Penn State University MHA

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Type of Degree

MHA Degree

Type of Program

Online, Residential

General University Information

The Pennsylvania State University, commonly referred to as Penn State or PSU, is a public research university with campuses and facilities throughout the state of Pennsylvania, United States. Founded in 1855, the university has a threefold mission of teaching, research, and public service. Its instructional mission includes undergraduate, graduate, professional and continuing education offered through resident instruction and online delivery.

Its University Park campus, the flagship campus, lies within the Borough of State College and College Township, Pennsylvania. The Penn State Dickinson School of Law has facilities located in both Carlisle and University Park and the College of Medicine is located in Hershey. Penn State has another 19 commonwealth campuses and 5 special-mission campuses located across the state.

Program Description

Our professional Master of Health Administration (M.H.A.) degree provides students the requisite knowledge, skills, and values for administrative positions in the increasingly complex health care sector.

Penn State’s Department of Health Policy and Administration prepares students for leadership positions in health care organizations, the nation’s second largest and fastest growing industry. M.H.A. graduates become executives in hospitals, health systems, skilled nursing facilities, insurance companies, consulting firms, home health agencies, federal regulating agencies, medical group practices, health maintenance organizations, public health agencies, mental health agencies, and clinics.

The M.H.A. program prepares students for the complexities they will face in managing organizations that plan, finance, and deliver health care. The curriculum emphasizes strategic thinking, financial management, communication, and a broad understanding of the U.S. health care system. Areas of study include health law, epidemiology, insurance, government programs, ethics, managed care, long-term care, health care technology, marketing, and strategic planning. For the past four years, all M.H.A. graduates have secured jobs in the field within three months of graduation, many in administrative fellowships within organizations such as The Cleveland Clinic, Johns Hopkins, Duke Medical Center, and other organizations.

Admission Requirements

Most students admitted for graduate study in the Department of Health Policy and Administration have a GPA greater than 3.2 and GRE scores above 600 on each test or GMAT score above 550 (for MHA candidates). Please understand that these are typical grades and scores; they do not guarantee admission.
  1. Completed Graduate School Application
  2. Standardized test scores as required (GRE for M.S./Ph.D. or GRE or GMAT for M.H.A.) using the following codes as indicated on the testing form:
    • Institution Code and Name: 2660 Pennsylvania ST U University Park
    • Department Code and Name: 0607 Health Science Administration
    • M.H.A. Program Code (needed for GMAT): ZZ8-T7-02
    • Two official transcripts from each institution attended


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