Master of Health Administration

Highly Ranked Program

Ranked among the best health administration programs by US News and World Report and other external rating agencies, our Master of Health Administration (MHA) program is an “industry specific” MBA program — which means you will have rigorous business and management training while learning about the unique context of the health care and nonprofit sectors. The MHA program includes two years of on-campus coursework followed by a third year 10-month paid, administrative residency.

Master of Science in Health Administration (MSHA)

The Master of Science in Health Administration (MSHA) program is a professional program providing a convenient, online format — combined with six on-campus sessions — so that health care professionals working full time can earn a MSHA from anywhere in the U.S. at any time in a matter of 22 months.

This program attracts clinicians, executive-level managers and mid-career managers from a variety of health care fields with at least five years of professional experience. Typically, successful applicants demonstrate diversity in their educational, work, and life experiences, as well as a capacity to pursue a rigorous course of professional graduate study and assume increasingly responsible positions in the healthcare industry.

Ph.D. in Health Services Organization Research

“Truly exceptional is the best way I can describe my experience as a PhD student in the VCU Department of Health Administration.  It was one of the most challenging, invigorating, and exciting educational experiences I could imagine.” Abby Swanson Kazley, PhD (2006), Associate Professor, Medical University of South Carolina.

Mission Statement

The Doctoral Program in Health Services Organization and Research (HSOR) prepares individuals for careers in teaching, research, and consulting at the highest level of capability in the field of health care organizational analysis and health services research.  Graduates will be competitive for positions at the nation’s top research and teaching institutions, governmental agencies, and health care organizations.

Program Description

We embrace students with diverse educational, work and life experiences who demonstrate a capacity to pursue a rigorous course of doctoral study.  Admission is competitive and offered to a limited number of students with clear career goals in health administration and research. A master’s degree in a health- or business-related discipline is recommended.

The program’s didactic course work and comprehensive examinations can be completed in two years, but the program offers a part-time option with expected completion in three years. Required courses in organizational theory and methods are combined with opportunities for you to customize your areas of interest. You will receive dedicated support from a distinguished faculty as you pursue your doctorate at VCU. Faculty members are active highly respected scholars who disseminate their work in prestigious academic and practice journals.