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FranU’s 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. The online MHA degree at FranU was developed to meet the needs of job demands and the educational and professional goals of the individuals who fill these roles. The program focuses on the education of the best practices needed to provide “world-class” healthcare services that are affordable and accessible.

School
School of Arts and Sciences
Career
Healthcare managers and leaders in a variety of settings, including hospitals, private practices, inpatient and outpatient facilities, group or nursing homes and in a home-care capacity.
Program Contacts
  • Point of Contact: Elaine Purdy, DHA
  • Office (225) 526-1616
  • Email: MHA@franu.edu

MHA at FranU is 100% Online!

Program Highlights - What Makes the FranU Online MHA Program Unique?

  • Work while you study - You can enroll in a part- or full-time capacity and complete all of your courses online, giving you the flexibility to maintain your career while working toward your degree. The online nature of the MHA program means that you can make any place your classroom.
  • Save on costs - In-person graduate programs often entail additional costs related to commuting or relocating, which is why an online degree is a perfect alternative for those who don’t want to uproot their lives in order to move up in their career.
  • Get credit for your experience - Once you’ve been accepted to the program, if you’ve met the established criteria, you can apply to get up to 6 credit hours covered through prior learning experiences.
  • Our well-trained faculty - FranU’s 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.
  • A personal approach - An online education doesn’t mean an impersonal one. Our interdisciplinary learning approach provides innovative programs and personalized student attention where first names replace numbers. Each student is provided an individualized path to graduation.
  • FranU support system - The University seeks to promote a learning environment informed by the concepts of collegiality, community, democracy, social justice and the culture of life that encourages individual and collective responsibility. You will be supported through all stages of your educational journey under the guidance of our academic advisors and faculty.
  • Support for veterans - If you meet prior approval, certain specialized training received in the military can be substituted for coursework in the program.
  • Franciscan values - We emphasize values of service, reverence and love for all of life, joyfulness of spirit, humility and justice.

Online MHA Program Curriculum

Total Credit Hours for the Master in Health Administration degree is equal to 31 credits.

Students can be accepted into the program to begin classes in January, May or August. Students may enroll on a full-time or part-time basis. Courses cover leadership in healthcare, population health management, healthcare policy and financial management within health systems.

Online Master of Health Administration Program Features

Program Admissions Requirements

Admission to the online MHA program requires that applicants satisfy one of the following requirement options:

Option 1

  • 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

Option 2

  • 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

Option 3

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 the 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.

Program Mission

The mission of the online 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-career professionals into compassionate, competent and spiritual servant managers and leaders for health service organizations.

Program Purpose

The purpose of the health administration master’s 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.

Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs)

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

FAQ

Why get an online MHA degree?

There are many reasons why a student might pursue an online master of healthcare administration degree. Perks of an online MHA degree include having the ability to keep your job while pursuing growth in your career and education, a reduced cost, and increased accessibility. If these factors play an important role in your search for a graduate degree in healthcare administration, then an online program may be the right fit for you.

The future is bright for MHA students, with a predicted growth rate of 28% in the next five years for healthcare managers and leaders, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Also, many healthcare systems now look to the master’s degree as a hiring requirement, so you will be prepared to meet employer and marketplace expectations.

What will I study in the MHA program?

Students will learn through a rigorous and well-rounded curriculum that prepares them for the realities and demands of the healthcare administration industry. They will study bioethics, epidemiology and population health, research methods, contemporary issues in healthcare, policy and legal and economic implications in healthcare.

Length of ProgramWhat career opportunities exist for MHA degree holders?

In 2021, U.S. News & World Report ranked medical and health services manager careers as number four in the top 100 best jobs. And with the BLS reporting an expected 28% increase in jobs in this field over the next ten years, it’s easy to see why many healthcare workers choose to pursue an occupation in this field.

Many healthcare administrators work in an administrative or clinical role in hospitals, clinics, or private practices. They may work in an in-patient or out-patient capacity and may service or manage nursing homes or group medical facilities. The BLS reports that the median annual salary for medical and healthcare services managers is $101,340.

How long will it take to complete the program?

The master of healthcare administration degree consists of 31 total credits which can be completed in as little as 12-18 months, 100% online, and allows you the flexibility for full- and part-time enrollment.

What steps should I take to apply?

To apply to the online healthcare administration master’s program, follow these steps:

  1. Review the 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 electronically to admissions@franu.edu or via mail to the Office of Admissions at Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University, 5414 Brittany, Baton Rouge, LA 70808.
  4. Applicants are reviewed by the MHA Review Committee and are notified via email from the Office of Admissions.
  5. 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.

Please email all questions to MHA@franu.edu or call 225-526-1616.

**Partially completed applications will not be processed.

**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.

[APPLICATION FOR SPRING 2023]

Do I need to complete the GRE to apply?

No GRE is required to apply to FranU’s online MHA program. If you’ve already taken the GRE and wish to submit your scores, you may still submit them with your application.

How much does the online Master of Healthcare Administration cost?

At FranU, we understand that your education should be a worthwhile investment at a cost you can afford. A large percentage of our student body receives financial aid, and scholarships and financial aid are available to all students upon application on a need and eligibility basis.


To learn more about estimated costs, use our Cost Calculator tool. You can find out more about financial aid opportunities on our Financial Aid page.

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.

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.

Resources

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Document Title: MHA ChecklistType: pdfFile Size: 256.132 KBDownload
Document Title: Immunization Policy and FormType: pdfFile Size: 34.431 KBDownload
Document Title: MHA Handbook docxType: docxFile Size: 173.141 KBDownload

FAQ

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.

Accreditation

Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate, baccalaureate, master’s 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 (www.sacscoc.org).

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.