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 to become mid-level to executive healthcare managers. 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. Students must also complete a minimum of 40 hours of community service in order to graduate.