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Master of Science in Health Administration (MSHA)

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MSHA FAQ

In what types of agencies do health administration graduates work?

Health administration graduates are prepared for roles in places such as: hospitals, medical clinics, long-term care facilities, healthcare consulting, the pharmaceutical industry, research, rehabilitation centers, healthcare finance, health information technology, government agencies, advocacy groups, insurance companies, non-profit organizations, and law firms. 

 

What types of jobs are available to health administration graduates?

Depending on your academic and work experiences, you may be looking for your first professional job, or you may be looking to advance in your career. New grads may find themselves in entry-level management positions or in healthcare specialist, coordinator, or analytic roles, while more experienced graduates may be looking at middle- to executive-level leadership roles. Graduates may take on positions in clinical or business operations, finance, quality improvement, patient experience, human resources, and policy development to name a few.

 

Do you offer concentrations within the MSHA degree?

Currently, there are no specific concentrations within the MSHA degree. However, there are graduate minors available that may be of interest to MSHA students.

 

Is the MSHA program accredited?

Yes. The Council on Education in Public Health (CEPH) accredited our program in October 2019. Prospective students can read more about the benefits of CPEH-accredited program on the CEPH website.

 

Can I start the MSHA program in the Spring or Summer semester?

No. All students begin the program in the Fall semester.

 

Does the MSHA program offer an online degree option?

The MSHA program is usually an in-person program, where we value the small class sizes and close-knit connections among our students. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, some or all classes may be online for the time being. This can change and will depend on how the pandemic continues to develop.

 

Can I pursue the MSHA program as a part-time student?

No, the MSHA program is designed as a full-time program.

 

Can I transfer credits from another institution?

Credits used as part of another degree cannot be transferred to the MSHA program. If the credits requested to be transferred are not part of a degree that has already been awarded, students must contact the Assistant Director of the MSHA program to see if the credits could be applied toward the MSHA degree. Please note that all MSHA students must obtain at least 36 credit hours directly through the MSHA curriculum and must be enrolled for at least 3 semesters to meet the MSHA graduation requirements.

 

What are the minimum GPA and GRE score requirements?

Applicants are required to have an overall GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) or a 3.0 calculated from the last 60 hours (approximately two years) of undergraduate coursework. As of the Fall 2021 admission cycle, submitting GRE scores is optional. Even if GRE scores are submitted, there is no specific score or percentile threshold that is set for admission criteria. We review applications in a holistic manner.

 

What is a holistic application review?

Grade point averages provide insight to your academic work, but we know that your academic record does not reflect all the desired qualities we want to see in our MSHA students. In addition to doing a thorough review of your transcript (and test scores if submitted), the admissions committee also considers your work and volunteer history, participation in extra-curricular activities, and your recommendation letters. Strong applications also demonstrate attributes that are highly desirable in health administration roles such as leadership, innovation, teamwork, problem-solving, reliability, taking initiative, and solid verbal and written communication skills.

 

Is there a supplemental application for the MSHA program at Illinois?

No. Application materials are submitted through SOPHAS. Upon being offered admission, international students are required to complete additional forms related to visa requirements.

Contact Information

  • MSHA Program
  • Department of Kinesiology and Community Health
  • 1206 S. Fourth Street
  • Champaign, IL 61820
  • Phone: 217-244-1075
  • Email: MSHA@ahs.illinois.edu