Fall 2010 Cayuga Medical Center

Standard Two-Year MHA

Program Description

The standard degree program is a two-year, 60-credit, non-thesis professional graduate program culminating in a Master of Health Administration (MHA) degree. Course work includes classes in management, healthcare delivery and finance, population health, quantitative analysis and methods, law and ethics, accounting, economics, health policy, and strategic management. The MHA degree is accredited by the Committee on Accreditation for Health Management Education (CAHME). Students are admitted for fall semester only.

Classroom learning in the Sloan Program is complemented by a range of practical learning experiences. Between the first and second years of study, students are required to undertake a 10-week, full time, summer internship. Students select and secure summer internships with healthcare organizations from around the world. Additionally, students participate each semester in the Sloan Colloquium which brings practitioners and researchers to Cornell for seminars, workshops, and presentations, throughout the academic year. Annual intersession field trips provide intensive opportunities for students to learn about healthcare policy (DC intersession trip) or hospital/health system operations (NYC intersession trip) while meeting national leaders in the respective healthcare arenas. Practitioner-Led Intensive Courses (PLICs) provide students with opportunities to engage with alumni or other healthcare practitioners while gaining hands-on exposure to cutting-edge healthcare methods, analyses, or delivery such as: Alternative Payments in Healthcare; Strategic Management of Change; Supply Chain Management; Big Data; Healthcare Facility Planning; Operations and Planning of Senior Living and Related Facilities; and Collaborative Approaches to Quality, Safety, and Service for Patients. A second-year applied Capstone course requires students to utilize their gained skills and knowledge in a real-world, real-time healthcare consulting project. Finally, professional development workshops are offered in a variety of areas such as resume construction, behavioral and case interviewing, networking, etiquette, and professional communication.

Classroom learning is facilitated via didactic lectures, case studies, discussion and analysis, guest lecturers, video and analysis, peer instruction/presentation, and small-group activities. Student competency is evaluated using a variety of methods including traditional examination, research papers and policy briefs, oral presentations, case studies, and formal and informal in-class discussion.

Who Should Apply?

The Sloan Program's standard, two year MHA is for early careerists who have already completed their undergraduate degree. The program seeks applicants with all levels of experience and academic preparation who have a strong aptitude to hold leadership positions in the health care industry. Some training in statistics, accounting, and economics, as well as familiarity with basic computer applications is recommended. Superior oral and written communication skills are expected. Previous job and/or community service experience is desired. Competitive applicants will have a GPA above 3.0 and GRE or GMAT scores in the 60th percentile.

Admissions Process

Students applying to the standard MHA degree must submit their application via the Cornell University Graduate School or via HAMPCAS. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. Sloan has four application deadlines and decision notification dates throughout the year and all application materials must be submitted by Midnight Eastern Time on the application deadline date. The final application deadline is April 15.

More information about the Sloan application process is available here.

Application Requirements:

  • Completed Cornell Graduate School or HAMPCAS application (and related fees)
  • Resume
  • Statement of purpose
  • Two recommendations (third optional); at least one letter should be academic
  • Transcripts from all post-secondary coursework and degrees
  • GMAT or GRE score report
  • TOEFL or IELTS English Language Exam score report for all international applicants (for exceptions see English Language Proficiency Requirement)
  • Proof of financial support (international students only)

Correspondence and Information:

Graduate Field Assistant
Department of PAM, 2250A MVR Hall
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853-4401