Achieve an executive position in health care

Brooke Clark

Brooke Clark chose the University of Missouri's health administration program because of its hybrid nature — she was able to complete courses online and interact face-to-face with professors and peers on executive weekends. She felt right at home at Mizzou; the faculty in the MHA program creates an environment that welcomes both interaction and professional development. With a certification she obtained in the program, Brooke was able to land a new job!

Kelly Mitchell

Health Administration and Informatics (MHA/MSHI) | Columbia, MO

Kelly Mitchell came to health care after 18 years in law enforcement. MU's distance-mediated master's gave her the structure and flexibility she needed to balance her online studies with the demands of a full-time job.


Delivery of this program is blended; four weekend campus visits are required in both the spring and fall semesters.

Successful completion of the program requires 42 credit hours; 36 credit hours of core course work and 6 credit hours of an individual research project.

You also must meet foundation prerequisites in statistical analysis, microeconomics, managerial finance and accounting. You may complete this course work online or on campus through MU or other institutions. Admitted students may take free online modules in accounting, managerial finance and microeconomic offered by the department.

You will proceed through the course work in tandem with your cohort, beginning in January and taking courses in the order outlined below.

Each course is 3 credit hours, unless stated otherwise. The University reserves the right to change or cancel courses as needed.

Year 1, spring

HMI 7410 Introduction to the US Health Care System X 
HMI 7430 Introduction to Health Informatics X 
HMI 8460 Administration of Health Care Organizations X 

Year 1, summer

HMI 8450 Methods of Health Services Research  X

Year 1, fall

HMI 8524 Health EconomicsX  
HMI 8461 Managing Human Resources in Health Care OrganizationsX  
HMI 8573 Decision Making for Health Care OrganizationsX  

Year 2, spring

HMI 8544 Managerial Epidemiology (Population Health Management) X 
HMI 8470 Strategic Planning and Marketing for Health Care Organizations X 
HMI 8472 Financial Management for Health Care Organizations X 

Year 2, summer

HMI 8451 Individual Executive Management StudiesXXX

Year 2, fall

HMI 8571 Decision Support in Health Care SystemsX  
HMI 8574 Health Care LawX  
HMI 8575 Health Policy and PoliticsX  


In your final semester, you must pass an oral examination that enables the faculty to evaluate your competency in health administration. You also will present your independent research project.


The University of Missouri is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, one of six regional institutional accreditors in the United States. The MU MHA program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education.

State authorization

States require that the University of Missouri be authorized to deliver university-level distance/online education to their residents. Each state handles this process differently.

Please see our state authorization page.

How to apply

  1. Fulfill the admission requirements:

    • Completed bachelor’s degree or its equivalent from a regionally accredited institution.
    • At least three years of technical, clinical or administrative experience in health care or the health sciences.
    • If English is not your native language, please submit a TOEFL score of at least 100 (internet-based test), an IELTS score of at least 7.5, a Pearson Test of English (PTE) score of at least 66 or a Cambridge C1 Advanced score of at least 190.
    • GRE scores are not required.
  2. Mark your calendar

  3. Application dates

    This program has rolling admission and accepts students to matriculate in the spring term only. We recommend you submit your application by Dec. 1.

  4. Gather your papers

  5. Applying will be easier and faster if you gather these required documents beforehand:

    • Transcripts of all previous college or university education. Upload unofficial transcripts in your online application. If you are accepted, you will be asked to provide official transcripts.
    • Résumé or CV.
    • Personal essay that outlines your professional plans and career objectives; explains how you became interested in health administration and how your prior training and experience would help your career; includes specific issues and challenges in health care that you consider challenging and why; and indicates that you are applying to the distance education (executive) format.
    • Three letters of recommendation. In the online application, you will need to supply names and contact details of three professional colleagues who can attest to your intellectual, experiential and interpersonal abilities. The Graduate School will contact your references with instructions regarding the letters.
    • Statement of support from your employer; not required if you are self-employed or a principal in your organization.
    • TOEFL, IELTS, PTE or C1 Advanced score reports for applicants whose native language is not English. For information on sending test scores, visit the Grad School website.
    • In addition, the admissions committee will interview you. If you are unable to travel to the Columbia, Missouri campus for the interview, alternate arrangements can be made.
  6. Complete the online application

  7. Carefully follow the instructions on the application site.

    • Upload the above documents to the online application
    • Degree/Delivery: Masters- Distance (Online/Remote Site/etc.)
    • Academic Program: Health Administration-Distance (MHA)

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This program is administered by the Department of Health Management and Informatics.