MHA Program Metrics

MHA Program Metrics

[updated December 2020 to reflect data for the Fall 2020 cohort and prior academic years]

As part of its internal continuous quality assurance and performance monitoring processes and in response to reporting requirements to our accreditor, CAHME, and professional association (AUPHA), the UNC Charlotte MHA Program regularly monitors a number of program metrics.

Listed below are several measures that might be useful to students considering our program, along with any context needed to interpret this information within the UNC Charlotte environment.

Admission

On average, we receive approximately 100 applications for each new cohort of approximately 30 new MHA students.

Competitive applicants to the program typically have an undergraduate GPA above 3.0 and GRE scores whose verbal and analytic percentile scores sum to at least 90 (e.g., are ~ 45 %ile each),* however, the admissions committee employs a holistic review of the portfolio, where strength in one area might offset weakness in another.  This process places added emphasis on the applicant’s statement of purpose to 1) convince the committee that the program is appropriate given the applicant’s goals and objectives and 2) to convince the committee that the applicant can be successful in the program.

*Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the program has waived the GRE requirement for admissions through Fall 2022.  Instead, applicants are asked to use their statement of purpose to tie together other data in their admissions portfolio indicative of quantitative and verbal reasoning capacity.

For the cohort entering Fall 2020, approximately 80% of all applicants were offered admission.  Accepted applicants had a median undergraduate GPA of 3.46 with most reporting 3 or fewer years of post-baccalaureate work experience. Those few reporting GRE scores had a similar profile to the target range described above.

Completion

The UNC Charlotte MHA program is 51 semester credits, including a 3-credit internship typically taken during the summer.  Our Graduate School defines full-time as 9 credits per semester, with 12 credits being the maximum load.  Thus, the MHA program is nominally a 6-semester program.  However, the program can be –and typically is – completed in as little as two academic years (including summer), by taking the maximal load each semester. 

We provide students 2-, 3-, and 4-year plans of study.  Students individualize these plans with their academic advisors. Many students (approximately one-third) combine the MHA program with a graduate certificate or a second (dual) master’s degree.  Adding on these programs extends the expected time to completion by 1-4 semesters.  In all cases, 6 years is the maximal time to complete our Graduate School affords master’s candidates. 

Of the 2019-20 graduating class (n=21) 

  • 62% were female
  • 30% were racial/ethnic minorities (an additional 10% of the graduating cohort likely came from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds)
  • 100% completed in the time expected for their specific program/plan of study
    • 25% of these graduates pursued a dual degree or add-on certificate
    • 10% of these graduates began as early-entry students
    • The median time to degree of these graduates was 26 months
    • The 80%ile of time to degree of these graduates was 33 months

The table below summarizes the progression of the last 8 entering cohorts (without differentiating among those entering early or those pursuing add-on certificates/dual degrees, or a part-time approach); all graduates have done so within the normal time allotted for their program of study. 

Cohort

Number Entering

Graduated within

Currently enrolled

Other*

2yrs

3yrs

4yrs

6yrs

Fall 2013

27

20

4

1

0

0

2

Fall 2014

27

16

5

2

1

 0

3

Fall 2015

27

17

8

0

0

0

2

Fall 2016

27

13

10

2

2

0

-

Fall 2017

22

11

7

-

-

4

-

Fall 2018

24

11

-

-

-

13

-

Fall 2019

24 - - - - 23 1
Fall 2020 30 - - - - 30 -

*Includes inactive; withdrawn, transferred to a different program, etc.

Employment

Graduates of the UNC Charlotte MHA Program are highly competitive.  Of the 2019-20 graduates (n =21):

  • 91% reported employment in the field or continued training within three months of graduation
    • 52% are employed in clinical settings (hospital/health systems/physician practices, etc.)
    • 14% are employed in healthcare consulting settings
  • Reported (using broad ranges) a median starting salary of $62,500