Master of Healthcare Administration

College of Social and Behavioral Science

The Master of Healthcare Administration (M.H.A.) provides the knowledge and practical skills necessary for Healthcare Administration. The program is designed for the person with employment experience within the health care field who is now seeking a career move into administration, or the person who is currently working in administration and now desires the theoretical tools to support this position. In this period, when great challenges face the health care system, excellence in management decision-making is of the greatest importance. 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 decision-making process. After completion of the program, students are expected to be able to analyze problems, develop solutions, and articulate those solutions in well written and good oral form.

Program Requirements

The program consists of eleven (11) core courses and one (1) prerequisite course. The prerequisite course may be waived for persons having a similar course elsewhere.

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.

Students are expected to be familiar with office/management software.

Students may take courses in any sequence subject to the following general requirements:

  1. Students must observe prerequisites. Courses taken without the proper prerequisites will not be applicable to the student’s degree requirements unless written approval is obtained from the student’s advisor.
  2. HCAD 984 Seminar in Healthcare Administration must be taken in the final semester of the program. Exceptions, requiring written advisor approval, may be made for students taking an elective course over the summer. Registration for the seminar requires prior written permission from the Dean of Graduate Studies. Students will not be permitted to fulfill this requirement with a course transferred from another institution.


Undergraduate Prerequisite Course (1)

  • QUAN 676 Statistical Analyses for Managers
  • MATH 117 Introduction to Statistics


Program Core Courses (10)

  • HCAD 909 Healthcare Delivery System, Policy and Reform
  • HCAD 917 Health Law, Regulations, and Ethics                             
  • HCAD 920 Strategic Planning of Healthcare Services
  • HCAD 924 Healthcare Economics and Financing
  • HCAD 930 Managing Operations
  • HCAD 940 Healthcare Informatics and Technology
  • HCAD 950 Healthcare Marketing
  • HCAD 955 Budgeting in Healthcare Facilities
  • MGMT 904 Management and Leadership
  • QUAN 908 Quantitative Analysis for Administrators

Program Capstone (1)

  • HCAD 984 Seminar in Healthcare Administration

Admission Requirements

The Masters of Healthcare Administration is open to experience 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 health care 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 2016-2017 Graduate Catalog