Master of Healthcare Administration

Tackle the most significant healthcare industry issues and organizational challenges

Do you have a head for business and a heart for healthcare? Leverage your skills and passions to make an impact in the health field with Suffolk’s Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA) program.

in as few as 16 months

in as few as 20 months

45* Credits

*Students with relevant work experience in the US healthcare system may waive the internship requirement and therefore have a 42-credit program.

The Suffolk MHA program aims to inspire students who are passionate about healthcare and want to improve the performance of healthcare organizations and the health of the communities they serve. It is one of the top Master's in Healthcare Administration programs in Boston and the only CAHME-accredited MHA program in Massachusetts.

Whether you’re a healthcare professional seeking to advance your career or someone interested in joining the field, our program gives you the specialized knowledge and skills to succeed in today’s competitive healthcare environment.

While earning your MHA at Suffolk, you’ll:

  • Learn from industry experts who are a mix of scholars and practitioners
  • Study from a curriculum that aligns with professional practice and offers you the opportunity to concentrate in high-demand specialties
  • Gain hands-on experience in key areas of the evolving healthcare industry
  • Connect with our wide alumni network who work in healthcare organizations in and around Boston
  • Take courses, either on campus or online, to meet your schedule needs and maximize your learning

MHA Program Overview

Continuing Excellence

Suffolk’s Master's in Healthcare Administration is the only CAHME-accredited MHA program in Massachusetts. This accreditation attests to the scope, quality, and continuous improvement of the education you will receive in our program. Our most recent accreditation report is available at the CAHME website, where you can find student outcomes for MHA programs and Suffolk MHA graduates specifically.

The Curriculum

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

Our MHA program focuses on critical areas of healthcare administration by providing an understanding of the dynamic healthcare environment, how to make evidence-based decisions, and how to utilize process improvement tools and big data for healthcare management.

Strengthen your capabilities to advance your career and achieve your goals by being an active participant in the healthcare community and by gaining the knowledge and skills to effectively manage people, projects, and organizations.
View the MHA Curriculum

MHA Concentrations

The operations management track prepares healthcare professionals to lead and implement operational excellence in their organizations. Students in this track will acquire knowledge and develop skills in supply chain management, project management, and data analytics. By the time they graduate, students are required to attain Green Belt Lean Six Sigma Certification.

Students in this track gain skills needed to improve the quality of care and patient safety at their organizations. Students are prepared to analyze healthcare data, apply conceptual models to assess performance, and lead organizational improvement.

The healthcare data analytics track provides students with training in quantitative methods. Students gain computing skills which allow them to analyze, visualize and report healthcare data to make evidence-based decisions.

MHA Program Aims

Building on the missions of Suffolk University and the Sawyer Business School for delivering excellence in education and scholarship, the Healthcare Administration Programs MHA, MBA/Health and MPA with a concentration in Healthcare provide powerful 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 them in the key issues, challenges, opportunities, and requirements for success in the healthcare industry. Through personal attention to each student and cutting-edge academic and hands-on learning, students develop the operational and strategic skills needed to transform organizations, build relationships, and strengthen organizational performance.

Our mission is to improve the performance of healthcare organizations and the health of the communities they serve. We are committed to empowering current and future healthcare managers with creative and evidence-driven approaches to management.

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.


We nurture our true selves and embrace our uniqueness as individuals. We are self-aware, and therefore, we embrace our strengths, but we do not shy away from our weaknesses. We are sincere in our relationships with our colleagues, students, and the community we serve.

Continuous learning

Continuous learning is about personal and professional growth. More than just acquiring new skills, it’s about lifelong learning from our experiences and choosing to see challenges as a path to success.

Critical and Creative Thinking

Critical and creative thinking are marked by the thorough exploration of healthcare issues, the judicious weighing of varying types of evidence, and the capacity for developing imaginative and divergent solutions.

Engagement with the Healthcare Community

We actively promote relationships with the healthcare community to exchange knowledge and provide pathways for mentorship, experiential learning, and career development. We engage with our students, alumni, and the broader community in collaborative relationships that promote local and global connections enhancing learning and scholarship.

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

We are committed to eliminating inequities in our society. We believe in an inclusive community where diversity is valued and celebrated, and every human being is given an equal opportunity to succeed. We come together to achieve our mission of improving healthcare through mutual respect and an appreciation of our unique identities and cultures.

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

Success after Suffolk

Here's a sampling of recent graduates’ current job titles and employers.

Senior Associate
Program Coordinator, APC
Atrius Health
Procure to Pay Associate
Boston Public Health Commission
Project Manager
Brigham and Women's Hospital
Lab Services Coordinator I
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Administrative Assistant
First Health Call
Office Manager
Inspire Dental Group
Clinical Service Coordinator
Medically Home
Management Analyst II
Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Department of Mental Health
Project Integration Lead
Bamboo Health
Project Manager
Bowdoin Street Health Center

Meet our Alumni

Advising & Other Resources

Our Graduate Student Services team is here to support you every step of the way. From application advising to financial aid counseling and international student resources, we provide a wide range of services to help you get the most out of your business education. You’ll also have the opportunity to participate in professional development workshops throughout the year, as well as lifelong access to all of the tools and resources offered by our Center for Career Equity, Development & Success.

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Applying to Suffolk's MHA Program

Application Deadlines

  • Fall Semester: June 15 (International Applicants), August 15 (Domestic Applicants), then rolling; Submit your completed application by July 1 for Sawyer Business School Fellowship Employment consideration

Learn about the advantages of priority applications.

Application Materials

  • Completed application
  • $50 Application Fee (waived for students who visit campus or attend an event)
  • Resume
  • Unofficial transcripts of all post-secondary work. Admitted students enrolling in the program will need to have official transcripts, including proof of degree conferral, on file prior to their first class
  • Goal Statement (essay)
  • 2-minute video essay in response to a prompt (Instructions and the prompt will be provided in the application)
  • Reference/Recommendation (learn more)
  • Official TOEFL, IELTS, Duolingo or PTE-Academic Scores (international students only)


View current tuition and fees for this program

Financial Aid for Graduate Study

Suffolk University is pleased to offer both merit- and need-based financial aid to graduate students—these awards can be up to $20,000 per academic year. Merit-based aid is awarded based on the applicant's academic credentials presented on the admission application. No separate application is required for merit consideration.

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