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Executive Master of Health Administration

Executive Masters in Healthcare Administration

Providing management leadership in one of the nation’s largest service industries requires well-rounded leaders and innovators.

Health Care Administration is an ever-changing field of study that requires well-rounded leaders and innovators to manage the challenges in the health care world. Administrators are responsible for coordinating and organizing the delivery of care while staying in touch with consumers’ needs. The Executive Master of Health Administration (EMHA) program at WKU allows health care professionals the opportunity to strengthen their education with a unique and flexible schedule.


Created to meet the goals of busy executives, the EMHA program’s curriculum only requires three classroom visits per year. These meetings will occur on designated weekends between mid-July and mid-August.  The remainder of the two-year program will be completed through online distance learning, which makes attaining your MHA degree easier than ever.

Networking Opportunities

The diversity of the students in the EMHA program adds depth to your educational experience and gives you the opportunity to share similar experiences of healthcare professionals from all over the country. Interacting with other professionals in the program will enhance your education and create close business and personal relationships.

Momentum for your Future

Completing the EMHA program at WKU provides additions to your knowledge, your qualifications, and your career. Your experience as a healthcare professional has prepared you to become a leader, and you can take your leadership to the next level with WKU’s Executive MHA Program.

The unique and flexible schedule of WKU’s Executive Master of Health Administration program allows you to strengthen your education without having to give up your job or lifestyle.

The EMHA program was designed for professionals working in the healthcare field.

There are two options for admission to this program:

  • Applicants with 5+ years experience in healthcare who otherwise meet university admission criteria in the application for the MHA program are qualified for admission and are not required to take the GRE.
  • Applicants with less than 5 years experience in healthcare: Interviews shall be conducted on a case-by-case basis in the admission decision of healthcare professionals with less than five years of work experience to gather evidence of achievements and success in healthcare position(s) held. 

There is no Graduate Record Examination (GRE) requirement for applicants who meet Executive MHA admission criteria.

Application Process

  • The first stage includes submission of application materials to the Executive MHA Program.
  • The second stage of the application requires submission of materials for admission into The Graduate School, Western Kentucky University. Only applications that have fulfilled application requirements for both EMHA Program and The Graduate School will be considered complete.

Part 1: Materials to be submitted to the EMHA Program

  1. Completed and (Electronically) Signed Executive MHA Application and Prerequisite Course Worksheet The application should be submitted electronically by clicking the "Submit Form" button located on the top right hand corner of the PDF file.
  2. Current resume with details of positions held and a personal statement should attached to this email: Resume and Personal Statement
  3. Two letters of reference from immediate supervisors in the two most recent positions held should be sent to this email: mhaexecutiveprogram@wku.edu

Part 2: Materials to be submitted to the WKU Graduate School Office

If determined eligible for EMHA after a review of materials under Part 1, the applicant shall be required to:

  1. Apply to the WKU Graduate School: wku.edu/graduate - Click on APPLY NOW
  2. Submit official copies of transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
  3. Pay The Graduate School Application Fee

Required Courses

PH 520 Biostatistics for Public Health 3
PH 582 Epidemiology 3
PH 583 Public Health Administration 3
PH 587 Health Behavior 3
HCA 540 Health Care Organization and Management 3
HCA 541 Strategic Management & Marketing of Health Services 3
HCA 542 Health Care Human Resources Administration 3
HCA 543 Health Care Quality and Accountability 3
HCA 545 Managerial Finance for Health Services 3
HCA 551 Health Care Jurisprudence 3
HCA 586 Health Economics & Policy 3


Select 3 hours of the following: 3
Healthcare Preparedness and Leadership  
Ambulatory Care/Rural Health  
Special Topics in Health Services  
Principles of Environmental Health  
Healthcare Systems Design and Behavior  
Health Systems Informatics  
Decision Making in Health Care  
Other courses may be selected with permission of advisor
Executive Option
Two 3-hour courses in a concentration area  

Total Hours



General Eligibility

Financial Aid includes grants and loans for educational purposes. The government requires the student to file a form online to the government agency for this purpose which is called FAFSA at www.fafsa.ed.gov  to apply. Once that form is completed and filed, the student will receive an email from WKU about the status. All financial aid comes through the WKU Student Financial Aid office and they communicate mostly through email. The email will explain all the grants and/or loans that are available to the student and how to receive the money.

Nearly all students are eligible for some form of financial assistance. In fact, over 90% of the students who applied for financial aid in recent years received an award offer. Every effort is made to assist you and your family in obtaining the resources necessary to meet the difference between the total cost of attending Western Kentucky University and your ability to contribute toward your education.

If you would like to apply for financial assistance (loans, grants, scholarships, veteran's benefits) the first step is to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at fafsa.ed.gov. Please refer to the Financial Aid Guide for additional information and complete instructions.

Please keep in mind, student must maintain satisfactory academic progress to continue to qualify for financial aid. For additional information on receiving, and keeping your financial aid, please refer to the WKU Financial Aid website to review the complete policy on Satisfactory Academic Progress at wku.edu/financialaid/sap.php.

Eligibility for On Demand

On Demand courses may also be covered by financial aid if the student has met basic eligibility requirements and has a current FAFSA on file. Students must fill out an On Demand Agreement found on the WKU Financial Assistance website. Students receiving financial aid must complete their course(s) in the current semester. For more information please contact the Student Financial Assistance office at (270) 745-2755.

Veterans and Active Military

All college courses offered by On Demand have been approved for veterans and other persons eligible under the provisions of the GI Bill. Each student must assume the responsibility for submitting the proper forms to assure payment of appropriate entitlements. Please contact the Veterans Coordinator in Student Financial Assistance.

Department Contact

Dr. William Mkanta
MHA Program Director
Phone: (270) 745-5260
Email: mhaexecutiveprogram@wku.edu

WKU Online

Email: learn.online@wku.edu
Phone: (270) 745-5173
Toll-Free: (888) 4WKUWEB / (888) 495-8932
Website: wku.edu/online 

The Graduate School

Email: graduate.school@wku.edu
Phone: (270) 745-2446
Website: wku.edu/graduate  


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 Last Modified 9/4/20