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The Master of Health Administration (MHA) program is designed in a flexible online format to prepare students for careers as innovative and successful leaders in a variety of healthcare settings.

Healthcare, one of the largest industries in this country, continues to grow. The need for healthcare professionals with advanced knowledge of healthcare operations and quality performance systems is increasing. Jobs for health services managers and leaders are projected to grow 17% by 2024. The MHA was developed to meet the needs of these job demands and the educational and professional goals of the individuals who fill these jobs. The program focuses on education of the best practices needed to provide “world class” healthcare services that are affordable and accessible.

School of Arts and Sciences
Healthcare managers and leaders in a variety of settings
Program Contacts
  • Point of Contact: Elaine Purdy, DHA
  • Office (225) 490-1616
  • Email:

MHA at FranU is 100% Online!

Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission to the MHA program an applicant must satisfy ONE of the following University admission requirement options:


  • Baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university
  • Overall grade- point average of 3.0 or higher (on a 4.0 scale)
  • Successful completion (with a grade of B or better) of a course equivalent to MATH 2315 General Statistics.


  • A graduate degree from a regionally accredited college or university
  • Successful completion (with a grade of B or better) of a course equivalent to MATH 2315 General Statistics or other graduate statistics course


Applicants who do not meet the regular admission requirements, but show the potential for success in the MHA program, may be admitted on a conditional basis by submitting:

  • Baccalaureate or graduate degree from a regionally accredited college or university
  • An essay, 1-2 pages in length including educational and professional goals, work experience and volunteer activities.
  • 2 letters of recommendation from individuals who can attest to potential for success in MHA program

Students admitted on a conditional basis to the MHA program must earn a 3.00 grade point average in the first 6 semester hours of graduate work to continue in the program.

Steps for Application, Enrollment, and Acceptance

**partially completely applications will not be processed

  1. Review Website for all MHA and Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University information (background, application, curriculum and requirements).
  2. Complete MHA application (please see links below for application pertaining to your enrolling semester).
  3. Provide official transcripts of all previous academic work attempted beyond high school. Transfer Credit posted on records of other institutions is unacceptable. Send transcripts to the Office of Admissions at Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University, 5414 Brittany, Baton Rouge, LA 70808.
  4. Complete your Health and Safety documents. If you have any specific questions about Health and Safety, please contact: Denise Gillespie | 225-214-1945 |
  5. The MHA Review Committee assesses all applications and notifies the Office of Admissions of the candidates’ acceptance status for the MHA program. Applicants will be notified of decision via mail from the Office of Admissions.
  6. The Program Director will welcome accepted students via email and provide a schedule for the online orientation prior to the start of classes including instructions on selecting courses for the first semester. (Curriculum listed at bottom of page)

Please email all questions to or call 225-490-1616.

**The GRE is not required but if taken, you may submit your score as part of your application. Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) Code Number for Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University: 6452.

More Info


The mission of the Master of Health Administration program at Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University is to improve the health of individuals and communities by forming inspired early and mid-careerists into compassionate, competent and spiritual servant managers and leaders for health service organizations.


The purpose of the Health Administration program is to prepare students for rewarding careers as healthcare managers and leaders in a variety of settings. The online MHA program is interdisciplinary in nature, catering to healthcare professionals and executives across all areas of the health system. Upon completion of the program, graduates will be productive in areas such as acute care, primary care facilities, medical group practices, long-term care facilities, public health organizations, health insurance agencies, alternative delivery organizations, federal, state, and local agencies, pharmaceutical and other related organizations.

Length of Program

The degree consists of 31 total credits which can be completed in as little as 12-18 months. The MHA is 100% online allowing flexibility for full and part time enrollment.

Student Learning Outcomes

The MHA curriculum prepares students for career advancement by providing in-depth application of contemporary health policy and health management issues and situations. MHA students and graduates apply their newly acquired knowledge immediately. To this end, students enrolled in the MHA program will be expected to:

  • Integrate Franciscan values and principles and ethics in decision making for healthcare administration.
  • Demonstrate leadership skills and competencies in healthcare organizations.
  • Analyze information relevant to the delivery of effective and efficient healthcare services.
  • Evaluate evidence-based data in managerial decision-making.
  • Examine legal and compliance issues and policies in the delivery of healthcare services.
  • Synthesize innovative strategic solutions for healthcare organizations.


Is FranU’s MHA program 100% online?

Yes, all individual and class group work is 100% online.

Do you have to take or have a required score on the GRE?

No, the GRE is not an admission requirement.

I am in the military. If I am deployed can I continue with my degree program?

If you are deployed while a student in the MHA program, you may continue your studies at the deployed site, as the program is 100% online.

Is earning the MHA degree worth the effort and expense?

Yes, the future is bright for the MHA students with a predicted growth rate of 20% in the next five years for healthcare managers and leaders. Also many healthcare systems now look to the Master’s degree as a hiring requirement.

How soon can I finish the MHA degree at FranU?

The program has flexibility to allow a student to determine their personal path for completion of the course work. It can be done as soon as 12 months or a student may select to finish in 18 to 24 months.

Can I get credit for life or work learning experiences?

Yes, a student, once accepted to the program, may apply for up to 6 hours of prior learning credit based on established criteria.

Can I get course credit for specialized military training?

Yes, certain specialized training received in the military can be substituted for course work in the program. It does require prior approval.

FranU is a Catholic university; do I have to be Catholic to be accepted?

No, students do not have to be of the Catholic faith. In many ways the FranU experience is stronger because of the interaction of students of many faiths learning together.

Is financial aid available?

Scholarships and financial aid are available to all students upon application on a need and eligibility basis.

There are other MHA degree programs to consider. What makes FranU unique?

What sets us apart are:

  • Our faculty are healthcare professionals and certified online educators who are committed to educating students as they acquire the competencies needed to lead healthcare into the future.
  • Our interdisciplinary learning approach provides innovative programs and personalized student attention where first names replace numbers.
  • Our emphasis on incorporation of Franciscan values in work and in life.


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Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate, baccalaureate, masters, and doctorate degrees. Questions about accreditation of Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University may be directed in writing to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097, by calling (404) 679-4500, or by using information available on SACSCOC’s website (

Note: Prospective students should visit the State Authorization page to verify that Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University is authorized to offer online courses and programs in your respective state. Prior to enrollment, students are also encouraged to visit their state educational agency or licensing board to ascertain whether or not they can utilize their degree program for additional compensation, initial licensing or renewal, as well as any other benefits.