Gain Skills, Competence and the Knowledge for Successful Leadership in Healthcare

We prepare our students with the knowledge and skills needed to excel in the dynamic field of healthcare administration. You will gain expertise in critical areas of financial management, strategic planning, and human resource management. You will be prepared to take on leadership roles in healthcare organizations. This certificate offers valuable opportunities for professional growth through depth and breadth of study related to healthcare administration in a shorter timeframe compared to a full master’s degree.

These outcomes aim to equip graduates with the specialized knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to excel as effective healthcare administrators, leaders, and advocates in today's dynamic healthcare landscape.

Graduates will demonstrate a thorough comprehension of key healthcare administration principles, including financial management, policy analysis, strategic planning, and quality improvement methodologies.

Graduates will exhibit the ability to apply strategic thinking and analytical reasoning to make well-informed decisions within healthcare organizations, considering ethical, legal, and regulatory frameworks.

Graduates will develop and apply effective leadership and management competencies to lead teams, foster innovation, and drive organizational performance improvement in healthcare settings.

Graduates will acquire advanced skills in financial analysis, budgeting, and resource allocation, enabling them to ensure fiscal sustainability and optimize financial performance within healthcare institutions.

Graduates will demonstrate proficiency in analyzing healthcare policies, assessing their impact on patient care, and advocating for policy changes to enhance healthcare access, quality, and equity.

Graduates will master the design, implementation, and evaluation of quality improvement initiatives aimed at enhancing patient safety, satisfaction, and clinical outcomes within diverse healthcare environments.

This program is asynchronous and takes one semester to complete. Once completed, the 12 credits can be used towards achieving your MHA at the IHP.

Fully online to accommodate working professional schedules. There are no clinical placements required.



Now Accepting Applications!
For Program Starting: Fall 2024 & Spring 2025

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We are on a rolling admissions basis.  If you have any questions, Admissions [at] (please email us).

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All applicants must have completed a Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited U.S. college or university, or equivalent.  Applicants that have earned a degree from a non-US institution are required to submit a course-by-course credential evaluation, see “Transcript” section.  

Prerequisite Course

There are no prerequisite courses required to apply for this program.  

View online prerequisite courses offered through the MGH Institute.


We do not require applicants to take graduate school entry exams to apply to this program.


The language of instruction and clinical education at the MGH Institute is English and a high level of proficiency in both written and spoken English is required.  Applicants who have not completed either an undergraduate or graduate program where English is the language of instruction must demonstrate English Language proficiency as part of your application to the MGH Institute of Health Professions.  If you have questions about the language requirements, please contact the Office of Admissions.

  • Applicants who are citizens of Australia, Canada (except Quebec), Great Britain, Ireland, South Africa, New Zealand, Guyana, an Anglophone country of Africa, or an English-speaking country of the Caribbean are not required to submit TOEFL or IELTS scores.
  • Applicants who are candidates for graduation from an accredited degree-granting program in the United States or at an English-speaking school in one of the countries listed above are also not required to submit TOEFL or IELTS scores. Acceptance to the IHP will be contingent upon successful completion of this degree prior to matriculation.

Please note that in some circumstances, demonstrating English language proficiency may be required by the academic program even if you are a citizen of a country in which the (or one of the) national language(s) is English. Decisions about the need for TOEFL or IELTS scores are at the discretion of the academic program to which you are applying in coordination with the department of OES.

The IHP accepts either the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or the IELTS (International English Language Testing System). The test must have been taken within two years of the application deadline and official score reports are required. The minimum TOEFL (internet-based) score accepted is 89 and the minimum IELTS score accepted is 6.5.  

  • To forward your TOEFL score please contact the Educational Testing Service (ETS).  The MGH Institute of Health Professions code is 3513.
  • For IELTS, a Test Report Form may be mailed to MGH Institute of Health Professions and score information will be verified by the IHP directly. You may designate up to 5 schools to receive Test Report Forms at the time you register for the test.  To request additional Test Report Forms, contact your test center.

Please contact the Office of Admissions if you have any questions about the MGH Institute’s English Language requirements. 

Applicants are required to submit a transcript from each college and/or university attended, even if a degree was not received from that institution. Unofficial transcripts will be accepted throughout the application process, and official transcripts will be required of all accepted and enrolled students, prior to matriculation. For transcripts to be considered official they must be in their original signed and sealed envelopes when received.

Unofficial transcripts uploaded after application submission must include, 1) The name of the institution and 2) list the student’s name, and 3) contain a transcript legend. If an unofficial transcript is received without this information, it will not be accepted. Grade reports and copies of diplomas, or screenshots of a document will not be accepted.  

For official transcripts, the Office of Admissions strongly encourages the use of online electronic transcript ordering which can be sent admissions [at] (directly via email to admissions). If this is not an option and your institution does not participate in electronic transcript delivery, please request official transcripts to be sent to the mailing address listed below:

Admission Office
MGH Institute of Health Professions
36 First Avenue
Boston, MA 02129

Foreign Transcripts: Applicants that have earned a degree from a non-US institution are required to submit a course-by-course credential evaluation from one of the following NACES (National Association of Credential Evaluation Services) members: Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc., SpanTran: The Evaluation Company, World Education Services (WES), or the Center for Educational Documentation. If you earned your bachelor's degree outside of the U.S. this credential evaluation must document minimum equivalency of a US baccalaureate degree or higher.

Final transcripts and test scores must be submitted to satisfy the conditions of admission.

Statement of Intent

All applicants are required to compose an essay that addresses the following:

Your personal statement of intent should be created in written format (1-3 pages typed). In addition, an optional video (3-5 minutes) may be submitted if you would like to supplement your written statement.  If you choose to add a video format, please include a publicly available link via an uploaded document within the online application. Please be sure to address all the following areas in your written statement:

  1. What is your "why"? Please speak to your healthcare experience, the path that has led you here, the impact you wish to have, and your purpose for choosing this MHA program.
  2. How will you contribute to the quality of this learning community?
  3. What aspects of yourself do you hope to develop in the program that will allow you to stretch outside of your comfort zone?
  4. What will success in this program look like to you?

Both the statement of intent or document containing the public video link should be uploaded directly to your online application.

Recommendation Letter

Applicants are required to provide one (1) recommendation letter. All recommendations are processed through our online application. Please provide contact information for your recommender within the online application.

A recommendation letter should come from an individual who is able to address your academic ability, character and integrity, as well as your potential for graduate professional study. Furthermore, if graduation from an academic program has been within 5 years, the letter should come from an academic reference. 

(Optional) Diversity Statement

All applicants will have the option to submit diversity statement:

​MGH Institute of Health Professions is committed to an inclusive campus climate that welcomes students who will enrich the diversity of thought and perspective, and therefore, enhance the learning experiences for all. In what ways might you personally contribute to improving the experience of the campus as a welcoming and inclusive place to learn? Essay should be 12 pt. font, double spaced, and two pages in length.

Essays should be typed, double-spaced, and no more than three pages in total. The (optional) diversity statement of intent should be uploaded directly to your online application. 

Resume or CV

Applicants are required to submit a current resume or CV.

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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Healthcare Settings

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