Collaborate with students in courses across other health professions. Immersion in an interprofessional learning community alongside clinicians, physicians and individuals with administrative and managerial backgrounds prepares you for leading in real-life healthcare settings and helps build your professional network.
Expand your knowledge and competence in critical areas of healthcare leadership including:
- Interprofessional Team Leadership
- Design Thinking and Action Research
- Healthcare finance
- Data analytics
- Organizational theory
- Quality improvement
- Person-Centered Communications
- Justice, Equity, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
job growth projected in next 10 years - higher than average
Mass General Brigham Affiliation
Interprofessional learning with students in the system, from Speech-Language Pathology to Nursing.
12 or 24 months to completion
A Unique and Flexible Approach
Content is divided across five areas in which to focus course-based learning. The program is a 36-credit 12 or 24 month curriculum for learners with experience in health settings who wish to develop advanced leadership and management skills. Students will engage in five key areas of study:
- Analytical skills and knowledge.
- Management functions and skills for healthcare leaders.
- Leadership and professionalism.
- Health systems and the community.
- Innovative solutions to today's complex healthcare challenges.
- Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion.
Students can submit their FAFSA at fafsa.gov in order to apply for Federal loans. Eligible graduate students can borrow up to $20,500 for every two-semester loan period with the Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan and can also apply for the Federal GradPLUS loan at studentaid.gov. In order to be eligible to borrow Federal loans students need to be enrolled at least halftime which is 5 credits in the fall and spring and 3 credits in the summer. This program does qualify.
Now Accepting Applications!
For Program Starting: Spring 2024 and Fall 2024
Thank you for your continued interest in the Master of Health Administration program. We are now accepting applications for Fall 2023 entry and are on a rolling admissions basis. If you have any questions, Admissions [at] mghihp.edu (please email us).
Application and Fee
All applicants are required to submit a completed online application form along with the non-refundable $100 application fee.
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.
There are no prerequisite courses required to apply for this program.
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] mghihp.edu (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:
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:
- 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.
- How will you contribute to the quality of this learning community?
- What aspects of yourself do you hope to develop in the program that will allow you to stretch outside of your comfort zone?
- 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.
(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.
Applicants are required to provide two recommendation letters. All recommendations are processed through our online application. Please provide contact information for each recommender within your online application.
Recommendation letters should come from individuals who are 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, at least one letter should come from an academic reference, and one should come from a professional reference. If graduation from an academic program has been greater than 5 years, please provide two (2) professional references.
Resume or CV
Applicants are required to submit a current resume or CV.
Our MHA program has partnered with leading industry organizations to provide our students with advanced certifications and memberships. While enrolled in our MHA program, you will have the opportunity to enhance your education at no additional cost to you.
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Is this program right for me?
All of the coursework for this program is delivered through a flexible, online, asynchronous format designed for busy working professionals.
We welcome professionals who want to create an impact on the entire healthcare system and every individual it touches. You do not need a healthcare background to apply to this program.
The MHA program consists of 36 credit hours. You can complete the program in 12 or 24 months. The courses remain the same, you just enroll in a higher course amount per semester in the 12 month program.
No. We do not require applicants to take graduate school entry exams to apply to this program.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of medical and health services managers is projected to grow 28 percent from 2021 to 2031, much faster than the average for all occupations. About 56,600 openings for medical and health services managers are projected each year, on average, over the decade. The median annual wage for medical and health services managers was $101,340 in May 2021.
Earning a master’s degree can have an impact on one’s salary. Payscale.com for example, found that across a variety of job titles/positions, those with an MHA degree can earn an average base salary of $78,000. Of course, salaries can vary based on job responsibilities, employer, location, etc.
The application requirements for each program include standard information that may apply to international students, transcripts/credential evaluation, TOEFL, etc. However, because the program is online it would not qualify for a visa – as noted on the admissions page. The IHP also has an international student page, for additional information. Some specifics on the MHA application requirements that would apply to international prospective students can be found in the Application Process tab above.
Yes. You will have the opportunity to work with other students in healthcare professions (e.g., nursing, speech language therapy, physical therapy, occupational therapy) at the MGH IHP via select courses in the MHA curriculum.
Yes. Our Interprofessional Leadership Development course will introduce you to established healthcare leaders who practice regionally.
With a graduate degree in health administration, you can pursue various career opportunities in healthcare management and administration. You can work as a hospital administrator, healthcare consultant, healthcare policy analyst, healthcare information manager, or in healthcare finance, operations, and strategic planning roles. This degree opens doors to leadership positions in healthcare organizations and allows you to positively impact healthcare delivery and outcomes.
A Master of Health Administration (MHA) specifically focuses on healthcare management and administration, preparing graduates for leadership roles in healthcare organizations. In contrast, a Master of Business Administration (MBA) provides a broader business education, covering various industries and management principles. While both degrees teach management skills, an MHA is tailored to healthcare, addressing industry-specific topics like healthcare policy, ethics, and healthcare system intricacies, whereas an MBA has a more general business focus.
Yes, you can maintain full or part-time employment while pursuing the MHA degree, the program is designed for working professionals. We provide flexible online asynchronous coursework and offer both full-time and part-time enrollment alternatives.