new expertise without giving up their job or lifestyle. The program was created to meet the needs of busy executives and requires students to visit the UAB campus for only eight days three times each year to complete the degree in just two years. Between the intensive campus sessions, students continue courses through online distance learning. (Applicants for the Executive MSHA Program must have at least five years of health care experience. Please contact the Program if you have questions regarding this experiential requirement.)

The tuition for the Executive Master of Science in Health Administration (MSHA) Program is currently $24,500 per year (or $8167 per semester). The total fee for the two-year program is currently $49,000. However, tuition is subject to change each year. A non-refundable deposit of $1,000 is required at the time of acceptance to the program. The deposit is then applied to the tuition charge.

The Executive MSHA tuition includes a laptop computer and covers all fees, books, and learning materials, as well as meals and refreshments provided during breaks, speaker costs associated with national experts brought to Birmingham, and costs associated with supporting distance learning technologies. Tuition also covers the cost of lodging, meals, and program materials for the 3-4 day Preceptorship (during the second year.)

Application Deadline for Fall Admission: First Priority – March 1; after March 1, considered on a space available basis


SHRP/HSA: CAHME Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (www.cahme.org)