The online Master of Health Administration at Appalachian

The Master of Health Administration online program at Appalachian State University connects busy professionals with the knowledge and skills to lead health care organizations — without having to relocate.

This degree embodies Appalachian’s mission by preparing students to lead purposeful lives as engaged health care executives who are eager to acquire and create knowledge, promote a spirit of inclusion, communicate effectively and think critically. As a graduate, you will be prepared to advance your management career in a variety of health care organizations, including, but not limited to, hospitals, long-term care, urgent care, research facilities, mental health, bio-tech organizations and medical health equipment companies.

In addition to a strong core curriculum in general health administration, students have two possible areas of focus: health care leadership and health information systems.

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Degree details


  • The Health Care Leadership concentration focuses on leadership in health care as well as health care operations management. Click for course information.
  • The Information Systems concentration focuses on data analytics and data management in health care. Click for course information.

(Note: Not all courses listed may be delivered to App State Online students. Refer curriculum questions to the program contact.)

Program information

  • Mostly online asynchronous course work
  • One-to-three classes per semester, year-round, depending on full-time or part-time option
  • Students will spend no more than 1.5 days (Friday and Saturday) per semester on the Appalachian campus.
  • Completion time: two years (full time) or three years (part time)

Eligibility and application requirements


Applicants must:

Note: Preference will be given to applicants with at least two years of work experience and who have satisfactory completion of coursework in financial accounting and statistics (at least 3 credit hours) at the undergraduate or graduate level.

Admissions exam:

COVID-19 Update Effective 4/16/2020:

Individuals applying to programs with a July 1 deadline who are experiencing difficulty taking a required standardized exam due to Covid-19 closures of testing centers or other factors that prevent them from taking the GRE online should contact Associate Dean of Graduate Studies Dr. Marie Hoepfl ( to request a waiver.

GRE or MAT waivers are available if the applicant has an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or better and five or more years of paid, full-time work experience, three of which must be in a health care setting. A supporting letter of recommendation from a supervisor with the applicant’s name, dates of employment, verification of full-time employment and job title is required.

No exam waiver is automatic but will require review and approval by the Graduate School upon submission of a complete application. An approved waiver request does not guarantee acceptance into the program. A denied waiver request does not mean that a candidate is denied admission to the program, only that a standardized exam score is needed to more fully evaluate the application. Standardized test scores may be required for scholarship consideration.

Applicants who do not meet the criteria listed above will be required to take the official general GRE or MAT exam in accordance with Graduate School policy.

Application Requirements:

  • Completed online application to the graduate school
  • Resume
  • Official transcripts must be submitted showing any completed degrees and transcripts showing any coursework completed at institutions other than Appalachian in the last five years
  • Application fee
  • Personal statement including career goals and personal experience in health care
  • Three letters of reference pertaining to academic ability, professional competence and personal character

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