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The management degree for leadership in the healthcare sector.

This program is designed for individuals working in the healthcare industry who wish to advance their careers in administration to become:

  • Directors
  • Senior Managers
  • Chief Officers

Fairleigh Dickinson University’s history is rooted in the healthcare industry, with its namesakes Fairleigh S. Dickinson and Maxwell Becton having founded a regional pharmaceutical and medical technology company.  It is one of only two degree-granting pharmacy schools in New Jersey and is the first in the state to be associated with a private university. FDU retains long-term working relationships with New Jersey healthcare organizations that welcome FDU pharmaceutical, public health, nursing, MBA health services, and MPA healthcare management students and graduates.

The MHA program was developed in consultation with and is taught by leaders and industry partners in the field of healthcare management.  The program focuses on both practical and theoretical aspects of healthcare administration, including law, ethics, and policy for health and human services; finance and accounting; organizational and risk communications; technology; and human resources.

Program Goals

  •    Provide masters-level studies for working adults in preparation for, or to advance in
       healthcare administration
  •    Develop leadership skills essential for healthcare administration
  •    Establish a strong intellectual foundation in the core areas of healthcare administration
  •    Expose students to current topics within the field of healthcare administration
  •    Develop research abilities and analytical skills
  •    Provide an immersive experience
  •    Encourage the development of innovative best practices.

The MHA program is enriched with a project-based curriculum. The project-based coursework emphasizes group work, problem-solving, and building a portfolio of accomplishments. It integrates accomplished practitioners with accomplished academics to give you the best of both worlds. Students are asked to work together to offer recommendations, map solutions, and collaborate on research.

Our traditional weeknight program is offered at Metropolitan Campus (Teaneck) and in all modalities including Zoom, asynchronous online, and hybrid.

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Student Learning Outcomes

SLO 1. Communication – A MHA graduate is able to interpret, analyze and summarize key information which they will portray in oral and written form using style, grammar, mechanics, and format appropriate to the audience. 

SLO 2. Critical Thinking – A MHA graduate is able to critique, evaluate and apply theory to interpret and explain events and issues.

SLO 3. Information Literacy – A MHA graduate is able to source, evaluate, analyze, and classify information from traditional print, digital, and internet sources to explain events or to prescribe recommendations. 

SLO 4. Strategic Orientation — A MHA graduate is able to collaborate with others to dissect and interpret internal and external factors, devise potential solutions or opportunities, and formulate strategic recommendations.

Admission Requirements

Students are expected to be employed by a healthcare organization in the broad continuum of healthcare, but individuals wishing to transition to the healthcare industry are also welcome to apply. For the latter group of students, students must complete an approved internship in a healthcare facility, which increases the length of the program to 39 credits.

The credentials required for admission to the Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA) degree program as a matriculated student include the following:

  • A graduate application for admission
  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a minimum cumulative grade point ratio (CGPR) of 2.75. Applicants with a CGPR of less than 2.75 may be admitted as matriculated students on probation
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities previously attended. Applicants who are unable to provide official documents at the time of enrollment may register as non-matriculated students with a graduate faculty adviser
  • A resume or CV demonstrating experience in the continuum of healthcare management
  • A personal statement expressing the student’s objective for pursuing the MHA degree

Degree Plan

The MHA degree is granted for 36 to 39 credits, of which at least 30 credits must be taken at Fairleigh Dickinson University. The 39-credit total must contain:

Required Foundation Courses (15 credits)

  • MHCA6701    Quantitative Methods for Health Administration
  • MHCA6702    Introduction to Health Systems and Policy
  • MHCA6703    Finance & Accounting for Health & Human Services
  • MHCA6704    Organizational & Risk Communications
  • MHCA6705    Human Resource Administration            

Required Capstone Course (3 credits)

  • MHCA6706    Capstone Course—Strategic Planning in Healthcare

Internship or independent study (3 credits)*

*Required only for students without professional healthcare experience.

Electives courses and Specializations (18 credits)

Students should select six additional elective courses from the following. Students may also select a related graduate course in business, public health, or health science with prior approval in writing by an advisor.

Students are encouraged to combine electives into a concentration, which has the benefit of earning credentials along the path of their master’s program and specializing their skills, as well as integrating their perspectives of the field of healthcare.

Students may specialize within the MHA by taking at least 4 of their 6 electives in:


  • MHCA6703    Finance & Accounting for Health & Human Services
  • MHCA6607    Grants & Sponsored Projects Operations
  • MHCA6621    Health Quality and Outcomes Management
  • MHCA6622    Corporate Finance
  • MHCA6615    Finance Internship          

Public Policy and Administration

  • MHCA6702    Introduction to Health Systems and Policy
  • MHCA6606    Elder Care Law
  • MHCA6610    Global Health Issues
  • MHCA6613    Politics of Healthcare
  • MHCA6623    Public Policy Research
  • MHCA6624    Integrated Health Care Systems
  • MHCA6626    Regulatory Compliance for Healthcare Providers

Public Health

  • MHCA6701    Quantitative Methods for Health Administration
  • MHCA6612    Social and Behavioral Determinants of Health
  • MHCA6603    Community Needs Assessment & Qualitative Analysis for Health  and Human Services
  • MHCA 6614    Health Disparities and Cultural Issues
  • MHCA 6616    Social & Economic Determinants of Health

Human Resource Leadership

  • MHCA6705    Human Resource Administration
  • MHCA6704    Organizational & Risk Communications
  • MHCA6604    Organizational Performance Assessment
  • MHCA6605    Relational Leadership
  • MHCA6601    Organizational Theory
  • MHCA6625    Collective Bargaining and Contract Administration


  • MHCA6617    Project Management
  • MHCA6618    Introduction to Supply Chain Management
  • MHCA6619    Supply Chain Technologies
  • MHCA6620    Sustainable and Lean Six Sigma

General Electives (no specialization)

  • MCHA6601        Organizational Theory     
  • MHCA6602        Global Health & Human Services Systems
  • MHCA6603        Community Needs Assessment and Qualitative Analysis for Health and Human Services      
  • MHCA6604        Organizational Performance Assessment     
  • MHCA6605        Relational Leadership     
  • MHCA6606        Elder Care Law     
  • MHCA6607        Grants & Sponsored Projects Operations     
  • MHCA6608        Health Care Project Management     
  • MHCA6609        Managing the Continuum of Care     
  • MHCA6610        Global Health Issues     
  • MHCA6611        Comparative Health Systems     
  • MHCA6612        Social and Behavioral Determinants of Health     
  • MHCA6613        Politics of Healthcare
  • MHCA6614        Health Disparities and Cultural Issues
  • MHCA6615        Finance Internship     
  • MHCA6616        Social & Economic Determinants of Health     
  • MHCA6617        Project Management
  • MHCA6618        Introduction to Supply Chain Management     
  • MHCA6619        Supply Chain Technologies     
  • MHCA6620        Sustainable and Lean Six Sigma     
  • MHCA6621        Health Quality and Outcomes Management     
  • MHCA6622        Corporate Finance     
  • MHCA6623        Public Policy Research     
  • MHCA6624        Integrated Health Care Systems     
  • MHCA6625        Collective Bargaining and Contract Administration     
  • MHCA6626        Regulatory Compliance for Healthcare Providers     

A badge is awarded for each 12 credits in a specialization providing they complete a Project Report course that is aligned with the area of specialization. Students who seek more than one specialization can repeat MHCA 6627 for each specialization, providing the topic and final papers differ.

A cumulative grade point ratio of 3.00 (on a 4.00 scale) is required for graduation. Students who receive more than two grades of C or lower will be dismissed from the program.

Students are required to consult with their assigned academic adviser to assess overall academic performance and plan for their program of choice.