The online Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Administration is a non-matriculating program, designed for individuals who would like to explore a career in healthcare administration, who already have a graduate degree but need to develop specific healthcare management skills, or who would like to enroll in a selected set of graduate healthcare administration courses. Courses taken in the certificate program can later be applied to the Master of Healthcare Administration degree program, once an application has been submitted and accepted.
How Do I Apply?
To apply to the online Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Administration please submit an online application.
Criteria for Admission:
- Graduate of an accredited college with a bachelor’s degree.
3.0 (on 4.0 scale) cumulative GPA on most recently conferred degree.
However, for those applicants whose GPAs fall in the 2.8 to 2.99 range,
consideration can be given to professional experience working in
healthcare. Students below 2.8 are not encouraged to apply.
with international degrees must have their academic records evaluated
by a member agency of the National Association of Credential Evaluation
- Three letters of recommendation
indicating that the applicant possesses the aptitude and ambition to
complete a course of study for the MHA degree. Preferably, letters
should be from current or previous employers and/or from last school
- Statement of goals and career interests.
- Curriculum vitae or resume.
English is not the native language, a TOEFL score of 550 or above (if
paper based score) or 213 or above (if computer based score) or 79 or
above (if internet based score). Exception may be granted if applicant
is a U.S. resident and a graduate of a U.S. college within the previous
- If accepted, international applicants must
also submit a Request for Certificate of Eligibility (Form I-20 AB) and a
Declaration and Certificate of Finances. Please contact the Office of
International Programs for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information, please contact Patrick McDermott, Director of Graduate Admissions, at (973) 275-2062 or email@example.com
The online Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Administration is earned by successfully completing three required courses, two elective online courses and one independent study (minimum of 15 credits).
Required Courses (8 credits)
|Course Number||Course Title||Credits|
|HCAD 7521||Introduction to Healthcare Systems/Orientation Residency ||2|
|HCAD 7513||Healthcare Management||3|
|HCAD 7514 ||Healthcare Financial Management and Accounting||3|
Elective Courses (Minimum 7 credits)
Complete any 2 of the following courses:
|Course Number ||Course Title ||Credits |
|HCAD 6002||Research Methods and Statistical Analysis ||3|
|HCAD 6005||Financial Management and Control||3|
|HCAD 7518 ||Managing Community Health Systems ||3|
|HCAD 8514||Healthcare Economics ||3|
|HCAD 8517||Strategic Planning and Marketing||3|
|HCAD 8518||Legal and Human Resource
Issues in Healthcare
|HCAD 8521||Quality and Information Management Systems ||3|
|HCAD 8523||Healthcare Ethics||2|
|HCAD 8531||Managing Emergency Preparedness and Health Security||3|
For complete course
descriptions, click here.
The "PSMA" course designation has been changed to "HCAD" as of Fall 2011.
Learn more about the full M.H.A. degree program.
The tuition for the online Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Administration covers all fees and tuition relating to the courses and the on-campus orientation residency (hotel, meals, etc.). Expenses not included in tuition are the application fee, books, travel to and from the residency, and your computer. Please call please contact Patrick McDermott, Director of Graduate Admissions, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (973) 275-2062 for the current tuition.
We encourage you to learn more about financial aid. This link will explain some options that you have for financing your MHA education. Some financial aid options may include employer tuition remission programs and the G.I. Bill Yellow Ribbon Program.
In order to ensure that the School graduates competent and ethical practitioners, the School of Health and Medical Sciences faculty, in conjunction with the Dean's Office, developed the Academic Performance Standards Policy and Student Performance Review Committee Procedures.
The form for student requests to appeal to the Student Performance Review Committee is available here.