Master of Science in Health Administration (Residential)

Health Administration MSHA EMSHA Established in 1965, the Master of Science in Health Administration (MSHA) Program at UAB enjoys an excellent reputation, both regionally and nationally, for the high quality of its academic program and the achievements of its more than 1,400 graduates.

The MSHA Program prepares you to assume executive leadership positions in a broad range of health services organizations, including hospitals, health systems, physician group practices, health maintenance organizations, long-term care facilities, consulting firms, and insurance companies.

Offered in both a residential and executive format, the MSHA program is developing leaders to shape tomorrow's healthcare through an exceptional master's-level educational experience. The MSHA Residential Format focuses on training students just completing an undergraduate degree or individuals desiring a career change. Learn more about the Master of Science in Health Administration Residential Format.


The Master of Science in Health Administration (MSHA) Program is now ranked #1 in the nation according to the latest U.S. News & World Report rankings.

Program Accreditation

The MSHA Program is accredited by CAHME.

Dual Degrees

The Master of Science in Health Administration program is offered as a dual degree with the following programs offered at UAB:

  • Master of Business Administration (MBA) — Collat School of Business
  • Master of Science in Health Informatics (MSHI) — School of Health Professions
  • Master of Public Health (MPH) — School of Public Health

Learn more about these dual degree programs.

Prerequisites for Admission and Program Curriculum

A complete list of prerequisites and courses are available in the UAB Graduate Catalog.

Admissions Requirements

Admission to the MSHA Residential Format program is based upon a solid academic foundation, leadership experience, strong interpersonal skills, a capacity to work in teams, a strong desire to make a difference in the lives of those served in the field of health administration and an interview with faculty, alumni and current students.

Applicants will have received their undergraduate degree from an accredited institution or be on track to graduate prior to enrolling in the UAB MSHA Program. Some exposure to accounting and finance will be helpful but is not required. Experience with Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint and Word is highly recommended. Students admitted to the MSHA Program will complete an online Excel course during the summer before classes start in the fall.

The minimum undergraduate GPA is 3.0 on a 4-point scale (either overall or in the last 60 hours of coursework).

Application Process

There are two ways to apply to this program. You can apply through the UAB Graduate School application or through the Healthcare Administration, Management & Policy Centralized Application Service (HAMPCAS). UAB is a participant of HAMPCAS, a national centralized application service that provides applicants with a way to apply to health management, administration, and policy programs across different colleges and universities throughout the United States by way of a single, web-based application.

Application Deadline:
Students are accepted for the fall semester. The priority deadline each year is December 1. After December 1, applications are considered on a space available basis. The application review process begins in December and interviews are typically held in January and February. Admissions decisions are made in February and March.

The following materials must be submitted to the MSHA program:

  • Completed online application
  • Personal essay
  • Resume
  • Three recommendations

Official transcripts from all colleges attended should be submitted directly to the UAB Graduate School.

Application Fees:

  • Domestic applicants and green card holders: $50
  • International applicants: $60

The application fee is non-refundable.

On-site Interview:

Candidates are typically invited for an on-campus interview if the following criteria are met:

  • Minimum GPA of 3.0/4.0 GPA based on either overall or in the last 60 hours

Career Paths and Job Opportunities

Students that complete the Master of Science in Health Administration (MSHA) will be prepared to have healthcare management positions with providers, suppliers, insurance organizations, and policy organizations.

Employment of healthcare administrators is projected to grow 20 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations. (United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics)

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