Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA)

Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA)

The Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA) degree at Boston College prepares ethical leaders to drive organizational change within the rapidly transforming health ecosystem. The online program addresses contemporary challenges and emerging trends in healthcare innovation through a societal perspective aligned with Boston College's values of social justice.

At a Glance

Required courses


12 required courses, 7-week format
Students typically complete the degree in 1–2 years.

Program flexibility


Full- or part-time, online, and asynchronous 

Cost


$1,268 per credit with a total of 46 credits required (Academic Year 2021–22 tuition rate)

MHA Student Voices

Meet some of our students and learn why they value their experiences in the Master of Healthcare Administration program at the Woods College.

Our Students

102

Number of enrolled students

28–65

Students' age range

22

States represented

MHA Curriculum

12 Courses

46 Credits

7-week format

* All courses are required (no electives)

MHA Faculty

Our faculty bring decades of professional experience to the classroom and provide individualized support and guidance to their students as they navigate the next steps in the program and in their careers.

Where do our students and graduates work?


The competency-based MHA Program prepares graduates to address needs across broad health-related industries such as the pharmaceutical and biotechnology sectors, hospitals and health systems, insurance providers, government, and digital health companies. 
 

Where they work

Massachusetts General Hospital

Johnson & Johnson

Kaiser Permanente

Boston Children’s Hospital

Bayer Healthcare

Medtronic

What they do

Hospital Practice Manager

Financial Controller

Strategic Accounts Director

Sales Training Manager

CEO/Founder, Consulting Firm

Healthcare System CEO/President

Business Development Manager

Pharmacy Director

Skills in Demand

32%

Job Growth Projected for Medical & Health Services Managers, 2019-2029

97,400

New Jobs Projected in Life, Physical, and Social Sciences, 2018-2028

2.4 million

New Jobs Projected in Healthcare, 2019-2029

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Please note: Only students living within the 50 United States are eligible to apply for the MHA program.

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Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. 

Deadlines

Regular Decision
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Online Application

Prerequisite

The Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA) program accepts applicants based on a holistic review of the application materials. The minimum undergraduate GPA for acceptance is 3.0. For those interested in beginning the program immediately after finishing an undergraduate degree, the minimum GPA is also 3.0. Conditional acceptance may be considered for applicants with a GPA below 3.0 at the discretion of the admissions committee. Conditionally admitted students are often required to achieve a B or better in the first two courses.

The Master of Healthcare Administration does not require the GRE or GMAT for admissions. If you believe your scores would enhance your application, please feel free to submit them. Our GRE reporting code is 7534 and our GMAT reporting code is 44X-HX-07.

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Résumé

To be uploaded to your online application form

In addition to your academic history and relevant work experience, please include any licenses currently held, social justice-related experience, language skills other than English, and research experience or publications.

Personal Statement

To be uploaded to your online application form

In 1,000-1,500 words, describe your academic and professional goals; any experience relevant to this program; and your future plans, expectations, and aspirations.

Letters of Recommendation

All applicants must include two professional letters of recommendation. These letters should come from supervisors, people familiar with your work, or if you are a recent graduate, professors from relevant courses. Letters from family, friends, political figures, and the like are discouraged. Letters must be sent directly from the recommender either through an online application portal or directly to Woods College.

We will not accept letters that are not in a sealed envelope mailed directly from the recommender or emailed directly from the recommender.

Transcripts

Unofficial transcripts may be uploaded to your online application form for purposes of application review. However, official transcript(s) must also be submitted upon acceptance/matriculation. Both undergraduate and graduate transcripts are required if applicable.

Transcripts should be mailed to: 

Boston College
Woods College of Advancing Studies Admissions Office
St. Mary's Hall South
140 Commonwealth Avenue
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

If your academic institution provides electronic transcripts please indicate wcasadm@bc.edu as the recipient.

Applicants whose native language is not English are required to demonstrate English language proficiency. Visit our International Student page for required scores.

Interview

The admissions committee often requires a phone interview.

Undergraduate GPA

Undergraduate GPA

The minimum undergraduate GPA for acceptance is 3.0. For those interested in beginning the program immediately after finishing an undergraduate degree, the minimum GPA is also 3.0. Conditional acceptance may be considered for applicants with a GPA below 3.0 at the discretion of the admissions committee. Conditionally admitted students are often required to achieve a B or better in the first two courses.

Questions

If you have technical difficulties with or technical questions about the online application, please email mhaprogram@bc.edu.
 

Frequently Asked Questions

When can I start my program?

There are three convenient start dates offered per year (Fall, Spring, and Summer). 

How long do courses last?

Each course is seven weeks in length. Students can easily take two courses per semester with a one week break in between semesters.

How long will it take to complete the program?

The program typically takes one to two years to complete. Most students take two 7-week courses per semester, finishing the program in two years. However, students can take longer to complete the program.

Is there an application fee?

No, there is no application fee.

What is the tuition?

The tuition for the Academic Year 2021 - 2022 is $1,268 per credit. The program is 46 credits. You can find additional information on the Tuition and Aid page.

Are there any additional fees?

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, 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 semester. On-campus services are available upon request.

Do I have to pay a deposit to secure my place in the program?

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 onboarding and registration.

Are financial aid and payment plans available?

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 https://fafsa.ed.gov. Please use Boston College’s FAFSA school code: 002128. More about Boston College’s payment plan for graduate programs can be found at http://www.bc.edu/offices/stserv/financial/altfin/qppp.html.

Will I qualify for financial aid no matter when I start the program?

The minimum number of credits to qualify for Federal Financial Aid at Boston College is six credits per semester. To meet this requirement, students can elect to take two, four-credit courses during any given semester, or a four-credit course and a two-credit course. A student’s advisor will help with course planning.

Do I need a bachelor’s degree?

A bachelor’s degree is required to enroll in the program.

Is there a minimum GPA requirement?

The Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA) program accepts applicants based on a holistic review of the application materials. The minimum undergraduate GPA for acceptance is 3.0. For those interested in beginning the program immediately after finishing an undergraduate degree, the minimum GPA is also 3.0. Conditional acceptance may be considered for applicants with a GPA below 3.0 at the discretion of the admissions committee. Conditionally admitted students are often required to achieve a B or better in the first two courses.

The Master of Healthcare Administration does not require the GRE or GMAT for admissions. If you believe your scores would enhance your application, please feel free to submit them. Our GRE reporting code is 7534 and our GMAT reporting code is 44X-HX-07.

Do I need previous experience in healthcare?

The MHA program does not require that applicants have experience in the healthcare sector. The program is designed for those who seek to work across all industries of the health ecosystem.

Is the program accredited?

Accreditation for Boston College’s online CBE MHA program is approved by the New England Commission of Higher Education, Inc. (NECHE).

I live out of state. Can I enroll in this program?

Boston College operates in compliance with individual U.S. state regulations regarding distance education. Boston College’s MHA program currently enrolls online students living in all 50 United States. http://onlinemha.bc.edu/state-authorizations/

How is the curriculum tied to current events and advancements in the rapidly-transforming health industry?

Boston College's values of justice and intellectual inquiry are incorporated into the curriculum of the Healthcare Administration graduate program. It's design reflects Boston College’s commitment to helping prepare students to become engaged and moral citizens of the world. Students engage in rigorous and sustained conversations about emerging issues and develop the analytical and critical-thinking skills that allow them to impact health outcomes.

The design of the Healthcare Administration graduate program and its pedagogy directly benefit from Boston College’s agility and intentionality. Preparing students to respond to emerging challenges in healthcare, the program continuously adapts the course content by incorporating current health-related crisis situations and considers contemporary challenges that the health industry faces in the fast-changing future across the health ecosystem.

Financial Aid

We know that a BC education is a worthwhile but significant investment. We're committed to helping you affordably achieve your educational goals while treating each student and their family equitably. Financial aid and payment plans may be available for domestic students taking a minimum of six credits across a semester.

 

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