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Health Services Administration

Graduate Program

Graduate Program Coordinator -- In-Residence and Executive Programs
H660 Health Sciences, Box 357660
(206) 543-8778

The graduate program in Health Services Administration offers two tracks for earning a Master of Health Administration (MHA) degree: a traditional day program (MHA) and an executive program (EMHA).

Accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME), the MHA provides the educational foundation for careers in management, planning, consulting, and policy-making in ambulatory care organizations, hospitals, long-term care facilities, mental health care organizations, government agencies, planning agencies, and other organizational settings in the healthcare field.

Interdisciplinary by design and innovative in its approach to curriculum delivery, the program develops leaders prepared strategically and effectively to transform healthcare organizations and systems at the local, regional, and national level. The MHA program’s interdisciplinary priority is evidenced by faculty that has been assembled from the graduate schools of Public Health, Foster School of Business, Public Affairs, Nursing, Medicine, and Law, as well as from the community of healthcare administration leaders in the Seattle metropolitan area.

Concurrent degree programs combining health administration with business, medicine, law, public health, or public administration are also an option for in-residence students. Many concurrent programs can be completed in three years of intensive academic study.

For in-residence MHA students, the two-year academic experience is augmented by a career development program with opportunities for mentorships with regional healthcare leaders, an internship experience in a health facility or agency – typically under the preceptorship of the administrator or director of that organization.

The Executive Master of Health Administration (EMHA) is designed primarily for mid-career physicians and other clinical practitioners, as well as experienced health services managers, who have demonstrated interest or competency in administration or management. Best-practice healthcare is a team process, and the team-based learning model, especially emphasized in year one, positions students for leadership roles within such an environment. Executive students build critical competencies while benefiting from the broad expertise already held among the working professionals in the classroom. EMHA classes convene in Bellevue, Washington, for a three-day period (Thursday through Saturday) once each month for 24 months. Additionally, once each week faculty lead students in a web-based session, ideal for practicing professionals who plan to continue their careers while gaining a graduate degree.

Both the MHA and EMHA programs operate under a fee-based structure and are administered in collaboration with UW Professional & Continuing Education. Complete application details can be viewed at and

Financial Aid

Students enrolled in both the MHA and EMHA programs are eligible for federal financial aid, as well as most other types of financial support that are not funded by state tuition revenues. When exploring financial aid options, students should emphasize they are applying for a fee-based program. Financial aid questions should be directed to the UW Office of Student Financial Aid (206) 543-6101,