University of Kansas MHA

University of Kansas

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Type of Degree

MHA Degree

Type of Program


General University Information

The University of Kansas (KU) is a public research university and the largest university in the state of Kansas. KU campuses are located in Lawrence,Wichita, Overland Park, Salina and Kansas City, Kansas with the main campus being located in Lawrence on Mount Oread, the highest point in Lawrence. The University was opened in 1866, under a charter granted by the Kansas Legislature in 1864. It is the flagship university of the state of Kansas.

The University’s Medical Center and Hospital are located in Kansas City, Kansas. The Edwards Campus is in Overland Park, Kansas in the Kansas City, Missouri metro area. There are also educational and research sites in Parsons and Topeka, and branches of the University of Kansas School of Medicine in Wichita and Salina.

Enrollment at the Lawrence and Edwards campuses was 26,266 students for the 2010–2011 academic year; an additional 3,196 students were enrolled at the KU Medical Center for a total enrollment of 29,462 students across the three campuses. The Lawrence campus and KU Medical Center combined employ 2,529 faculty members.

The 2011 U.S. News & World Report ranked KU 101st in the category “national universities”. In addition, the 2008 report stated that the University of Kansas ranked as the 18th most popular university in the United States. It also ranks 11th in the nation for study abroad involvement with nearly one-third of students participating.

Program Description

The MHSA program is a 56 credit-hour graduate professional degree program (effective August 2008), and is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME). The MHSA curriculum combines social science and business content in the context of health care. The Program is designed to prepare students for a variety of positions in health care organizations, meet the needs of students with diverse cultural and professional backgrounds, and integrate classroom and experiential learning.

The MHSA program has consistently been ranked among the top health administration programs in U.S. public universities by U.S. News and World Report.

Study in the MHSA program is available on both a full-time and part-time basis. Full-time and part-time students take classes together, providing a rich environment for learning and sharing knowledge and experiences. Full-time students complete the MHSA degree in two academic years. Part-time students typically complete the degree in three to four years.

Coursework for the MHSA program is offered at the KU Medical Center campus in Kansas City, Kansas. Classes are offered during the late afternoon and evening hours, Monday through Thursday.

The Department offers several joint degree programs including the JD/MHSA, MS in Nursing/MHSA, and MD/MHSA in cooperation with the Schools of Law, Nursing, and Medicine, respectively. Health Policy and Management also offers an BSHEIM/ MHSA Bridge Program.

Admission Requirements

Applicants to the MHA program must meet the following criteria:

  • Transcripts. Arrange to have one official copy of each transcript from every college and university that you have attended sent directly to:KUMC Office of the Registrar/Student Admissions
    MS 4029
    3901 Rainbow Blvd
    Kansas City, KS 66160
    • To be admitted as a regular graduate student, applicants must have not less than a 3.0 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale. Students are sometimes admitted on a probationary or provisional basis when their grade point average is less than 3.0.
    • For applicants still in school, a transcript showing the first three years of undergraduate work is acceptable. Before matriculation, entering students must have on file a final degree-granting transcript for each previous degree received.
  • Resume. Applicants must upload a resume indicating education and work background, honors, memberships in professional, school, service organizations and any other personal information relevant to applying to a graduate program.
  • Personal statement. Applicants must type in or upload a personal statement. This is a brief essay outlining the applicant’s reasons for wanting to pursue graduate education in health administration, career objectives, and any other information that would help the Admission Committee get to know the applicant. This is an important picture of the applicant and his or her ability to write clearly and descriptively.
  • Letters of recommendation. Applicants must provide the names and e-mail addresses of three (3) references who are qualified to comment on their potential success both in a graduate program and as a health care executive. Please notify your references that they will receive an e-mail form “KU Medical Center <> requesting them to complete an on-line reference form. They may also upload a letter of reference in addition to completing the form.




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