Jul 13, 2024  
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Health Administration, MSHA

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Trina Cossin, M.Ed., R.T.(R), School of Allied Health Director

David Tataw, Ph.D., MPH, MPA, MMIS, FACHE, Program Director


The Master of Science in Health Administration (MSHA) is a fully online and accelerated program. It features an integrated curriculum based on core competencies that drive success in the contemporary health care industry.  A culminating experience will integrate and synthesize healthcare management skills and competencies through an internship and capstone course or a well-structured portfolio. The MSHA provides students with skills for employment in a variety of health services settings including hospitals, pharmaceutical companies, community health organizations, multispecialty services, insurance companies, biomedical research organizations, long-term care facilities, and emergency preparedness organizations in both the public and private domains. 

Program Options

All students applying to this program must complete all 34-credit requirements. All classes are offered in the online format to accommodate a variety of work and personal schedules. For more information on distance education, visit nkuonline.nku.edu. 

Students are admitted to the program in the fall, spring, and summer semesters and have the option of enrolling as a part-time or full-time student. Courses are offered periodically throughout the year in 7-week sessions.  Program planning with an advisor is critical to successful completion of the program in the student’s desired time frame. Students who “stop out” for any reason may have to wait a session or more to complete all program requirements depending on course offerings. According to university policy, students have up to six years to complete a master’s degree program.

Student Advising

Upon admission to the program, students will be assigned to an academic advisor. Students are expected to maintain close contact with their advisor throughout the program.

Application Deadline

To be considered for admission, a completed application and all required accompanying materials must be received no later than the semester prior to the student’s start date. Applications will be objectively evaluated and ranked.

MSHA Program Admission Requirements

A selective admission procedure will be followed to ensure that students have the best possibility for academic success. Applications will be objectively evaluated and ranked. The program director will review applications to determine whether the applicants possess the prerequisites necessary for success in the program. Admission criteria include the following: 

  1. Application for admission and application fee. 
  2. Bachelor’s degree; final official transcript from each regionally accredited institution must be sent to the Office of Graduate Education. 
  3. Minimum 2.50 cumulative undergraduate GPA. Candidates with undergraduate GPAs below 2.5 could be considered for provisional admission after a holistic review of their applications. 
  4. International applicants, who received instruction in a language other than English, must demonstrate English proficiency by earning an acceptable score on the TOEFL or IELTS exam. 
  5. Applicants with transcripts or undergraduate degrees from international institutions must provide an official copy of a third-party course-by-course evaluation.

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