executive student groupUAB’s Executive Master of Science in Health Administration (MSHA) program is designed to prepare students for senior management positions throughout the health field. The MSHA Program is CAHME-accredited and currently ranked as the #1 health care management graduate program in the country by U.S. News & World Report. Students in the program gain new expertise and a comprehensive understanding of every aspect of health care organizations, with particular emphasis on important health care management areas such as leadership, marketing, economics, operations management, epidemiology, quality improvement and strategic management, to name a few.

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 professionals and requires students to visit the UAB campus for only four and a half days three times each year to complete the degree in 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.

  • Mission

    Developing leaders to shape tomorrow’s healthcare through an exceptional master’s-level educational experience.

  • Vision

    To be recognized as the national leader in healthcare management and leadership education.

  • Values

    Excellence: We are driven to do our best, learn from our setbacks, and tenaciously seek to improve.

    Collaboration: We value partnerships and recognize that our success is due to the talent and time of the entire team.

    Respect: We honor and appreciate the traditions, beliefs, and individuality of all.

    Integrity: We are committed to honesty and authenticity, adhering to strong moral & ethical principles in everything we do.

    Diversity, Equity & Inclusion: We believe our diversity is a source of our strength and strive to understand, value and involve all.

Expand Your Degree

Students in the executive MSHA program may opt to do a dual degree program with the Master of Science in Healthcare Quality and Safety (MSHQS) or add on a graduate certificate in Healthcare Quality and Safety. The MSHA program includes coursework in healthcare quality and safety, but the dual degree or graduate certificate program allows students to obtain a deeper understanding of this important area in healthcare. Visit the MSHQS or HQS graduate certificate pages for more information about these programs. Students do not have to choose to enroll in these programs at the time of acceptance into the MSHA program, and may choose to begin them in the second year of the MSHA program.