Master of Health Administration

Advance your health care career by earning a master's degree, the standard credential for most health care leadership positions.

This program is designed for mid-level health care managers who want to set themselves apart from their peers and advance to higher levels in their field. Capella's Master of Health Administration focuses on reflection, professionalism and ethics, communication, collaboration, and problem-solving.

Outcome goals and graduates' proficiency levels

These results show recent Capella graduates' proficiency levels in the expected learning outcomes for this program. Faculty make this assessment in the capstone course—the final course in which Capella students demonstrate what they’ve learned

2012-2013 Demonstration of Program Outcomes Master of Health Administration Specializations

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Facilitate a change process involving patients, communities, and professionals in the improvement and delivery of health care and wellness.
Translate strategy to develop and maintain optimal organizational performance in health care settings.
Create an organizational climate that values and supports employees and colleagues in health care settings.


Outcome Demonstrations
Source: Aggregated outcome assessment results from Q32012 – Q22013 capstone courses



Master of Health Administration (MHA)

  • Health Care Leadership1
  • Health Care Operations
  • General Health Administration

Quality and Professional Relevance

  • Capella's MHA curriculum is designed around the National Center for Healthcare Leadership (NCHL) Competency Model™.
  • Capella's MHA program features a collaborative, problem-based learning model that incorporates industry best practices and the knowledge and skill sets expected by leading health care organizations.
  • Capella's MHA program uses simulations, group problem-solving, and real-time coaching sessions to strengthen the collaboration and communication skills needed by health care leaders.

1Review of this specialization is pending in AL, KS, KY, ND, SC, and WA.

School of Public Service Leadership Master's Degree Graduates

Data from graduates across all Public Service Leadership masters programs have been combined for these Career Outcomes results.

Master's degree graduates from Capella's School of Public Service leadership report satisfaction with their tasks and responsibilities. The majority (70%) of graduates are employed in healthcare, non-profit, social/community services, P-12, or government/public sector settings.

Satisfaction with Capella Public Service Leadership Master's Guide

Percentage of respondents who answered "satisfied" or "very satisfied"
Source: Responses to the Alumni Outcomes Survey one year after graduation. The data were collected during Q2 2012 – Q1 2013.

Many of our Public Service Leadership master's degree alumni report receiving a salary increase or assuming a leadership role.

Improvement in Skills & Abilities Public Service Leadership Master's Graduates

Percentage of respondents who indicated they had accomplished each item
Source: Responses to the Alumni Outcomes Survey one year after graduation. The data were collected during Q2 2012 – Q1 2013.

School of Public Service Leadership Master's Degree Graduates

Data from graduates across all Public Service Leadership masters programs have been combined for these Student Experience results.

Most graduates of the School of Public Service Leadership master's degree programs report that earning a master's degree has helped them meet program and career goals. They are likely to recommend Capella to friends and family.

Satisfaction with Capella Public Service Leadership Master's Guide

Percentage of respondents who answered affirmatively
Source: Responses to the Alumni Outcomes Survey one year after graduation. The data were collected during Q2 2012 – Q1 2013.

School of Public Service Leadership master's degree graduates say that they gained valuable skills and abilities which are applicable in a range of professional settings.

Improvement in Skills & Abilities Public Service Leadership Master's Graduates

Percentage of respondents who rated themselves as "proficient" or "distinguished" on ability to demonstrate the skill or ability on the job.
Source: Responses to the Alumni Outcomes Survey one year after graduation. The data were collected during Q2 2012 – Q1 2013.

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Capella believes in being clear about the real cost, time, and value of a Capella degree The Gainful Employment disclosures, required by the US Department of Education (DOE) (under 34 CFR 688.6 ), provide some information about completion, expenses and occupations based on learners who graduated between July 2012 and June 2013. Most of our students are part-time so they might not take a full course load or attend all 4 quarters each year. We took that into account in calculating these data. For example, we define program length for certificates and master's and doctoral degrees as the number of calendar quarters it takes a typical student to complete a program. The DOE has defined time to complete for a Bachelor's degree as 4 years. Program cost is based on the specific pricing structure for each program which is either a cost per credit or a cost per active quarter.

Other related information may be found on the Learning Outcomes, Career Outcomes, and Student Experience tabs on this page.

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