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Can I complete the program on a full-time or part-time plan of study?

The MHI program is completed part-time, over 6 semesters.

How many credit hours is the MHI program?

The MHI program is completed in 34 credits; including 25 credit hours of core coursework and 9 hour of capstone courses.

How much time am I required to spend on campus?

The MHI program is 100 percent online and there is no mandatory requirement to be on campus at any point in the program. We do offer you the opportunity to attend an on campus orientation session prior to your first semester of enrollment. If you are unable to make the trip to campus, you can join remotely. The MHI program promotes the use of teamwork, communication and collaboration. We encourage you to meet with other students in your geographical area to work on projects, study or network.

What types of courses will I take?

The MHI program will prepare you to be a leader of innovation in healthcare systems. The curriculum is unique and different from other healthcare leadership programs. There are courses in leadership, evidence-based practice, technology, measurement of outcomes, policy, high-performing organizations, organizational operations, communication, design thinking, culture, as well as the capstone courses. All of these courses have an emphasis on innovation, which differentiates the MHI program from other graduate level opportunities that may focus on a more industrial model.

If the classes are online, what is the attendance expectation?

Most courses in the program will be offered in a synchronous format, requiring students to participate in class online at a designated time. Some courses may also incorporate some asynchronous components. Students are also required to enroll in an elective course, which can vary in format.

Is there a requirement for a project or thesis at the end of the program?

At the end of the MHI program, there is a capstone project. As a student in the MHI program, you will develop the skills to complete the capstone project throughout your coursework. You will work, either individually or in groups, with community partners and faculty to conceptualize, design, implement, and evaluate your capstone project.

What type of job am I eligible for once I have completed the MHI program?

The types of positions graduates of the MHI program can obtain are limitless. Our current healthcare system is in great need of leaders that drive innovation. The MHI program prepares you to become a leader of innovation in healthcare organizations. Anywhere there is a need for innovation leadership in a healthcare system (which is everywhere!), you can fill that need as a graduate of the MHI program. We believe MHI graduates will be well qualified and prepared to serve as directors, managers, quality specialists, innovation specialists, patient experience officers, operations officers, as well as many other traditional roles that have responsibility for innovation leadership.


Is a specific undergraduate degree or certification needed to be eligible for this program?

No specific degree or background is required to be eligible to apply and be admitted to the program. We are looking for students from various backgrounds who aspire to revolutionize healthcare.

Where should my transcripts be sent?

Transcripts should be sent directly to Graduate and Professional Admissions:

P.O. Box 182004

Columbus, OH 43218-2004

The College of Nursing does not accept transcripts from applicants.

What if my undergraduate GPA is below 3.0?

Applicants whose GPAs are below 3.0 will be required by the Graduate School to take the GRE in order to be considered for admission. Scores in the 50th percentile or above are considered competitive. Applicants required to take the test can learn more at

What information should be included in the purpose and goals statement?

The purpose and goals statement is a two page document that should describe your goals and how they relate to the MHI program and showcase your creativity. Page one of the statement should include your academic goals and how this program will help you achieve your career aspirations. Be sure to include what innovation means to you and how you can utilize innovation to lead others. Page two should be used to foster your creativity. Using the page borders as your framework, creatively fill the remainder of the space to showcase your skills. There are no limits to what you can create - you can use words, pictures, music, etc. Please be sure that your statement can be saved as a PDF for submission.

Who should write my letters of recommendation? What information should the letters include?

Letters of recommendation should be submitted from individuals who are familiar with your academic ability, professional experience, and potential to succeed a graduate program.

How will my letters of recommendation be submitted?

All letters of recommendation should be submitted electronically. The names and email addresses of your recommenders should be included on your application prior to submission. Once your application has been submitted, your recommenders will receive a link that contains further instruction on how to submit their letter.

Can I continue to add materials to my application after it has been submitted?

Yes. After you have submitted your application, you can continue adding supplemental materials to your application via the Admissions Uploader through the application deadline. We encourage you to make use of this tool and submit your application early.

Is deferral of admission an option?

Currently, deferral of admission is not an option for admitted applicants to the MHI program. Admitted applicants who are unable to begin their studies at the start of the term to which they applied will be required to reapply in the future.


If I am an out-of-state student, do I pay a higher tuition rate?

The MHI program at The Ohio State University College of Nursing is a distance learning program. If you are a student living outside of the state of Ohio, you will pay the in-state tuition rate, plus a $45 surcharge per semester.

Will I be able to work while completing the program?

The curriculum of the MHI program is designed to allow working adults to complete the program.

Is financial aid available?

Yes, students enrolled in the MHI program can apply for financial aid. Please visit the University's Student Financial Aid website at for more information.