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Executive Master of Health Administration

Executive Masters in Healthcare Administration

Providing management leadership in one of the nation’s largest service industries requires well-rounded leaders and innovators.

Health Care Administration is an ever-changing field of study that requires well-rounded leaders and innovators to manage the challenges in the health care world. Administrators are responsible for coordinating and organizing the delivery of care while staying in touch with consumers’ needs. The Executive Master of Health Administration (EMHA) program at WKU allows health care professionals the opportunity to strengthen their education with a unique and flexible schedule.


Created to meet the goals of busy executives, the EMHA program’s curriculum only requires three classroom visits per year. These meetings will occur on designated weekends between mid-July and mid-August.  The remainder of the two-year program will be completed through online distance learning, which makes attaining your MHA degree easier than ever.

Networking Opportunities

The diversity of the students in the EMHA program adds depth to your educational experience and gives you the opportunity to share similar experiences of healthcare professionals from all over the country. Interacting with other professionals in the program will enhance your education and create close business and personal relationships.

Momentum for your Future

Completing the EMHA program at WKU provides additions to your knowledge, your qualifications, and your career. Your experience as a healthcare professional has prepared you to become a leader, and you can take your leadership to the next level with WKU’s Executive MHA Program.

The unique and flexible schedule of WKU’s Executive Master of Health Administration program allows you to strengthen your education without having to give up your job or lifestyle.

The EMHA program was designed for professionals working in the healthcare field.

There are two options for admission to this program:

  • Applicants with 5+ years experience in healthcare who otherwise meet university admission criteria in the application for the MHA program are qualified for admission and are not required to take the GRE.
  • Applicants with less than 5 years experience in healthcare: Interviews shall be conducted on a case-by-case basis in the admission decision of healthcare professionals with less than five years of work experience to gather evidence of achievements and success in healthcare position(s) held. 

There is no Graduate Record Examination (GRE) requirement for applicants who meet Executive MHA admission criteria.

Application Process

  • The first stage includes submission of application materials to the Executive MHA Program.
  • The second stage of the application requires submission of materials for admission into The Graduate School, Western Kentucky University. Only applications that have fulfilled application requirements for both EMHA Program and The Graduate School will be considered complete.

Part 1: Materials to be submitted to the EMHA Program

  1. Completed and (Electronically) Signed Executive MHA Application and Prerequisite Course Worksheet The application should be submitted electronically by clicking the "Submit Form" button located on the top right hand corner of the PDF file.
  2. Current resume with details of positions held and a personal statement should attached to this email: Resume and Personal Statement
  3. Two letters of reference from immediate supervisors in the two most recent positions held should be sent to this email: mhaexecutiveprogram@wku.edu

Part 2: Materials to be submitted to the WKU Graduate School Office

If determined eligible for EMHA after a review of materials under Part 1, the applicant shall be required to:

  1. Apply to the WKU Graduate School: wku.edu/graduate - Click on APPLY NOW
  2. Submit official copies of transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
  3. Pay The Graduate School Application Fee

Students pursuing an MBA are required to complete 33 hours of business courses to complete the degree.

Courses needed to complete the degree (in addition to admission requirements) include:

  • BA 510 – Organizational Theory
  • BA 511 – Applied Microeconomic Theory
  • BA 512 – Problem Solving, Data Modeling & Managerial Decisions
  • BA 513 – Information Technology & Strategy
  • BA 515 – Managerial Accounting Concepts & Applications
  • BA 517 – Advanced Marketing
  • BA 519 – Advanced Managerial Finance
  • BA 580 – Contemporary Issues in Business
  • BA 590 – Strategic Business Concepts & Applications
  • BA – Elective
  • BA – Elective

Students are required to complete two contemporary issues courses, or may substitute a three-hour elective. Electives may be chosen from BA 592, 560, 551, 552, or other 500 level business courses. Up to 6 hours of approved graduate level courses may be transferred into the program with the approval of the MBA office. If these courses are graduate level business courses, they must be from an AACSB accredited institution. If job-related, graduate level course electives other than business may be accepted from a regionally accredited institution.

Recommended Sequence of Courses

BA 590 must be taken in the final semester.

Please note: Certain courses may offered on a rotating basis, so please plan your program of study carefully. Contact April Schleig, the academic advisor for the program for additional information on course offerings at april.schleig@wku.edu.

The Executive Master of Health Administration requires completion of 42 credit hours. The executive option does not require a thesis. Students must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited school.

Core Courses (33 credit hours)           

PH 520: Biostatistics for Public Health           

PH 582: Epidemiology

PH 583: Public Health Administration

PH 587: Health Behavior        

HCA 540: Health Care Organization and Management           

HCA 541: Strategic Management & Marketing of Health Services     

HCA 542: Health Care Human Resources Administration      

HCA 543: Health Care Quality and Accountability    

HCA 545: Managerial Finance for Health Services     

HCA 551: Health Care Jurisprudence 

HCA 586: Health Economics & Policy           

Electives (3 credit hours)

Select one of the following classes 

HCA 555: Healthcare Preparedness and Leadership   

HCA 556: Ambulatory Care/Rural Health      

HCA 572: Special Topics in Health Services  

PH 584: Principles of Environmental Health  

HCA 544: Healthcare Systems Design and Behavior  

HCA 564: Health Systems Informatics           

HCA 574: Decision Making in Health Care    

Executive Option

Two 3 credit hour courses in a concentration area. Advisor approval is required.

General Eligibility

Financial Aid includes grants and loans for educational purposes. The government requires the student to file a form online to the government agency for this purpose which is called FAFSA at www.fafsa.ed.gov  to apply. Once that form is completed and filed, the student will receive an email from WKU about the status. All financial aid comes through the WKU Student Financial Aid office and they communicate mostly through email. The email will explain all the grants and/or loans that are available to the student and how to receive the money.

Nearly all students are eligible for some form of financial assistance. In fact, over 90% of the students who applied for financial aid in recent years received an award offer. Every effort is made to assist you and your family in obtaining the resources necessary to meet the difference between the total cost of attending Western Kentucky University and your ability to contribute toward your education.

If you would like to apply for financial assistance (loans, grants, scholarships, veteran's benefits) the first step is to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at fafsa.ed.gov. Please refer to the Financial Aid Guide for additional information and complete instructions.

Please keep in mind, student must maintain satisfactory academic progress to continue to qualify for financial aid. For additional information on receiving, and keeping your financial aid, please refer to the WKU Financial Aid website to review the complete policy on Satisfactory Academic Progress at wku.edu/financialaid/sap.php.

Eligibility for On Demand

On Demand courses may also be covered by financial aid if the student has met basic eligibility requirements and has a current FAFSA on file. Students must fill out an On Demand Agreement found on the WKU Financial Assistance website. Students receiving financial aid must complete their course(s) in the current semester. For more information please contact the Student Financial Assistance office at (270) 745-2755.

Veterans and Active Military

All college courses offered by On Demand have been approved for veterans and other persons eligible under the provisions of the GI Bill. Each student must assume the responsibility for submitting the proper forms to assure payment of appropriate entitlements. Please contact the Veterans Coordinator in Student Financial Assistance.

Department Contact

Dr. William Mkanta
MHA Program Director
Phone: (270) 745-5260
Email: mhaexecutiveprogram@wku.edu

WKU Online

Email: learn.online@wku.edu
Phone: (270) 745-5173
Toll-Free: (888) 4WKUWEB / (888) 495-8932
Website: wku.edu/online 

The Graduate School

Email: graduate.school@wku.edu
Phone: (270) 745-2446
Website: wku.edu/graduate  

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 Last Modified 4/11/18