Health Administration Degrees in Virginia

Programs Currently Accepting Applicants

This year, Virginia's General Assembly approved Medicaid expansions which will extend coverage to approximately 400,000 residents. But the fight to organize and provide quality health services to Virginians does not end there; it is reported that more than 300,000 residents will still remain uncovered.

Luckily, there are 60 free clinics in the state which serve uninsured people, but the uncertainty regarding Medicaid inscriptions and future funding for these clinics (usually NGOs) means that now more than ever the state is in need of well-educated, experienced health professionals capable of planning and executing efficient programs within complex, community-wide and state-wide systems.

If you work in the field of health and are interested in pursuing a career in Health Administration in Virginia, you have a number of options to choose from.

Programs Currently Accepting Applicants

With GW’s online Master of Health Administration program, [email protected], you can earn your degree and become a health care leader in as few as 24 months. Bachelor’s degree required. No GRE/GMAT required.
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American University’s online MS in Healthcare Management will give you the skills you need to manage effectively within healthcare organizations and successfully navigate change. Graduate Certificate option also available.
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Earn an MS in Health Informatics & Analytics online from Tufts School of Medicine in as few as 20 months. Graduate prepared to process data to improve health on an individual, local, and global scale. GRE waivers available.
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The George Washington University’s (GW) School of Medicine and Health Sciences offers online Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences (BSHS) programs for healthcare professionals, including a BSHS in Clinical Operations and Healthcare Management.
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What Can a Health Administrator Do?

Virginia is home to 125 hospitals, including some of the best in the nation. According to a recent search, MHA recipients looking to enter the industry in Virginia may find work as Senior Administrators in general hospitals, as program directors for academic institutions, and as general directors of private clinics, to name just a few examples.

And according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Virginia employs over 7,500 health managerial professionals, with an average salary of $114,900: noticeably higher than the national mean.

Common Master’s in Health Care Administration Degree Concepts

Below, we have listed several MHA courses offered by Virginia universities, and which may be indicative of the general coursework you can expect with such a program.

Health Organization

This course aims to examine the structure and functioning of the U.S. health system. Emphasis is placed on the core concepts necessary to understand and analyzing health and illness patterns, and their relationship to healthcare cost and quality.

Healthcare Accounting

These courses offer students a foundation with regards to healthcare financial accounting, budgeting, and short-term financial decision making. Students can expect to become acquainted with accounting concepts of providers and payers.

Managerial Epidemiology

Students are introduced to the analytical techniques most commonly used to study and measure the health status of entire populations, in order to effectively design, evaluate, and correct programs.

Online (and Onsite) MHA Programs in Virginia

Below, we have listed just two examples of flexible, in-state MHA programs which allow students to combine online and on-campus coursework. Of course, you should investigate additional options which might suit you.

George Mason University

Located in Fairfax County and originally a part of the University of Virginia system. George Mason has been an independent research institution since 1972. They are one of the only colleges in Virginia which offer an MHA degree plan that can be completed entirely online.

Their Master’s of Health Administration in Health Systems Management is meant to provide students not only with strong analytical and decision-making skills but also with a broad base of knowledge of the health industry’s history and functioning.

This CAHME accredited program comprises 47 credit hours and can be completed in two years.

It is meant for working professionals with experience in the health industry, and its flexible, online plan means that students can study when and where they want.

In addition to the coursework, students also attend an annual week of conferences in Washington D.C., where they will be able to learn first hand from the experts and congressional members who determine the nation’s health policies. Students also complete a capstone project, in which they address a real-world issue of their choosing in the field of health.

As of the 2018-2019 school year, tuition for this program was $978 per credit hour. A similar, on-campus MHA program is also available to those who have the ability to attend weekly courses.

Virginia Commonwealth University

Located in Richmond, VCU offers two-degree plans for those who wish to obtain their MHA: a traditional MHA, and a Master’s of Science in Health Administration.

The MSHA is an executive program meant for professionals working in the field and allows students to complete coursework through an online class system. In addition, MSHA students must attend six on-campus sessions over the course of their degree plan, which has an average completion time of 22 months. Generally, MSHA students are mid-career professionals with at least five years of experience.

Students who live in or near Richmond and can take standard on-campus classes might consider the traditional MHA as well: ranked the third such program in the nation by U.S. News and World Report, this is a three-year program which includes a 12-month paid administrative residency, meant to ensure that students have the experience necessary to enter the workforce upon graduation.

For this plan, in-state students can expect to pay a base tuition of $6,067 for a semester of 9-12 credit hours of class

Out-of-state residents are charged a higher fee of $12,474. Costs vary depending on whether or not you are a full-time student, and additional fees may apply.

Be sure to investigate the VCU graduate program’s Office of Financial Aid to see what scholarships and tuition-reductions you might qualify for.

If you are interested in working in this growing field, and pursuing an MHA through a Virginia university, you might consider any of the options listed below.

List of Programs

Programs Currently Accepting Applicants

George Washington University

Online Master of Health Administration
CAHME Accredited

American University

Online MS in Health Care Management
Accredited

Tufts University

Online MS in Health Informatics & Analytics
Accredited

George Washington University

BSHS in Clinical Operations and Healthcare Management
Accredited

List of Virginia Programs

Programs Currently Accepting Applicants
Eastern Mennonite University
Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)
Online MSN program is designed for working nurses so that they can get leadership skills along with the job.
Harrisonburg
Eastern Mennonite University
Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)
Online MSN program is designed for working nurses so that they can get leadership skills along with the job.
Harrisonburg
George Mason University
Master of Health Administration (MHA)
The MHA program is designed to equip the students with the knowledge and skills required to assume job positions in public and private sectors of health care such as hospitals, health systems and medical practice groups etc. The program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME).
Fairfax
George Mason University
Health Informatics, MS
The mission of Master of Science in Health Informatics at George Mason University is to health informatics professionals to become health information systems specialists, health data analysts, managers, and consultants in health information technology (health IT) firms. The program is in Candidacy Status.
Fairfax
Jefferson College of Health Sciences
Master of Healthcare Administration
The MHA at Jefferson College of Health Sciences prepares healthcare leaders to lead healthcare organizations today and into the future. The comprehensive goals of the program build strong knowledge and skills in the graduates.
Roanoke
Jefferson College of Health Sciences
Master of Science in Nursing
The MSN program at Jefferson College of Health Sciences is designed for working professional and offers two specialty tracks: Family Nurse Practitioner and Nursing Administration. The degree is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.
Roanoke
Marymount University
Health Care Management (M.S.)
M.S. in Health Care Management program at Marymount provides the skills required to manage and direct within the health care field. The program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education.
Arlington
South University–Virginia Beach
Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Healthcare Administration
Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Healthcare Administration at South University-Virginia Beach campus is built on the philosophy that healthcare leaders require strong business competencies and management skills to be successful.
Virginia Beach
Stratford University
Master of Science in Healthcare Administration
Master of Science in Healthcare Administration program at Stratford University provides the skills in strategic planning, leadership and decision making to become managers of hospitals, health services organizations, medical groups, managed healthcare organizations, and public health infrastructures.
Fairfax
Strayer University-Virginia
MASTERS OF SCIENCE IN HEALTH SERVICES ADMINISTRATION DEGREE
Masters Of Science in Health Services Administration Degree program at Strayer University-Virginia is offered online and develops managerial, technical and communication skills to become part of the next wave of health care visionaries.
Arlington
University of Management and Technology
Master of Health Administration
Master of Health Administration program at University of Management and Technology provides knowledge, tools, techniques and insights to become capable managers and administrators in various organizations in health services.
Arlington