Online Master of Science in Health Administration (MSHA) Programs


Healthcare is the largest employer in America, and for years it’s been steadily employing more and more healthcare administrators. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS 2021), the need for medical and health services managers is projected to grow 32 percent between 2020 and 2030, a rate that’s quadruple the national average for all professions. Those positions are highly paid, too: the average salary for a healthcare administrator is $119,840 per year, and the top 10 percent earn over $205,000 per year (BLS May 2021).

Earning a graduate degree in health administration is the surest step one can take to having a career as a top healthcare administrator. A master of science in health administration (MSHA) degree offers a comprehensive curriculum in the management, marketing, operations, and policy of healthcare organizations; graduates go on to become leaders in the healthcare industry.

MSHA degrees are functionally equivalent to master of health administration (MHA) degrees; in fact, some MHA programs actually confer an MSHA degree. In practice, the differences between MSHA programs and MHA programs have less to do with the number of letters in the degree title than they do with the unique characteristics of different universities.

Some programs will focus on executive education, recruiting students who have years of management experience; others are paired with informatics programs to boost graduates’ data-driven decision-making.

To find out more about which MSHA programs are available, and decide which one is right for you, to read on.

Professors to Know from Schools with Online Master of Science in Healthcare Administration Programs

  • Mary Ann Hart, DNP, RN - Regis College

    Dr. Mary Ann Hart is an associate professor and graduate program director for the master of science in health administration (MSHA) Program at Regis College. She earned her doctor of nursing practice (DNP) with a specialization in health policy from Regis College. She joined the Regis faculty in 2005 and led the development of the MSHA Program.

    As principal of Hart Government Relations in Cambridge, she develops and directs government relations strategy on behalf of nonprofit health and human services organizations. In the past, she has been a member of numerous boards of directors, including the Cambridge Health Alliance, Cambridge City Hospital, and Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program, and has served as the chair of the Cambridge-Somerville Health Policy Board.

  • Thomas R. Martin, PhD - Saint Joseph’s University

    Dr. Thomas R. Martin is assistant professor and program director of the MHA/MS dual degree program at Saint Joseph’s University. He earned his MBA with a specialization in healthcare administration and policy and his PhD in public policy from the University of Delaware. His research interests include the application of cost-benefit analysis, comparative effectiveness, and other economic valuations within the healthcare setting, specifically telehealth, remote patient monitoring, and connected health.

    Prior to joining the faculty at Saint Joseph’s University, Dr. Martin spent ten years in the telecommunications and health IT industries. He has served as project lead for numerous IT implementations and mobile app developments and is a former director with Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS).

  • Cody Mullen, PhD - Purdue University

    Dr. Cody Mullen is clinical associate professor and program director of the master of health administration (MHA) program at Purdue University. He earned his PhD in health policy and management from Indiana University.

    Dr. Mullen’s research interests focus on the application of scientific and engineering principles and theoretical frameworks to examine trends, impact patient outcomes, and improve care coordination in the realm of health services and patient-centered outcomes research.

    Prior to joining Purdue, Dr. Mullen worked at the Indiana Rural Health Association (IRHA) as its Policy, Research, and Development Officer, and served as project director and evaluator with projects focusing on infant mortality, chronic disease management, and telehealth. He is a past National Rural Health Association (NRHA) fellow and has served two terms on the NRHA Policy Congress.

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