Master of Business Administration Concentration in Healthcare Management

College of Social and Behavioral Sciences - Department of Business

The Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) with a concentration in Healthcare Management is designed for mid-level managers and professionals in business and other organizations who aspire to greater leadership and management roles. Students learn to link theory with practice, and to understand the multi-disciplinary demands of a business environment that is increasingly global, technology-oriented, and diverse.

Class size is typically limited to 25 students to ensure personalized attention. As students move through the curriculum, this class structure promotes personal development within a team-centric environment. Students also benefit from the variety of backgrounds and distinct experiences the each individual brings to the program as well as providing excellent networking opportunities.

The program has three (3) options for students to choose from that fits their individual circumstances best:

  1. Attending full-time taking three (3) courses per semester over four (4) consecutive semesters (including summer) beginning in the fall semester and completing the program the following fall semester.
  2. Attending part-time taking two (2) courses per semester over six (6) consecutive semesters (including summer) beginning in the fall semester and completing the program in the fall semester two (2) years later.
  3. Attending part-time taking one (1) courses per semester over twelve (12) consecutive semesters (including summer) beginning in the fall semester and completing the program in the fall semester four (4) years later.

After completing this program of study, students will be able to:

  • Communicate effectively in professional situations by applying appropriate written, verbal, interpersonal, and presentation skills;
  • Lead, manage, and contribute as a member to project teams;
  • Employ tactical, operational, and strategic decision making and problem solving to organizational issues;
  • Demonstrate a fundamental understanding of the workings of all aspects of an organization;
  • Analyze business issues by applying multi-functional theoretical and practical perspectives;
  • Identify and develop their potential for meeting future leadership challenges and make meaningful contributions in a world characterized by uncertainty.  

Program Requirements

Each Framingham State University course is offered for one (1) course-credit, which is equivalent to four (4) semester hours. The Healthcare Management concentration consists of 12 courses (or 48 semester hours), consisting of twelve (12) Core courses. Prior to enrolling in Core courses, students are required to fulfill four (4) undergraduate prerequisite course requirements. All course prerequisites are to be observed.

Note: undergraduate prerequisites courses may be fulfilled based on previous college course work.

Students must demonstrate proficiency in the following five (5) areas: financial accounting, managerial accounting, economics, statistics and the study of leadership, teamwork and the organization. The 600-level undergraduate prerequisite courses meet proficiency requirements for the program and do not count toward MBA graduate credit.

Proficiency may be demonstrated in one of the following ways:

  1. Appropriate undergraduate or graduate coursework completed with a grade of B (3.00) or better earned no more than five (5) years prior to the date of application to the MBA program. The Admissions Committee will evaluate each applicant’s academic record to determine whether undergraduate prerequisite requirements have been met.
  2. Students without appropriate prior academic coursework may demonstrate proficiency by taking a College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) test in an appropriate subject area, or may make a written request for a waiver.
  3. Successful completion of the appropriate MBA prerequisite undergraduate course(s) prior to enrolling in MBA core courses. NOTE: Prerequisite undergraduate courses may be fulfilled based on previous college course work.

Prerequisite Undergraduate Course Requirements (4):

  • ACCT 653 Financial Statement Reporting and Analysis
  • ECON 610 Economic Analysis
  • MGMT 600 Foundations of Business
  • QUAN 676 Statistical Analysis for Managers

 

Healthcare Management Concentration:

Core Requirements (8):

  • ECON 923 The Economics of Organizational Design
  • FINA 929 Financial Management
  • MGMT 911 Organization Behavior and Theory
  • MGMT 935 Operations Management
  • MGMT 951 Human Resource Management
  • MRKT 917 Strategic Marketing
  • QUAN 905 Management Science

Capstone:

  • MGMT 989 Strategic Management

NOTE: Registration for MGMT 989 Strategic Management requires the prior written permission of the Dean of Graduate Studies. Students will not be permitted to fulfill this requirement with a course transferred from another institution.

Concentration Requirements (4):

  • HCAD 917 Health Law, Regulations, and Ethics
  • HCAD 924 Healthcare Economics and Financing
  • HCAD 940 Healthcare Informatics and Technology
  • HCAD 955 Budgeting in Healthcare Facilities

 

Admission Requirements

Admission to the MBA degree program is available to qualified individuals who hold an undergraduate degree in any major from an accredited college or university. Admission is based on professional work experience, performance in previous college/ university study, results from the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) or Graduate Record Exam (GRE), assessment of written essays, and appraisal of letters of recommendation.

Applicants are required to submit the following:

  1. A completed Application for Graduate Admission form.
  2. $50.00 application fee
  3. Official copies of undergraduate and graduate transcripts (if applicable). Students who have transcripts from outside the United States must have their transcripts evaluated by a Credit Evaluation service and translated into English.
  4. Official Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) or official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) results taken within the past five years. Applicants who have completed a master’s degree or a terminal degree from a United States regionally-accredited college or university or nationally accredited program may request to be exempt from submitting GMAT or GRE results. 
  5. Two written essays. Each essay should be typed or printed, single spaced and limited to the length indicated. The essay questions are: What would you like the MBA Admissions Committee to know about you? (450-word limit) and either What are your three most substantial achievements and why do you consider them to be substantial achievements? (700-word limit) or What experience in the military, public service, or business do you have? Explain how this experience equips you for the MBA program. (700-word limit)
  6. Two letters of recommendation sent directly to Graduate Admissions at Framingham State University by the evaluators.
  7. A current professional resume.
  8. TOEFL scores (550 or higher) or IELTS scores (6.5 or higher) are required of applicants seeking admission from non-English speaking countries. The TOEFL or IELTS may be waived if the applicant has successfully completed at least two full academic years in a college/ university in the United States of America, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, or Canada.
  9. Applicants are required to interview with the Program Coordinator and/or Program Advisor.

Evaluation of applications for admission to the this program will begin only when all the required documents have been received.

Applicants seeking admission for fall should have a complete application on file no later than July 1st. Applications completed or received after the due date cannot be guaranteed timely matriculation.

The MBA Application for Admission is available online here, or contact the Graduate Admissions office at 508-626-4501.

MBA program advisors are available for consultation about the admission process, program requirements, and course selection. Individuals may make an appointment with an advisor by sending an email to MBA@framingham.edu.

Students who will be applying for admission to this program may take undergraduate prerequisite courses, if required, prior to applying for admission to the program. Students must seek the advice of the MBA Program Advisor to determine if Undergraduate Prerequisites courses are required prior to applying for admission.

Students entering the MBA program are to be familiar with and have access to the Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint) or equivalent software that support Microsoft Office Suite formats specified by and acceptable to the faculty.

Applications remaining incomplete for over one year will be considered inactive.

 

Additional MBA Admission criteria for International 3-year degree holders

From India: Degree must be a Bachelor in Commerce or Business; otherwise a U.S. 4-year Baccalaureate degree equivalent is required.

  1. Official Transcripts must be evaluated by a credential evaluation service and sent to Framingham State University.
  2. The degree granting institution must be accredited from one of the following institutions: National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC), National Board of Accreditation (NBA), All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE).
  3. GPA Minimum must be equivalent to a U.S. 3.00 on a 4.00 scale.
  4. Minimum score of 400 on the GMAT or Minimum score of 440 on GRE.
  5. Must have a grade of B (3.00) or better in each equivalent course from the following areas: Accounting, Economics, Management, and Statistics.
  6. Minimum TOEFL score of 550 paper based (or 79-80 computer based), or IELTS scores (6.5 or higher).

Courses before Admission

Students intending to apply for admission to the MBA program are not allowed to enroll in MBA Core or Elective courses prior to official admission into the program.

Transfer Credit

Transfer credit for prior graduate coursework completed at another accredited college or university will be considered at the time of MBA admission based on course descriptions and documentation submitted with the student’s application. Courses accepted in transfer must meet the academic criteria established by Framingham State University. A maximum of two (2) graduate courses may be accepted in transfer and applied toward the MBA degree program.

F-1 Student VISA Status:

Students admitted into a graduate program as on an F-1 Student Visa are required to enroll full-time during the fall and spring semesters. Students in the M.B.A program are encouraged to also enroll full-time during the summer terms if the intent is to complete the program in 16 continuous months.

Time Limits for Program Completion

All degree requirements must be met within eight (8) years from the completion date of the first MBA Core or Elective course.

 

Effective as of the 2016-2017 Graduate Catalog