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Master of Healthcare Administration

Dual MHA/MBA Degree

The MHA/MBA dual degree option has been in existence for more than 15 years, and is designed for students who wish to earn an MBA degree as well as an MHA degree. It is a partnership between the MHA program and the MBA program at the Carlson School of Management. Students apply to each program separately and must be admitted to both programs.

Typically, a student completes the dual program in three academic years, upon completion of the required 95 credits. The dual degree option prepares students for management careers in the biomedical, pharmaceutical, and medical device industries.

To be considered for the MHA/MBA Dual Degree applicants must apply to both the full-time MHA and the full-time MBA programs. The application deadline for the MHA program is March 15 with MHA studies to begin in the following fall. Deadline for application to the MBA program is Feb. 1 for those who wish to secure an admission decision to both programs prior to beginning their studies at the university.

Download the Application Supplement for the MHA/MBA or MBA/MHA Dual Degree Program.

See a three-year study program

Planning and implementing your MHA/MBA program

Once you have been formally accepted into both programs, you should use the plan of study to plot your individual program. You may use 12 credits of transfer work toward each program.

For the 12 credits transferred from the MHA program to the MBA Program you must use: Health and Health Systems (2cr), Healthcare Finance I (3cr), Healthcare Finance II (3cr), Private Purchasers of Healthcare (2cr), and Healthcare Delivery Design and Innovation (2cr). For the 12 transfer credits of MBA coursework toward the MHA degree you must use: MBA 6210 Marketing (3cr), MBA 6220 Operations (3cr), MBA 6230 Finance (3cr), and MBA 6300 Strategic Management (3cr).

In planning your program of study, please note that:

  • You must register and pay for three semesters and one summer session as an MHA student
  • You must register and pay for three semesters as a Full-Time MBA student
  • You must have a minimum of 51 credits of MBA or CSOM designated coursework and 48 credits of MHA designated coursework.
  • You must submit two separate Application for Degree forms, one for each degree to be awarded.

MHA Degree
48 crs of MHA courses
12 crs of MBA courses
60 crs total toward MHA degree

MBA Degree
52 crs of MBA courses
12 crs of MHA courses
64 crs total toward MBA degree

JD/MHA Joint Degree

Developed in 2008, the JD/MHA Joint Degree program in Law, Health & the Life Sciences can be completed in four years. This option prepares individuals for a career as legal advisor or general counsel in a healthcare organization. This program is designed and administered with the cooperation of the Law School and the School of Public Health.

Law School Joint Degree Programs
N140 Mondale Hall
Phone: 612-625-3356
Fax: 612-624-9143


A student interested in pursuing the JD/MHA joint degree must be admitted separately to the Law School and to the full-time MHA program within the School of Public Health. A student may apply to both units simultaneously or in staggered fashion.

Students are strongly encouraged to begin with enrollment in the Law School, completing the Law School’s required first-year curriculum so that they may then concentrate on their MHA studies while taking upper-level law courses as they fit into the student’s program.

The Law School and SPH will defer the deadlines for registration for JD/MHA joint degree students for one year and any guarantee of financial aid for the same period. Deferral at either the Law School or SPH is conditional on the student enrolling in the other unit without deferral.

Students accepted into the JD/MHA degree combination will be considered for no more than a one year deferral of matriculation and registration. A student may decide while in the first year in either SPH or the Law School or their second year of Law School to apply to the other degree program with the assurance that the cross-crediting/double-counting of courses described further below will be available.

Law School Curriculum

Law School JD degree requirements include satisfactory completion of 88 semester credits, and six semesters of full-time enrollment (defined as 12 semester credits or more). First-year students are required to take a core curriculum totaling 30 credits and comprised of the following courses:

  • Civil Procedure
  • Constitutional Law
  • Contracts
  • Criminal Law
  • Legal Research and Writing
  • Property
  • Torts

Beyond that, all courses are elective, except that a student must take a course in Professional Responsibility for 3 credits before graduating. In addition, each student must satisfy a second-year writing requirement (typically by participating in a moot court or serving as a staff member on one of the Law School’s law reviews), as well as a third-year writing requirement (typically satisfied by taking a course meeting this requirement, completing an independent research paper meeting this requirement, which may be an MS thesis, Plan B paper, PhD dissertation, or capstone project, or serving as an editor on one of the Law School’s law reviews).

In addition, all students in the Joint Degree program in Law, Health & the Life Sciences take a professional seminar. This 1-credit pro-seminar is taught cooperatively by faculty involved in the Joint Degree Program, offered on a pass-fail basis, and required each Fall semester that a student is enrolled in the Joint Degree Program.

Contact Info

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Stephanie Hagel

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