Master of Healthcare Administration Accreditation

What type of accreditation does the MHA program have? What is the difference between regional vs. programmatic accreditation?

The University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW) is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). Regional accreditation ensures that an institution's academic programs meet acceptable levels of quality. Institutions must be accredited by a federally recognized accrediting agency to qualify for participation in federal financial aid programs.

Programmatic accreditation, also known as specialized or professional accreditation, is designed for specialized departments, programs, schools, or colleges within a university or institution that has already received accreditation.  The Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME) is considered a programmatic accreditation. The Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA) degree program, part of the College of Health and Human Services - School of Health and Applied Human Sciences, is seeking programmatic accreditation via CAHME.

The CAHME process is a rigorous and multifaceted review process beginning with the submission and approval of an Eligibility Statement, next Candidacy phase, followed by a Self-Study year, and culminated by a CAHME Site Visit and subsequently an accreditation decision outcome. As of April 2021, the MHA program has officially been approved as a Candidate Program for accreditation by CAHME.


What is the timeline toward CAHME Accreditation?

  • April 2020 – The MHA program submitted and was approved for “CAHME Program - Candidacy Eligibility.”
  • May 2020 – The MHA program began working on its CAHME Program - Candidacy Application.
  • August 2020 – The MHA program submitted its application for CAHME Program Candidacy.
  • April 2021 – The MHA program was approved to move forward as a CAHME Candidate Program.*
  • May 2021 – The MHA program graduated its first student graduate(s).
  • November 2022 – The MHA program will host its CAHME Site Visit.
*Note: The MHA Program’s CAHME Self Study year is Fall 2021-Summer 2022. Site visit is scheduled for Fall 2022.

Please direct any questions you have regarding accreditation to mha@uncw.edu.