Online Master’s Degree in Health Care Administration

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Program at a Glance

  • Develop administrative, ethical, and professional skills for middle and upper management health care leadership positions.
  • Prepare to handle complex new developments in technology, economics, ethics, finance, policy, and management.
  • Earn your Master of Health Care Administration (MHCA) degree 100% online while meeting the demands of your career.
Upcoming Start Dates

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

Course Effort
15 Hours per Week
Course Length
10-Week Terms
Average Completion
1.5 years
Of Full-Time Study
Credits Required
52
(35 Semester Credits)
Cost per Credit
$485

What Is an MHCA Degree?

With America's health care system constantly evolving, management of this shifting landscape requires professionals with special knowledge, insight, and problem-solving skills. Equip yourself to meet the challenge by earning a master’s degree in health care administration online.

The Master of Health Care Administration emphasizes advanced knowledge and skills as well as overall concepts, values, research methods, and applications relevant to the health care field. Our MHCA degree includes coursework focused on preparing you to:

  • Demonstrate effective health care leadership through proficient communication, interpersonal, and teamwork skills.
  • Design solutions through proficient critical thinking, analytical, and problem-solving skills.
  • Assess the impact of health care system(s) and environment on organizational goals.
  • Apply leadership, management, and organizational principles and practices to further organizational goals.
  • Design goals by applying personal and professional development principles and practices.

See the University Catalog for policy and degree plan information specific to this program.

Student Success

“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

Purdue University Global Is Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission

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

Admission Requirements

A bachelor’s degree is required to enroll in a master’s degree 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.

Ways to Save

  • Transfer Credits

    Earn credit for prior coursework completed at eligible institutions, including community colleges.

    Save Time and Money on Your Degree

  • Financial Aid

    Title IV federal financial aid is available for many of our degree programs.

    Financial Aid FAQ

  • Corporate Partner Benefits

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

    Employee Savings and Benefits

  • Military Tuition Reduction

    55% reduction per credit for current servicemembers, 38% per credit for veterans for undergraduate programs.

    Tuition Savings for Military

  • International Tuition Reduction

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

    International Tuition and Benefits

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Courses Taught by Highly Respected Faculty

In our online master's degree program, you'll learn from professors who are experienced health care professionals. Purdue Global's curriculum is reviewed by industry experts, ensuring graduates are well-prepared for today's challenges.

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.

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.

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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

Program Requirements

  • Core Credits
    44
  • Elective Credits
    8
  • Total Credits
    52

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.

Top 5 Skills Employers Are Looking for:

  1. Speaking
  2. Critical Thinking
  3. Active Listening
  4. Coordination
  5. Judgement and Decision Making

Top Jobs With This Degree

Labor market, salary, and projected growth information are supplied by Emsi. Average salary range is based on national data. Projected growth represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2018–2030) at the state level and is based on your geographic location. Actual outcomes vary by geographic area, previous work experience, and opportunities for employment. Purdue Global cannot guarantee employment placement, salary level, or career advancement. Additional certification or licensing may be required to work in certain fields. Prior experience may be necessary for leadership positions.

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.

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grad hat icon 98% Faculty members who have advanced degrees
diploma icon 50% Faculty members who hold a doctorate
tablet icon 237 Faculty publications in 2020–2021
student at desk icon More Than 36,000 Professional development hours logged by faculty in 2020–2021

Statistics include all Purdue Global faculty members and are not school or program-specific calculations. Source: Purdue Global Office of Reporting and Analysis, September 2021. 2020–2021 academic year.

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Earn a Law Degree 1 Year Sooner

Upon graduating, you can apply some of your courses toward an Executive Juris Doctor (EJD) degree at Concord 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

Program Brochure

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NOTES AND CONDITIONS

*This testimonial was obtained by Purdue University Global. The views and opinions expressed are those of the individual; student experiences may vary.

Purdue Global alumni are eligible for a 20% tuition reduction on Concord 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.