Experience the Boston College Connection
When you earn a Master of Healthcare Administration degree from Boston College you join a worldwide network of more than 180,000 alumni. Combined with the professional expertise of the industry council who collaborated with program leaders to develop an academic curriculum that’s aligned with employer demands, this degree is truly designed for healthcare leaders.
At the start of your degree path, you will be invited to the college campus in Boston, Massachusetts for your short immersion course called the Innovation Weekend. This unique in-person event provides students the opportunity to meet fellow students, faculty and members of the industry council.
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I enjoy combining the MHA Program with my professional life activities because it not only allows me to make well-informed contributions, but also allows me to educate my supervisors and colleagues about the healthcare system. The more time I spend in the MHA Program the more confident I become making decisions in my professional life.
With two young children and a full time job I find this new, online medium has allowed me to focus on the important things in my everyday life while maintaining academic progress.
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Boston College Program Key Features
Boston College’s 46-credit MHA program provides a next-generation online learning experience to support your healthcare career goals. Enjoy opportunities to network and build on the skills needed to help you take on new or expanded leadership roles in your organization. We support you throughout your MHA program experience in the following ways:
Online Courses with Self-Paced and Faculty-Led Elements
Eleven of your 12 courses can be completed entirely online. Your courses include both self-paced elements that you can work through on your own schedule as well as real-time interactions and meetings with your faculty instructor and your classmates.
One of your online courses also requires you to come to the Boston College campus for a long weekend. The on-campus portion of the course allows you to collaborate in person with your faculty instructor, your classmates, and with leading healthcare innovators in the Boston area to complete a unique project that supports a real-world solution to one of healthcare’s strategic challenges.
Competency-Based Learning Model
Your program follows an online competency-based education (CBE) format – an innovative approach to earning your master’s degree. Through CBE, your experience counts. You build on what you already know, demonstrate mastery at your pace and focus on learning what is most meaningful to you.
Meaningful Online Interaction with Your Peers
Your courses include opportunities to collaborate with your peers to develop and present cutting-edge projects that address strategic and tactical challenges facing the healthcare industry.
Self-Paced Individual Learning Quests
We are committed to ensuring that you master the critical skills necessary to progress in your career. We will work with you throughout your program to determine your strengths and challenge areas. Together, we will design a learning plan to challenge you and expand your professional skills – all with the support and guidance you need to succeed.
We offer our courses in an accelerated format so you can progress through your degree at your pace. Many students choose to take one course every eight weeks to focus on one course at a time while still completing two courses in a traditional semester timeframe.
We provide you with a dedicated Executive Coach throughout your program to help you get the most out of your MHA program professionally. Your coach can help you to develop a personalized professional development plan and provide the support you need as you navigate next steps in your career – both near-term and longer-term. Together with your coach, you can grow your network, identify and remove obstacles in your career path, and become the empowered “CEO” of your own professional pathway.
Industry Webinar Series and Professional Association Events
As part of your program, you have the opportunity to participate in webinar events with industry experts and to participate in professional association events to increase your networking and mentoring options.
The MHA curriculum consists of 12 required courses with no electives.
Required Core Courses
Provides students with an overview of healthcare services in the United States, including their historical development within a unique social, economic and political environment. Current institutional structures and delivery systems are described, as are the evolving health needs of Americans. Emphasis is placed upon the basic concepts and issues associated with the management and regulation of healthcare providers and the delivery of services.
This course explores the theoretical foundations and application of quality improvement methods, tools and strategies needed to increase organizational effectiveness. The course focuses on measurement and accountability in health care delivery systems through the examination and analysis of data, structures, processes and outcomes. Process improvement theories and models are explored with the goal of preparing students to lead and practice in organizations that advance high reliability principles, patient safety, inter-professional teamwork and continuous learning.
The course reviews innovation-based strategies as a source of competitive advantage in an industry with strict regulation and limited financial resources, and then examines how to build and design organizations that excel at innovation. Students are given fundamentals of strategy and then engage, alongside industry and healthcare organizational leaders in Boston, in the basics every healthcare manager needs to organize successful innovation. This intensive short course is offered onsite at Boston College.
Federal and state-level healthcare policies affect a wide range of issues, including access to care, quality, cost, and modes of delivery. Effective healthcare managers must interpret and anticipate a changing policy landscape, and strategically apply that interpretation as part of the process of organizational planning and execution. In this course, the social and economic implications of contemporary healthcare policies are explored. Emphasis is placed on how public policy (e.g., Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act of 2010) influences human resources/capacity, values, needs, reimbursements and regulation of individuals, insurers, and medical and healthcare organizations.
This course includes the application of management and organizational behavior theory to explore factors affecting behavior, performance and job satisfaction of people working in organizations. The course focuses on theories and observations of team behaviors and techniques, with special emphasis on the individual as a team member, and on change management as a challenge and opportunity for healthcare organizations. Students will learn and apply best practices for managing individuals and teams within healthcare organizations.
The course introduces leadership models, theories, and skills needed to successfully manage and lead healthcare organizations through transformational versus transactional leadership-styles. Students use a variety of self-assessment tools (e.g., Myers-Briggs, SWOT analysis of self, leadership-style inventory) to develop self-awareness and to better understand the role of emotional intelligence in effective leadership. Students gain knowledge and skills for building and growing the interpersonal relationships and political skills required to develop and lead teams, and to successfully advance from organizational management roles to leadership roles.
Human resources issues face the healthcare managers, from benefits to grievances to labor relations management in health organizations with organized labor. This course covers personnel practices such as job analysis and description, recruitment, selection, and compensation in various health delivery system settings. The course focuses on skill development in dealing with personnel at all levels of education, licensure and skill sets.
This course explores the critical role of e-health and information systems in the planning, operation, and management of healthcare organizations. Students will learn how to assess and evaluate health information systems and business requirements in a variety of settings such as health systems, hospitals and medical practices. Students will develop skills in healthcare technology implementation design that addresses such industry-specific requirements as translating HIPAA and other regulations into specific technology decisions while implementing medical systems (EMR, lab, clinical services, medical database providers, etc.). In addition, students will learn how to manage multi-institutional relationships as they are expressed in technology implementations, including the many vendor configurations but also cross-provider organization relationships. Specific topics include data and systems integrations, communications protocols, security standards, procurement, and authentication and authorization.
In this course, legal issues related to the organization and delivery of healthcare are examined, along with the ethical and moral considerations associated with the management of healthcare facilities and the provision of health services. Topics include government regulation of healthcare facilities and occupations, civil rights regulations regarding diversity, fraud and abuse, institutional and personal liability for negligence and malpractice, patient consent requirements, termination of care, confidentiality of medical information, medical staff credentialing, peer review of care, utilization review, and managed care regulations. Treatment of ethical and moral issues emphasize the understanding of diverse viewpoints and methods for resolving conflicting moral obligations. Student apply course concepts through the development of a compliance plan to prevent fraud, waste, and abuse in billing.
In today’s highly competitive healthcare environment, data-driven decision making is key to assuring quality, increasing access, and minimizing cost. In an industry focused on evidence-based practices, healthcare managers must be able to use analytic tools and methods to critically evaluate care and practice to better inform decisions. Tomorrow’s leaders must be able to make decisions based on research, evidence, and data to inform continuous improvement and innovation. The course will review data analysis principles and statistical analysis (e.g., probability, regression modeling, decision science, predictive forecasting, and time series analysis. Students will conduct data analyses and use results to make decisions. Students will focus on how to analyze and interpret data to optimize the decision-making process and assure evidence-based management practice.
This course introduces basic theory and principles of finance as applied to the healthcare industry. Financial statements, cost measurement, budgeting, capital investment decisions and reimbursement models are explored. Students are given an overview of health economic concepts (e.g., sustainability), and are introduced to performance-based payments and value purchasing concepts.
Decisions involving strategy and marketing must be based on a manager’s overall understanding of the organization’s mission, goals and objectives. This applied research project provides methods to evaluate organizational performance and productivity, analyze internal and external resources, and perform needs assessment. The course presents various models and methods for planning, branding, and positioning of healthcare services. It also emphasizes the importance of creating a strategic planning process.
As the culmination and synthesis of the program experience, the applied research project requires each individual student to develop a business plan for the expansion of or development of a new healthcare facility. The business plan must address the major themes of each prior course, including relevant policies, quality initiatives, financial planning, human resource planning, technology planning, and planning for regulatory compliance.
The following modules are available to all students who would like a refresher in these content areas before entering specific courses. These modules are recommended for all students, but may be required for some.
Overview of Statistical Principles – 0 credits
Provides students with basic introduction to statistical principles, from summary statistics to linear regression analysis, to serve as a pre-requisite for the Quality Management course. This course is strongly recommended for those without college-level statistics.
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A: There are three convenient start dates offered per year: Fall, Spring, and Summer. Contact a Boston College Online MHA Application Specialist at 1-
A: Typically, each course is 8 weeks in length
A: The program typically takes two years to complete. Most students take one course per eight-week module, thereby completing two courses in a typical 16-week semester and finishing the program in two years.
A: No, there is no application fee.
A: The tuition is $1,144 per credit. The program is 46 credits.
A: 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 and 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 module. On-campus services are available upon request.
A: 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 program orientation and registration.
A: 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.
A: The minimum number of credits to qualify for Federal Financial Aid at Boston College is 6 credits across a semester. If you start the MHA program in September, for example, you can take a 4-credit course for the first 8-weeks of a semester, and then take a second 4-credit course for the last 8-weeks of a semester and you will have a total of 8 credits for that semester.
A: A bachelor’s degree is required to enroll in the program.
A: Minimum undergraduate GPA for full acceptance is a 3.0. Conditional acceptance may be considered for students below a 3.0. For those students with undergraduate GPAs below a 3.0, GMAT or GRE test scores are strongly recommended. Conditionally admitted students may be asked to complete additional requirements and/or achieve particular grade thresholds for the first two courses at the discretion of the admissions committee.
A: No prior experience in healthcare is required for admission to the program. We ask that you have a minimum of two years’ professional experience, with management experience (e.g., people, budgets, projects) at the time of application to the program.
A: Accreditation for Boston College’s online CBE MHA program is approved by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE) as of March 2016.
A: Boston College operates in compliance with individual U.S. state regulations regarding distance education. Boston College’s MHA program may enroll online students who live outside of Massachusetts. Please click here to see the list of approved states: http://onlinemha.bc.edu/state-authorizations/