Master of Health Administration

With Canadian Health Executive Designation

Learn to Lead Canadian Healthcare

Our rigorous, CAHME accredited Master program will allow you to cultivate a career in management and administration, playing a transformative role in improving healthcare for the communities we serve.

We create blended cohorts, with experienced nurses, surgeons, dentists and pharmacists learning alongside recent graduates from the full range of subjects: you do not need a healthcare background to excel on this program. 

Key features of our program:

A Research Powerhouse

Your curriculum will be designed by leaders in international health systems research, and informed by innovative best practices across the sector.


The ELEMENT Mentor Scheme

A one-to-one connection with a serving healthcare leader, to review your goals, overcome challenges and discuss career progression.

CHE, & CAHME Accreditation

Your program fulfils requirements for Canadian Health Executive designation, and meets the international gold standard for health administration accreditation.


A 4-Month Residency

A bespoke placement, arranged for you, with a senior health leader. Experience innovation in action and develop meaningful leadership experience.


A LEADS Affiliated Program

Your education will be mapped to Canada's preeminent health leadership framework, enabling seamless transition to health systems across the nation.

The Nova Scotia Advantage

Live, learn and grow in Halifax, Nova Scotia: the best of the city with the beauty of the ocean, and a world-class University to call home.

Program Details

The following information relates to our CAHME Accreditated MHA program.  If you are interested in the Thesis Stream, follow this link: Click here for Thesis Stream. (Open in new window)

Admission: Requirements & Process

You will apply for this program through the Faculty of Graduate Studies, who then forward your application to the School of Health Administration for detailed consideration.

All candidates must satisfy the general requirements for admission to the Faculty of Graduate Studies; a 4-year bachelor degree (honours or equivalent), with a minimum B+ average (3.3 GPA).

In addition to this, all applicants must complete the GMAT, achieving a minimum score of 550.  Candidates applying for the JD/MHA program may use the LSAT.  Candidates who cannot access the GMAT may use the GRE as an alternative.  Please don't hesitate to get in touch with any questions about this requirement.

Your application package should include:

  • the completed application form
  • original transcripts of all previous academic work (2 copies, B+ average)
  • at least 2 academic letters of reference
  • resume/curriculum vitae
  • a statement of career interests and reasons for applying to the MHA program
  • evidence of GMAT (minimum score 550), or equivalent - see note above.
  • for international students: proof of English language proficiency, in line with FGS guidance.  This does not replace the need for the GMAT.

Full details on the requirements, and how to submit them to the Faculty of Graduate Studies, can be found here.

You application will be forwarded to the School for consideration.  Exceptional candidates may be offered a place through our early admission process. From early April we reach out to all applicants with initial decisions, and continue to consider new applications until the cohort is complete.  We therefore actively encourage you to apply as early as possible, rather than waiting for the formal deadlines.

The MHA Residency

The residency is a pivotal component of the Master of Health Administration (MHA) program.  We will match you with a senior health executive to serve as your preceptor through-out the 4-month placement which is tailored to your career goals. 

Part-time students can complete their residency in a number of ways, often working with a past or current employer to develop their leadership skills. 

Host organizations may include, but are not limited to, the Department of Health, district and regional health organizations and other public-sector organizations.

Dr Robert Strang Scholarship for Equity in Health

If you are applying to start the MHA in September of 2024, are a Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident, and self-identify as a member of an underrepresented group, you are encouraged to apply for the Strang Scholarship of up to $10,000 to support your studies.  Contact Shelley Weir on for details of the application process.