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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

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).

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.

The program develops leaders prepared to transform healthcare organizations and systems at the local, regional, and national level. Interdisciplinary priority is evidenced by faculty assembled from the graduate schools of Public Health, Foster School of Business, Public Affairs, Nursing, Medicine, and Law, as well as from 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 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 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. The team-based learning model positions students for leadership roles within such an environment. Executive students build critical competencies while benefiting from the 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 are fee-based and administered in collaboration with UW Professional & Continuing Education. Complete application details are 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 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,