University of Pittsburgh MHA

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Type of Degree

MHA Degree

Type of Program


General University Information

The University of Pittsburgh, commonly referred to as Pitt, is a state-related research university located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States. Founded as Pittsburgh Academy in 1787 on what was then the American frontier, Pitt is one of the oldest continuously chartered institutions of higher education in the United States. Pitt evolved into the Western University of Pennsylvania with an alteration to its charter in 1819, and upon relocating to its current campus in the Oakland neighborhood of Pittsburgh in 1908, the school received its current moniker, the University of Pittsburgh. For most of its history Pitt was a private institution, until it became part of the Commonwealth System of Higher Education in 1966.

Program Description

The primary purpose of our MHA Program curriculum is to provide graduate-level education that equips early to mid-career healthcare professionals with enduring and transferable skills, values and conceptual abilities sufficient to facilitate advancement within management and leadership roles in health care, healthcare policy and public health. Upon completion of the MHA program, our graduates obtain Post-graduate Fellowships or full-time employment in hospitals, academic medical centers,  physician practices, long-term care facilities, health plans, and consulting firms.

The curriculum requires 60 credits of full-time study over five academic terms including a full-time Management Residency for the MHA degree. The program can also be completed on a part-time basis and students are expected to make forward progress toward the completion of the degree on a timely basis.

Requirements for the MHA Degree: In order to be eligible for graduation, students must complete 60 credit hours with a B (3.0) average or better including a supervised management residency (which is typically scheduled during the summer term), prepare a scholarly master’s essay relating to the culminating experience, and clear all debts and obligations to the University of Pittsburgh.

The Curriculum consists of the GSPH School’s public health core courses, a broad array of courses in health care system organization and management, health policy and economics, leadership, and professional development activities. The MHA Program also provides the student opportunities for transition to the world of practice through the Executive in Residence, the required Management Residency, assignment of a professional health care leader as a Mentor, and an expanded orientation program.

Admission Requirements

a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university;
scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) are required; TOEFL scores are required for foreign applicants;
a minimum of three (3) post-secondary (college/university) level semester credits in human biology;
a minimum of three (3) post-secondary (college/university) level semester credits in mathematics (algebra or higher) or statistics taken in a department of mathematics. (e.g., a statistics class offered by a psychology or education department will not suffice).
a minimum of six (6) post-secondary (college/university) level semester credits in the social and behavioral sciences, preferably at least one course in economics.




Pittsburgh, PA

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