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Executive Delivery Modality of the Masters of Healthcare Administration (MHA)

The "EMHA" and MHA are managed as separate programs, but the courses are taught by the same professors and the degree conferred is the same MHA. Both share the same accreditation, but they appeal to different audiences, and they are delivered differently. To qualify for the executive-delivery modality, applicants must have at least 5 years management experience within the healthcare industry.

The School of Health Administration at Texas State University-San Marcos is one of only a few universities in the nation with both an undergraduate program certified by the Association of University Programs in Health Administration and two graduate programs accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME). The school is proud to have offered both undergraduate and graduate programs in healthcare administration since 1974.

The program is designed to enhance the career mobility of part-time students currently employed in health professions.  The primary focus of the curriculum is middle to senior-level management.

Here is the basic structure of its delivery:

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Texas State’s master of healthcare administration (MHA) program has been accredited by CAHME since 1992. CAHME is the only organization to accredit master’s level healthcare management programs in the United States and Canada.

Through CAHME accreditation, students are assured that accredited healthcare management education programs are evaluated extensively and conform to set standards. Accreditation requires continual self-evaluation, regular reports and periodic external review. Because of this, students are assured that the educational quality of the programs remains current and reflects changes in knowledge and practice of the profession.

Course Work

The Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA) usually includes 43 hours of core courses and either a thesis or major project depending on the student’s previous experience and preference.

Principal areas of study include health and disease; sociological, economic, legal and political forces that affect health care; and management and organizational behavior including such specializations as financial management, human resource management, planning, marketing, and data generation and analysis.

Admission Policy

Course prerequisites for MHA students include: statistics, economics and financial accounting. These prerequisites may be accepted from other universities and must be taken prior to entering the graduate program.

Applicants must meet the Graduate College’s minimum GPA requirement of 2.75 for the last 60 hours of letter-grade course work leading to the bachelor’s degree as well as for any graduate or professional work. They must also earn a minimum score of 575 on an admission index calculated by multiplying GPA for the last 60 hours of undergraduate work by 100 then adding it to the applicant's new GRE score (verbal & quantitative).

Admission to the graduate programs is selective and designed to identify those applicants who have the ability and interest to manage the rigors of the programs of study.  Prospective students would seek admission to the University by contacting the Graduate College, by phone at 512.245.2581 or e-mail Information and application material is available at:

Application deadlines, instructions, and other requirements for Fall Semester are listed on HAMPCAS

Applicants will electronically submit all documents through the centralized application system, HAMPCAS. Please only submit what is required by the program. Any additional documents mailed or e-mailed to our office will not be attached to applications.

Because of the writing and speaking requirements in the MHA program, applicants for the MHA program are required to complete an on-campus interview (Skype is available for international students and others on a case-by-case basis). Once all materials are received, the School of Health Administration graduate advisor will schedule an interview to confirm the applicant's ability and interest in not only pursuing, but completing the program.

To apply, each applicant must submit the following through the HAMPCAS system which incurs its own fee of about $115:

  • Non-Texas State graduates must submit one official transcript from each senior level, post-secondary institution attended. These transcripts must be mailed directly from the institutions to the Office of the Graduate College;
  • Official scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) verbal and quantitative portions combined (you must have your GRE scores on file prior to acceptance);
  • Three letters of reference from professionals competent to assess the applicant's interest in pursuing a career in their chosen field of study*; and
  • Applicant's written statement of purpose indicating ability and interest in completing the degree program.

Once these materials are received, the School of Health Administration graduate advisor will schedule an interview to confirm the applicant's ability and interest in not only pursuing, but completing the program.

Visit for access to an online application and additional details. Priority deadline for fall is March 1st. Final deadline is June 1 for the fall semester.

Financial Assistance

For information about scholarships, financial aid and application deadlines, visit the Graduate College Web site at and click on Financing Your Graduate Education.




Dr. C. Scott Kruse, FACHE
Assistant Professor & Graduate Programs Director
School of Health Administration
Health Professions Bldg, 254

Phone: 512.245.4462
Fax: 512.245.8712