• Application Deadline
  • 24 months
The Master of Healthcare Administration at the University of Illinois at Chicago is a program designed for students who have chosen a management career in health services organizations such as hospitals, community-based ambulatory care centers, managed-care plans, the health supply chain, and long-term care providers.


These students will receive an educational program that combines competence in management with an in-depth knowledge of the healthcare sector and of the management issues it faces. Required core courses emphasize accounting, economics, finance, human resources, strategic population-based planning, informatics, marketing, and management. Courses in CBA are an integral component of the MHA program. The Healthcare Administration program at the University of Illinois at Chicago coordinates practical experience through the MHA Preceptorship with medical centers, hospitals, long-term care organizations, and ambulatory care centers.

In addition, SPH offers a two‐year graduate program composed of 48 semester hours leading to the Executive Master of Healthcare Administration (EMHA). The Executive Master of Healthcare Administration is a program designed for professionals with extensive clinical experience or managerial healthcare experience who would like to pursue upper‐level management careers in health services organizations such as hospitals, community‐based ambulatory care centers, managed‐care plans, the health supply chain, physician group practices, and long‐term care providers.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Financial and Managerial Accounting for Healthcare Management
  • Biostatistics 
  • Principles of Epidemiology
  • U.S. Health Care System
  • Health Organizational Leadership
  • Quality Management in Health Services
  • Healthcare Human Resourse Management
  • Introduction to Health Policy
  • Law and the Health Care System
  • Heath Care Finance 

Detailed Programme Facts

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks. Read more about TOEFL®PBT.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

  • This programme accepts GRE® scores. However, it does not provide a recommended score range.

    The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. The GRE® General Test contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.

  • Baccalaureate Degree - Required.
  • Tests Required - All MHA applicants must submit an approved standardized test for graduate-level education (e.g., GRE) taken within five years. Scores should ideally be 60th percentile or better. Applicants with advanced professional degrees may have this requirement waived.
  • Minimum English Competency Test Score
  • Letters of Recommendation - Three required, preferably from instructors or employers.
  • Personal Statement - Required; addressing the applicant’s goals for graduate study, public health interest, and career development.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    23900 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 11950 USD per semester and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    11660 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5830 USD per semester and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Chicago

  • 1297 - 2500 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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