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Master of Health Administration (MHA)


To inspire tomorrow’s healthcare leaders through the integration of research, practice and lifelong learning.


  • Accountability
  • Collaboration
  • Diversity
  • Excellence
  • Integrity
  • Leadership
  • Professionalism


Prepare highly qualified and motivated health administrators through knowledge, skills, and values acquired using a competency-based model of learning.

Conduct research that enriches the body of knowledge in healthcare.

Engage in strategic collaboration to improve health and wellbeing through innovative and effective administrative practice.


Explore the Master of Health Adminstration program.


Applicants must have completed or be about to complete a 4-year bachelor's degree with a minimum of B+ average.  Candidates must satisfy the general requirements for admission to the Faculty of Graduate Studies.  Admission is based on an assessment of professional experience, previous academic work, letters of reference, GMAT, and TOEFL for foreign students.

Application forms can be completed online or downloaded from the Faculty of Graduate Studies website. Applications should be submitted as early as possible, not later than April 1st for Graduate Scholarship consideration, and otherwise June 1st for the academic year in which studies commence in September. 

A complete application consists of the following documents:

  • Application form and fee
  • All official university transcripts
  • Two (2) letters of academic reference. 
    Letters of Reference must not be generic.  They must articulate how the applicant’s skills, experience and career objectives clearly fit the program.
  • Resume
  • Statement of career interests outlining your reason for applying to the program. 
    The Statement of Career Interests must articulate the applicant's career goals and rationale as to how successful completion of the program is essential to achieving these career goals.
  • GMAT (Graduate Management Admissions Test) - minimum score 550
  • English Language Proficiency for International Students.  Please refer to the following website for acceptable tests and scores. http://www.dal.ca/admissions/graduate/admission_requirements.html


MHA First Year - 5 Credits Required

Fall Term

Winter Term

Summer Term

MHA Second Year - 4 Credits Required

Fall Term

Winter Term

HESA Electives - 1 Credit

Thesis Option

The School offers an MHA thesis option that typically is open to one to three new students per year.  Student research topics should be consistent with the School's research strategy and the availability of the research advisors. Research topics should be interdisciplinary where appropriate and grounded in the residency/field experience.

Thesis option students are expected to complete their MHA within a similar time frame as course-work MHA students. This is normally 20 months for full time students, although the time period may be longer for thesis students.

Students are not admitted into the thesis option at the time of admission to the MHA program. All MHA students are course work students until they complete the required first year courses. Admittance to the "thesis option" occurs only after completion of all first year courses. The residency is required for all MHA students.

Selection of Students for the Thesis Option
To be admitted to the thesis option, MHA students must:

  • Complete all 10 first year required courses
  • Attain an A-average (GPA of 3.7) or better in the 10 required first year courses, which usually means that a student has no grades below B+
  • Demonstrate that they are self-motivated, organized and analytical
  • Identify a thesis supervisor who teaches in the MHA program, has a Dalhousie University Graduate Faculty appointment, has the time and expertise to advise the student, and agrees to supervise the student.
  • Submit a letter to the director requesting the thesis option, describing the thesis topic and identifying the thesis supervisor by May 21st of the academic year in which the first year courses are completed and
  • Receive approval by the Director that the area of research, capacity of the School, and background of the student are all appropriate.

Thesis students may be either full or part time students. However, work and other responsibilities of part and full time students should allow them to devote themselves fully to their research for concentrated periods of time, e.g. a month or more devoted full time for each of the three stages: 

  1. to develop research proposal;
  2. to carry out data collection and analysis; and
  3. to write portions of research paper.

Academic Advising

Student advising is administered through the School of Health Administration with information available from the School’s Administrative Officer.  Upon admission to the MHA program, students receive a letter from the MHA Coordinator welcoming them to the School of Health Administration and Dalhousie University, and introducing them to the faculty and staff at the School, as well as advising them of their Faculty Advisor. Students are encouraged to network and seek the advice of mentors, preceptors, and alumni members.  New students are also partnered with a second year student. 

The faculty advisor is available to students via email, telephone, or by appointment.  The advisors provide support for those students who are returning to school after taking time off or beginning their careers, and may have fears surrounding entrance into the academic environment.  Advisors meet with the students at the beginning of the year and are available on an as needed basis throughout the year.  Students may change academic advisors by notifying the advisor (and the Administrative Officer) of the desired change and arranging an alternative advisor from the full time faculty.

Faculty advisors should be consulted for academic and career counselling.  See your advisor for suggestions for mentors, topics for class projects and papers, academic matters such as selection of electives, directed studies, residencies opportunities, etc. 

If you are ever unsure as to whom to go to for a particular issue or advice on a particular matter, please ask.

Student Residency

The Residency enables MHA graduate students to spend four months working on a number of administrative projects and being exposed to the administrative/management environment in health care.  The Residency involves the orientation, observation, and participation through rotation among departments/agencies, completion of assigned projects, and senior executive mentoring.  Students will:

  1. Be exposed to administrative problems and health service agency operations
  2. Receive personal coaching from well qualified and respected practicing health services administrator(s)
  3. Apply administrative concepts in a practical setting
  4. Gain insights for application in second year MHA courses, and
  5. Acquire and develop administrative skills, techniques, and perspectives through observation and contact with a diversity of health services administrators and programs.

The Residency is intended to provide students with an opportunity to expand their experiences.  Residencies should expose students to new challenges and new environments.  Host organizations may include the Department of Health, District and Regional Health organizations and other public sector organizations.

To download Evaluation forms:

To read residency reports from past MHA students:

How to Apply

For further information regarding the program, write, email or call:


Phone: 902.494-7097
Fax: 902.494-6849
Email: healthadmin@dal.ca
Mailing Address:    School of Health Administration
Faculty of Health Professions
Dalhousie University
5161 George Street, Suite 700
Halifax, Nova Scotia
B3J 1M7
 Courier/Location Address: School of Health Administration
Royal Centre
5161 George Street, Suite 700
Halifax, NS  B3J 1M7  Canada

Application may be completed online or downloaded from the Faculty of Graduate Studies.

A Note Regarding Admission:

  • Students who have completed the School's DHSA program can apply for admission to the MHA program.
  • Advanced standing and exemption for MHA courses is not granted for DHSA courses. 
  • DHSA students who wish to apply for the MHA must meet the MHA Admission Requirements.


Student Achievement Report

Statistics for the MHA Graduating Class 2014 - 2015

  • Total number of graduates employed at graduation or employed within 3 months: 84%
  • Total number of graduates completing within timeframe: 88%


CA+HME Accredited

The Dalhousie School of Health Administration offers the MHA, which has met the rigorous criteria for accreditation through the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education [CA+HME]. The prestigious CA+HME Accreditation is recognized throughout North America. The Dalhousie School of Health Administration is one of only three programs with the prestigious CA+HME Accreditation. For programs awarded CA+HME™ Accredited Programs to maintain accreditation, the programs must submit to scheduled internal reviews, followed by rigorous external reviews by an outside panel of experts to assure the public that the program is constantly seeking to improve, and upholding the highest standards of professional training. Accreditation is commonly evaluated every 5 years through formal external review [site visit, document review] by American and Canadian Health Administration experts.

Graduates from CA+HME Accredited Masters Program are assured an outstanding level of training.  In order for a graduate program in healthcare management to become accredited it must submit to a rigorous examination of its purpose, the curriculum, the student experience and the success of the graduates in the competitive job market.