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 integrating the management of rural health and rural care organizations throughout the program of study. 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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More information on Health Administration


  • Long term care administrator
  • Physician practice administrator
  • Health care program director
  • Health care consultant

Degree details


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

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:

  • hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with a minimum of 3.0 GPA, OR 2.5 GPA in the last earned degree and official scores at the 25th percentile level from GRE or GMAT.

NOTE: Preference will be given to applicants with at least two years of experience or who are currently employed in a health care setting.

Application Requirements:

  • Completed online application to the graduate school
  • Resume
  • Official (sealed) transcript from each college or university attended (other than Appalachian)
  • Application fee
  • Personal statement including career goals and personal experience in health care
  • GRE or GMAT test scores no older than five years
  • Three letters of reference pertaining to academic ability, professional competence and personal character

NOTE: Applicants with a 3.0 GPA or higher may have their GRE/GMAT requirement waived if they have five or more years of paid full-time work experience of which three or more are in a health care setting.


Semester Start Application Deadline


July 1

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