Degree Completion and Retention Rates
Most students pursue the MHA degree as full-time students and complete the program in two to three years. Students may also enroll in the MHA program as “part-time” and may complete the program in three to five years. The time limit for completing a master’s degree at USC is five years. For students who have graduated from the MHA program the average completion time is 1.91 years*.
Students who have entered the MHA program from academic year (AY) 2011 through AY 2015 have an extremely high completion rate of 92%*. Completion rates have dramatically improved since the latest revision to the curriculum, in 2010. As noted below, between 82% and 89% of the students entering in AY 2013 or AY 2014 completed within two years, and 94% of the 2014 enrollees completed within three years. The program’s overall retention rate is 97%*, and has improved for enrollees since implementation of the new curriculum.
*Based on students entering in AY 2011 through AY 2015. An Academic Year is defined as the fall term of the given year through the following summer term.