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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: When can I start my program?
A: There are five convenient start dates offered per year. 

Q: How long do courses last?
A: Ten of your 13 courses are four credits, and each one is six to eight weeks in length. Eight-week modules are offered in the fall and spring, and six-week modules are offered in the summer. Three of our 13 courses are two credits.

Q: How long will it take to complete the program?
A: The program typically takes two years to complete, but it is possible to accelerate the program and complete in as little as one year. You can progress at your own pace. Most students take one course per six- or eight-week module, thereby completing two courses in a typical 16-week semester and finishing the program in two years.

Q: Is there an application fee?
A: No, there is no application fee.

Q: What is the tuition?
A: The tuition is $1,100 per credit. The program is 46 credits.

Q: Are there any additional fees?
A: A comprehensive fee of $25 per semester in the fall and spring, and $45 per semester in the summer helps to support the cost of providing the online courses, online library access, academic support and career services, and more, all of which can be accessed virtually. Students pay the comprehensive fee when they take one or more classes during a module. On-campus services are available upon request.

Q: Do I have to pay a deposit to secure my place in the program?
A: No, there is no deposit required to secure your place in the program. You are asked to complete an online Confirmation of Enrollment form to indicate your acceptance of the Boston College MHA admission offer. Once you submit the Confirmation of Enrollment form, we can begin the process of program orientation and registration.

Q: Are financial aid and payment plans available?
A: Yes, financial aid and payment plans are available. A recommended first step is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at Please use Boston College’s FAFSA school code: 002128. More about Boston College’s payment plan for graduate programs can be found at /offices/stserv/financial/altfin/qppp.html.

Q: Will I qualify for financial aid no matter when I start the program?
A: The minimum number of credits to qualify for Federal Financial Aid at Boston College is 6 credits across a semester. If you start the MHA program in September, for example, you can take a 4-credit course for the first 8-weeks of a semester, and then take a second 4-credit course for the last 8-weeks of a semester and you will have a total of 8 credits for that semester. Thus, in this first scenario you do meet the minimum credit requirement for Federal Financial Aid. If you start the MHA program in October, for example, you might only take a 4-credit course for the fall semester. In this second scenario, you do not meet the minimum credit requirement for Federal Financial Aid.
For those students in the second scenario, the MHA program may be able to offer you both a 4-credit course and a 2-credit course for that term (e.g., October, March, July) so that you do meet the minimum credit requirement for Federal Financial Aid. We are happy to discuss options with you.

Q: Do I need a bachelor’s degree?
A: A bachelor’s degree is required to enroll in the program.

Q: Is there a minimum GPA requirement?
A: Minimum undergraduate GPA for full acceptance is a 3.0. Conditional acceptance may be considered for students below a 3.0. For those students with undergraduate GPAs below a 3.0, GMAT or GRE test scores are strongly recommended. Conditionally admitted students may be asked to complete additional requirements and/or achieve particular grade thresholds for the first two courses at the discretion of the admissions committee.

Q: Do I need previous experience in healthcare?
A: No, the program requires you to have some experience in the industry.

Q: Is the program accredited?
A: Accreditation for Boston College’s online CBE MHA program is approved by the New England Association of Schools & Colleges, Inc. (NEASC) as of March 2016.

Q: I live out of state. Can I enroll in this program?
A: Boston College operates in compliance with individual U.S. state regulations regarding distance education. Boston College’s MHA program may enroll online students who live outside of Massachusetts. Please click here to see the list of approved states:

Talk to an MHA Application Specialist today for more information about how the BC online MHA degree program can help you achieve your professional goals at 1-866-265-6008.