Dr. Marie St. Rose, Program Coordinator
The Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA) seeks to prepare students to function as leaders in the delivery of health care services. The curriculum is competency-based and grouped in five domains: communication and relationship management, leadership, professionalism, knowledge of the health care environment, and business skills and knowledge. The program will be delivered fully online to provide flexibility for professionals who are balancing personal and work responsibilities with academia. The curriculum consists of 36 credits.
The Master of Healthcare Administration is designed to educate students to plan, direct, and coordinate the delivery of medical and health services. The program will prepare students to enter the workforce as healthcare administrators in a cadre of healthcare facilities throughout Virginia and the nation.
The program will expose students to the major forces that are transforming the healthcare industry and impacting the field of healthcare administration, for example, the aging and growing population, greater prevalence of chronic diseases, population health, and increase demand for healthcare services. Graduates will be knowledgeable in management and business principles to manage the delivery of health services and provide leadership in healthcare facilities and organizations.
Graduates will have the competencies to work in healthcare facilities such as hospitals, group physician practices, health insurance companies, outpatient clinics, government agencies, and pharmaceutical organizations.
The curriculum for the Master of Healthcare Administration requires the successful completion of 36 credit hours of course work including a master’s research project (3 credits). Students must complete all degree requirements within four years. Courses are offered in sequence every fall and spring semester.
Admission criteria to the Master of Healthcare Administration program are in accordance with the Graduate Council of Norfolk State University. The criteria for admission to regular status are as follows:
- A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university. A foreign student should possess equivalent credentials.
- A minimum overall undergraduate grade point average (G.P.A.) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
- Three letters of recommendation from persons of professional status that are familiar with the applicant's background.
A complete application file will include the following:
- Online application to the Norfolk State University.
- Non-refundable application fee (must be paid online to submit application).
- Three letters of recommendation submitted electronically
- A complete and official transcript from each college and/or university attended.
- Personal statement of professional interest and goals. The personal statement is an important part of the application for admission and should be carefully prepared and submitted electronically.
No more than 12 graduate credits may be transferred from other graduate schools.