Frequently Asked Questions2023-05-18T19:54:48-04:00

Frequently Asked Questions – Online Master of Healthcare Administration Program

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Boston College Online MHA Degree FAQ’s

The answers to some of your commonly asked questions can be found below. Not finding the answer you’re seeking? Talk to an MHA Application Specialist today for more information about how the Boston College online MHA degree program can help you achieve your career goals at 1-617-449-4970.

A: There are three convenient start dates offered per year: Fall, Spring, and Summer. Contact a Boston College Online MHA Application Specialist at 1-617-449-4970 to find the next start date that works with your schedule.

A:  Each course is seven weeks in length. Students can easily take two courses per semester with a one week break in between.

A: The program typically takes one to two years to complete. Most students take one course per seven-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 $1,390 per credit. The program is 43-46 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, 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  semester. 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 onboarding 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 Please use Boston College’s FAFSA school code: 002128. More about Boston College’s payment plan for graduate programs can be found at

A: The minimum number of credits to qualify for Federal Financial Aid at Boston College is six credits per semester. To meet this requirement, students can elect to take two, four-credit courses during any given semester, or a four-credit course and a two-credit course. A student’s Advisor will help with course planning.

A: A bachelor’s degree is required to enroll in the program. Undergraduate degrees must be conferred from an institution with regional accreditation.

A: The minimum undergraduate GPA for full acceptance is a 3.0. For those interested in beginning the program right after completing an undergraduate degree, the minimum GPA is also 3.0. Conditional acceptance may be considered for applicants with a GPA below a 3.0.

A: The MHA program does not require that applicants have experience in the healthcare sector. The program is designed for those with experience across all industries of the health ecosystem.

A: Boston College is accredited by the New England Commission on Higher Education (NECHE). Prior to 2018, NECHE operated as the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education, a division of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). The 2018 restructuring of NEASC was to align with the U.S. Department of Education’s requirement that NEASC’s higher education-related commission operates as an independent entity. Boston College has been accredited by NEASC, and now NECHE, since 1935.

A: Boston College operates in compliance with individual U.S. state regulations regarding distance education. Boston College’s MHA program currently enrolls online students living in all 50 U.S. States:

A: Boston College values of justice and intellectual inquiry are incorporated into the curriculum. The design of the Healthcare Administration graduate program curriculum reflects Boston College’s commitment to helping prepare students to become engaged and moral world citizens. Students engage in rigorous and sustained conversations about emerging issues and develop analytical and critical thinking skills that allow them to impact health outcomes.

The design of the Healthcare Administration graduate program and its pedagogy directly benefit from Boston College’s agility and intentionality as it prepares students to respond to emerging challenges in healthcare. The Healthcare Administration graduate program continuously adapts the course content by incorporating current health-related crisis situations and considers contemporary challenges that the health industry faces in the fast-changing future across the health ecosystem.

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