Pfeiffer University

Pfeiffer University is also featured in our ranking Top 15 Best Master's in Healthcare Administration Online Programs (MHA).

Online Master of Health Administration

Pfeiffer University offers an online Master of Health Administration through the Division of Applied Health Sciences. It is the largest MHA program in the Carolinas. The curriculum blends rigorous business and healthcare administration topics with practical experience in controlling the managerial, financial, legal, and ethical considerations of today's lively health services field. The program requires the completion of 36 semester hours, including 12 total courses. The core courses include contemporary health administration, organizational communications, legal and ethical perspectives in healthcare administration, health services policy, health economics, health services information management, health services marketing, and health services financial management. Students must also complete a course in comparative international health and a practicum or research in health administration.

Students are able to choose a leadership concentration that provides practical application from the business leadership and health service fields. The concentration courses provide students with the essential specialized knowledge for leadership in today's fast-paced health service field. The concentration courses include effective leadership, organizational behavior, organizational change, and negotiations and conflict. Students also have the opportunity to study abroad in various locations, such as Austria, Germany, and Canada.

About Pfeiffer University

Pfeiffer University is a private, liberal arts institution of higher learning residing in Misenheimer, North Carolina. It is affiliated with the United Methodist Church. It is a student-centered university that is confident and bold in the search of its mission. Its mission is to prepare servant leaders for a lifetime of learning. It is internationally involved, and it is known for its transformational undergraduate experiences and leadership in graduate and professional programs that meet the needs of students and those they serve.

Pfeiffer offers more than 30 undergraduate programs that are all built on a strong liberal arts foundation. It also offers an array of graduate and degree completion programs. The programs are offered through the four academic divisions: Division of Business, Division of Education, Division of Applied Health Sciences, and Division of Arts and Sciences. In the academic programs, students investigate real-life problems, collaborate through group activities, and enhance communication abilities. The programs prepare students with specific core competencies: foundational knowledge, communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and information literacy. The goal of the general education curriculum is to prepare students to employ knowledge critically with academic inquiry and evaluation. The student to staff ratio is 12 to one.

Pfeiffer University traces its roots back to Oberlin Home and School, a home-school founded by Miss Emily Prudden in 1885. In 1903, the Women's Home Missionary Society of the Methodist Episcopal Church gained responsibility of the school. The school as renamed the Ebenezer Mitchell Home and School. Due to a fire in 1908, the school had to relocate and in 1910, it moved to its current location in Misenheimer, North Carolina. The first high school diplomas were issued in 1913. The school added junior college curriculum in 1928 and it gained accreditation and became Mitchell Junior College in 1934. It changed its name again to Pfeiffer Junior College in 1935 in honor of Henry and Annie Merner Pfeiffer. The junior college gained accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools I 1942. It then began its transition to a senior college and it gained accreditation in 1960. It opened an additional campus in 1977. The first graduate program started in 1985. The school finally became Pfeiffer University in 1996. It began offering online programs in 1999. Today, Pfeiffer University is home to more than 1,400 students and 85 faculty members. It is also home to the Pfeiffer Junior College Historic District, which is a national historic district made up of 14 buildings from the early years of the university. The U.S. News and World Report ranks Pfeiffer University number 87 in its Regional Universities South.


Pfeiffer University Accreditation Details

The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges accredits Pfeiffer University to grant bachelor's and master's degrees.

Pfeiffer University Application Requirements


• Complete and submit the application form

• Submit official high school transcript

• Submit official transcripts from all previously attended colleges and universities

• Submit official SAT or ACT scores, optional


• Complete and submit the graduate application form

• Submit official transcripts from all previously attended postsecondary schools

• Submit official graduate-level standardized test scores, like the GMAT or GRE, for certain programs

• Submit current resume

• Submit letters of recommendation

• Complete additional requirements for certain programs

Tuition and Financial Aid



• Full-time tuition (12-19 semester hours): $14,280 per semester

• Part-time tuition (less than 12 semester hours): $659 per semester hour

• Overload tuition (more than 19 semester hours): $659 per semester hour


• All graduate courses: $655 per semester hour

Adult Degree Completion

• Full-time tuition: $450 per semester hour

• Part-time tuition: $450 per semester hour

Program Rates

• Partnership rate: $360 per semester hour

• Active military: $250 per semester hour

• Veteran: $270 per semester hour

Financial Aid

Pfeiffer offers various financial aid options to help students finance their postsecondary education. The available programs include scholarships, grants, loans, and work-study.


• Freshman Academic Scholarships

• Transfer Academic Scholarships

• Adult Studies CPA Scholarship

• Milton Rose Science Fellows Scholarships

• Francis Center Service Scholars

• Pfeiffer Undergraduate International Student Merit Scholarship

• Grigg Education Scholars Program

• Golden Leaf Scholarship Program

• United Methodist Scholarships


• Federal Pell Grant

• Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant

• North Carolina Need Based Scholarship

• Pfeiffer University Grant


• Federal Subsidized Direct Loan

• Federal Unsubsidized Direct Loan

• Federal PLUS Loan

• Federal Graduate PLUS Loan

• Federal Perkins Loan

• United Methodist Student Loans

Federal Work Study

The Federal Work Study program is a need-based financial aid program that enables students to work to earn money to pay for postsecondary education. Jobs are available both on and off campus and students generally work less than 20 hours a week. The pay is at least minimum wage but varies by employer, job duties, and qualifications of students.

The Master of Health Administration enables students to gain the necessary leadership skills for a successful career in health administration. The MHA program from Pfeiffer University prepares students for leadership careers in all sectors of health care, including hospitals, managed care, ambulatory care, public health, mental health, practice management, long-term care, government policy, and insurance.

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