Online MHA Program: FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

Find answers to popular questions for the 100% online Master of Health Administration

Is the degree program practice-oriented or theory-oriented?

Our faculty is practice-oriented, grounded in health administration theory. The courses are designed to teach skills for the workplace. The seminars and capstone are industry-focused. In addition, the seminar can be taken across cohorts that provide students with professional networking opportunities.

How do online classes work? Do I have to be at my computer at a specific time?

As a Purdue student, you will be taking classes in an online environment. Instructors provide materials, lectures, tests and assignments that can be accessed at any time. Your lectures are not time restricted, meaning you don't need to be logged in to view your course materials at a specific time.

However, all of your course activities, assignments and exams must be completed by their respective due dates. You will need to view course lectures regularly to keep current.

How much time should I plan to spend on the program each week?

Students should expect a time commitment of approximately 15 hours per week.

How will I be graded?

Students are graded based on their performance in class. The courses we offer online will have various methods for grading depending on the specific requirements for a given class. Students can expect to experience any combination of homework, graded exam, final project, group work or graded reports. Purdue Grading Scale

Can I count the graduate certificate towards the Master of Health Administration?

Yes, students who complete the Healthcare Leadership graduate certificate can count the credits toward the MHA. If currently admitted for the MHA certificate, the student will have to complete an additional application and pay an additional application fee.

What will my diploma say?

Master of Health Administration awarded by Purdue University.

What is the frequency of starts for this program?

There are three starts for this program - fall (August), spring (January) and summer (May).