Master of Health Administration - Executive 


Healthcare facilities are increasingly complex to manage due to a number of factors: increased governmental regulation, demand for accountability, advances in healthcare technology, the changing demographics of the country, and the variety of reimbursement systems. There is a pressing need for qualified healthcare administrators to plan, organize, direct, and control their organization's resources. Career opportunities abound for capable, highly skilled individuals. To help meet this need, the Master in Health Administration program in the College of Health Professions offers two formats, one in a full-time traditional day program (residential format) and one in an executive format via on-line course delivery. The executive MHA consists of 54 semester hours: 51 semester hours of core coursework and 3 semester hours of elective coursework. While both programs are designed to develop the healthcare leaders of tomorrow, the Executive program is designed for working healthcare professionals who wish to continue working while pursuing their education to advance their careers. Executive MHA students may attend as full-time or part-time students.

Distance Education Information

MUSC has been approved by South Carolina to participate in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements. NC-SARA is a voluntary, regional approach to state oversight of postsecondary distance education. Currently, MUSC accepts applications to the Master in Health Administration - Executive format from students who live in all states.

To learn more please see the Office of Institutional Effectiveness' State Authorization page.


  • A complete MUSC MHA application through the MUSC Office of Enrollment Management. 

  • A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university. A GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale is competitive. Previous graduate work should preferably reflect a GPA of 3.0 or above. Transcripts from ALL colleges attended must be submitted to MUSC Office of Enrollment Management.

    • *Clemson University students who are on the Accelerated Pathway track must provide signed verification of Clemson general education requirements validated by the Clemson Registrar’s Office by time of matriculation into MUSC.

  • Two or more years healthcare experience preferred (or comparable professional work experience); one or more years of health care experience required.

  • As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, students applying for Summer 2020 will receive a GRE waiver. GRE (GRE Code 5407) or GMAT scores may be submitted directly to MUSC. MHA Executive Track candidates with an overall grade point average of 3.0 or higher from their undergraduate school are not required to submit GRE or GMAT. Applicants with a masters degree and above may request a waiver of the GRE or GMAT.

  • As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, students applying for Summer 2020 will receive a waiver for the 3rd reference form. Three reference forms from individuals who can comment on the applicant’s professional background, academic capabilities, and motivation. Applicants provide the email address of 3 individuals on the application and the recommendation form is electronically sent to be completed.

  • The following courses should be completed prior to starting the program:

    o   Entering Class of 2020 – One undergraduate course in statistics and one undergraduate course in economics or accounting.

    o   Entering Class of 2021 – One undergraduate course in statistics and one undergraduate course in accounting.

  • Students should have working knowledge of word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software.

International Applicants

MUSC’s MHA degree program is unable to admit international students requiring an F-1 visa. Applications will only be accepted from U.S. citizens, permanent residents, or those holding other valid nonimmigrant visa classifications that allow participation in lawful study while in the United States.

Application Process

Applicants to the EMHA program at MUSC must complete: 

  1. MUSC MHA university application through MUSC Office of Enrollment Management
  2. In addition to the application itself, the applicant must complete supplemental materials specific to the program to which they are applying. These forms are provided via email once an application has been submitted. Applicants are required to submit official transcripts from each post-secondary school attended, and all materials must be received by the application deadline.

*An application will not be considered complete unless all application materials are submitted prior to the application deadline. Application materials include official transcripts, official GRE or GMAT scores (if applicable), reference forms, resume and essay. 

*Prerequisites may be in progress at time of application, but must be completed prior to matriculation at MUSC.

Application Deadlines

Start Term Application Type Available Deadline
Summer 2020 Regular July 1, 2019 April 15, 2020

Fall 2020  Hybrid  April 13, 2020 July 15, 2020
Summer 2021  Regular July 1, 2020 April 15, 2021
Fall 2021  Hybrid July 1, 2020 July 15, 2021

Full time program- completed in 6 semesters
Part time program- completed in 9 semesters
Hybrid program- blend of full time and part time semesters completed in 8 semesters; Fall start only