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General University Information
The Medical University of South Carolina opened in Charleston, South Carolina in 1824 as a small private college for the training of physicians. It is one of the oldest continually operating school of medicine in the United States and the oldest in the Deep South. It has expanded into a state university with a medical center and six colleges for the education of a broad range of health professionals, biomedical scientists and other health related personnel. It also operates as a center for research and a public hospital.
The College of Health Professions welcomes career-oriented individuals who want to help shape the direction of health care organizations. Students are sought who bring both a business mind and a commitment to caring for the enterprise, its patients and families, and its employees. Our students gain employment in hospitals, physician practices, long term care settings, and consultant organizations. Our Master of Health Administration program is offered in two formats.
Master of Health Administration – Executive Format
Executive MHA students are working health care professionals who balance their studies with their careers. Instruction is delivered primarily online, allowing students to continue working while completing two to three years of coursework. Students report to campus for a long weekend of study and collaboration once every semester. Graduates complete 54 credit hours; no internship is required.
Master of Health Administration – Residential Format
Residential MHA students require little or no healthcare experience, and engage as full-time students. Classes are conducted face-to-face and we offer many opportunities for real-world learning. Residential MHA students fulfill a six-credit hour internship between their first and second years. Students complete 62 credit hours, including the internship and an interprofessional course.
- A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university. A GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale is necessary to be competitive. Previous graduate work should reflect a GPA of 3.0 or above.
- A competitive score on the GRE or the GMAT is required for residential MHA applicants. For Executive MHA students, if the applicant does not have an overall grade point average of 3.0 or higher from their undergraduate school, a GRE or GMAT is required. A GRE score of 1000 (verbal + quantitative), and 4 or higher on the analytical section; or GMAT score of 500 suggests a student’s ability to be successful in the program.
- Three reference forms from individuals who can comment on the applicant’s professional background, academic capabilities, and motivation. (Applicants provide the email address of 3 individuals on the application and the recommendation form is electronically sent to be completed.)
- Undergraduate courses (one each) in statistics and in microeconomics should be completed prior to entering the program. (Undergraduate Accounting is suggested but not required.)
- Students should have working knowledge of word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software.
- For MHA Executive Track candidates, one or more years of health care experience is required. A resume should be submitted.