Building on the missions of Suffolk University and the Sawyer Business School for delivering excellence in education, scholarship, and research, the Healthcare Administration Programs–MHA, MBA/Health and MPA with a concentration in Community Health–provide powerful, innovative, and enduring learning experiences for students aspiring to lead and manage healthcare organizations of compassion, quality, and value in the 21st Century.

The Healthcare Administration Programs are designed to nurture each student’s potential as a healthcare leader and/or manager by engaging her or him in the key issues, challenges, opportunities, and requirements for success in healthcare. Through cutting-edge academic and hands-on learning, students develop the analytic and strategic skills needed to transform organizations, build relationships, and strengthen organizational performance.

The curriculum is tailored to meet the unique needs of students who:

  • Work in healthcare and seek to strengthen their knowledge and skills and advance their careers, or
  • Have little or no training or experience in healthcare administration and seek education and opportunities that will enable them to enter and succeed in the healthcare field.


The MHA Program educates and inspires current and future healthcare leaders and managers from our region, other parts of the United States, and around the world. We enroll healthcare professionals who seek to strengthen their knowledge and skills and advance their careers, as well as individuals who have little or no training or experience in healthcare administration and seek education and opportunities that will enable them to enter and succeed in the healthcare field.

We prepare our students to skillfully and ethically lead healthcare organizations toward superior performance that yields better patient care and improved population health and lower costs. The MHA is a broad-based degree: it prepares students for professional opportunities in not-for-profit, for-profit, and public organizations representing a broad continuum of healthcare delivery, financing and regulation, from ambulatory and acute inpatient care to post-acute and long-term care, as well as in consulting and insurance organizations and public agencies. The MHA Program integrates theoretical and practical knowledge, taking advantage of our location amid Boston’s world-class healthcare organizations to bring together the highest quality teaching, scholarship, research, mentoring and engagement in the healthcare community.


Suffolk University will have the preeminent MHA Program in the Northeastern United States, serving a diverse group of students who are committed to their professional development and success, as well as to being change agents who are striving to improve the healthcare delivery system and the health of the population. Our MHA Program will take graduate education to new levels of performance and creativity by providing inspiring and innovative learning experiences in classrooms and in healthcare organizations, utilizing our talented faculty members, as well as healthcare professionals serving as mentors and internship sponsors.


Students First: Our students are our top priority; they are the principal reason for our existence as an academic program, and we strive to do everything possible to support their intellectual and professional development and enable them to realize their dreams.

Scholarship: As an academic community, we are committed to continually exploring the healthcare field and communicating our findings to our students in courses and to the larger healthcare community through publications and presentations.

Service: Our faculty members serve in the healthcare community through participation in professional organizations, including but not limited to the American College of Healthcare Executives, the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, the Healthcare Financial Management Association, and the Academy of Management.

Involvement: We believe that our students should further their development and expand their networks through involvement in healthcare professional organizations, including but not limited to the American College of Healthcare Executives and the Institute for Healthcare Improvement.

Excellence: We strive to deliver a superior educational experience, helping our students to develop the knowledge and insight they need to be successful healthcare professionals and agents of change.

Integrity: We seek to adhere to the highest standards of professionalism, ethics and personal responsibility, and we encourage and guide our students to do the same.

Collaboration: Faculty members and students are co-owners and co-creators of our overall learning experience and every course; therefore, everyone is expected to invest in each other’s learning and success.

Innovation and Relevance: We seek to stay current on the healthcare field and the larger environment in which it exists, so we can share the latest information and insight with our students.

Critical and Creative Thinking: We strive to provoke new ideas and ways of thinking, we support inquiry and different points of view, and we honor each other in real learning. We seek true understanding, not just getting the “right” answers.