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ACU Online launches Master of Healthcare Administration

Abilene Christian University is launching a new online degree program – Master of Healthcare Administration – beginning in August 2021. The degree is offered through ACU Online and is designed for professionals working in healthcare settings who want to enhance their leadership and administrative skills.

“This is a great opportunity for ACU to expand our degree offerings in the growing healthcare sector. This program will provide healthcare professionals with the ability to gain new expertise and achieve their career and educational goals,” said Dr. Stephen Johnson, vice president and chief administrative officer for ACU Online.

The M.H.A. is completed entirely online, consisting of short seven-week courses with multiple start dates throughout the year. The curriculum focuses on leadership, relationship management, knowledge of the healthcare environment, and administrative skills specific to the evolving industry.

“The breadth of roles available to healthcare managers is extensive, and the need for talented individuals in the industry continues to grow,” said Dr. Meghan Hope, program director for ACU’s M.H.A. “The addition of an online master’s degree provides a new avenue for ACU to prepare community leaders to face modern-day challenges in healthcare.

Taught through a Christian worldview, the M.H.A. program will prepare leaders in health organizations by focusing on innovation in the healthcare industry and exploring how faith shapes the ethical challenges of patient care. Upon program completion, healthcare administrators, also called medical and health services managers or healthcare executives, will plan, direct and coordinate medical and health services. Their work may include managing an entire medical facility, a specific clinical area or department, or a medical practice for a group of physicians. 

ACU’s baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral programs are accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. For more information on the M.H.A., visit

— Wendy Kilmer

June 8, 2021

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