Health Administration Degrees in Massachusetts

Programs Currently Accepting Applicants

Massachusetts has long been at the forefront of progressive healthcare reform. Since 2006, Massachusetts has had a law on the books which requires all residents to have a minimum amount of insurance coverage; the state also provides free care to residents with incomes substantially below the federal poverty line, and medium-sized business owners provide healthcare for their employees.

It's no surprise then that Massachusetts ranks consistently among the top five states in the nation with regards to healthcare quality and coverage. And with a health administrator employment rate of nearly 4 per 1000 residents, this may be one of the best states in the nation for future health managerial professionals to pursue their degree, make contacts, and advance their careers in the industry.

Programs Currently Accepting Applicants

With GW’s online Master of Health Administration program, [email protected], you can earn your degree and become a health care leader in as few as 24 months. Bachelor’s degree required. No GRE/GMAT required.
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American University’s online MS in Healthcare Management will give you the skills you need to manage effectively within healthcare organizations and successfully navigate change. Graduate Certificate option also available.
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Earn an MS in Health Informatics & Analytics online from Tufts School of Medicine in as few as 20 months. Graduate prepared to process data to improve health on an individual, local, and global scale. GRE waivers available.
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The George Washington University’s (GW) School of Medicine and Health Sciences offers online Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences (BSHS) programs for healthcare professionals, including a BSHS in Clinical Operations and Healthcare Management.
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Common Master's in Health Care Administration Degree Concepts

Most MHA's follow a competency-based model, which means that their individual courses are centered around a smaller set of key competencies which have been deemed to be absolutely necessary for their profession. Most MHA students can expect to study the following competencies:

  • Leadership
  • Relationship Management
  • General Management
  • The Health Care Environment, with subsets in Finance, Policy, and Legal Issues

In addition, many MHA's require their students to complete a capstone project at the end of their degree plan. This generally entails students working in the field in order to research, evaluate, and propose changes for a current issue the industry is facing.

What Can a Health Administrator Do?

In Massachusetts alone, the health industry is expected to grow at a rate of 17 percent into the year 2024, with an estimated 65,000 new jobs available for professionals with health-related Master’s degrees.

In addition, data shows that salaries in the healthcare industry have increased by nearly 20 percent since 2006. Clearly, Massachusetts is a state with an abundance of opportunity for well-educated, qualified health professionals.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor, the mean annual salary for health managerial professionals is $128,730.

That average is far higher than the national average, with the majority employed in general hospitals and private clinics.

Online (and Onsite) MHA Programs in Massachusetts

There are a number of universities within Massachusetts which offer certified graduate programs for those seeking an MHA. Below, we have listed two options which are indicative of programs state-wide. However, you should investigate the specifics of any particular program which interests you.

Boston College

Located six miles from a city with one of the highest standards of living in the world, Boston College is a private research university and one of the most prestigious on the East Coast.

Working professionals who might be interested in this university may be happy to know that BC offers a completely online program meant to provide students with the flexibility needed to balance their academic and professional lives.

This is a 46-credit program divided into 12 courses, with no mandatory electives.

As a private institution, Boston College does discriminate in pricing for out-of-state residents: any applicant can expect to pay a base fee of $1,144 per credit hour.

Students of this program can attend an on-campus session at the beginning of each school year, and then go on to complete a series of 6-8 week online modules over a typical duration of two years.

One particular benefit of this program is the high level of industry input and connections it maintains: prestigious institutions from Beth Israel to Mass General to North Shore Medical Center maintain an intimate relationship with the faculty and student body of BC’s MHA program, and contribute to the college’s high graduate employment rates.

University of Massachusetts

UMass is the largest public university system in the state. Depending on the campus chosen, there are different on-campus and online options for students to pursue their MHA.

UMass Dartmouth offers an online MHA which comprises 30 credit hours and can be completed on a full-time or part-time schedule. Uniquely, this program is available to aspirants who have not obtained an undergraduate degree, though such students are required to complete additional credit hours.

For business-minded students, Mass Amherst’s Isenberg School of Management offers students an online MBA with a focus in Healthcare Administration, ranked the third best online MBA program in the nation by the Financial Times.

In addition to 34 credit of core courses, students choose 9 elective credits in health-oriented classes such as Health Disparities, Health Economics, and Ethical Issues in Public Health.

The Dartmouth program charges in-state students a base tuition of $1,659 per course.

A typical course varies from one to six credits. Out-of-state should consult with the Office of Admissions to learn more about their pricing schemes. Amherst’s campus charges graduate students a base tuition of $7,174 for a 12-credit semester; out-of-state students pay a higher fee of $15,724.

Additional fees apply for distance-learning programs, and as always, applicants are encouraged to investigate financial aid packages they may be eligible for. If you are interested in obtaining your MHA in Massachusetts, you might consider any of the options listed below.

List of Programs

Programs Currently Accepting Applicants

George Washington University

Online Master of Health Administration
CAHME Accredited

American University

Online MS in Health Care Management
Accredited

Tufts University

Online MS in Health Informatics & Analytics
Accredited

George Washington University

BSHS in Clinical Operations and Healthcare Management
Accredited

List of Massachusetts Programs

Programs Currently Accepting Applicants
American International College
Master of Science in Nursing
Online MSN at AIC has three study streams i.e. Nursing Educator, Nursing Administration, and Family Nurse Practitioner. This program is fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
Springfield
Boston University
Master of Public Health (MPH)- Healthcare Management
The Master of Public Health (MPH)- Healthcare Management certificate program empowers the graduates in four important areas: Health care system analysis, implementation and improvement, leadership, and professionalism.
Boston
Boston University
Master of Public Health (MPH)- Healthcare Management
The Master of Public Health (MPH)- Healthcare Management certificate program empowers the graduates in four important areas: Health care system analysis, implementation and improvement, leadership, and professionalism.
Boston
Brandeis University
Master of Science in Health and Medical Informatics
Master of Science in Health and Medical Informatics is an online program that is desigend to meet the needs of working professionals. This program empowers the graduates in Medical Informatics so that they have the skills to use information systems to support strategic decision making; and the ability to develop and implement efficient IT solutions to improve patient care.
Waltham
Cambridge College
Master of Business Administration/Health Care
Practical skills and academic knowledge-base are essential for managerial careers in health care and is the focus of Master of Business Administration/Health Care at Cambridge College. Students may specialize in Health Care Informatics or take health care electives.
Cambridge
Endicott College
Master of Science (MS) Program in Nursing
The Master of Science (MS) Program in Nursing provides the opportunity to registered nurses to enhance their skills in one of the following tracks: Nurse Practitioner, Global Health Nurse, Nurse Educator or Nurse Administrator.
Beverly
Framingham State University
Master of Healthcare Administration
The MHA program at Framingham State University provides both theoretical and practical knowledge and is desgined for in-career professionals 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.
Framingham
Harvard University
Master in Health Care Management
The Master in Health Care Management program provides the skills to augment their talent as physicians. The program is suitable for wokring professionals.
Cambridge
New England College of Business and Finance
Master of Healthcare Management
Master of Healthcare Management program at New England College of Business and Finance is offered online and provides the knowledge, skills and abilities needed to evaluate the implications of policy on organizational structure, marketing, finance and strategy. The program is accredited by New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC).
Boston
Northeastern University
Master of Science in Health Informatics
Master of Science in Health Informatics at Northeastern University is designed for healthcare professionals with limited computing and information technology experience. The program is offered full time as well as part time.
Boston
Salem State University
Master of Science in Nursing
The MSN program at Salem State University offers three study tracks: Nursing Education, Nursing Leadership in Health Systems, and Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner. The program is designed for working professionals.
Salem
Simmons College
Master of Business Administration in Health Care
Master of Business Administration in Health Care program at Simmons College is offered online, designed for working professionals and prepares the students to advance into leadership and management positions in the health care industry.
Boston
Suffolk University
Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA)
The MHA program at Suffolk University is offered part time or full time. The program focuses on key issues in healthcare, including innovation, leadership and ethics, organizational behavior, quality and patient safety, financial management, operations, human resources management, marketing, and healthcare law and policy.
Boston
Tufts University
MPH (Public Health only)
Medford
University of Massachusetts-Amherst
MBA-Healthcare Administration
MBA-Healthcare Administration program at University of Massachusetts is ideal for healthcare professionals seeking promotion into management.
Amherst
University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth
MS in Global Public Health only
North Dartmouth
University of Massachusetts-Lowell
Master's Degree in Health Informatics and Management
Master's in Health Informatics and Management program at University of Massachusetts-Lowell accommodates working professionals and develops their ability to make administrative decisions based on sound management and policy principles.
Lowell