In coordination with Samford University’s School of Public Health and Brock School of Business, graduate students are now able to pursue a joint Master of Healthcare Administration (M.H.A.) and Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.). With its full-time plan of study, students are able to complete both degrees fully online in just three years.

To step into a leadership position for most healthcare systems and organizations today, a master’s degree is often required. By earning these two degrees, graduates are equipped with a diverse range of knowledge and experience—in business and healthcare—to illuminate pathways to provide leadership within the complex matrix that is the U.S. healthcare system.

While it’s possible to earn one of these degrees individually, by combining the two, students have the opportunity to be mentored by faculty in both programs, and they have access to the resources and connections offered by both schools as it relates to internships, research and career placement.

If the minimum GPA requirement is met, a GRE or GMAT score is not required for admission.(See admission requirements for more details.)

Application Process

Application Schedule

  • Application Opens: November 1, 2020
    • Applicants are admitted on a rolling basis.
  • Application Closes: June 1, 2021
  • Entry Month: August 2021

To pursue this joint degree program, you must first apply and be admitted to the Master of Healthcare Administration (M.H.A.) program. After completing the first semester, you can then apply and be admitted to the Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) program.

Step One

To apply for Samford’s M.H.A., you are required to submit both an application through HAMPCAS as well as a M.H.A. supplemental form. Before starting these applications, we recommend that you complete the following checklist:

  • Obtain student copies of your college transcripts to assist you in completing the course work section for the application. You will need a transcript from every university attended.
  • Create an application account at HAMPCAS. Once the account is created, an instruction manual can be found under the “?” icon on the top right of the page. The HAMPCAS system simplifies the process of applying to Samford programs. Complete one application and send it along with other information to our centralized service. The HAMPCAS system will verify your application for accuracy, calculate your GPA and send your materials to the Master of Healthcare Administration admissions department.
  • Request official transcripts from each institution attended by using the transcript request form located in the application.
  • Complete the form, submit it to the registrar's office of each institution attended and instruct them to enclose the form with your official sealed transcript. Transcripts must be sent to the HAMPCAS Transcript Department.

HAMPCAS Transcript Processing Center
P.O. Box 9122
Watertown, MA 02471

  • The HAMPCAS system only accepts official transcripts sent directly from the registrar's office. Please send transcripts as early as possible and no less than four to six weeks before the application deadline due to the time needed to verify your application.
  • If course work is completed in an institution outside of the United States, an international credential evaluation is required reporting prior university. Samford accepts evaluations from World Education Services (WES), found at wes.org or AACRAO International Education Services (IES), found at ies.aacrao.org.
  • Pay the initial service fee of $115 when submitting the HAMPCAS application.
  • Submit three letters of recommendation from 1) a current or previous professor; 2) a work supervisor or manager; and 3) another supervisor or professor
  • The references should attest to the applicant's academic ability and potential.
  • Please fill out all sections of the application.
    • Submit official test scores to Samford University – Code:
  • An invitation to complete the video interview will be sent once the application has been received in the Graduate Enrollment office.

Step Two

If progression standards are met in the first semester, students will be admitted to the M.B.A. program. This process makes it so students are exempt from Brock School of Business’ GRE/GMAT requirement.

For questions relating to admission to Brock School of Business, you can contact Elizabeth Gambrell, associate director of academic programs, at eagambre@samford.edu or 205-726-2040. 

Admission Requirements

  • Possess a baccalaureate degree in healthcare administration or business management from a regionally accredited college or university
    • Or possess a baccalaureate degree in any field from a regionally accredited college or university and currently work in healthcare or have at least 3 years of prior healthcare experience, and have a B or better in an accounting course and statistics course.
  • Have a minimum overall GPA 3.0 on a 4.0 scale or a minimum 3.2 GPA in last sixty (60) hours of undergraduate course work.
  • An applicant who does not meet the GPA requirement must submit a GRE score taken within the last five years demonstrating a minimum earned score of: Verbal 153; Quantitative 144; Analytical 4.0.
  • Submit three letters of reference through the application system. At least one reference must be from a work supervisor or manager and one from a current/previous professor.
  • American citizens or permanent residents who learned English as a second language must score at least 575 (paper) or 90 (internet) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or a score of 6.5 on IELTS. We cannot issue an I-20 for this program at this time.
  • Submit a video interview. A link will be provided upon submission of the application.

Plan of Study

A True Coordinated Program

Following the first semester, which is comprised of only Master of Healthcare Administration courses, this joint degree program integrates course work for both degrees throughout the remaining six semesters.

Plan of Study
Year Credit Hours M.H.A. % M.B.A. %
Year 1 27 credit hours 67% 33%
Year 2 26 credit hours 46% 54%
Year 3 18 credit hours 50% 50%

The course work for the M.H.A. program is offered fully online. Once enrolled in M.B.A. courses, students can take advantage of the business school’s hybrid format, completing classes either online or in-person at Samford’s campus in Birmingham, Alabama.

The program’s plan of study is designed to allow students to work and study at the same time.

Plan of Study

There are four M.B.A. courses that have been accepted as substitutes for three M.H.A. courses.  These substitute courses require a “B” or better as a passing score for the purposes of the M.H.A. degree.  These courses include:

  • MARK 541, Marketing Strategy
  • MNGT 561, Strategic Management
  • MNGT 535, Human Resources and Organization Management
  • BUSA 552, Managing Corporate Integrity

Waivers for M.B.A. Prerequisites: ACCT 511, ECON 512, and FINC 514

  • Exemption from these courses may be awarded with an earned C- or better in an approved undergraduate accounting, economics and statistics, or finance course at a regionally accredited institution.
  • These courses must be completed in the student’s first three terms. If not completed in first three terms, the student cannot take anymore courses until prerequisites are completed.

Accreditation

The Commission on the Accreditation for Healthcare Management Education (CAHME) has reviewed and approved Samford University's Master of Healthcare Administration program’s eligibility for CAHME candidacy. This review and approval is a critical initial step in the multi-phase process toward the attainment of CAHME accreditation. 

Samford’s Brock School of Business is an accredited member of AACSB International. Only 5% of business schools worldwide have this distinction. Learn more

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