Frequently Asked Questions
1. Why is the Texas A&M University (TAMU) offering an Executive track of its Master of Health Administration (MHA) program at the Texas Medical Center?
Our listening to the healthcare service delivery leaders in Texas identified a real need to provide Master’s level education to mid-career healthcare professionals. We have identified solid support for this educational program and are delivering it at the conveniently located Texas Medical Center and in a format that is amenable to working professionals. Graduate health management knowledge is developed in a variety of functional areas with emphasis on health systems management, health policy, health finance, human resources management and health planning and marketing.
2. My employer would like me to earn a Master’s degree from an accredited institution. Is the Executive track accredited?
The Executive track of the MHA Program has been continuously accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (www.cahme.org) since 2008.
3. How long does it take to complete degree?
Students will able to complete the degree in 24 months. New cohorts are admitted once a year in August and are scheduled to graduate 24 months later.
4. Who would be the likely candidate for this graduate program?
The ideal candidate would be the mid-level careerist who has worked for at least 5 years and needs the additional educational preparation for career advancement or to improve leadership capabilities. Also, physicians, nurses, and other clinicians who are interested in advancing their careers in leadership positions within their medical staff structures, the new accountable care organizations (ACOs), and other responses to the integration of clinical and administrative duties to respond to reform initiatives.
5. What are this program’s admission requirements?
- Admission standards for the Executive track of the MHA program are competitive and rigorous. To be considered for admission, the following criteria must be minimally met:
- Demonstrated leadership potential (as indicated through the applicant’s statement of purpose, letters of recommendation, and employment verification);
- Have a minimum of five years of full time work experience within the healthcare field reflecting increasing responsibilities; and
- Maintained no less than a cumulative 3.0 GPA in their bachelor’s degree and not less than a cumulative 3.0 GPA in the final (junior and senior level courses) 60 hours of their bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution recognized by Texas A&M University.
- Note: Prospective students are NOT required to take a graduate admissions examination (i.e., GMAT or GRE).
6. How many credit hours will the program require to graduate?
The Executive track of the MHA Program requires 48 credit hours (i.e., 12 courses × 4 credit hours per course).
7. What is the anticipated in-state cost for the program?
The total cost for the program is estimated to be $52,700, comprised of a $800 per hour program fee ($400 × 48 total credit hours across the two years = $38,400) and $14,300 in tuition (again, a total for the two years).
8. What will a typical “academic weekend” look like for the student?
Every month, a typical student “academic” weekend would be as follows: Arrive Friday evening; class hours on Saturday (7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.) and class hours on Sunday (7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.). There will be two 15 minute breaks (one in the morning, one in the afternoon) and 30 to 60 minutes allowed for lunch each day. Breakfast, lunch, and snacks are provided by the MHA Program.
9. How long will each course last?
Students will take one course every two months. Each course will last four weekend days. The first class day is held on a Sunday. The next classes are held on a Saturday and Sunday of the following month and the last class is held on a Saturday in the subsequent month.
10. What is the anticipated time commitment of the student between classes in this program?
Students should be prepared to devote an average of at least 60 hours per month to the program between weekends.
11. How many students will be in each cohort?
Entering cohorts will not exceed 25 students.
12. Where will the classes meet?
New student orientation is on the TAMU main campus in College Station. After orientation, all classes are held at the Texas Medical Center, in the TAMU’s institute of Biosciences and Technology (ALKEK Building), at the corner of Holcombe and Pressler.
13. What is the course sequence for the Executive track?
The 12 courses are taught in a lock-step sequence with no electives and no courses are allowed to be taken out of sequence.
The first year foundational course sequence is:
- Population and Public Health for Health Professionals (PHPM 604)
- Health Systems Management (PHPM 606)
- Managing Healthcare Data and Information (PHPM 603)
- Health Economics and Insurance (PHPM 653)
- Healthcare Financial Management (PHPM 623)
- Quality and Process Improvement (PHPM 617)
The second year integrative course sequence:
- Operations Management (PHPM 620)
- Management of Human Resources (PHPM 616)
- Health Law and Ethics (PHPM 633)
- Strategic planning and Marketing (PHPM 614)
- Health Policy and Politics (PHPM 640)
- Health Systems Leadership (PHPM 680)
14. Is there an Internship or practicum requirement for this program?
No, there is not an internship nor a practicum requirement.
15. What are the competencies and skills essential to a successful healthcare leader?
The MHA Program believes that effective work in all health leadership positions today requires successful development of competencies and thoughtful use of technical, managerial, and leadership skills. The central purpose of the TAMU MHA Program’s educational process is to enable you to gain and develop the essential competencies and skills that will increase your professional capabilities upon graduation and continue your professional growth long after your graduation. The MHA Program’s Competency Model has identified those leadership competencies and skills that have been rigorously established by outstanding healthcare leaders and research.
16. How can I learn more about the Executive track?
Please contact us directly at (979) 436-9483 or via e-mail to MHA_info@tamhsc.edu.