Texas State University San Marcos MHA

Type of Degree

MHA Degree

Type of Program


General University Information

Texas State University–San Marcos (informally Texas State University, or simply Texas State, it discourages the use of TSU) is an emerging research university located in San Marcos, Texas. Established in 1899 as the Southwest Texas State Normal School, it opened its doors in 1903 to 303 students with a focus to educate students to become teachers.

Since that time it has grown into the largest institution in the Texas State University System and the fifth-largest university in Texas boasting an enrollment of over 34,000 students. Academically, it is composed of 10 colleges and about 50 schools and departments across multiple disciplines, including nationally recognized programs in Geography, Criminal Justice and Music.

Program Description

The School of Health Administration at Texas State University-San Marcos is one of only a few universities in the nation with both an undergraduate program certified by the Association of University Programs in Health Administration and a graduate program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME). The school is proud to have offered both undergraduate and graduate programs in healthcare administration since 1974.

The healthcare administration program is designed to enhance the career mobility of parttime students currently employed in health professions as well as to provide a solid base of academic experiences for full-time students who wish to enter the healthcare administration profession. The primary focus of the curriculum is middle to senior-level management.

The program is offered to full-time students during the day and to part-time students during in the evenings. The school’s awardwinning faculty bring rich experiential and educational backgrounds to the classroom.

Admission Requirements

Course prerequisites for MHA students include: statistics, economics and financial accounting. These prerequisites may be accepted from other universities and must be taken prior to entering the graduate program.

Applicants must meet the Graduate College’s minimum GPA requirement of 2.75 for the last 60 hours of letter-grade course work leading to the bachelor’s degree as well as for any graduate or professional work. They must also earn a minimum score of 575 on an admission index calculated by multiplying GPA for the last 60 hours of undergraduate work by 100 then adding it to the applicant’s new GRE score (verbal & quantitative).

To apply, each applicant must submit the following to the Graduate College at Texas State:

  • An official Texas State Graduate College application form;
  • A non-refundable application fee of $40.00 (check or money order payable to Texas State University in U.S. currency);
  • Non-Texas State graduates must submit one official transcript from each senior level, post-secondary institution attended. These transcripts must be mailed directly from the institutions to the Office of the Graduate College;
  • An acceptable score on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) verbal and quantitative portions combined(you must have your GRE scores on file prior to acceptance);
  • Three letters of reference from professionals competent to assess the applicant’s interest in pursuing a career in their chosen field of study; and
  • Applicant’s written statement of purpose indicating ability and interest in completing the degree program and a current resume.

After receiving applicants’ files from the Graduate College, the program advisor will request that applicants schedule an on-campus interview to confirm the applicant’s ability and interest in not only pursuing, but completing, the program.  For the interview, you are required to bring a current résumé.




San Marcos, TX

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