MHA Program Metrics

MHA Program Metrics

[updated December 2021 to reflect data for the Fall 2021 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.


On average, we receive approximately 100 applications for each new cohort of approximately 30 new MHA students. The past year, applications surged to over 130 yielding a new cohort of 45. Only time will tell if this surge will be sustained 

At the onset of the pandemic, we waived our GRE requirement. We have since permanently elminated the GRE requirement, substituting guidance to applicants to address their quantitative, analytic, and verbal reasoning capacity within their admissions essay. The essay should provide context and perspective to our admissions committee as it completes a holistic review of the applicant’s 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. As detailed further below, competitive applicants to the program typically have an undergraduate GPA above 3.0.

For the cohort entering Fall 2021, approximately 75% of all applicants were offered admission. Accepted applicants had an average undergraduate GPA of 3.39 with most reporting 3 or fewer years of post-baccalaureate work experience.


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 2020-21 graduating class (n=26)

  •  85% were female
  •  38% 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

                       o 38% of these graduates pursued a dual degree or add-on certificate
                       o 15% of these graduates began as early-entry students
                       o The median time to degree of these graduates was 27 months
                       o The 80%ile of time to degree of these graduates was 28 months
The table below summarizes the progression of the last 9 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.


Number Entering

Graduated within

Currently enrolled






Fall 2013-2016 Combined








Fall 2017








Fall 2018








Fall 2019

24 14 - - - 10 0
Fall 2020 30 - - - - 30 0
Fall 2021  45 - - - - 45 -

*Includes inactive; withdrawn, transferred to a different program, etc.


Graduates of the UNC Charlotte MHA Program are highly competitive.  Of the 2020-21 graduates (n =26):

  • 80% reported employment in the field or continued training within three months of graduation

    • 20% are employed in healthcare consulting settings

    • 10% are in post graduate fellowships

    • 10% are employed in clinical settings (hospital/health systems/physician practices, etc.) other than in fellowships 

  • Reported (using broad ranges) a median starting salary of $42,500

*Of note, only a small number of respondents reported salaries as part of this year’s survey, likely understating the true median value.