Online MHA Programs Ranked by Affordability (2020-2021)


Student loan debt is reaching epic proportions. In fact, media organizations like CBS and Forbes are calling it a debt crisis. Over 44 million students and professionals have student loan debt totaling more than $1.5 trillion in the United States. Yet in order to advance their careers and increase income, professionals are called upon to have advanced degrees in their field. This creates a need for more affordable master’s degrees.

In addition, professionals will want to seek out degrees where growth opportunities exist, the job market is expanding and salaries are attractive. Enter online master of healthcare administration programs (also known as master of health administration or MHA programs). According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics (BLS 2019) data, medical and health services managers earn a median salary of $100,980 per year ($48.55 per hour). Median annual wages were highest in government industries and hospitals, with doctor’s offices and nursing home facilities being lower.

Jobs in this market are exploding and are expected to increase 18 percent nationally between 2018 and 2028, with the addition of 71,600 jobs (BLS 2019). Healthcare administrators typically have at least a bachelor’s degree, but master’s degrees are becoming increasingly common for these positions. As such, in this article we cover online MHA programs ranked by affordability in 2020 to 2021.

These rankings are based on tuition data collected in 2020 from 250 online MHA programs and closely related graduate degrees. Tuition information is as current as possible, being taken from the 2019-2020 or 2020-2021 school years as published by each school.

Find an Affordable Online MHA Program

With the rising costs of education, graduate programs may have seemed too expensive of a proposition. These MHA programs ranked by affordability can open up some options you might not otherwise have considered.

These online programs in healthcare administration can be convenient, affordable, and completed in just one to two years. With the growing need for healthcare professionals with master’s-level education, these programs can provide a career pathway without the heavy burden of more expensive tuition costs.

Sara Navratil
Sara Navratil

Sara Navratil is a freelance writer and a Certified Canfield Success Principles Trainer. She's the owner of Sara Liza Life, a company dedicated to helping people rewrite their lives. She enjoys researching and writing about healthcare-related topics, including information on online MHA programs. When not working she likes to read, bake, and spend time with her family.

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