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Online MHA – Project Management

Earn your Master of Health Administration online while gaining specialized project management skills and experience.

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MHA – Project Management Highlights

<p>Specialized project management courses to supplement your core Master of Health Administration education</p>

Specialized project management courses to supplement your core Master of Health Administration education

<p>Full accessibility to your instructors and dean with the ability to call and message them through the Remind app</p>

Full accessibility to your instructors and dean with the ability to call and message them through the Remind app

<p>100% online coursework with 24/7 tech support and mobile-friendly resources, including access to LinkedIn Learning</p>

100% online coursework with 24/7 tech support and mobile-friendly resources, including access to LinkedIn Learning

<p>A Career Services team helping with your job search and professional development</p>

A Career Services team helping with your job search and professional development

Why Choose the MHA – Project Management Track?

Project managers play an essential role in keeping teams and organizations running efficiently. WCU’s online Master of Health Administration - Project Management track allows you to learn core business concepts and managerial skills within healthcare while specializing in project management.

 As an MHA - Project Management student, you will explore topics such as project management, operations management, leadership in healthcare, and information system for healthcare programs. Upon completing the program, you will be eligible to sit for the Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)® exam through the Project Management Institute (PMI).

 Complete your MHA - Project Management degree 100% online in as few as 8 months at the Accelerated Plus pace, 12 months at the Accelerated, or 20 months at the Working Professional pace.

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Overview: MHA – Project Management Track

The MHA – Project Management Track Experience

Throughout this specialized track, you will:

  • Build a foundational education in health administration while taking supplemental courses that teach best practices project management
  • Learn from faculty who have extensive on-the-job experience in health administration and a passion for research, scholarship, service, and student-centric teaching
  • Benefit from complete support throughout your educational journey with a Student Success advisor, access to no-cost tutoring, a faculty mentor, and more
  • Start your career path on the right foot with assistance from our Career Services team, which offers a wealth of resources to help you land the right job
  • Get no-cost access to LinkedIn Learning and build a portfolio of certificates for new professional skills learning, aligning with your WCU coursework

Health Administration Curriculum

To achieve the graduation requirement of 30 credits, all students must complete 30 credits of core and track courses. Core courses provide students with the specific discipline experience required for the degree. All students will complete at least 21 core course credits as detailed below. The remaining 9 credits are based on the program track the student is enrolled in. The currently available programs are:

Master of Health Administration (MHA)

  • MHA - Informatics Track**
  • MHA – Organizational Leadership Track
  • MHA – Public Health Track
  • MHA – Project Management Track

**Informatics Track will be available Spring 2, 2023.  

Core Courses: 

Core Courses to be completed by all students (21 credits)

500 Legal and Ethical Issues in Health Care Management 3
505 Information Systems for Health Care Programs 3
520 Financial Management for Health Care Managers 3
545 Hospital Administration and Management 3
550 Leadership Models for Health Care Managers 3
555 Project Management 3
565 Capstone Course: Cases in Health Care Management 3
Total Credit Hours:21
Core courses to be completed if no track chosen (9 credits)
525 Marketing Management for Health Care Professionals 3
540 Strategic Planning in Health Care Organizations 3
560 Entrepreneurial Opportunities in Health Care Industry 3
Total Credit Hours:9

Track Courses:

Informatics Track

Track courses to be completed in the Informatics Track (9 credits)

510 Database Systems, Design and Informatics 3
512 Project Management in Healthcare Informatics 3
515 Implementation, Management, and Evaluation of Healthcare Systems 3
Total Credit Hours:9

Organizational Leadership Track

Track courses to be completed in the Organizational Leadership Track (9 credits)

525 Principles of Management 3
535 Organizational Behavior and Leadership 3
545 Fundamentals of Operations Management 3
Total Credit Hours:9

Public Health Track

Track courses to be completed in the Public Health Track (9 credits)

500 Foundations of Public Health 3
515 Cultural Diversity & Health Disparities in Public Health 3
536 Environmental and Occupational Health 3
Total Credit Hours:9

Project Management Track

Track courses to be completed in the Project Management Track (9 credits)

535 Organizational Behavior and Leadership 3
545 Fundamentals of Operations Management 3
557 Project Management II 3
Total Credit Hours:9

Academic Calendar

 New academic terms begin, on average, every eight weeks. You can review our Academic Calendar to see when each term begins and ends.

How Much Does The MHA - Project Management Track Cost?

We know school is a substantial commitment. At WCU, we want to equip you with all the information you need to make the right decision for your future.

Our goal is to give you a clear understanding of MHA - Project Management track tuition costs so you can be well-informed as you navigate the application and enrollment process. To assist you in your decision, we provide a breakdown below of the MHA - Project Management track costs at West Coast University.

We offer several MHA - Project Management track financial aid options – including scholarships, grants, and loan access – to help support you through your studies. We also offer reduced tuition rates for military personnel and their spouses.

For more information about your financial support options, visit our financial aid page.

Master of Health Administration - Project Management Track

Accelerated Plus*

Degree Type Master of Science
Total Program Credits 30
Program Length(full time) 2 trimesters
Non-Military Rate Military Rate1
Tuition Cost(per credit) $750 $637.50
Total Tuition Cost $22,500 $19,125
STRF2 $60 $50
Technology Fee3 $1,000 $1,000
Estimate for Program Supply Fees4 $50 $50
Estimated Total Program Costs (Texas) $23,550 $20,175
Estimated Total Program Costs (California) $23,610 $20,225

Accelerated*

Degree Type Master of Science
Total Program Credits 30
Program Length (full time) 3 trimesters
Non-Military Rate Military Rate1
Tuition Cost (per credit) $750 $637.50
Total Tuition Cost $22,500 $19,125
STRF2 $60 $52.50
Technology Fee3 $1,500 $1,500
Estimate for Program Supply Fees4 $50 $50
Estimated Total Program Costs (Texas) $24,050 $20,675
Estimated Total Program Costs (California) $24,110 $20,727.50


Working Professional*

Degree Type Master of Science
Total Program Credits 30
Program Length (full time) 5 trimesters
Non-Military Rate Military Rate1
Tuition Cost (per credit) $750 $637.50
Total Tuition Cost $22,500 $19,125
STRF2 $62.50 $55
Technology Fee3 $2,500 $2,500
Estimate for Program Supply Fees4 $50 $50
Estimated Total Program Costs (Texas) $25,050 $21,675
Estimated Total Program Costs (California) $25,112.50 $21,730

* Upon enrollment, students select  Accelerated Plus, Accelerated or Working Professional, which will determine the pace at which students complete their degree. In most cases, students that select Accelerated will attempt two courses per term, and students that select Working Professional will attempt one course a term.

1 Rate provided to Active Duty, Active Duty Spouse, Reserve, Reserve Spouse, Veterans, Veteran Spouse, Department of Defense employees, dependents utilizing parent's veteran's education benefits, and Veterans Affairs employees.

2 Effective April 1, 2022, the Student Tuition Recovery Fund (STRF) assessment rate will be two dollars and fifty cents ($2.50) per one thousand dollars ($1,000) of institutional charges.

The State of California established the Student Tuition Recovery Fund (STRF) to relieve or mitigate economic loss suffered by a student in an educational program at a qualifying institution, who is or was a California resident while enrolled, or was enrolled in a residency program, if the student enrolled in the institution, prepaid tuition, and suffered an economic loss. Unless relieved of the obligation to do so, you must pay the state-imposed assessment for the STRF, or it must be paid on your behalf, if you are a student in an educational program, who is a California resident, or are enrolled in a residency program, and prepay all or part of your tuition.

You are not eligible for protection from the STRF and you are not required to pay the STRF assessment, if you are not a California resident, or are not enrolled in a residency program.

It is important that you keep copies of your enrollment agreement, financial aid documents, receipts, or any other information that documents the amount paid to the school. Questions regarding the STRF may be directed to the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education, 1747 N. Market Blvd. Ste 225 Sacramento, CA 95834, (916) 431-6959 or (888) 370-7589.

To be eligible for STRF, you must be a California resident or enrolled in a residency program, prepaid tuition, paid or deemed to have paid the STRF assessment, and suffered an economic loss as a result of any of the following:

  1. The institution, a location of the institution, or an educational program offered by the institution was closed or discontinued, and you did not choose to participate in a teach-out plan approved by the Bureau or did not complete a chosen teach-out plan approved by the Bureau.
  2. You were enrolled at an institution or a location of the institution within the 120-day period before the closure of the institution or location of the institution or were enrolled in an educational program within the 120-day period before the program was discontinued.
  3. You were enrolled at an institution or a location of the institution more than 120 days before the closure of the institution or location of the institution, in an educational program offered by the institution as to which the Bureau determined there was a significant decline in the quality or value of the program more than 120 days before closure.
  4. The institution has been ordered to pay a refund by the Bureau but has failed to do so.
  5. The institution has failed to pay or reimburse loan proceeds under a federal student loan program as required by law or has failed to pay or reimburse proceeds received by the institution in excess of tuition and other costs.
  6. You have been awarded restitution, a refund, or other monetary award by an arbitrator or court, based on a violation of this chapter by an institution or representative of an institution, but have been unable to collect the award from the institution.
  7. You sought legal counsel that resulted in the cancellation of one or more of your student loans and have an invoice for services rendered and evidence of the cancellation of the student loan or loans.

To qualify for STRF reimbursement, the application must be received within four (4) years from the date of the action or event that made the student eligible for recovery from STRF.

A student whose loan is revived by a loan holder or debt collector after a period of noncollection may, at any time, file a written application for recovery from STRF for the debt that would have otherwise been eligible for recovery. If it has been more than four (4) years since the action or event that made the student eligible, the student must have filed a written application for recovery within the original four (4) year period, unless the period has been extended by another act of law.

However, no claim can be paid to any student without a social security number or a taxpayer identification number.

3 Technology Fee includes student technical support, Office 365, blended and online course delivery/learning management system, mobile app, student portal technology and access, and required electronic course materials/software.

4 Program supplies include WCU identification card and background check.

Admission Requirements

Applicants for the Master of Health Administration must:

  1. Complete an online application for admissions.
  2. Participate in an interview with a University Admissions Advisor.
  3. Complete an enrollment agreement, consisting of program policies, costs, completion requirements, and other student obligations.
  4. Have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution with a 2.7 cumulative GPA or higher.
    1. Applicants with an undergraduate GPA 2.00-2.69 may be considered for probationary admission after meeting the following admissions requirements:
      1. The applicant must provide a letter of intent.
      2. The applicant must be approved for admission following an interview with the Program Dean/Director.
      3. The applicant must satisfy program prerequisites. 
      4. A student admitted under the probationary admissions pathway must achieve a cumulative GPA of 3.0 on all coursework attempted over the first trimester (two terms). Students who meet this standard will be converted to a full admit status and will be subject to the standard Satisfactory Academic Progress requirement for the duration of their program.  Students failing to meet these requirements following the first trimester (two terms) will be withdrawn from the university.  
      5. Students accepted under the probationary admissions pathway will be considered regular students and eligible for Title IV, if the student otherwise qualifies for funding, for the first trimester of their program of study while completing the requirements for full admission to their program.
  5. Provide official undergraduate transcripts of a baccalaureate degree prior to the end of the add/drop period of the first term.
    1. Applicants submitting non-U.S. or non-English transcripts will be required to have their coursework evaluated by a transcript evaluation service to determine the equivalency to a U.S. degree/course. If the transcript evaluation is unclear as to the equivalency to a U.S. degree/course, the Program Dean will evaluate transcripts to determine if a minimum of 3 academic years of undergraduate coursework has been completed for admission.
    2. Applicants submitting advanced degrees will be reviewed by the Program Dean to determine if a minimum of 3 academic years of undergraduate coursework has been completed for admission.
    3. Master of Health Administration Transfer Credit Evaluation: Only graduate level courses in which a grade of B- or better was received, taken in a program similar to the Master of Health Administration will be evaluated for transfer credit. A maximum of nine (9) credit hours will be considered for transfer and must reflect the same content and course credit as the course for which transfer credit is requested.

Career Services for Students and Graduates

Whether you’re a current student or a WCU graduate who is trying to navigate the job market, we’re here to support you. Our Career Services team offers individual guidance, professional development workshops, and other forms of ongoing support that you can access for your entire career.1

We help students enhance their resumes, learn best practices for job interviews, track down job leads, and more. We’re here to help you get on the right track for your career!

Job Placement Opportunities

The Master of Health Administration program helps students build the multidisciplinary skills needed for entry-level managerial positions within healthcare, including positions related to project management.

LinkedIn Learning Available at No Cost

To help maximize your educational experience, we provide each MHA student with complimentary access to LinkedIn Learning, which offers a wealth of educational video content on all kinds of professional topics. For each MHA core course you take, you will:

  • Select a LinkedIn Learning module on a topic that supports what you are learning in your corresponding MHA course
  • Complete the module by the end of your academic term
  • Earn a certificate of completion, which can be added to your LinkedIn profile

 By the time you complete your Master of Health Administration program, you will have a long list of LinkedIn certificates that will demonstrate the new professional skills you have acquired. This can help you give you a competitive advantage in the job market.

Featured Faculty


Ron J. Macias, EdD, MHA, BS/HCM, CHEP

Assistant Professor, Health Administration & Business Administration

Dr.

Dr. Ron J. Macias is an Assistant Professor and lead faculty member for West Coast University’s Health Administration and Business Administration programs. He has been teaching at WCU since 2011 and has over 25 years of experience working in senior management positions in Fortune 100 health service organizations, as well as 23 years of experience in corporate information services.

A seasoned veteran in health and business administration, Dr. Macias has served as a senior manager at Kaiser Permanente, UnitedHealth Group, PacifiCare Health Systems, Prescription Solutions (now OptumRx), First American Corporation, and Ingram Micro. He has also managed corporate departments in healthcare research, IT security, IT service management, service quality metrics, project management, instructional technology methodology, corporate communication, and personnel development and training.

Dr. Macias is a Certified Higher Education Professional (CHEP) under Career Education Colleges and Universities (CECU), and he is also ITIL Foundations Certified. He is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE), Project Management Institute (PMI), and Project Management Institute - Orange County Chapter

FAQs
Is the project management track right for me?

In the project management track, you will complete core health administration courses while also taking complementary classes in project management and operations management fundamentals. This track is ideal for anyone who would like to learn how to manage projects within health administration teams.

Will my previous coursework transfer into the MHA program? How about past work experience?

We can evaluate your previous coursework for transfer credit. You may also qualify for credit for previous professional experience, as well as professional certifications, trainings, and licenses (including the Project Management Professional (PMP) license).

Your advisor can help assess which credits you are eligible to transfer into the Master of Health Administration program, if any.

How long does it take to complete the MHA - Project Management degree?

We offer three multiple program pace options to meet varying student schedules. You can complete the MHA – Project Management program in as little as 8 months at the Accelerated Plus pace, 12 months at the Accelerated pace, or 20 months at the Working Professional pace. You may be able to reach your degree sooner if you completed the bridge program for your Bachelor of Science in Health Administration at WCU, meaning you got a head start on your graduate-level credits while you were an undergraduate student.

Can I still get my degree if I’m working full-time?

Yes. Our online degree programs are designed to be flexible for working adults. With a virtual classroom that you can access anytime and from anywhere, you get to choose which days and times to complete your assignments in order to meet your weekly deadlines. Also, as an online student, you have access to a wealth of online resources and extensive support, including our WCU online library, 24/7 tech support, a Student Success advisor, no-cost tutoring, and more.

If you’re struggling to keep up with school as a working student, you can choose the Working Professional program pace, which allows you to take fewer courses per term to better balance your schedule. This is also a great option for students who are parents and at-home caregivers.

Is financial aid available?

Financial aid and scholarships are available for those who qualify. Some of the grants and scholarships that are available to online students at WCU include the Alumni Pathway Grant (up to 20% of tuition covered), the WCU Health Services Grant (up to 10% of tuition covered), and the WCU Performance Scholarship (up to 15% of tuition). There are also other financial aid options, which you can explore on our Tuition & Financial Aid page.

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Financial aid and scholarships are available for those who qualify.