Health Administration M.H.A. (Ithaca)

Field of Study

Public Policy

Program Description

The Master of Health Administration program (Sloan Program) is a prescribed two-year program designed to prepare individuals for administrative careers in health care settings such as hospitals, management consulting firms, private industry, government agencies, health care delivery systems, long-term care, and mental health and social welfare agencies. Students complete requirements in health services administration and selected electives in functional areas such as finance, marketing, information systems, and human resource management.

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Contact Information

Phone: 607 254-6461

2301 Martha Van Rensselaer Hall
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY  14853

Concentrations by Subject

  • health administration


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Application Requirements and Deadlines

Application Deadlines:

Fall April 15; no spring admission

Requirements Summary:

  • all Graduate School Requirements, including the English Language Proficiency Requirement for all applicants
  • two recommendations
  • Ph.D.--GRE general test
  • M.H.A.--Students who wish to optionally submit GRE or GMAT scores may do so:
    • GRE score reporting: Institution Code 2098
    • GMAT score reporting: Cornell U. MHA Code 2104
    • or by uploading an unofficial PDF of the score report in the application portal.

Learning Outcomes

The Sloan Program is designed to develop student competency in five areas:

  • Communication consists of business writing and presentation skills.
  • Leadership skills and relationship management consists of leading, communicating with, and managing others; change management; ability for honest self-assessment; problem solving and decision making; working in teams.
  • Professionalism includes personal and professional ethics; emotional intelligence and critical thinking.
  • Knowledge of the healthcare environment includes health care issues and trends; health care legal principles; health policy; population health and the social determinants of health.
  • Business and analytical skills consist of financial management and accounting; organizational behavior and managing human resources; strategic planning and analysis; marketing; information management; operations management and quality and performance improvement; quantitative skills; planning and managing projects; economic analysis and application.