MBA & MHA Dual Degree Programs in Texas

Mar 12, 2019

Texas has a handful of universities that offer unique dual MBA/MHA degree programs that prepare students for leadership positions in the field of healthcare. Compare the available programs and learn how to apply.

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Although stand-alone Master of Business Administration (MBA) and Master of Health Administration (MHA) programs, as well as MBA programs with a concentration in health administration, are more common in Texas, there are at least three available dual MBA/MHA programs in the state. These programs are very unique to each institution and provide diverse learning experiences in various formats. Explore the three different programs, their graduation requirements and more below.

Schools in Texas with Dual MBA/MHA Programs

University of St. Thomas - Texas Woman's University

The University of St. Thomas in Houston and Texas Woman's University in Denton offer a unique dual program that allows students to complete their MHA at Texas Woman's University and their MBA at the University of St. Thomas. The MHA at Texas Woman's University totals 48 credits and includes internships and field experiences for hands-on learning. Students in the MHA program are also required to complete a professional portfolio. After completing the MHA, students can complete the 24 hours required for the MBA at St. Thomas that includes topics in accounting, organizational behavior, ethics and economics.

University of Houston - Clear Lake

The University of Houston - Clear Lake provides a joint MBA/MHA program that totals 54 credits. Students can complete the program in 24 months full-time or 48 months part-time. The program consists of 8-week courses and is delivered in a hybrid format with half of the coursework completed online. Students take coursework for both the MBA and MHA, including a seminar in healthcare policy and leadership and a seminar in strategic management.

Army-Baylor University

In partnership with the Army, Baylor University in Waco offers a traditional MBA/MHA program, as well as an Executive Clinical Leadership (ECL) MBA/MHA dual program. These programs are only available to students working for the federal government in the Army, Navy, Coast Guard, Air Force or Veteran's Affairs. The traditional dual program totals 78 credit hours, while the ECL dual program requires 87 credit hours. The Army-Baylor program is unique in that students can complete the dual degree program in 2 years with the first year in the classroom and the second year spent as a resident at a top hospital for hands-on learning experience.

Common Entrance Requirements

Due to the uniqueness of each dual MBA/MHA degree program in Texas, admissions requirements for each program vary and students should be aware of the specific requirements for their desired program. In general, applicants to these programs need to have a bachelor's degree and may need to meet a minimum GPA requirement and/or submit their GMAT or GRE test scores. Some degree programs, such as the University of St. Thomas program where students attend two institutions, require students to apply separately to the MBA and MHA programs, while other programs accept one application for the dual program. The Army-Baylor program also has a unique requirement in which students need to show proof of federal government employment and work with an Education Technician through the admissions process. Some application materials for these dual degree programs include transcripts, letters of recommendation, a resume and/or a goal statement.

Students interested in pursuing a dual MBA/MHA program can choose from three different programs that may allow students to finish the program in as little as two years. These programs usually include hands-on learning experiences and may be offered in flexible formats.

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