What is MSHA?

It is the acronym for Master of Science in Health Administration and one of the degrees that will help you achieve success in a career focused on improving the health of others.

Application Deadline?

The application deadline for the UAB MSHA Program is December 1st of each year. It is recommended that you start the application process in October to ensure there is enough time to get all of the materials in for the application. A new cohort of students is only admitted once a year with classes beginning in the fall.

Application Requirements?

Prospective students may apply to the UAB MSHA Program through the UAB application system or through HAMPCAS (Healthcare Administration, Management & Policy Centralized Application Service). Links for both of these options may be found on the Residential MSHA web page. In order for an application to be considered complete, prospective students must complete the on-line application (includes essays and resume), provide official transcript(s), and request at least 3 letters of reference online. Only complete applications will be considered for an on-campus interview invitation.


We no longer require the GMAT or GRE for admission to the MSHA Program. 


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

Interview Required?

An on-campus interview is required prior to an admissions decision. The interview process typically begins in January and will last a half day. During that time, prospective students will be able to meet with MSHA Program leadership, faculty members, current students and alumni as well as tour the facilities and campus (if desired).

Work Experience?

Work experience is not a requirement for the UAB Residential MSHA Program. Some students entering the MSHA program may have some work experience while others apply directly after graduating from college. The Admissions Committee will review your resume and essays for evidence of leadership, community service and any prior exposure to the healthcare industry as a volunteer, intern or paid part-time work experience. It is recommended that applicants identify and emphasize their leadership experience and potential during the application process.


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.

Class Size?

The UAB MSHA Program seeks to enroll 25 to 35 students each fall with diverse backgrounds, education and experience levels.

Dual Degrees?

The UAB MSHA Program provides students the opportunity to pursue a dual degree with the Master of Science in Health Informatics (MSHI) Program, Master of Public Health Program (MPH), or the Master of Business Administration Program (MBA). An applicant to a dual degree program (MSHA/MSHI MSHA/MPH, or MSHA/MBA) will be required to apply to each program separately. Please visit http://www.uab.edu/business/degrees-certificates/mba/mba-admission for specific requirements and to apply to the MBA program.


The first 21 months of the UAB MSHA Program encompasses 2 semesters (Fall and Spring) of on-campus classes, a summer internship opportunity, and 2 more semesters (Fall and Spring) of on-campus classes. Following the didactic portion of the program, all students must complete a 9-12 month Administrative Residency to receive their MSHA degree. Dual degree students will be able to graduate with the  MPH, MSHI or MBA degree prior to the beginning of the Administrative Residency.

Part-Time Jobs?

The UAB MSHA Program has partnered with the UAB Health System to provide an immediate immersion into the healthcare industry. The Student Workforce Program matches students with UAB Health System leaders and pays students for up to 10 hours each week beginning during the first fall you begin the Program. During the second year, students may find other employment opportunities in the Birmingham area.

Summer Internships?

Single-degree MSHA students currently complete a 9-12 week summer internship. Beginning in fall 2017, all students enrolled in any of the MSHA degree options (MSHA; MSHA/MBA; MSHA/MPH; MSHA/MSHI) will be able to complete a summer internship.

Administrative Residency?

The Administrative Residency is a hallmark of the UAB MSHA Program. All MSHA students are required to complete a 9-12 month administrative residency prior to receiving their MSHA degree. UAB employs a unique program called the Preceptor’s Conference each fall for second year students. Over 30 organizations and health care leaders come to UAB to meet, socialize with, and interview our students during this unique event. Over 60% of all administrative residencies are obtained as a direct result of the Preceptor’s Conference. A strong network of UAB MSHA alumni around the country also seek MSHA students as residents and fellows.


The UAB MSHA Program is highly structured with a rigorous course load in the fall and spring semesters. Single degree MSHA students have the opportunity to select two electives during the course sequence. Dual-degree MSHA/MBA are able to select one elective during the course sequence. MSHA/MSHI students do not have the option to select an elective.

Part-Time or Distance Learning?

The UAB Residential MSHA Program is full-time on-campus program during the first 21 months. Our Executive MSHA Program is designed for healthcare professionals with 5 or more years of experience and uses a blend of distance learning with a week on-campus each semester. Neither the Residential MSHA Program nor the Executive MSHA Program are offered part-time or fully on-line.