Master of Healthcare Administration

Prepare for the Future of Healthcare with an MHA degree from Boston College. Apply now!

Master of Healthcare Administration

Prepare for the Future of Healthcare with an MHA degree from Boston College. Apply now!

Master of Healthcare Administration

Prepare for the Future of Healthcare with an MHA degree from Boston College. Apply now!

Experience the Boston College Connection

Boston College incorporates the highest standards of ethics and social responsibility into program development and delivery while promoting excellence in teaching and research. Students will benefit from an engaged alumni network of over 200,000 members worldwide who share a common bond. Our faculty are leaders in the fields of healthcare and life sciences, who make important ongoing contributions to their fields.

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Why Chose Boston College’s MHA Program

Boston College’s 43-46 credit Healthcare Administration graduate program provides an online learning experience to support your career goals. MHA students benefit from integrated courses that build upon each other to foster individual growth by broadening content-specific knowledge, enhancing professional skills, and supporting career development. We support you throughout your MHA program experience in the following ways:

Online Courses with Asynchronous Activities and Individualized Support

An asynchronous online format enables students to balance professional and personal demands while pursuing graduate studies. The program offers individualized support and guidance from program leaders and faculty as students navigate the next steps in the program and their career.

Meaningful Online Interaction

In addition to coursework and weekly deliverables, faculty host optional weekly open discussion hours to explore current issues facing health-related industries with classmates.

Seven-Week Format

Courses are offered in a seven-week format; students often take two courses per semester with a one week break in between. The format allows students to complete the degree at their own pace in typically 1 to 2 years, but there is the flexibility to take longer.

Future-Forward Elective Coursework

As part of our ongoing commitment to building a future-forward Master of Healthcare Administration program with extensions into specific industries across the health ecosystem, a portfolio of targeted elective coursework supports this mission.

Elective coursework builds upon the foundational areas of the program by providing industry and topic-specific courses so that students deepen their knowledge and understanding of the health ecosystem. Students will be able to:

  • Navigate the unique demands of specific industries across the health ecosystem, incorporating economic, political, regulatory, technological, and ethical perspectives.
  • Understand the shifting needs within the fields of biotechnology, pharmaceutical and medical device companies, governmental agencies, provider organizations and other health-related services.
  • Establish readiness and broaden career opportunities to work in industries across the health ecosystem.

MHA Program and Elective Courses At a Glance

  • 43-46 credits, 12 courses to graduate
    • The core courses are 36 credits (9 courses)
    • Electives are 9-12 credits (3 courses)
  • Core courses are offered three times a year. Electives are offered 1-2 times a year
  • Multiple potential pathways for students to tailor the program to their career goals
  • Students will work with program leadership to create a course map at the beginning of their program
  • New courses are three credits
  • 42-46 credits, 12 courses to graduate
    • The core classes are 30 credits (8 classes)
    • Electives are 12-16 credits (4 classes)
  • Core courses are offered three times a year. Electives are offered 1-2 times a year
  • New courses are being offered beginning in Summer 2023
  • Multiple potential pathways for students to tailor the program to their career goals
  • Students will work with program leadership to create a course map at the beginning of their program

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Online Master of Healthcare Administration Degree

Future-Forward Elective Coursework

As part of our ongoing commitment to building a future-forward Master of Healthcare Administration program with extensions into specific industries across the health ecosystem, we developed a portfolio of targeted elective coursework supporting this mission.

Elective coursework will build upon the foundational areas of the program by providing more industry and topic-specific courses so that students can deepen their knowledge and understanding of industries across the health ecosystem. Students will be able to:

  • Navigate the unique demands of specific industries across the health ecosystem, incorporating economic, political, regulatory, technological, and ethical perspectives.
  • Understand the shifting needs within the fields of biotechnology, pharmaceutical and medical device companies, governmental agencies, provider organizations and other health-related services.
  • Establish readiness and broaden career opportunities to work in industries across the health ecosystem.

MHA Program and Elective Courses “Logistics”

  • New courses are three credits
  • 42-46 credits, 12 courses to graduate
    • The core classes are 30 credits (8 classes)
    • Electives are 12-16 credits (4 classes)
  • Core courses are offered three times a year. Electives are offered 1-2 times a year
  • New courses are being offered beginning in Summer 2023
  • Multiple potential pathways for students to tailor the program to their career goals
  • Students will work with program leadership to create a course map at the beginning of their program
  • New courses are three credits
  • 42-46 credits, 12 courses to graduate
    • The core classes are 30 credits (8 classes)
    • Electives are 12-16 credits (4 classes)
  • Core courses are offered three times a year. Electives are offered 1-2 times a year
  • New courses are being offered beginning in Summer 2023
  • Multiple potential pathways for students to tailor the program to their career goals
  • Students will work with program leadership to create a course map at the beginning of their program

Required Core Courses

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Elective Courses

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This course will provide an overview of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), explore the history of laws related to medical product development, commercialization, and clinical use, and will consider relevant cases whose decisions have been important in establishing precedents and current guidelines. Governing medical products are the beginning point for regulations that identify how research, development and marketing should be pursued. Reviewing and analyzing the development to commercialization will follow the investigational device exemptions (IDE), premarket approval, 510(k) application process, and product development protocols and review processes.

Healthcare industry is undergoing transformation with innovative digital technologies and solutions driving care, improving operations, solving problems, and developing treatments and cures. Designed to address the rapidly changing healthcare landscape and increasing demand across the health ecosystem, the Product Development and Marketing course will provide a practical overview of the foundational marketing disciplines and communication channels and their applications to healthcare, pharma, biotech and medtech industries in the digital age. Students will learn various marketing and communication strategies and planning, brand development, market research and analysis, market segmentation, targeting and positioning, user experiences and journey mapping, content marketing, and explore tools and methods to measure the impact and value of marketing and communications.

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This course will provide an overview of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) by describing the basis for FDA regulation of the development, production, and the approval processes for drugs, devices, and biologics. Offers an opportunity to study FDA standards and to develop the foundations necessary of scientific and technical basic understandings of the drug discovery, testing, reporting, manufacturing, and commercialization. Examines the steps in the development and regulation process within the governing FDA’s regulatory centers, and ensures overall compliance with policies, laws, and the evolving regulations.

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This course introduces students to the basic tenets and components involved in project management. The primary objective is to provide frameworks that make it possible to track and measure project performance, overcome challenges, and adapt to changes in a variety of professional environments. Specific topics covered in the course include project scope, time, cost, quality, human resources, communications, risk and stakeholder management, and a variety of other operational issues that emerge during project planning initiation, monitoring, and execution.

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Potential Pathways

The below example pathways are representative of potential elective selections that support careers in various areas of the health ecosystem:

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Regulatory Affairs Focus in Pharmaceutical, Medical Device, and Biotechnology Industries

Pathway Electives

Drug Discovery and Product Regulations (3 credits)
Medical Device Regulation (3 credits)
Product Development and Marketing (3 credits)

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Healthcare Administration and Provider Organizations

Pathway Electives

Management Theory and Organizational Behavior (4 credits)
Workforce Development (4 credits)
Project Management (3 credits)

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Administrative Management and Leadership

Pathway Electives

Project Management (3 credits)
Health Ethics and Law (4 credits)
Management Theory and Organizational Behavior (4 credits)

Potential Pathways

The below example pathways are representative of potential elective selections that would support careers in various areas of the health ecosystem:

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Healthcare Administration & Provider Organizations

Suggested Electives: 

Management Theory and Organizational Behavior (4 credits);
Health Analytics for Decision Making and Critiquing Evidence (4 credits);
Workforce Development (4 credits);
Health Ethics and Law (4 credits)

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Health Related Industries (Information Technology, Electronic Health Records, Insurers, Payors)

Suggested Electives:

Project Management* (3 credits);
Product Development and Marketing (3 credits);
Health Analytics for Decision Making and Critiquing Evidence (4 credits);
Management Theory and Organizational Behavior (4 credits)

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Regulatory Affairs Focus in Pharmaceutical, Medical Device and Biotechnology Industries

Suggested Electives:

Medical Device Regulations (3 credits);
Drug Discovery and Product Regulations (3 credits);
Project Management (3 credits);
Product Development and Marketing (3 credits)

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