University of Minnesota

The University of Minnesota is also featured in our ranking Top 30 Best Master's Programs in Healthcare Administration.

Master of Healthcare Administration

U.S. News & World Report ranked the University of Minnesota Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA) program as the third best MHA program in the country. Introduced in 1946, this program has a long history of preparing students to work in the healthcare industry. The university has its own Minnesota MHA Alumni Association that consists of more than 2,600 former students. They can help current students learn about job opportunities and prepare for job interviews.

Though students will take 60 credits of classes, they will take 12 electives that allow them to study unique areas of healthcare. They can also do internships or independent study projects in lieu of taking some electives. Some of the required courses that all students must take include Health and Health Systems, Operations Research and Quality in Health Care, Principles of Problem Solving in Health Services Organizations and Health Care Resource Management.

Students enrolled in this program can select a specialty area in one of eight different fields, including operations management, marketing management, financial management and health policy. The university offers a specialty area in long-term care administration for students who want to work in nursing homes and other facilities that offer extended care for patients. Though students can take some online classes, they must all complete a summer residency, which allows them to work in a health organization. The University of Minnesota offers an Executive Master of Healthcare Administration for students who already have professional healthcare experience too.

About the University of Minnesota

The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities is the official name of the University of Minnesota. It added Twin Cities to its name to show that it differs from other campuses in this system. Some of the other names that the university uses include UMN, U of M and Minnesota. Founded in 1851, UNM is the largest single university campus in the state and one of the 10 largest schools in the country. UMN is one of the only Public Ivy League schools in the nation too. A Public Ivy League is an affordable state or public school that offers the same opportunities as expensive private colleges do.

Minnesota ranks as one of the best schools in the nation as well as in the world. U.S. News & World Report ranked it at number 69 on its list of the best schools in America and at number 38 on its list of the best schools in the world. Many know the university for the number of items created by students and professors working for UMN and its alumni. Classified as a research institute, it receives millions of dollars in funding every year that both students and their teachers use. UMN also has a strong environmental record and implements a number of projects every year designed to help save and protect the environment. This large public university has an enrollment of more than 51,000 students.

University of Minnesota Accreditation Details

College and university accreditation can refer to either institutional or specialty accreditation. Specialty accreditation typically applies to only one subject area and covers all degree programs offered in that subject. The University of Minnesota has specialty accreditation from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) and the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) among others. The university also has institutional accreditation, often called regional accreditation, from the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCACS). This type of accreditation gives the university the right to grant degrees to any student who meets all the requirements of a program. It also allows the university to accept credits that students bring with them from another college. Regional accreditation is also necessary for students who need financial aid.

University of Minnesota Application Requirements

UMN has six application requirements for prospective MHA students. The first requirement is a cumulative undergrad grade point average of at least 3.0. Students can submit their official transcripts to show that they maintained a high GPA. Those who have not yet completed a bachelor's degree program can submit an unofficial transcript when they apply, but they must ensure that the university receives an official transcript before classes start. Students must also score at least 300 on the GRE or at least 500 on the GMAT. Those who completed medical school and students who are practicing physicians can submit an MCAT score instead. The university asks for a letter of intent too, which is a short letter that students write to explain their intent to study healthcare administration at the university.

Other requirements include a resume and letters of recommendation. The resume that a student submits must clearly show any healthcare and/or management experience that he or she has. Students who have more experience can apply for a spot in the executive program rather than the traditional MHA program. The letters of recommendation that they submit should come from professors they worked with or under in college and professionals they worked within the healthcare field. UMN uses those letters to determine if a student can handle graduate school and the advanced courses they will take.

Tuition and Financial Aid

Though UMN offers affordable tuition rates, it's important that students look at the cost of each course and the cost to complete the entire program. MHA students pay $961 per credit hour as a Minnesota resident. If they do not live in Minnesota at the time they enroll and were not residents of the state for at least one year, they will pay the nonresident rate of $1,262 per credit hour. The university estimates that residents will pay around $57,700 to finish the entire program, while nonresidents will pay around $75,700 to finish the program. Students in the executive healthcare administration program will pay $1,560 per credit hour as a resident or nonresident.

More than 50% of the university's MHA students receive funding in the form of scholarships. The university will award scholarships to students based on their past records and how well they do in admissions interviews. Students do not need to apply for funding or submit any other documents. UMN encourages students to look at scholarships available from other sources and professional organizations too. Students can also apply for funding from the government. The federal government offers two types of loan programs that can help students pay for the University of Minnesota MHA program.

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