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An Accredited Graduate Program

Mission Statement:

The mission of the Master of Health Administration (MHA) Program is to serve early careerists or those seeking career transformations for leadership roles in healthcare management.

Vision Statement:

Our curriculum includes an emphasis on health administration practice, management, leadership, marketing, operations, and policy of the health and wellness industry. This curriculum prepares graduates for increasing job experiences and to be contributors in the field of health care. 

We believe in lifelong learning and our core competencies assist students and alumni the ability to interpret and solve health care challenges facing our society. We encourage students to seek learning opportunities beyond didactic learning and incorporate service learning and hands-on learning into our core MHA curriculum to achieve this goal.

MHA Core Values:

  • Diversity & Culture: Demonstrate standards of diversity and inclusive excellence through embedded systemic practices that promotes collaboration, trust, integrity, mentorship, and scholarship.
  • Access: Support student success by providing user-friendly, high-value educational opportunities through key platforms and resources to promote the success of our student population.
  • Respect & Stewardship: Embracing a culture that supports differing beliefs, perspectives, and thoughts where students feel valued and engaged in an environment of empowerment, trust, inclusion and fairness.
  • Community & Engagement: Leverage public-private partnerships for the mutual benefit of Metropolitan State University of Denver, MHA students, and community partners to prepare civic-minded students and alumni towards the common goal of improving health outcomes within our healthcare industry.
  • Excellence & Innovation: Enhance student success through relevant curriculum, highly qualified faculty, interprofessional learning experiences, targeted student support services and programmatic innovation.

Academic Accreditation is an assurance of the quality of an academic program.

The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) is an independent corporation that was founded in 1895 as one of six regional institutional accreditors in the United States. HLC accredits degree-granting post-secondary educational institutions in the North Central region, including Colorado and 18 other states.

The mission of the HLC is to serve the common good by assuring and advancing the quality of higher learning.

For more information, please visit the Higher Learning Commission.

Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA) Certified

Fully Certified Members of the Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA) are recognized for having withstood the rigors of peer review wherein curricula, faculty, and educational outcomes are critically examined by external peer review. Certification places a seal of approval on programs successfully meeting these rigorous standards. External shareholders look to this seal as a way to distinguish a program from its peers. Increasingly, prospective students are also looking for AUPHA Certification when searching for a program where they will invest in their future.


The standard for master programs in healthcare management is met by achieving certification by AUPHA. In a process comparable to other specialty program accreditations, programs seeking certification must submit an extensive self-study detailing the program's structure, educational processes, and assessment mechanisms in response to criteria established by AUPHA and the Undergraduate Program Committee (UPC). An external peer panel thoroughly examines the applicant program, with the process culminating in a face-to-face meeting at the AUPHA annual conference. The panel's report and recommendations serve as the basis for certifying the program and driving program improvement.


Certification, while similar in process and standards, differs from accreditation in that it does not require a site visit, thus allowing the costs incurred by the program to remain much lower than that of specialty accreditations. Additionally, certification is not required to meet external mandates, allowing the association to remain focused on the unique financial and educational needs of its undergraduate constituents.



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