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Master's in Healthcare Administration Online

The Compassion to Care. The Confidence to Lead.

Healthcare administration is a dynamic, growing field that needs highly capable, empathetic leaders. It offers skilled individuals the opportunity to put their talents to use by improving the lives of those who need it most. An online Master of Arts in Healthcare Administration from Saint Mary’s will help you channel your passion and develop your skills to meet this urgent demand.

Why Choose a Master’s in Healthcare Administration Degree from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota?

Pursue your Master’s in Healthcare Administration with innovative leadership development for managing organizational services. We offer a program to enhance your skills in areas such as care delivery, finance, advanced technologies, and project management to promote graduates to be strategic and effective leaders. Our program is 100% online, enabling you to both work and spend time with your family while you complete the degree on your schedule in less than 2 years.

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Excel in Healthcare Administration

Build the core competencies needed to succeed in your healthcare administration career at Saint Mary’s. Our online program spans multiple facets of this field, including health informatics, finance, human resources, and health policy. You’ll complete the courses in an online format that fits the needs of busy professionals, and the program culminates with a capstone course that provides the opportunity to study a health administration topic in depth.

Program Highlights

  • Gain Leadership Skills to Help you Advance Your Organization and Your Career
  • Complete the Program in Under Two Years
  • Asynchronous Courses Allow you to Participate in the Course When it is Convenient for you
  • Learn from and Network with Professionals in the Field
  • Courses from the MA in Healthcare Administration program can be applied directly to the online Graduate Certificate on Healthcare Administration
  • Discover scholarships available through our partnerships with several regional and national employers. See if your employer is part of our Trusted Partnership Program. Learn more.

Course Requirements

Learn more about the courses you’ll take while completing Saint Mary’s online M.A. in Healthcare Administration program. The degree program consists of courses totaling 33 credit hours, which you can complete in under 2 years.

Share Your Success

Saint Mary’s supports your success by providing you with the tools necessary to not only achieve your professional goals but to share them with the world—especially the digital world.

As part of our commitment, Saint Mary’s offers an opportunity for you to be awarded digital badges. Digital badges are a graphic verification representing your achievement after completing a specific online course or program.


Applying for an online M.A. in Healthcare Administration is just the beginning. You are on your way to a career of helping others create even better lives for themselves. Our admission requirements allow us to gain insight into your unique abilities, strengths, experience, and future career goals. We take every part of your application into consideration when reviewing your admission.

  • Below, you’ll find all the details for Saint Mary’s master’s in healthcare administration requirements. Once you review the admission steps, you’ll be ready to pursue the next chapter in your future.

    Saint Mary’s online Master of Arts in Healthcare Administration program requires the following:

    • An undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited institution
    • A minimum GPA of 2.75 on a 4.00 scale (If your overall GPA is below 2.75, you may receive provisional status in the program at the discretion of the program director.)
    • The language proficiency to succeed in graduate-level classes

  • No prerequisite coursework is required for the online M.A. in Healthcare Administration.

  • GMAT and GRE scores are not required for application.

  • You can transfer a maximum of six credits you’ve earned before admittance to Saint Mary’s.

    Transfer credits are subject to graduate school and program criteria, as well as the recommendation of the program director.

    Work experience is not accepted as credit for this program.

  • Students with transcripts from universities outside the United States, the United Kingdom, Ireland, New Zealand, Australia, and Canada (except for the Quebec Province) must take and pass English proficiency testing.

    Saint Mary’s accepts the:

    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a minimum score of 72
    • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with a minimum score of 6.0
    • Michigan Language Assessment Battery (MELAB) with a minimum score of 74%
    • International Test of English Proficiency (ITEP) with a minimum score of 4.0 or Pearson Test of English with a score of 51
    • Duolingo with a minimum score of 100

  • Whether you apply through our online application, via hard copy, or in-person with a Saint Mary’s admissions counselor, your application must include the following items:

    • Official transcripts: An official transcript issued to Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota from the institution posting the applicant’s completed degree and other relevant transcripts documenting program prerequisites and potential transfer credits must be sent separately and directly from your institution. Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota accepts official transcripts electronically from previously attended institutions. Transcripts should be sent to: or mailed to
      Transcript Processing Center
      Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota
      851 Trafalgar Court, Suite 420
      Maitland, FL 32751
    • An up-to-date résumé: Include both your educational and professional experience
    • Two letters of reference or recommendation: Two letters of recommendation that verify professional and/or volunteer experience and academic ability
    • A written statement: Describe your personal background, training, career goals, and experience. Tell us why you’re seeking admission to the M.A. in Healthcare Administration, what your personal and professional strengths are, and any other personal information you wish to share

  • Upcoming application deadlines for Saint Mary’s online M.A. in Healthcare Administration:

    • Spring: December 18, 2023
    • Fall: August 20, 2024

  • Upcoming start dates for Saint Mary’s online M.A. in Healthcare Administration:

    • Spring: January 8, 2024
    • Fall: September 3, 2024

  • You can expect to be notified about your acceptance approximately two weeks following your application submission date.

Tuition & Fees

A college education is invaluable. You can take it wherever you want to go or as far as you want to go. The cost of quality education should not get in the way of reaching your goals. Here at Saint Mary’s, we are committed to providing an accessible, quality education that is focused on enhancing your personal and professional growth.

Explore cost breakdowns for tuition and other fees of the Online Master’s in Healthcare Administration.

Careers & Salary

The online master's degree in healthcare administration equips you with leadership skills and allows you to learn the intricacies of health services operations. You can apply your expertise in various settings, such as home health agencies, hospice organizations, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and more. Some of the roles that are possible with this degree are listed below. Note that this program is not intended or designed to meet educational requirements for long-term care or nursing home administrator licensure in any jurisdiction.

Medical and Health Services Manager


Hospice Administrator


Social and Community Service Manager

Explore Healthcare Administration Careers

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Student Testimonial

“[The faculty] were personable even though the class was online. They provided excellent information on the topics through their own experiences. The feedback was incredibly detailed and helpful.” – Caroline David, 2022 M.A. in Healthcare Administration Graduate

What You'll Learn

As a graduate of this program, you will be able to:

  • Develop the leadership and management skills to promote quality and sustainability in a variety of healthcare and human services settings
  • Understand effective human resource management to maximize performance and ensure quality care
  • Learn regulations and policies and their impact on quality
  • Master financial management to keep your healthcare administration organization successful amid rapid change

Frequently Asked Questions

The online M.A. in Healthcare Administration gives you the leadership and managerial skills to pursue top-level positions in healthcare and human services settings, including: home health agencies, behavioral health institutions, single and multi-centered hospitals, hospitals, clinics, governmental healthcare administration agencies, non-profit agencies, and clinics.

No. The degree you earn online from Saint Mary's University is identical to the degree offered on campus.

To earn your online master's degree, you will complete 33 credit hours of program work. If you stay on the recommended course schedule of two online classes per consecutive semester, you can complete your healthcare administration coursework in under two years if your schedule allows.

The program is fully online. You do not need to attend Saint Mary's on-ground campuses.

No, these are instructor-led courses. While there are no set class times, there are assignments with set due dates.

All of the support systems available to on-campus students at Saint Mary's University are available for online learners as well. If you need academic support, a team of advisers is ready to assist. Professors are just a phone call or email away, and every online Saint Mary's University student is paired with a dedicated student services coordinator who will make sure your educational and professional goals stay on track. Technical support is also available to online students 24/7 at 877-308-9954 ext. 3.

Saint Mary's University of Minnesota is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

You may apply for admission to Saint Mary's online Master of Arts in Healthcare Administration program at any time. After you are admitted, you may begin taking online classes at the start of spring or fall semester.

You may transfer a maximum of six semester credits earned before admittance upon recommendation of the program director. Your transfer credits are subject to both graduate school and programmatic criteria.

No. As long as you submit your assignments by the time they are due, you can work and study when it is most convenient to you.

All the information about eligibility and admissions requirements can be found on the admissions page.

Absolutely. Many different types of financial aid are available to those who qualify. To discuss tuition rates and several different financial aid options, call 877-308-9954 to speak with an enrollment counselor.

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  1. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, “Medical and Health Services Managers.” Retrieved September 6, 2023, from
  2. Payscale, “Average Hospice Administrator Salary.” Retrieved September 6, 2023, from
  3. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, “Social and Community Service Managers.” Retrieved September 6, 2023, from