Master of Health Administration (MHA)

Overview

The Master of Health Administration (MHA) is a 24-month professional program for clinicians, managers and researchers who are seeking solutions to today’s complex health delivery issues. Combining health systems, policies and management, our unique curriculum offers the educational and professional foundations required for leadership in health care. Our weekend modular format allows you to study while continuing to build your career. With our compressed format, you attend class every 3-4 weeks. Classes are typically held at UBC’s Robson Square campus located in downtown Vancouver.

To learn more about how you can accelerate your career in health leadership with the Master of Health Administration, visit our program details page.

What makes the program unique?

Delivered by instructors from the School of Population and Public Health, Sauder School of Business and industry experts, you will benefit by learning from the professional expertise of leaders in healthcare and business. You’ll complete MHA courses that provide the big picture of health care, while gaining essential skills for management and leadership.

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Program Enquiries

If you have reviewed the information on this program page and understand the requirements for this program, you may send an enquiry

Admission Information & Requirements

Program Instructions

Prospective applicants are encouraged to review the MHA website for guidance on preparing their application including supporting documents.

1) Check Eligibility

Minimum Academic Requirements

The Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies establishes the minimum admission requirements common to all applicants, usually a minimum overall average in the B+ range (76% at UBC). The graduate program that you are applying to may have additional requirements. Please review the specific requirements for applicants with credentials from institutions in:

Each program may set higher academic minimum requirements. Please review the program website carefully to understand the program requirements. Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission as it is a competitive process.

English Language Test

Applicants from a university outside Canada in which English is not the primary language of instruction must provide results of an English language proficiency examination as part of their application. Tests must have been taken within the last 24 months at the time of submission of your application.

Minimum requirements for the two most common English language proficiency tests to apply to this program are listed below:

TOEFL: Test of English as a Foreign Language - internet-based

Overall score requirement: 100

Reading

22

Writing

21

Speaking

21

Listening

22

IELTS: International English Language Testing System

Overall score requirement: 7.0

Reading

6.5

Writing

6.5

Speaking

6.5

Listening

6.5

Other Test Scores

Some programs require additional test scores such as the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Graduate Management Test (GMAT). The requirements for this program are:

The GRE or a comparable test is required. Please check the program website.

2) Meet Deadlines

September 2021 Intake

Application Open Date
01 November 2020
Canadian Applicants
Application Deadline: 01 March 2021
Transcript Deadline: 01 March 2021
Referee Deadline: 08 March 2021
International Applicants
Application Deadline: 01 February 2021
Transcript Deadline: 01 February 2021
Referee Deadline: 08 February 2021

3) Prepare Application

Transcripts

All applicants have to submit transcripts from all past post-secondary study. Document submission requirements depend on whether your institution of study is within Canada or outside of Canada.

Letters of Reference

A minimum of three references are required for application to graduate programs at UBC. References should be requested from individuals who are prepared to provide a report on your academic ability and qualifications.

Statement of Interest

Many programs require a statement of interest, sometimes called a "statement of intent", "description of research interests" or something similar.

Supervision

Course-based programs may assign academic advisors to cohorts of students, but usually do not require applicants to reach out to individual professors / faculty members to seek commitment as their supervisor. Please do not contact faculty members if you are applying to this program.

Citizenship Verification

Permanent Residents of Canada must provide a clear photocopy of both sides of the Permanent Resident card.

4) Apply Online

All applicants must complete an online application form and pay the application fee to be considered for admission to UBC.

Research Information

Research Focus

Epidemiology, clinical epidemiology, biostatistics, community health, global health, health services management and planning, health services research, health-care policy, occupational and environmental health, and preventive medicine and health promotion.

Program Components

In addition to the MHA courses, students also complete a 6 credit research project, SPHA 590. The final MHA project is a student’s capstone and is a required course for the Master of Health Administration. Students present a written report of substantial examination of a relevant pre-approved topic in health care. Topics can be drawn from any aspect of the student’s graduate program or professional experience and plans, and will tend to be oriented to problems and issues of professional practice in health care administration.

Tuition & Financial Support

Tuition

FeesCanadian Citizen / Permanent Resident / Refugee / DiplomatInternational
Application Fee$151.25$151.25
Tuition *
Installments per year33
Tuition per installment$5,033.63$8,605.92
Program Fee$30,201.78$51,635.52
Int. Tuition Award (ITA) per year (if eligible) Not applicable
Other Fees and Costs
Student Fees (yearly)$969.17 (approx.)
Costs of living (yearly)starting at $17,242.00 (check cost calculator)
Deposit to accept offer (if admitted)
Deposit requirement$1000.00$1000.00
* Regular, full-time tuition. For on-leave, extension, continuing or part time (if applicable) fees see UBC Calendar.
All fees for the year are subject to adjustment and UBC reserves the right to change any fees without notice at any time, including tuition and student fees. Tuition fees are reviewed annually by the UBC Board of Governors. In recent years, tuition increases have been 2% for continuing domestic students and between 2% and 5% for continuing international students. New students may see higher increases in tuition. Admitted students who defer their admission are subject to the potentially higher tuition fees for incoming students effective at the later program start date. In case of a discrepancy between this webpage and the UBC Calendar, the UBC Calendar entry will be held to be correct.

Financial Support

Applicants to UBC have access to a variety of funding options.

Employer support

Organizations may provide their employees with tuition benefits as part of an employment package to support lifelong learning of their workforce.

Scholarships & awards (merit-based funding)

Professional / course-based programs usually do not provide merit-based funding. Some programs may offer bursaries.

Financial aid (need-based funding)

Canadian and US applicants may qualify for governmental loans to finance their studies. Please review eligibility and types of loans.

All students may be able to access private sector or bank loans.

Foreign government scholarships

Many foreign governments provide support to their citizens in pursuing education abroad. International applicants should check the various governmental resources in their home country, such as the Department of Education, for available scholarships.

Working while studying

The possibility to pursue work to supplement income may depend on the demands the program has on students. It should be carefully weighed if work leads to prolonged program durations or whether work placements can be meaningfully embedded into a program.

International students enrolled as full-time students with a valid study permit can work on campus for unlimited hours and work off-campus for no more than 20 hours a week.

A good starting point to explore student jobs is the UBC Work Learn program or a Co-Op placement.

Tax credits and RRSP withdrawals

Students with taxable income in Canada may be able to claim federal or provincial tax credits.

Canadian residents with RRSP accounts may be able to use the Lifelong Learning Plan (LLP) which allows students to withdraw amounts from their registered retirement savings plan (RRSPs) to finance full-time training or education for themselves or their partner.

Please review Filing taxes in Canada on the student services website for more information.

Cost Calculator

Applicants have access to the cost calculator to develop a financial plan that takes into account various income sources and expenses.

Career Options

Our graduates are innovative thinkers and natural leaders, with an eye toward the future of health care. Most MHA students complete the program as mid-career professionals working in the health care sector. Graduates work in a variety of settings including hospitals, physician practices, ambulatory medical/surgical centers, rehabilitation facilities, home care, long-term care organizations, health consultancies, public health agencies, managed care organizations, private sector industries and in many other health-related fields.  

Graduating with their MHA degree affords students the career mobility to explore new areas of work in a leadership capacity, either within their current organization or a new employer. Our alumni stand out as health care leaders working across the province, Canada and the world.

Enrolment, Duration & Other Stats

These statistics show data for the Master of Health Administration (MHA). Data are separated for each degree program combination. You may view data for other degree options in the respective program profile.

Enrolment Data

 20192018201720162015
Applications7076727173
Offers3535363641
New registrations3329293233
Total enrolment7078758583

Completion Rates & Times

This program has a graduation rate of 91.18% based on 136 students admitted between 2010 - 2013. Based on 125 graduations between 2016 - 2019 the minimum time to completion is 1.99 years and the maximum time is 5.00 years with an average of 2.24 years of study. All calculations exclude leave times.
Disclaimer
Admissions data refer to all UBC Vancouver applications, offers, new registrants for each year, May to April [data updated: 10 March 2020]. Enrolment data are based on March 1 snapshots. Program completion data are only provided for datasets comprised of more than 4 individuals. Rates and times of completion depend on a number of variables (e.g. curriculum requirements, student funding), some of which may have changed in recent years for some programs [data updated: 29 October 2020].

Further Information

Specialization

Health Administration provides clinicians, managers and researchers who are seeking solutions to today’s complex health delivery issues with the educational and professional foundation skills required for leadership in health care. It combines health systems, policies and management.

Faculty Overview

Program Identifier

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September 2021 Intake

Application Open Date
01 November 2020
Canadian Applicant Deadline
01 March 2021
International Applicant Deadline
01 February 2021
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