Jul 02, 2022  
2022-2023 Graduate Catalog [Working Draft] 
    
2022-2023 Graduate Catalog [Working Draft]

Health Administration [MHA]


MISSION: ​Eastern Michigan’s Master in Health Administration Program fosters a supportive, intellectually dynamic, and diverse learning environment. The mission of the MHA Program is to prepare early and mid-level career professionals with the necessary skills and knowledge to become effective health service managers in a variety of health settings, such as hospitals, community health centers, group practices, insurance companies, and governmental agencies.

VISION: The MHA Program will be regionally recognized by students, alumni, healthcare leaders, and policymakers as a premier program preparing outstanding professionals in health service management.

CORE VALUES: Excellence, Respect, Inclusiveness, Relevance, and Integrity

Program Admission


Application

After reviewing the admission requirements below, please select the appropriate application. Please keep in mind that some programs require applicants to submit all application materials by a posted deadline and/or admit students one time each year.

For additional information regarding the application process, please see Graduate Admissions or International Admissions.

Admission Requirements

Minimum Graduate School Requirements: A four-year baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or an equivalent degree from a non-U.S. institution. In addition, a minimum cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 2.7 on a 4.0 scale, or 3.0 in the last half of the undergraduate program, is required for full admission. Applicants who do not meet minimum admission requirements may be considered for conditional admission. See International Admissions for international applicant requirements.

Applicants must also meet the following program requirements:

  • A minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Have completed undergraduate- or graduate-level courses in descriptive statistics course and principles of accounting (The credits will not apply to the credits required for graduation)
  • Have a minimum of two years of professional work experience

In addition to meeting these requirements, students will need to submit, as part of the application process an:

  • Essay - Tell us in your own words who you really are by responding to the following two questions. Answer each essay question in 500 words or less.​​
  1. ​​​What matters most to you, and why? - The best examples of answers to this question reflect the process of self-examination that the applicant has undertaken to write them.​​​
  2. What do you want to do—REALLY—and why EMU? ​ The applicant should use this question to explain their view of their future, not to repeat accomplishments from their past. The applicant should address three distinct topics: Their career aspirations, the role of an MHA education in achieving those aspirations, and their rationale for earning that MHA at EMU, in particular. The best examples of applicant responses to this question express the applicants’ passions or focused interests; explain why they have decided to pursue graduate education in healthcare administration and demonstrates their desire to take advantage of the opportunities that are distinctive to the EMU MHA Program.
  • Resume

The application deadline for Fall Admission is March 30.

Applicants who do not meet the minimum standards in one area, but exceed the standard in others, may be considered for admission on a case-by-case basis.

International applicants need to meet the admission criteria as domestic applicants. In addition, applicants need to take English Language proficiency tests and earn at least an 84 in the TOEFL, with a minimum score of 20 in each section.

School Information


Health Sciences 313 Marshall, 734.487.4096

Colleen Croxall, PhD, Director 

Advisor Information


Colleen Croxall, PhD, 345 Marshall, 734.487.2321

Degree Requirements: 40-45 hours


Critical Graduation Information


Each graduate student is responsible for fulfilling the requirements or their equivalents of the Eastern Michigan University catalog in force at the time of their initial registration or a subsequent catalog, including the one in effect at the time of their graduation.

Master’s degree requirements must be completed within six (6) years of first enrollment in the master’s degree program.

In the event a student does not complete the master’s degree requirements within six years of the date of their original registration, the student may be required to have their credits re-evaluated by the academic department(s) of their degree in keeping with catalog requirements in force during the year of their graduation.

The following are minimum requirements for all master’s degrees awarded by Eastern Michigan University. Some programs require more than the minimum in one or more areas below.

  • A master’s degree must require a minimum of 30 credit hours.
  • No more than six credits of independent study courses, and no more than 12 credit hours of special topics and independent study courses combined, may be applied to a graduate degree.  
  • Residency Requirement:
    • For students admitted to master’s degree programs of 36 or fewer required hours, at least 24 new graduate hours beginning the semester of acceptance and enrollment into the degree program must be earned at EMU. The remaining program requirement hours may be met through transfer or prior degree credit (EMU or elsewhere). 
    • For students admitted to master’s degree programs of 37 or more required hours, at least 30 new graduate hours beginning the semester of acceptance and enrollment into the degree program must be earned at EMU. Minimum degree hours must still be met for graduation. The remaining program requirement hours may be met through transfer or prior degree credit (EMU or elsewhere).
    • Residency and enrollment in multiple programs: Students enrolled in multiple master’s/specialist degree programs must have 24 unique credit hours in each degree program.
  • Only credits from one completed graduate certificate may be applied to a master’s or specialist degree in a relevant field of study, as determined by the Graduate School and with the approval of the degree-granting academic department, and be included in the residency hours above.
  • Students must maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA in all graduate-level courses taken at EMU and in their program of study to remain in good academic standing and be eligible for graduation. Students do not need to be registered for classes during the semester of graduation.
  • The Graduate School does not permit the use of undergraduate courses (499 and below) to meet degree requirements on graduate programs of study.
  • Some master’s programs require a thesis; others require a special project or internship; others require students to pass a final exam. See the Graduate School website for Thesis and Dissertation Manuals, all forms, and information about research and human subject approval. Every completed thesis or dissertation must be submitted to Digital Commons. Any form of graduate student work submitted to Digital Commons must first be approved by a faculty advisor and the Graduate School.