Master of Healthcare Administration

College of Business

The Master of Healthcare Administration (M.H.A.) with a concentration in Healthcare Administration provides the technical knowledge and practical skills necessary for a career as a mid-level healthcare administrator.  The M.H.A. program provides a pragmatic approach which balances the theoretical with the practical, and is designed to aid the student in the management decision-making process through improved development of competencies designed for a healthcare administrator.  After completion of the program, students are expected to be able to analyze problems, develop solutions, and articulate those solutions in well written form and clear oral presentation.

Program Requirements

The program consists of eleven (11) courses, which includes nine (9) core concentration courses, one (1) concentration elective course, and one (1) capstone course.  An introductory undergraduate course in statistics is required if the student has not taken a similar course elsewhere and is so noted on an undergraduate transcript.

Students may take courses in any sequence subject to the following general requirements but must observe course prerequisites. Courses taken without the proper prerequisites will not be applicable to the student’s degree requirements unless written approval is from the program coordinator. Students are expected to be familiar with office/management software.

Waivers are not granted for non-academic prior learning, and are determined solely on the basis of the student’s undergraduate or graduate record.  All waivers require written approval by the advisor.

Program Requirements (11)

Concentration Core Courses (9)

  • HCAD 901 Healthcare Policy
  • HCAD 914 Healthcare Economics and Finance
  • HCAD 921 Budgeting and Accounting in Healthcare Organizations
  • HCAD 930 Managing Operations
  • HCAD 936 Healthcare Strategic Planning and Marketing
  • HCAD 940 Healthcare Informatics and Technology
  • HCAD 956 Continuous Quality Improvement of Healthcare Services
  • HCAD 961 Healthcare Insurance and Managed Care
  • QUAN 908 Quantitative Analysis for Administrators

Concentration Elective Course (1)

  • HCAD 916 Healthcare Law and Ethics
  • HCAD 946 Long Term Care Administration
  • HCAD 972 International Healthcare Systems
  • HCAD 976 Public Health
  • MGMT 900 Foundations of Human Resource Management
  • MGMT 904 Management and Leadership
  • MGMT 946 Organizational Development and Change
  • MGMT 972 Training and Development
  • MGMT 977 Managing Global Diversity in Organizations
  • PADM 911 Grantsmanship and Development
  • Or any one (1) graduate course with the written approval of the program advisor

Program Capstone (1)

  • HCAD 984 Seminar in Healthcare Administration

Admission Requirements

The Masters of Healthcare Administration with a concentration in Healthcare Administration is open to experienced health care professionals who can demonstrate their ability to complete successfully a program of graduate study and who have the desire to work within the field of healthcare at the administrative level.

Applicants must:

  1. Complete the online graduate admission application.
  2. Submit the $50.00 application fee.
  3. Have earned a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university. Students are evaluated primarily on the basis of experience in health care, on the distribution of courses taken in another graduate program, and, if applicable, courses taken in another graduate program, and on their undergraduate and graduate grades.
  4. Submit a typed, 300-word personal statement discussing their motivation for seeking a master’s degree in view of prior formal education, current job responsibilities, and career plans.
  5. Provide two letters of recommendation submitted on the Framingham State University Letter of Recommendation form and sent directly to the University’s Graduate Admissions office by the recommender. One letter must be from an employer or supervisor, and the other must be from a faculty member who has taught the candidate at collegiate level if the candidate attended classes in the last five years;
  6. Have acceptable employment experience. Acceptable employment is usually verified by appropriate letters of recommendation. This requirement may be waived after a personal interview.
  7. Have an overall undergraduate quality point average of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale in a program acceptable to the admissions committee is expected. Students who do not meet these requirements may be offered the opportunity to demonstrate their ability to do successful graduate work by:
  1. Taking two advisor-approved courses and earning a grade of B (3.00) or better in each course;
  2. Taking either the Graduate Management Admissions Test, Graduate Record Examination, or the Miller Analogies Test and achieving a score in the 60th percentile higher.

Evaluation of the materials submitted by the applicant for admission to the Masters of Healthcare Administration program will begin as soon as all required documents have been received. Applicants may be admitted to the program for the fall and spring semesters, although courses may be taken during the summer.



Effective as of the 2023-2024 Graduate Catalog