The master of healthcare administration (M.H.C.A.) is the terminal degree required for executive management positions in healthcare. The Samford University M.H.C.A. program provides a competency-based curriculum that prepares students for leadership roles within a variety of different healthcare settings. The M.H.C.A. is an online, five-semester synchronous program. The curriculum is designed to provide mastery in communication, leadership, professionalism, business knowledge, and healthcare systems competencies as well as a competitive edge in project management and quality improvement. A minimum 120-hour internship is required for students with less than five years clinical or healthcare management experience. Students who have the minimal five years of experience may elect to complete an Advanced Leadership Project with a senior healthcare executive mentor. Students must also complete a minimum of 40 hours of verified community service in order to graduate.