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Program Strengths

The master of health care administration (M.H.A.) program is based on a practical, problem-based approach. Expert full-time and part-time faculty from the health care community provides a blend of theory and experience.

Oct 2013 M.H.A. program receives candidate status from CAHME

Candidate status is an indication that a program in healthcare management has voluntarily committed to participate in a  plan of self-improvement and is actively progressing toward the status of accreditation. Candidate status is not accredited status and does not guarantee eventual accredited status. Read more.

AUPHA affiliation

The M.H.A. program is a member program of the Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA), and a recent applicant for candidacy for accreditation to the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME).

Courses that fit your schedule

Complete the degree full-time in 2 years; 3 years part-time. Courses are scheduled to support working professionals. The majority of coursework is offered online, allowing professionals to earn their degree while remaining employed. The on-campus executive residencies are conveniently scheduled for maximum benefit to your education.

View sample degree plans for completion timelines.


With affordable tuition and scholarship opportunities, earning your M.H.A. at DMU is a healthy investment in your career.  It’s time to pursue your M.H.A., you cannot afford to wait any longer.

Competency based curriculum

The M.H.A. curriculum emphasizes practical knowledge you will use from day one based upon industry standards identified by the National Center for Healthcare Leadership.

Executive residencies

Students will attend three on-campus Executive Residencies. These residencies are designed to provide the face-to-face instruction, professional development and networking opportunities for our students. Spend five days on the DMU campus enhancing your educational experience, return to work on Monday with applicable skills.

Convenient calendar

Our course calendar offers three 13-week terms each year to allow for flexibility in course scheduling and the best chance of completing your degree in 2-3 years.

Flexible enrollment

Enroll in 2 courses per term and complete the degree in about 3 years. Your level of enrollment may vary each term based upon your schedule. Students are expected to complete at least one course per year and have a total of seven years from the date of admission to complete the degree requirements.

View sample degree plans for completion timelines.

Professional development courses

Individuals may be eligible to enroll in select courses for professional development. Credit completed as professional development may be considered for degree requirements.

Career opportunities

The M.H.A. degree will expand your career opportunities in the health care industry. The M.H.A. program equips individuals and their organizations to provide care while successfully navigating health care reform.

Interact with health care leaders

The DMU Health Leaders group (participant in the ACHE education network) provide opportunities for students and executives to interact, explore issues regarding successful leadership and management, build an evidenced-based approach to leading and managing health care organizations, share knowledge and experiences, and learn with each other how to build a strong network of current and future Iowa health care leaders.

Experienced faculty

A combination of full-time and part-time faculty with experience working in the health care industry offer a blend of the theory that drives the practice of management with the art of leading change in today’s health care environment.

Dual degree

Health care administration students at DMU may apply for a dual degree in our public health program following the successful completion of at least nine semester hours of M.H.A. coursework. Admission to a dual degree program is not guaranteed, but consideration will be given to all applicants.

Academic Health Center

Des Moines University was founded in 1898 and has a long history of excellence in graduate health science education.