University of South Carolina MHA

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Type of Degree

MHA Degree

Type of Program


General University Information

The University of South Carolina (also referred to as USC, SC, or Carolina) is a public, co-educational research university located in Columbia, South Carolina, United States, with 7 surrounding satellite campuses. Its historic campus covers over 359 acres (145 ha) in downtown Columbia not far from the South Carolina State House. The University has been recognized by the Carnegie Foundation for its research and engagement, has received a Top-10 ranking from U.S. News & World Report for being “most promising and innovative,” and for decades has received annual recognition for its prestigious undergraduate and graduate International Business programs.

Program Description

The Master of Health Administration (MHA) program prepares students for a career in the management of health services organizations in the private and public sectors, ranging from direct service providers (hospitals, clinics, long-term care settings) through the ancillary industries (health insurers, quality review organizations). In addition to the core public health disciplines, the 58-hour MHA program provides training in management, accounting, finance, information technology, quantitative methods, leadership, and evaluation and planning – all geared for healthcare organizations.

The MHA is offered in a full-time format for regular students, and in a part-time format for working professionals. Most of the courses are offered in the late afternoons and evenings, thereby permitting people who work full time to attend with minimal disruption of their work obligations.

The MHA program at the University of South Carolina is a dually accredited program – by the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME) and by the Council for Education in Public Health (CEPH).

Admission Requirements

All applications for the MHA program must be submitted through the Schools of Public Health Application Service (SOPHAS). The link to SOPHAS is on the Arnold School of Public Health website. ( The Department is not allowed to make any exceptions.

1. A Bachelor’s degree is required before enrollment, with an official transcript of undergraduate work. Pending completion of the degree, an official transcript of all coursework taken to date is required.

2. Official Graduate Record Examination scores (GRE) or GMAT scores must be submitted. Applicants with a terminal degree (MD or JD or PhD) can be considered for waiver of GRE/GMAT scores on a case-by-case basis.

3. Foreign applicants whose native language is not English must submit TOEFL scores (Test of English as a Foreign Language). If prior academic work in the United States illustrates that the student is proficient in English, this requirement may be waived, with the concurrence of the Graduate School.

4. Two letters of recommendation must be submitted from persons who can reflect upon the applicant’s prior academic and/or professional performance.

5. A career goal statement and a current resume must be provided.




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