University of Southern California MHA

University of Southern California

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Type of Degree

Master of  Healthcare Administration

MHA/Master’s of Science in Gerontology

Type of Program


General University Information

The University of Southern California (USC) is a private, not-for-profit, nonsectarian, research university located in Los Angeles, California, United States. USC was founded in 1880, making it California’s oldest private research university.

USC’s prominence has closely paralleled the growth of Los Angeles, and the university historically has educated a large number of the city’s business leaders and professionals. In recent decades, the university has also leveraged its location in Los Angeles to establish relationships with research institutions throughout Asia and the Pacific Rim.

Program Description

The USC Master of Health Administration (MHA) program has been training leaders in health management and policy for more than 35 years. Features of the USC MHA include:

A focused health management and policy degree that offers students breadth and depth in areas of specialization. Within the MHA curriculum, students have the opportunity to develop expertise in two of the following areas of specialization:

  • Healthcare Operations and Management
  • Leadership in Healthcare Organizations
  • Health Policy
  • Health Care Finance
  • Quality of Care
  • Health Information Technology

Study with the MHA faculty who are making substantial contributions to both research and the profession of health management and policy. The full-time faculty is complemented with strong adjunct faculty who are active practitioners in the greater professional community and who assure that graduates have skills that will contribute to important healthcare solutions.

Strong ties to the healthcare community – in Los Angeles, California, the United States, and the world

Health Advisory Board: comprised of highly placed health care professionals who care about students and their careers

  • 16,000 USC Price alumni
  • Access to numerous employment opportunities
  • 225 hospitals and numerous clinics that support the 20 million people living in Southern California
  • 111 health insurance plans doing business in California
  • 900 advanced medical technology companies in Southern California
  • 1000 hour administrative residency – so that you are prepared to assume a leadership position in healthcare when you graduate
  • Accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME)

Admission Requirements

Potential for distinguished academic and professional achievement is the principal criterion for admission to the MHA program. In assessing an application, the admission committee evaluates:

  • past performance as evidenced by grades, work experience and community service
  • future promise as indicated by performance on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT), and letters of recommendation
  • commitment to educational and career goals, as demonstrated particularly in the writing sample

In general, successful applicants will have attained at least a 3.0 undergraduate grade point average (GPA) and an above average score on the GRE or GMAT.

Students are encouraged to submit applications prior to December 15 in order to be considered for USC Price Scholarships. Since the admission review process does not include an interview, submitted materials should present student qualifications clearly and completely.




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