Accelerated BSHSM–MHA

Accelerated BSHSM–MHA Program

Since its inception in 1996, the accelerated BSHSM - MHA program has recognized the potential of undergraduate students to do graduate-level work. The accelerated program allows high-performing Health Services Management majors the opportunity to earn their Master’s degree through the IU Fairbanks School of Public Health Master of Health Administration program, the only fully CAHME accredited program in the state with an expansive alumni network and over 50 years of experience educating healthcare leaders.

Why Go Accelerated?

Achieve Your Goals Faster

  • Students who complete the accelerated program are prepared to enter upper-level health administration positions faster.

Skip the GRE

  • Avoid the study time and costs associated with having to take the GRE. The GRE requirement is waived for accelerated program applicants.

Save Time and Money

  • Students who complete the accelerated program earn both a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in just five years compared to the usual six. Completing both degrees in just five years saves a year of tuition.

Join the MHA Family

  • As the oldest accredited program in the state, joining the IU MHA family opens doors to relationships and opportunities that only our network of alumni can provide.

How it Works

Students complete three years of bachelor’s degree requirements. During their third year, they apply for the accelerated program. If accepted into the accelerated program, students complete their first year of MHA coursework during what would have been their fourth year of undergraduate study. That MHA coursework takes the place of their final BSHSM required courses. The student then graduates with their bachelor’s degree the summer after their first year in the MHA program.

Year OneBachelor's Degree Courses
Year TwoBachelor's Degree Courses
Year ThreeBachelor's Degree Courses
Year FourMaster's Degree Courses (take place of final BSHSM requirements)
End of Year FourGraduate with BSHSM Degree
Year FiveMaster's Degree Courses 

To successfully complete the accelerated program, students must not take the following courses prior to their senior year as BSHSM students:

  • PBHL-H346
  • PBHL-H354
  • PBHL-H353
  • PBHL-H379
  • PBHL-H475
  • Three Major Applications Courses

  • PBHL-H353
  • PBHL-H346
  • PBHL-H354
  • PBHL-H380
  • PBHL-H432
  • PBHL-H475
  • Two Major Applications course

  • PBHL-H346
  • PBHL-H365
  • One General Elective
  • Five Major Applications Courses

 

Eligibility

The accelerated program is a competitive opportunity for outstanding health administration students. To be eligible to apply, students must meet the following criteria:

  • Cumulative GPA of 3.5
  • Completed a minimum of 60 credit hours in the IU system at the time of admission
  • Prior to the start of their senior year, the student must have all but the following classes completed for their BSHSM degree. The classes below will be replaced with MHA courses taken the first year of the MHA program/last year of the BSHSM program.

  • PBHL-H346
  • PBHL-H354
  • PBHL-H353
  • PBHL-H379
  • PBHL-H475
  • Three Major Applications Courses

  • PBHL-H353
  • PBHL-H346
  • PBHL-H354
  • PBHL-H380
  • PBHL-H432
  • PBHL-H475
  • Two Major Applications course

  • PBHL-H346
  • PBHL-H365
  • One General Elective
  • Five Major Applications Courses

Students who meet the above criteria are not guaranteed admission. All elements of the application including letters of recommendation, GPA, resume, interview and personal statement will be taken into consideration.

When to Apply

To complete the accelerated BSHSM - MHA program, students must be admitted to the MHA program. Prospective accelerated students should follow the suggested timeline below:

Spring of Junior Year

Apply to MHA program
Interview for MHA program
Learn acceptance decision

Accelerated Application Deadline: March 1
Prospective accelerated students should wait to apply until they have finished the fall semester of their junior year. Fall semester grades need to be reflected on transcripts before applying. Interviews will occur in April. 

How to Apply to the Accelerated Program

The application process is being revised. Please check back at the end of November for an updated process. 

Please contact your undergraduate advisor to discuss the accelerated program and process. 

Kayla Rinker will be meeting with students whose last names are A-L, and Leah Jansen will be meeting with students whose last names are M-Z. Please visit our advising page for complete instructions on how to schedule an appointment with an advisor.

Begin Planning Early

Prospective accelerated program students are encouraged to meet with their academic advisor early to begin planning.