2020-2021 Graduate Catalog 
    Apr 21, 2021  
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog

Health Administration MHA, Executive Health Services Administration Track

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College: Community Innovation and Education Degree: MHA
Department: Health Management and Informatics Option: Nonthesis
Program Website: https://ccie.ucf.edu/health-services-administration/
Graduate Program Handbook

Track Description

The Department of Health Management and Informatics offers a CAHME accredited Executive Master of Health Administration (Executive MHA). This program is 44 credit hours beyond the bachelor’s degree and is designed for self-motivated, experienced health services professionals with a minimum of three years of relevant professional experience, including managers, mid-career professionals, and clinicians.

Health care is America’s fastest growing service industry. The Master of Health Administration focuses on the structure of health care organizations and examines important issues that impact the health care industry. The Executive MHA (eMHA) track is attractive to working health care professionals due to the online delivery format, which allows students to earn an Executive MHA degree from any location and at times convenient to each student. Throughout the program, students enhance their leadership skills. Learn from leading experts and academics in the field of health administration.

Students admitted into this program must possess a minimum of three years of relevant health care management experience. Students enroll in the program as a cohort with a maximum of 30 students. The cohort model provides faculty the opportunity to discuss issues in greater detail and allows students the ability to network among their peers. The program will be delivered in an online format.

Please note: Executive Health Services Administration may be completed fully online, although not all elective options or program prerequisites may be offered online. Newly admitted students choosing to complete this program exclusively via UCF online classes may enroll with a reduction in campus-based fees.

International students (F or J visa) are required to enroll in a full-time course load of 9 credit hours during the fall and spring semesters. Only 3 of the 9 credit hours may be taken in a completely online format. For a detailed listing of enrollment requirements for international students, please visit http://global.ucf.edu/. If you have questions, please consult UCF Global at 407-823-2337.

UCF is not authorized to provide online courses or instruction to students in some states. Refer to State Restrictions for current information.


The Executive Master of Health Administration track requires a minimum of 44 credit hours beyond the bachelor’s degree. Students must pass the capstone course at the end of their studies as part of Capstone in the Executive MHA (HSA 6188 ) program requirement.

This program is completed completely online with a course sequence that is lock-step and students must follow the required sequence of coursework.

Total Credit Hours Required: 44 Credit Hours Minimum beyond the Bachelor’s Degree

The term each course is offered is indicated in the course listing below.

Required Courses: 44 Credit Hours

Capstone: 4 Credit Hours

A final written examination experience is required of all students in the program. This requirement will be met through successful completion of the capstone course (HSA 6188 ). To successfully pass this course, students must earn a grade of “A” or “B.” There is one exception: students who earn no other “C” grades while in the Executive MHA program will be permitted to pass this course with a grade of “C.”

Cost Per Credit Hour

For the Executive Master of Health Administration program, the cost per credit hour is $772.69.*

*Fee is subject to change

Additional Program Requirements

Students must maintain a program of study and graduate status GPA of 3.0 or higher and can only graduate with a graduate status GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Additionally, a student may apply a maximum total of six semester credit hours of “C” grades, or the “C” grade credits associated with at most two classes, whichever is greater, to satisfy degree program requirements. Students who earn more than six credit hours or two ”C” grades may be dismissed from further study in the program. A student who earns a grade of “D” or below will be dismissed from further study in the Executive MHA program. In any course repeated, a student must earn a grade of “B” or better. The Executive Master of Health Administration program generally does not use plus/minus grading.

Audio and Visual Equipment Requirement: The program is 100 percent online, however in our commitment to engage students in an online learning environment, there may be times when the professors hold webinars and virtual conferences which require students to be online. As such, students need reliable audio and visual equipment (i.e. microphone, headsets, web camera, etc.) to participate in webinars and video conferences.

Independent Learning

Independent learning is demonstrated throughout the curriculum through the process of inquiry and dialogue. Tangible research projects, scholarly papers, or our capstone experience also contribute to the self-development of our students.

Application Requirements

For information on general UCF graduate admissions requirements that apply to all prospective students, please visit the Admissions  section of the Graduate Catalog. Applicants must apply online. All requested materials must be submitted by the established deadline.

In addition to the general UCF graduate application requirements , applicants to this program must provide:

  • One official transcript (in a sealed envelope) from each college/university attended.
  • Essay indicating how the Executive Master of Health Administration track will enhance career goals (1-2 pages).
  • Résumé (no longer than two pages).
  • Evidence of a minimum of three (3) years or more of relevant professional experience in healthcare.
  • Three recommendation letters that speak to your health care and/or management experience (1 of those recommendation letters must be from your current supervisor).
  • Applicants applying to this program who have attended a college/university outside the United States must provide a course-by-course credential evaluation with GPA calculation and TOEFL scores. Credential evaluations are accepted from World Education Services (WES) or Josef Silny and Associates, Inc. only.

Admission to the program is competitive, based on an evaluation of the applicant’s abilities, past academic performance, work experience and the match of the program with career goals. The Executive Master of Health Administration track accepts the most qualified students. Not all students who apply may be accepted, even if minimum requirements are met.

UCF employees and state employees cannot use the tuition waiver for this program.

Application Deadlines

Executive Health Services Administration Fall Priority Fall Spring Summer
Domestic Applicants Jan 15 Jul 1 Dec 1  
International Applicants Jan 15 Jan 15 Sep 1  


Graduate students may receive financial assistance through fellowships, assistantships, tuition support or loans. For more information, see the College of Graduate Studies Funding website, which describes the types of financial assistance available at UCF and provides general guidance in planning your graduate finances. The Financial Information  section of the Graduate Catalog is another key resource.


Fellowships are awarded based on academic merit to highly qualified students. They are paid to students through the Office of Student Financial Assistance, based on instructions provided by the College of Graduate Studies. Fellowships are given to support a student’s graduate study and do not have a work obligation. For more information, see UCF Graduate Fellowships, which includes descriptions of university fellowships and what you should do to be considered for a fellowship.

Contact Info

Graduate Program

Dawn Oetjen, PhD
Telephone: 407-823-2359
HPA2 210

Hannah Nguyen, MSHSA
Program Coordinator
Telephone: 407-823-3267
HPA2 210

Graduate Admissions

Christina Dabrowski
Telephone: 407-823-2766
Millican Hall 230
Online Application
Graduate Admissions

Mailing Address

UCF College of Graduate Studies
Millican Hall 230
PO Box 160112
Orlando, FL 32816-0112

Institution Codes
GRE: 5233
TOEFL: 5233
ETS PPI: 5233

Graduate Fellowships

Grad Fellowships
Telephone: 407-823-0127

Graduate Financial Aid

UCF Student Financial Assistance
Millican Hall 120
Telephone: 407-823-2827
Appointment Line: 407-823-5285
Fax: 407-823-5241

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