Online Master’s Degree in Health Care Administration

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Cost per Credit
1.5 years
Average Completion*
15 Hours/Week
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Master of Health Care Administration (MHCA) Overview

Come back stronger, ready to meet the fast-growing demand for health care leaders. Earn your master’s degree 100% online and move your health care administration career forward.

  • Develop administrative, ethical, and professional skills needed for management and leadership positions in health care.
  • Prepare to handle complex new developments in technology, economics, ethics, finance, policy, and management.
  • Learn from faculty who are experienced health care professionals.
  • Apply what you've learned in class to solve challenging real-world issues in a final capstone project.
  • Gain the specialized knowledge, insights, and problem-solving skills to stay a step ahead in the constantly evolving U.S. health care system.

What Is an MHCA Degree?

Our program focuses on preparing students for advancement into general management, administration, and leadership roles in various health care settings.

Based on a competency model that aligns with our mission, the following competency domains serve as the foundation of the MHCA program:

  • Communication, Interpersonal Effectiveness, and Teamwork: Demonstrate effective health care leadership through proficient communication, interpersonal, and teamwork skills.
  • Critical Thinking, Analysis, and Problem-Solving: Design solutions through proficient critical thinking, analytical, and problem-solving skills.
  • Health Care System(s) and Environment: Assess the impact of health care system(s) and environment on organizational goals.
  • Leadership, Management, and Organization: Apply leadership, management, and organizational principles and practices to further organizational goals.
  • Personal Development and Professionalism: Design goals by applying personal and professional development principles and practices.
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Information about course competency assessments can be found in the core course syllabi.

See Notes and Conditions below for important information.

Practice-Focused Capstone

The program culminates in the successful completion of a capstone project that allows you to apply what you've learned to a challenging real-world problem or issue.

Purdue Global Is Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission

The HLC ( is an institutional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Admissions Requirements

A bachelor’s degree is required to enroll in a graduate program. You will need to provide an official transcript that shows completion of your bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution, though an unofficial copy may be provided during the application process. Refer to the University Catalog or speak to an Advisor to learn more.

What Courses Will I Take?

Courses in the Master of Health Care Administration teach you to apply health care theory and principles to real-world scenarios to develop administrative, ethical, and professional skills for middle and upper management health care leadership positions.

Sample Courses

  • Organizational Development for Health Care
  • Health Care Financial Management
  • Health Care Operations and Quality Assessment
  • Health Care Law and Ethics
  • Health Information Management and Assessment
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Program Requirements

Core Credits
Elective Credits
Total Credits

Upcoming Start Dates

We offer multiple start dates to give you flexibility in your education, life, and work schedules.

Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Administration Education (CAHME)

The Master of Health Care Administration program at Purdue Global has achieved candidacy status from the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME). The achievement of candidacy status demonstrates that the School of Health Sciences is committed to meeting the rigorous standards established by CAHME and continuous quality improvement as part of the accreditation process. CAHME, P.O. Box 911, Spring House, PA 19477; 301-298-1820info@cahme.org

Ways to Save on Time and Tuition

Purdue Global works with students to find ways to reduce costs and make education more accessible. Contact us to learn about opportunities to save on your educational costs.

Transfer Credits

Earn credit for prior coursework completed at eligible institutions.

Financial Aid

Learn about federal financial aid programs available for many of our degree programs.

Corporate Partner Benefits

Employees of Purdue Global partner organizations may be eligible for special tuition reductions.

Military Tuition Reduction

Graduate tuition savings for military include a 17–30% reduction per credit for current servicemembers and 14% per credit for veterans for graduate programs.

International Tuition Reduction

International students living outside of the United States are eligible for a 25% international student tuition reduction.

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Career Opportunities

Effective leadership in the industry can help improve management structures and find solutions to unique challenges facing individuals and communities. Purdue Global's master's in health care administration is designed to prepare graduates for leadership and management positions in governmental, nonprofit, public, and private organizations.

Average Salary


General labor market and salary data are provided by Lightcast and may not represent the outcomes experienced by Purdue Global graduates in these programs. Purdue Global graduates in these programs may earn salaries substantially different or less than the amounts listed above. Salary and employment outcomes vary by geographic area, previous work experience, education, and opportunities for employment that are outside of Purdue Global's control.

Lightcast average salary ranges can be explored further using Lightcast’s SkillsMatch tool. Purdue Global does not guarantee employment placement, salary level, or career advancement.

Earn a Law Degree 1 Year Sooner

Upon graduating, you can apply some of your courses toward an Executive Juris Doctor (EJD) degree at Purdue Global Law School. Save up to $8,652 in tuition and graduate a year sooner. You could earn both a master’s and EJD degree with a general or health law concentration in as few as 3.5 years. See which courses transfer.

Unlike the JD, which prepares you to sit for the bar exam and practice law, the online EJD is designed to help you build legal expertise to use in your career.

Download the Program Brochure

Download our brochure to learn more about the Online Master of Health Care Administration and the benefits of earning your degree at Purdue Global.

Prepare yourself for success with a master’s degree in health care administration.

See Notes and Conditions below for important information.

Our Students Succeed

Purdue Global is dedicated to preparing students like you for the careers of tomorrow.

I'm honored to have attended Purdue Global. I recommend the school to anyone who wants to be challenged and who is looking for a flexible online program that provides hands-on learning.


Erica Fuller

Master of Health Care Administration

Get to Know Our Faculty

Purdue Global faculty members are real-world practitioners who bring knowledge gained through the powerful combination of higher learning and industry experience.


Faculty members who have advanced degrees


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Faculty publications in 2021–2022

More Than 38,000

Professional development hours logged by faculty in 2021–2022

Statistics include all Purdue Global faculty members and are not school- or program-specific calculations. Source: Purdue Global Office of Reporting and Analysis, July 2022. 2021–2022 academic year.

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*Estimated Graduation Date and Average Completion: Estimated graduation date is based on the assumption that you will enroll in time to begin classes on the next upcoming start date, will remain enrolled for each consecutive term, and will maintain satisfactory academic standing in each term to progress toward completion of your program. Completion time is based on a full-time schedule. Programs will take longer for part-time students to complete.

Purdue Global Law School EJD Degree—MSHCA: Purdue Global alumni are eligible for a 20% tuition reduction on Purdue Global Law School programs. Tuition savings calculated as 21 credit hours x reduced per credit tuition rate of $412 = $8,652. Savings will vary based on the courses completed in the student’s master’s degree program. Credits apply toward open elective and/or health law electives in the EJD program.

Time savings based on a student who applies 21 credit hours toward the 3-year EJD program; the remaining 51 credits can be completed in 2 years of study. MSHCA can be completed in 1.5 years of study when adhering to the recommended course-load each term, taking courses in sequence, and without interruptions such as a leave of absence.

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