Master of Health Care Administration

Maximize your potential

DMU's M.H.A. program will prepare you to improve health care delivery.

Beyond individual patient care, the delivery of safe, effective, affordable and accessible health care requires a unique combination of expert management and skills in leadership, service and performance. DMU’s Master of Health Care Administration program will prepare you to lead and succeed in this complex, growing industry. You will gain skills in financial management, leadership, health policy and more. It’s practical knowledge you can apply immediately in the daily management of health organization and long-term, big-picture planning.


  • Can be completed in 2 years
  • Available entirely online
  • No GMAT or GRE required
  • CAHME accredited

Quick facts:



employment rate, according to graduate and 6-month alumni surveys (average reporting rate 79%)

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number of states our students are from


median starting salary, according to graduate and 6-month alumni surveys (average reporting rate 79%)

Designed for your life

DMU’s M.H.A. program, now available entirely online, offers web-based instruction to create a flexible experience for each student. In the traditional course model, our variety of enrollment options allow much of the program to be completed online and while you are working full-time, so it fits both your life and your goals, and flexible enrollment allows students the ability to earn their degree in as little as two years. Three five-day immersive experiences on campus combines the best of both words: face-to-face and technology enabled education.

Master of Health Care Administration, Des Moines University

Program Highlights

The 48-credit-hour program will give you skills in financial management, leadership, health policy and more. It’s practical knowledge you can apply immediately in the daily management of health organizations and long-term, big-picture planning.

  • Learn from the best

    The DMU M.H.A. faculty are scholars and national health leaders with diverse professional experience. They bring the most current health care topics into the classroom. Your professors will lead the learning experience as you explore challenges unique to health care and engage with your peers from health care organizations across the country.
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  • Innovative teaching

    M.H.A. faculty at DMU are adept at teaching, interacting with and supporting students in online courses to create a comprehensive interprofessional educational experience for our students. Small groups of students are assigned roles in a health care organization and given the task of investigating, assessing and resolving a case based on interviews of “actors” involved in the case.
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  • Let's get real

    The program offers professional development that’s highly intensive and highly interactive. Courses cover current issues in health care, from leadership and quality assessment to governance and strategy formulation and implementation.
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  • Show what you know

    As the final course of the program, students select a Field Based Learning or Long-Term Care Internship  in which they apply knowledge gained from their course work to resolve a real-world administration problem or to seize a professional opportunity. DMU’s M.H.A. program is the only one in Iowa that supports long-term care licensure.
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  • CAHME accredited

    The M.H.A. program recently received a full seven-year accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation for Healthcare Management (CAHME).
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  • Graduate certificate available

    The certificate program provides students with a selection of courses designed to be completed in one year. Classes are created for working professionals with real-world applications.
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Meet Your Faculty

We are committed to training competent, passionate professionals. Our expert faculty make DMU a powerful place to learn.

Ashley Miller, Master of Health Care Administration

“During my time at DMU, I was able to not only expand my knowledge of health administrative concepts and practices, but also engage with current health professionals and students in other programs. Together this creates a well-rounded understanding of the realities of the health care industry.”

Ashley Miller, M.H.A. alumna

CAHME accredited
National Council on Administrative Fellowships
Iowa Department of Public Health
College Choice Best Healthcare Programs
AOA Advanced Degrees

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