Barry University MHA

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Type of Degree

MHA Degree


Type of Program


General University Information

Barry University is a private, Catholic university, which was founded in 1940 in Miami Shores, Florida, a suburb north of Downtown Miami. It is part of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Miami.

Program Description

The Master of Science in Health Services Administration program (M.S./H.S.A.) has been designed to meet the societal need for professionals in the healthcare industry to serve in a variety of leadership roles for organizations that provide health services.  The program prepares students to critically evaluate and apply theory and research in all specialty areas of healthcare and administration into their daily professional work.  Graduates are taught to become informed, responsible, and ethical leaders in the community.

Students in the M.S./H.S.A. program are encouraged to explore the complex issues surrounding healthcare in a pluralistic society, applied ethics, and multicultural health.  Students are provided with many opportunities to develop analytical and organizational skills in class and apply these skills through course assignments and internships.  Specific areas of study include management, marketing, epidemiology, strategic planning, finance, and continuous quality improvement.

The diversely rich student body and faculty, representing many ethnic and cultural backgrounds and communities, support the development of cultural competence. Our faculty includes members with strong academic and professional backgrounds who are dedicated to teaching, performing research, and their continued professional development. The program’s faculty is accessible and supportive and strives to be always available to students outside of the classroom. The M.S./H.S.A. program offers a flexible schedule to meet the needs of working professionals, as well as, full-time students.

In addition, we offer courses through a number of cohorts, or strategic partnerships with health care organizations throughout the South Florida area.  This allows students to attend classes at the main campus or at a location closer to their home or business.  The average length of the program is approximately two years.  Students are required to successfully complete 51 didactic credit hours and an individualized internship/practicum in a specialty area of their choice.

Admission Requirements

Have a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited or internationally recognized college or university with a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 (B) on a 4.0 scale or better. Those with a GPA below 3.0 will be considered on a case by case basis for provisional acceptance.

An official, acceptable Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) score or Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score taken within the last five years must be submitted during the application process. These standardized tests may be waived if the applicant possesses a master’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited or internationally recognized college or university.

Submit two letters of recommendation in support of graduate work by the applicant’s employer, previous instructor, or professional colleagues. Recommendations must specifically address (1) your potential for becoming an effective health care leader, and (2) examples of leadership potential that you have already exhibited. A Statement of Purpose must accompany your application. Your statement should focus on three areas: (1) the main reason you are choosing healthcare leadership as a career choice; (2) the main talents, skills and competencies that you possess that are indicative of your potential as a healthcare leader; and (3) the reason you are choosing Barry University’s program to help you achieve your goal of becoming a healthcare leader. A current resume or curriculum vitae is required.


Barry University


Miami Shores, FL
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