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What You Should Know Before Joining an Executive MSHA Programme

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Have you been considering joining an Executive Master of Science in Healthcare Administration (MSHA) programme but aren’t quite sure if it’s the right fit for you? As someone who has gone through the process, I have a few tips to share that may help make your decision easier.

Firstly, let’s talk about online MSHA programs. Online education is becoming increasingly popular due to its convenience and flexibility. However, with so many options available, it’s essential to research and find a program that meets your academic needs while still giving you the same benefits as an in-person programme.

What does it give you?

I found that an executive MSHA programme provided me with the best of both worlds – the opportunity to learn from experienced professors and interact with colleagues face-to-face during on-campus sessions while having access to online coursework when my schedule was too hectic for regular classes.

One thing that surprised me when starting my MSHA journey was how diverse my classmates were. We had individuals from different backgrounds – from business executives to healthcare professionals- providing invaluable insight into various industries and perspectives. This melting pot of experiences led to fascinating class discussions where we could all learn from each other.

It’s about leadership development

Another aspect of an executive MSHA program that sets it apart is the focus on leadership development. In addition to gaining knowledge of healthcare administration basics such as health policy and finance, students are taught how to lead effectively in today’s complex healthcare industry.

The leadership component of an executive MSHA program is often what initially draws many students in. However, full disclosure – it requires hard work. Unlike undergraduate programs, where exams may be conducted purely by rote learning, this level of coursework encourages one’s ability for critically thinking beyond conventional boundaries. 

To succeed in such a curriculum, self-motivation is critical, something that will undoubtedly develop via daily reading habits coupled with industriousness during class presentations & team exercises (pop quizzes included).

Group projects galore

Speaking of teamwork, be ready for extensive group projects. At first, you might feel frustrated. 

Some tasks may be assigned to classmates you don’t see eye-to-eye with, but remember, healthcare administration is a team sport; therefore, every leader should learn how to work well in any given situation.

Some personal thoughts

To give readers a glimpse into some of the memorable moments from my program, I’ve decided to share a few anecdotes. One classmate referred to an instance where he mistakenly scheduled an interview at Surgeon General Jerome Adams’s office on “no interview day”, meaning that everyone had their doors closed, providing no access for him.

“Another incident involving myself was when I missed out on one engagement due to overcrowding at the airport, but I made it just in time for another. I received hands-on learning experience in policy crafting. This experience helped me grow significantly as I contributed positively throughout our class discussions!

These personal stories further illustrate that MSHA experiences are never short of colourful moments while still learning; so buckle up. We’re all in this together.


Students considering an executive MSHA programme should research thoroughly before committing as such coursework heavily emphasizes rigorous & substantive writing assignments along with continuous reading. But if you believe healthcare administration leadership is your calling, the reward will surpass the effort exerted in obtaining such knowledge. Finding the right online MSHA programme can be confusing but ensure that it meets your career aspirations and demands alongside overall flexibility within the curriculum.

Are you considering joining an Executive Master of Science in Healthcare Administration? Then consider yourself lucky. The amount of knowledge and skills acquired won’t only serve you well in advancing your career, but may also enhance various aspects of your life.

Ellen Diamond, a psychology graduate from the University of Hertfordshire, has a keen interest in the fields of mental health, wellness, and lifestyle.

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