School of Health and Medical Sciences

CAHME accreditedThe 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.
    • Minimum 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.
    • Applicants with international degrees must have their academic records evaluated by a member agency of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES).
  • 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 attended.
  • Statement of goals and career interests.
  • Curriculum vitae or resume.
  • If 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 two years.
  • 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
For more information, please contact Patrick McDermott, Director of Graduate Admissions, at (973) 275-2062 or


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
HCAD 7521
Introduction to Healthcare Systems/Orientation Residency 2
HCAD 7513Healthcare Management
HCAD 7514
Healthcare Financial Management and Accounting

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 6005Financial Management and Control3
HCAD 7518
Managing Community Health Systems 3
HCAD 8514
Healthcare Economics 3
HCAD 8517
Strategic Planning and Marketing
HCAD 8518
Legal and Human Resource Issues in Healthcare 3
HCAD 8521
Quality and Information Management Systems 3
HCAD 8523
Healthcare Ethics
HCAD 8531
Managing Emergency Preparedness and Health Security3

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 or (973) 275-2062 for the current tuition.

Financial Aid

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. 

Academic Policy

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.

Patrick McDermott, M.A.

Director of Graduate Admissions (SHMS)
(973) 275-2062

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