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.


The MBA/Master of Health Services Administration requires 27 courses or 82 credit hours.

MBA Core Courses

(8 courses/24 credits)

ACC 505 - Developing and Interpreting Financial Information
BPS 516 - Corporate Social Responsibility
DS 520 - Applied Statistical Modeling
FIN 531 - Financial Fundamentals and Value Creation
MKT 515 -  Marketing Management

Choose one course from:

OB 510 -  Organization Behavior
HMP 616 - Understanding Organizations*
HMP 643 - Individual and Group Behavior in Health Service Organizations*

Choose one course from:

ISM 525 - Computers and Information Systems
HMP 665 - Computer Information and Decision Support Systems in Health Care*

Choose one course from:

BE 530 - Economic Analysis:  Firm and Consumer
HMP 660 - 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 (AIM)

(4 courses/12 credits in three areas)

  • International Business (3 credits) from: BE 583 The Global Economy: Crisis and Growth, FIN 655 International Financial Management, MKT 622 Global Marketing, OB 610 International Dimensions of Management
  • Capstone (3 credits): BPS 535 Strategic Planning and Decision Making
  • General AIM Elective Courses (6 credits) from: ACC 616 Corporate Actions and Reactions, BA 605 Managerial Decision Making, BA 607 Business Disruption in the Digital Age:  Machine Learning, Platforms, and the Crowd, BA 611 Organizational Economics, BPS 585 Managing Strategic Innovation and Change
School of Public Health Courses

(16 courses/45 credits)
Requirements and course offerings in this portion of the program are determined by the SPH at UM-Ann Arbor. Consult an advisor there to confirm course requirements and to receive help with course planning.

EHS 500 - Principles of Environmental Health Sciences
EPID 503 - Strategies and Uses of Epidemiology
HMP 600 - The Health Services System I
HMP 601 - The Health Services System II
HMP 606 - Managerial Accounting for Health Care Administration*
HMP 607 - Corporate Finance for Health Care Administration**
HMP 608 - Health Care Accounting
HMP 615 - Introduction to Public Health Policy
HMP 620 - Professional Development
HMP 660 - Economics of Health Management and Policy I
HMP 663 - Economics of Health Management and Policy II

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

Choose one course from:

HMP 603 - Organization and Management of Health Care Systems
HMP 604 - Organization and Management of Health Advocacy and Community-Based Non-profits

Choose one course from:

HMP 652 - Health Law
HMP 653 - Law and Public Health
HMP 684 - The Politics of Health Services Policy
HMP 685 - The Politics of Public Health Policy

Choose one course from:

BIO 503 - Introduction to Biostatistics
BIO 553 - Applied Biostatistics

Choose one course from:

BIO 513 - Application of Regression Analysis to Public Health Studies
BIO 523 - Biostatistical Analysis for Health-Related Studies
HMP 654 - Operations Research and Control Systems

Choose one course from:

HMP 664 - Applied Health Policy Analysis
HMP 682 - Case Studies in Health Services Administration

MBA Electives or Optional Concentration

(0-3 courses/9 credits)

Tailor the degree to your own interests with an optional MBA concentration in Accounting, Business Analytics, Finance, Human Resource Management, International Business, Information Systems Management, Marketing, or Supply Chain Management.  

Alternatively, you may elect courses from either the MHSA or MBA programs. MHSA electives must be approved by the SPH at UM-Ann Arbor. Students may count up to 3 credits in non-business graduate courses at UM-Dearborn or Business Internship (BI 500) as MBA electives with the approval of the UM-Dearborn College of Business Graduate Office.

Regardless of MBA concentration, MBA elective, or MHSA elective courses chosen, students must complete at least 46 credits of MHSA courses and at least 36 credits of MBA courses in the dual-degree program.

Program Details

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. (This does not apply to courses offered by the School of Public Health at UM-Ann Arbor.)
  • Complete graduate business courses in at least 5 different disciplines.

No single course may be counted toward more than one requirement or concentration in the dual degree program. (For example, you may not use the same course to fulfill both an AIM and a concentration requirement).

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.

Program Goals and Objectives

Master of Business Administration

Goal 1: Students will have an understanding of the core business disciplines and be able to apply this knowledge to global business situations.

Objectives: MBA students will:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of disciplinary concepts, terminology, models, and perspectives.
  2. Identify business problems and apply appropriate solutions (problem-finding/problem-solving).
  3. Integrate knowledge across disciplinary areas (integrative thinking).
  4. Apply knowledge in a global environment.

Goal 2: Students will be effective communicators.

Objectives: MBA students will:

  1. Demonstrate an ability to effectively communicate in a manner that is typically required of a business professional.

Goal 3: Students will appreciate the importance of ethical/corporate social responsibility principles.

Objectives: MBA students will:

  1. Identify and explain alternative approaches to ethical/corporate social responsibility issues.

See also the Master of Health Services Administration program goals

College of Business Graduate Office

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