MBA/Master of Health Services Administration

The College of Business and the School of Public Health at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor offer a dual degree program leading to the Master of Health Services Administration (MHSA) and the Master of Business Administration (MBA). This program takes advantage of many areas of overlap between the two curricula, and allows students to receive both degrees upon completion of 82 graduate credits.

The MHSA focuses on the organization, financing, marketing, and management of health care institutions and the delivery of personal health services in the United States.  The program prepares students for management careers in the unique environment of health care, including careers in health systems, hospital, clinic, and emergency services management. The MHSA degree is also appropriate for those seeking positions as planners, policy analysts, or consultants focusing on the financing, organization, quality and delivery of personal health services in either the public or the private sector. 

The MBA offers a number of skills beyond the MHSA, including expanded coverage of finance, marketing, and strategy as practiced in industries other than health care. It is valuable to understand the management of for-profit corporations in health care, and it provides a broader foundation for senior management positions in all sectors.

You may complete the MBA portion of the program on the Dearborn campus, on-line, or any combination of the two. You may enroll on a full- or part-time basis, but course availability is greatest during the fall and winter semesters. Admission is rolling, and you may begin the program in September or January. May admission is also usually possible for part-time students.

University of Michigan-Dearborn students who have been admitted to the MBA program may take up to 6 graduate business credits during the final semester of their undergraduate program.

Students must apply to the MHSA separately. The MHSA requires full-time enrollment on the Ann Arbor campus. Students already enrolled in either degree may apply for the second degree before completing one-half of their degree requirements.


MBA Core Courses (8 courses/24 credits)


ACC 505
BPS 516
DS 520
FIN 531
MKT 515 

 Developing and Interpreting Financial Information
 Corporate Social Responsibility 
 Applied Statistical Modeling
 Financial Fundamentals and Value Creation
 Marketing Management

Choose one of the following courses:

OB 510 
HMP 616*
HMP 643*

Organization Behavior 
Understanding Organizations
Individual and Group Behavior in Health Service Organizations

Choose one of the following courses:

MIS 525
HMP 665*

Computers and Information Systems
Computer Information and Decision Support
Systems in Health Care

Choose one of the following courses:

BE 530
HMP 660*

Economic Analysis:  Firm and Consumer
Microeconomic Theory I

*Students who choose  HMP 616, 643, 660, or 665 must take additional MBA electives in order to reach the required minimum of 36 MBA credits.

MBA Applied Integrated Management (4 courses/12 credits in three areas)

  • International Business (3 credits) from: BE 583 The Global Economy: Crisis and Growth (no credit if you have already completed BE 580), FIN 655 International Financial Management, MKT 622 Global Marketing, OB 610 International Dimensions of Management, OM 571 Supply Chain Management
  • Capstone (3 credits): BPS 535 Strategic Planning and Decision Making
  • General AIM Courses (6 credits) from: ACC 616 Corporate Actions and Reactions, BA 605 Managerial Decision Making, BPS 585 Managing Strategic Innovation and Change

School of Public Health (16 courses/45 credits)


EHS 500
EPID 503
HMP 600
HMP 601
HMP 606*
HMP 607**
HMP 608
HMP 615
HMP 620
HMP 660
HMP 663

Principles of Environmental Health Sciences
Strategies and Uses of Epidomiology
The Health Services System I
The Health Services System II
Managerial Accounting for Health Care Administration
Corporate Finance for Health Care Administration
Health Care Accounting
Introduction to Public Health Policy
Professional Development
Economics of Health Management and Policy I
Economics of Health Management and Policy II          

Choose one of the following courses:

HMP 603
HMP 604

Organization and Management of Health Care Systems
Organization and Management of Health Advocacy and 
Community-Based Non-profits

Choose one of the following courses:

HMP 652
HMP 653
HMP 684
HMP 685

Health Law
Law and Public Health
The Politics of Health Services Policy
The Politics of Public Health Policy

Choose one of the following courses:

BIO 503
BIO 553

Introduction to Biostatistics
Applied Biostatistics

Choose one of the following courses:


BIO 513
BIO 523
HMP 654

Application of Regression Analysis to Public Health Studies
Biostatistical Analysis for Health-Related Studies
Operations Research and Control Systems

Choose one of the following courses:

HMP 664
HMP 682

Applied Health Policy Analysis
Case Studies in Health Services Administration

*Students taking HMP 606 may not enroll in the MBA course ACC 555. **Students taking HMP 607 may not enroll in the MBA course FIN 581.

Electives (0-3 courses/9 credits)

Students may choose electives from either the MHSA or MBA programs, but must complete at least 46 credits of MHSA courses and at least 36 credits of MBA courses.

Breadth Requirement

  • Complete AIM courses in at least 3 different disciplines.
  • Complete no more than 4 AIM, MBA Concentration, and Elective courses (12 credits) in any one discipline other than Finance.
  • Complete no more than 7 courses (21 credits) in Finance after completion of the MBA Core.
  • Complete graduate business courses in at least 7 different disciplines.

No single course may be counted toward more than one requirement or concentration in the dual degree program.

Course Waivers and Transfer Credit

Students may waive any or all of the MBA core courses if they have equivalent courses in an AACSB business program completed within the previous 10 years and have earned at least a 3.2 post-60 GPA (that is, your GPA in courses taken after your first 60 undergraduate credit hours). Students who do not meet these criteria may request to have their courses evaluated for MBA core course waiver credit at the time of admission. Students must have earned a B or better in equivalent courses as a part of a degree program completed within the previous 10 years.

Regardless of waiver credit granted, students must earn at least 36 credits in the MBA program and 46 credits in the MHSA program.  In addition, up to 6 transfer credits for previous equivalent graduate coursework can be applied to the MBA if those credits have not been counted toward a degree.

Waivers and transfer credit are granted at the discretion of the program faculty.