Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA)

Do you have a head for business and a heart for healthcare? The Suffolk MHA program aims to inspire students who are passionate about healthcare and want to improve the health of individuals and communities. Our program provides the highest quality teaching, scholarship, mentoring, and engagement in the healthcare community. Learn about—and be a part of—Boston’s dynamic world-class healthcare industry with a Suffolk MHA.

FULL-TIME   |   PART-TIME   |   ONLINE

While earning your MHA at Suffolk, you’ll:

  • Learn from healthcare industry experts who are a mix of recognized scholars who integrate their research into their courses, and practitioners who draw from their extensive leadership and management experience
  • Study from a curriculum that aligns with professional practice, and gain essential knowledge and skills in key areas for the evolving healthcare industry
  • Have opportunities to gain hands-on experience in key areas for the evolving healthcare industry
  • Connect with healthcare organizations in and around Boston and the Suffolk alumni who work there, and generate opportunities to develop your career
  • Take courses, either on campus or online, to meet your schedule needs and maximize your learning.

Whether you’re a healthcare professional seeking to advance your career or someone who aspires to become a healthcare professional, the Suffolk MHA gives you the specialized knowledge and skills to succeed in today’s competitive healthcare environment.

MHA Program Overview

Suffolk's Master's in Healthcare Administration

Our MHA Program focuses on critical areas of healthcare administration by providing an understanding of the dynamic healthcare environment, how to make informed decisions on critical healthcare issues, and how to utilize big data for healthcare management. Strengthen your capabilities to advance your career, achieve your goals, be an active participant in the healthcare community, and gain the knowledge and skills for effectively managing people, projects, and organizations.

Suffolk’s MHA Program is the only MHA program in New England that’s accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME). This accreditation attests to the scope, quality, and continuous improvement of the education you will receive.

MHA students can complete their degrees in as few as 16 months full-time, 20 months part-time, or 28 months online. MHA graduates go on to pursue rewarding and successful careers as managers and executives across the full range of healthcare delivery organizations.

MHA Program Aims

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.

We inspire and develop healthcare professionals to skillfully and ethically lead and manage the delivery of healthcare, always seeking to drive improvement. We integrate theoretical and practical knowledge, utilizing our relationships with Boston’s world-class healthcare organizations to facilitate exceptional learning, engagement in the healthcare community, and career development. Our students have diverse cultural and educational backgrounds, and they come from the United States and other countries. Some are new to healthcare, while others already work in the field. We strive to enable all of them to succeed.

Suffolk University will have the preferred MHA Program in the Northeastern United States. We will serve a diverse group of students who are committed to their professional development and success as well as to being agents of innovation and transformation who are improving the healthcare delivery system and the health of communities. 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 who serve our students.

Students First

Our students are our top priority, 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 exploring the healthcare field and sharing our findings with our students in courses and with the larger healthcare community through publications and presentations.

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.

Critical and Creative Thinking

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

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.

Diversity and Inclusion

We are committed to diversity and inclusion by embracing their many forms. We strive to empower our students to be healthcare professionals who value diversity and pluralism in people and opinions.

Involvement

We encourage our students to further their development and expand their networks by being involved in healthcare professional organizations. Our faculty members serve the healthcare community by being involved in healthcare and professional organizations.

Community Partnerships and Networking

We develop educational and business partnerships in the healthcare community in order to provide students and alumni with learning and networking opportunities.

View the MHA Core Competencies in the Suffolk University Graduate Catalog.

Curriculum & Coursework

Learn about the MHA curriculum, program length, and waiver and transfer policies. View this information for the MHA Program.

Program Teaching & Learning Methods 

MHA courses use a variety of methods, depending on the nature and educational level of each course. The methods include: assigned readings (books, articles, reports and scholarly papers), lectures and facilitated conversations by professors and guest speakers, video viewing, writing papers and completing exercises, in-class presentations, case analyses, group projects, simulations, developing strategies and action plans, visits to healthcare organizations, internships in healthcare organizations, reflective learning, online coursework and exams.

Suffolk MHA students in class

Program Evaluation & Grading of Student Performance

A student's grade in each course is based on his or her performance on the graded assignments, including class participation. View the grading methodology

Advising & Other Resources

Suffolk University offers graduate students—incoming, current, and alumni—help with navigating financial aid and payments, searching for career opportunities, and building a strong professional network. Our Graduate Student Services team supports you every step of the way with various services including application advising, financial aid counseling, international student resources, and other resources such as the Career Development Center or the Center for Learning and Academic Success. We also offer you value-added professional development workshops to bolster your experiential education and other professional skills while studying at Suffolk University.

Applying to Suffolk's MHA Program

Program Admission Philosophy

Suffolk University seeks to admit qualified individuals who are pursuing, or seek to pursue, a career in healthcare management. The University welcomes applicants who have experience in healthcare management, as well as applicants who seek to enter the healthcare field. Every application is reviewed in its entirety, so that all relevant aspects of an applicant’s previous performance and future goals are taken into consideration.

Admission Process & Criteria 

Applications for admission to the MHA Program are reviewed by an Admission Counselor in the Office of Graduate Admission, the Director of Programs in Healthcare Administration, and the Chair of Healthcare Administration Department.

They review the following aspects of, and apply the accompanying criteria to, each application:

  1. An applicant’s undergraduate and, where applicable, graduate school grade point average(s), with an expected level of 3.0 or above for both. Special attention is paid to an applicant’s grades in his or her major area of study (and whether the major area of study changed) and in the first two years and last two years of undergraduate school, noting any significant differences in performance.
  2. The nature and extent of an applicant’s professional work experience, in healthcare or another field, and other activities (e.g., extracurricular activities in undergraduate or graduate school, and volunteer positions in community and/or professional organizations), as presented in a professional-quality resume. Professional work experience is desirable but not required. New college graduates are accepted for admission.
  3. The content and presentation of an applicant’s statement of professional goals – specifically, the reason(s) why an applicant is pursuing or seeks to pursue a career in healthcare, an applicant’s short-term and/or long-term goals for a career in healthcare, the reason(s) why an applicant seeks to attend Suffolk University’s MHA Program, and the overall quality of the writing--i.e., ability to articulate a compelling story as well as presentation, in terms of sentence structure and spelling, grammar and punctuation.
  4. The strength of the two letters of recommendation – specifically, how well and for how long the recommenders have known an applicant, an applicant’s strengths and weaknesses within the context of specific types of academic and/or professional situations, and to what extent the recommenders attest to an applicant’s ability to succeed in graduate school and his or her chosen career.
  5. For international applicants: the TOEFL scores, with a minimum total score of 80 and 17 or above in each subsection, or the IELTS scores, with a minimum score of 6.5 or above overall and no sub-score below a 6.0.
  6. The strength of an applicant’s presentation of self, if a personal interview is conducted. This includes the ability to describe his or her background, the reason(s) why he or she is pursuing or seeks to pursue a career in healthcare, his or her goals for a career in healthcare, and the reason(s) why he or she seeks to attend Suffolk University’s MHA Program.
  7. The nature and quality of an applicant’s writing, if samples of written work (e.g., academic or professional papers) are requested. Criteria for review include the ability to present a thoughtful and coherent story as well as the ability to write properly, in terms of overall structure, sentence structure and spelling, grammar and punctuation.

Standardized test scores for the GRE or GMAT are no longer required for the MHA Program because they were not found to be accurate indicators of an applicant's capabilities to succeed in the MHA Program.

Application Deadlines

Fall Semester: March 15 (priority), then rolling
Spring Semester: October 15 (priority), then rolling

Learn about the advantages of priority applications.

Note: Deadlines may differ for applications to the Online MHA Program.

Application Materials

  • Completed online application
  • $50 Application Fee (waived for students who visit campus)
  • Official transcripts from all post-secondary education
  • Resume
  • Goal Statement (essay)
  • Two Letters of Recommendation (learn more)
  • Official GMAT or GRE scores are not required
  • Official TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE-Academic Scores (international students only)

Cost of Graduate School at Suffolk

Tuition (2019-2020) Full-Time, per year              $35,130
Cost Per Credit (2019-2020) For Part-Time students $1,171

Courses & Requirements

Learn more about the classes, requirements, and different options available to complete the program.

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