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The Graduate School

Health Administration

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Overview

The Master of Health Administration (MHA) is designed to meet the educational needs of men and women interested in assuming administrative and management positions in the healthcare industry. The MHA is a 45 (minimum) credit degree program, which consists of Brooks College of Health core courses, including a one 3-hour elective.

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Prerequisites

No specific undergraduate major is required. However, applicants are expected to have completed the following courses, or their equivalent:

  • Principles of Financial Accounting
  • Statistics

Program Opportunities

The MHA program offers opportunities to gain hands-on experience and transformational learning with the delivery and financing of health care in other countries through study abroad opportunities. The program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Health Management Education (CAHME).

MHA students have the opportunity to learn and interact with some of the nation's largest health care organizations. Jacksonville is home to Mayo Clinic, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida, Baptist Health, HCA Memorial, St Vincent's Hospital, to name a few who provide a wide variety of internship and employment options. Each MHA student will earn their official Lean Competency System (LCS) Certification 1C Green Belt equivalent and training in Human Centered Design, sponsored by Guidewell/FloridaBlue.

Application Deadlines

Fall Term . . . . . . . . August 1
Summer Term . . . April 15

Graduate Program Director

Dr. Rob Haley
Professor
(904) 620-4016
Building 39, Room 4039

The following items must be submitted no later then the deadline posted above. Incomplete applications with outstanding requirements, or those post-marked after the posted deadline, are subject to cancellation. Once an application has been canceled, the decision can not be reversed. Applicants may apply for the next application cycle.

  • UNF admission application
  • Application fee
  • If applicable, collection holds and judicial holds must be cleared
  • All of the below university and program requirements
  • University Requirements
    • A baccalaureate degree from an accepted institutional accreditor, or its equivalent from a foreign institution, with a GPA of 3.0 or higher in all work attempted in the last 60 credit hours of undergraduate study.
    • Transcripts, and foreign evaluations if applicable, from all post-secondary institutions attended. Admitted students will be prompted to provide official copies. 
  • Program Requirements
    • Resume
      • Education
      • Work experience
      • Honors and/or memberships in school, profession and service organizations
    • Letter of intent
      • 2-3 page personal statement
      • Describe reasons for seeking degree in Health Administration;
      • Career objectives;
      • Any other information you feel is pertinent to your admissions
    • Two letters of recommendation
    • GRE Waiver Option 
      • Applicants that feel they qualify for one of the waiver options below will need to email the Graduate Program Director a statement identifying how you qualify for a GRE waiver. If approved for a waiver, the Graduate Program Director will notify the Graduate School.
        • GRE waiver options: 
          • Applicants with an earned bachelor's in a health administration discipline from a US accredited institution with at least a 3.0 GPA in your last 60 credit hours from an accepted institutional accreditor.
          • Applicants who have earned a B or better in three (3) quantitative-based courses from a U.S. accredited institution. Examples include Statistics, Accounting, Finance, Chemistry, and Biology courses from an accepted institutional accreditor.
          • Applicants with an earned advanced degree (defined as a Master Degree at the minimum) from an accepted institutional accreditor.
      • Applicants not qualifying for a GRE waiver may be admitted based upon a composite score consisting of an index formula that includes both the last 60 undergraduate hours GPA, and test score (taken within the last 5 years) from either GRE (minimum of 300) or GMAT (minimum of a 470). Based upon an evaluation of the applicants' transcripts, the UNF MHA Program will determine the accepted student's program of study.  
        • The appropriate formulaic score for admission is as follows:
          • GRE: (200 x GPA) + GRE total score = 900 or higher
          • GMAT: (200 x GPA*) + GMAT total score = 1070 or higher
      • Applicants failing to qualify for admission as defined in the above options may be considered for provisional acceptance by the MHA Program. Provisional acceptances are at the discretion of the MHA Program and are considered after a complete evaluation that may include the following:
        • A required interview and any additional information as requested by the MHA Program,
        • Experience in the healthcare industry,
        • An evaluation of the applicants' transcripts,
        • Provisionally admitted MHA students must remain in good academic standing (overall UNF Graduate Program GPA above a 3.00) throughout their course of study at UNF
    The UNF MHA Program embraces holistic admission practices by considering multiple sources of information when making an admission decision, including a statement of interest, recommendation letters, academic transcripts and test scores. All admission materials are reviewed and while no one item is determined to be the sole indicator of academic potential, the Committee will focus on the academic rigor of an applicant’s curriculum and their ability to successfully convey that they are prepared for graduate education. The extraordinary circumstances related to the COVID-19 outbreak may be taken into account by the MHA Admissions Committee for the Summer and Fall 2021 and 2022 admission terms.
  • Express Application Requirements

    UNF undergraduates applying through the Express Application portal will be required to submit the below documents directly to the department. Questions should be directed to the graduate program director.

    • Resume
      • Education
      • Work experience
      • Honors and/or memberships in school, profession and service organizations
    • Letter of intent
      • Describe reasons for seeking degree in Health Administration;
      • Career objectives
    • Two letters of recommendation
    • Statement identifying how you qualify for a GRE waiver
    The UNF MHA Program embraces holistic admission practices by considering multiple sources of information when making an admission decision, including a statement of interest, recommendation letters, academic transcripts and test scores. All admission materials are reviewed and while no one item is determined to be the sole indicator of academic potential, the Committee will focus on the academic rigor of an applicant’s curriculum and their ability to successfully convey that they are prepared for graduate education. The extraordinary circumstances related to the COVID-19 outbreak may be taken into account by the MHA Admissions Committee for the Summer and Fall 2021 and 2022 admission terms.