Applying to the MHA Executive Track


Healthcare facilities are increasingly complex to manage due to a number of factors: increased governmental regulation, demand for accountability, advances in healthcare technology, the changing demographics of the country, and the variety of reimbursement systems. There is a pressing need for qualified healthcare administrators to plan, organize, direct, and control their organization's resources. Career opportunities abound for capable, highly skilled individuals. To help meet this need, the Master in Health Administration program in the College of Health Professions offers two formats, one in a full-time traditional day program (residential format) and one in an executive format via on-line course delivery. The executive MHA consists of 54 semester hours: 51 semester hours of core coursework and 3 semester hours of elective coursework. While both programs are designed to develop the healthcare leaders of tomorrow, the Executive program is designed for working healthcare professionals who wish to continue working while pursuing their education to advance their careers. Executive MHA students may attend as full-time or part-time students.

Distance Education Information

MUSC has been approved by South Carolina to participate in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements. NC-SARA is a voluntary, regional approach to state oversight of postsecondary distance education. Currently, MUSC accepts applications to the Master in Health Administration - Executive format from students who live in all states.

To learn more please see the Office of Institutional Effectiveness' State Authorization page.


  • A complete MUSC MHA application through the MUSC Office of Enrollment Management. 

  • A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university. A GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale is competitive. Previous graduate work should preferably reflect a GPA of 3.0 or above. Transcripts from ALL colleges attended must be submitted to MUSC Office of Enrollment Management.

    • *Clemson University students who are on the Accelerated Pathway track must provide signed verification of Clemson general education requirements validated by the Clemson Registrar’s Office by time of matriculation into MUSC.

  • Two or more years healthcare experience preferred (or comparable professional work experience); one or more years of health care experience required. 

  • Three reference forms from individuals who can comment on the applicant’s professional background, academic capabilities, and motivation. References must be professional, personal references will not be accepted. Applicants provide the email address of 3 individuals on the application and the recommendation form is electronically sent to be completed.

  • The following courses should be completed prior to starting the program:

    o One undergraduate course in statistics and one undergraduate course in accounting.

  • Students should have working knowledge of word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software.

International Applicants

MUSC’s MHA degree program is unable to admit international students requiring an F-1 visa. Applications will only be accepted from U.S. citizens, permanent residents, or those holding other valid nonimmigrant visa classifications that allow participation in lawful study while in the United States.

If you have any questions about your eligibility, please contact the MHA Student Services Coordinator, Mia Bradley at, for clarification.

Application Process

Applicants to the EMHA program at MUSC must complete: 

  1. MUSC MHA university application through MUSC Office of Enrollment Management
  2. In addition to the application itself, the applicant must complete supplemental materials specific to the program to which they are applying. These forms are provided via email once an application has been submitted. Applicants are required to submit official transcripts from each post-secondary school attended, and all materials must be received by the application deadline.

*An application will not be considered complete unless all application materials are submitted prior to the application deadline. Application materials include official transcripts, reference forms, resume and essay. 

*Applicants will be notified of their application evaluation and admission decision within  2-4 weeks after all application materials have been received.

*Prerequisites may be in progress at time of application, but must be completed prior to matriculation at MUSC.

Use of Marijuana and/or CBD Products

Marijuana is a Schedule 1 drug and is illegal to purchase in South Carolina. Apart from a narrow and limited scope of codified/documented medical exceptions, it is illegal for individuals to use marijuana/tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) in South Carolina. Although cannabidiol (CBD) products may be purchased and used in South Carolina, please be aware that CBD products may contain higher levels of THC than represented on packaging and use of CBD products can result in a positive drug screen for THC/marijuana. Be aware that current drug testing methods cannot accurately ascertain the origins of THC metabolites (i.e., whether from marijuana or CBD products). Your academic program has the authority to conduct random and/or scheduled drug testing; if your test result is reported as positive for THC metabolites (even if you only used a CBD product), your ability to be accepted into the program, progress in the program, and/or successfully complete the program may be negatively impacted.

Scholarship Eligibility

MUSC offers scholarships for which you may be eligible. Some are awarded based on academic achievement; others are awarded based on community service, for example. However, the majority of scholarships awarded at MUSC are based on financial need. This means those scholarships are only awarded to students who need some financial assistance to cover the cost of tuition and fees. If you would like to be considered for a financial need-based scholarship, you must have an up-to-date Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on file. Make sure you list Medical University of South Carolina on your FAFSA form, along with MUSC’s code: 003438. We encourage you to submit the FAFSA as early as possible. It is recommended to submit the FAFSA in January if you plan to enroll in the Fall.


Application Deadlines

Start Term Application Type Available Deadline
Summer 2024   Regular (part-time and full-time)   July 1, 2023  April 15, 2024
Fall 2024  Hybrid (blend of part-time and full-time)   July 1, 2023  July 15, 2024 
Fall 2024   Physician/Doctoral Prepared Clinician Advanced Standing (part-time or full-time)   July 1, 2023  July 15, 2024 
Spring 2025
 Accelerated Pathway Curriculum (for qualified graduates of the MUSC Bachelor of Healthcare Studies only) July 1, 2024
December 1, 2024
Fall 2025
Hybrid (blend of part-time and full-time)  July 1, 2024
July 15, 2025
Fall 2025
Physician/Doctoral Prepared Clinician Advanced Standing (part-time or full-time)  July 1, 2024
July 15, 2025
Summer 2025
Regular (part-time and full-time) July 1, 2024
April 15, 2025

Regular Full-time program - completed in 6 semesters; summer start

Regular Part-time program - completed in 9 semesters; summer start

Hybrid program (blend of full-time and part-time semesters) - completed in 8 semesters; fall start

Physician/Doctoral Prepared Clinician Advanced Standing Full-Time program – completed in 5 semesters; fall start

Physician/Doctoral Prepared Clinician Advanced Standing Part-Time program – completed in 8 semesters; fall start

Accelerated Pathway Curriculum – completed in 4 semesters; spring start