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Master of Healthcare Administration Program

Program Overview

Do you have a bachelor’s degree and an interest in healthcare delivery? Do you seek growth in your healthcare career in areas of administration including leadership, decision-making, financial resources, human resources, and community relations? If so, the Master of Healthcare Administration degree program at MCPHS Online might be a great fit for you.

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The Master of Healthcare Administration program is designed to prepare graduate students for administrative and management positions in hospitals, managed care organizations, long-term care settings, multi-institutional system offices, governmental health agencies, and other health-related organizations. Subject areas include the analysis of the healthcare system and its current challenges, management and organizational behavior of healthcare organizations, economic and financial aspects of health administration, strategic planning and marketing, public policy, and ethical and legal aspects of healthcare management.

The program delivery will be primarily online with no more than three in-person sessions, scheduled for the convenience of working professionals.


Graduates of the Master of Healthcare Administration program at MCPHS Online will be armed with the tools they need to find employment as medical and health services managers at hospitals, physician offices, nursing/residential care facilities, home healthcare services, Federal Government healthcare facilities, outpatient care centers, insurance carriers and community care facilities for the elderly. In 2008, medical and health services managers held about 283,500 jobs in the United States.

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Prerequisite Course Requirements

  • An earned bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university
  • Experience, interest or current employment in health care
  • GRE scores (if graduated less than five years ago)
  • A minimum TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score of 90 (internet-based), 213 (computer-based) or 550 (written) for all candidates for whom English is not their primary language


HCA710 Systems of Healthcare Delivery
HCA720 Organizations and Learning in Healthcare
HCA730 Foundations of Financial Management in Healthcare
HCA740 Foundations of Human Resource Management Healthcare
HCA750 Managerial Epidemiology for Healthcare Administrators
HCA760 Legal and Ethical Concepts for Healthcare Administrators
HCA780 Managing Healthcare Information Systems
HCA810 Research Methods in Healthcare Administration
HCA820 Effective Communication & Negotiation in Healthcare
HCA830 Strategic Healthcare Marketing Seminar
HCA840 Leadership in Healthcare Administration
HCA850 Strategic Healthcare Management Seminar / Capstone

Tuition & Fees

Students enrolled in all graduate degree programs at MCPHS Online during the 2014–2015 academic year will pay $850/credit hour.

There are no fees in addition to the cost of tuition for MCPHS Online students in the 2014–2015 academic year, so students can estimate that a three-credit course in this program will cost $2550. Books are not included in the cost of tuition and must be factored in separately. The cost of books will vary by course.

Financial Aid

An education is an investment. And we don’t think you’ll find a better return on your investment than by earning your degree from MCPHS University. Our Office of Student Financial Services (SFS) is available to guide students through the process of securing funding to cover education costs. A dedicated staff member will help you apply for financial aid, review all sources of funding available to you and assist you with completing the paperwork necessary for disbursement.

For more information, contact Student Financial Services at 603.314.1729.

Next Steps

If you are applying for admission to MCPHS Online for spring 2014, complete The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at www.fafsa.ed.gov. The MCPHS University college code for the FAFSA is 002165. You do not need to be accepted at the University in order to apply.

If you are applying for admission to MCPHS Online for fall 2014, please complete the FAFSA after January 1, 2014.


Once your application is received, the Admission Office will notify you of any missing items that we require for your application to be considered complete. We review all files on a "rolling basis" and will make a decision once all application materials are received.

Priority Filing Date

The priority filing date for this program is November 15 each year for a spring semester start and June 1 for a fall semester start. We continue to review applications until all available seats in the program have been filled.

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Information for MCPHS University Alumni

If you are a graduate of MCPHS University and need to request your transcripts for admission to an MCPHS Online program, please click here to learn how to request your official transcript.


Feel free to call 617.879.5022 or e-mail us with any questions you have about the application process.

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Technical, Non-Academic Standards

In conjunction with the applicable academic and accreditation standards, the faculty in each of the programs at MCPHS University has established certain abilities and characteristics defined as technical standards. Candidates for enrollment in programs at MCPHS University must meet these technical standards, which may include but are not limited to observation, communication, sensory and motor coordination and function, intellectual, conceptual, integrative and quantitative abilities, and behavioral and social attributes. These standards may be met with or without reasonable accommodations. Please carefully review the technical standards for the program to which you have applied. The standards can be found in the MCPHS University College Catalog on the MCPHS University website. If you have questions regarding technical standards, please contact the Office of Admission immediately.

Frequently Asked Questions


Do I need to have a bachelor’s degree to apply for the program?

Yes; you must have a bachelor’s degree in healthcare or a related field.

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Do I need to take the GRE or any other entrance exam?

Yes, this program requires the GRE if you graduated with your undergraduate degree within the last five years.

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Is there a minimum grade point average (GPA) for admission?

Yes; you must have a minimum GPA of 2.8 or higher for admission to the program.

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How much healthcare-related work experience is required to be eligible to apply for the program?

We value any healthcare-related experience and encourage you to contact the Admission Office for consideration.

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Does this program grant me any additional certifications or licenses upon completion?

No, this program does not provide any additional certifications or licenses, but does grant a master’s degree upon completion.

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How does an online program operate? What is expected of the student?

The student should anticipate spending about three hours per credit hour each week on learning activities. Faculty expects each student to access the course website no less than three times per week. For more information regarding the online education experience, we encourage you to visit our general FAQs section.

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