Frequently Asked Questions

What's the difference between a Health Care MBA and a traditional MBA?

A general MBA develops and builds key managerial skills for supervisory or staff roles. However, if you aspire to a leadership career in health care, you'll likely want an MBA program that specializes in that industry. Many MBA programs offer a concentration or specialization in health care management, but most devote the equivalent of three or four courses (about 20 percent) to the health care arena, with the remainder of study in general business courses.

The Simmons Health Care MBA (HCMBA) is different from these programs. Here's why: the majority of our HCMBA courses — 67 percent — are specifically focused on the health care industry. You graduate uniquely prepared to advance into positions of leadership. The HCMBA provides the intense concentration in health-care-related courses and the financial, technical, and strategic skills of an MBA that health care providers, payers, and government employers prefer.

What is the difference between a Health Care MBA and other advanced degrees in health care management?

Other advanced degrees in health care management offer a health-care-specific curriculum, but they do not combine it with the applied management education of a traditional MBA. The Simmons Health Care MBA, on the other hand, pairs a heavy concentration of health-care-related courses with the rigorous coursework in our nationally regarded MBA Program.

You graduate with advanced leadership skills and a fully integrated understanding of the financial, strategic, organizational, and policy challenges that affect today's health care environment. Health care provider, payer, and government employers, in particular, are looking for both the business skills of an MBA and a strong emphasis on the health-care-related content traditionally found other advanced degrees in health care.

With what degree will I graduate?

You will graduate with an MBA.

When does the program start?

The program enrolled its first class in January 2013. It admits new students each January and September.

Who should apply?

We designed the Simmons Health Care MBA for women and men who are working in the health care industry and who aspire to positions of leadership. Our program's heavy emphasis on health-care-specific content particularly makes it a strong fit for professionals employed by health care providers, payers, or government organizations.

In general, students will enter the program with demonstrated leadership within different sectors of health care in both clinical and administrative areas. Many will be in staff positions where they have potential to advance to supervisory or management roles.

What are the degree requirements?

The Simmons Health Care MBA is a flexible, three-year, part-time program that requires the completion of 54-credits. View the core courses and our curriculum »

How is the program structured?

The Simmons Health Care MBA is a part-time, 54-credit program. Our curriculum emphasizes performance-based accountability through a rigorous, applied management approach. To achieve this, the course sequence strategically supports and develops:

  • Fundamental business and leadership skills;
  • The mastery of health-specific applications based on those key skills; and
  • The ability to apply learning to real-world health care situations.

Students start by taking most courses in the MBA required core and then end the program with health-care-specific courses. This approach is different from many MBA programs with a "health care track" in that it provides a comparatively heavy emphasis on health-care-specific courses. Typically, health-care-specific courses comprise 20 percent of many MBA programs with a health care concentration; in the Simmons Health Care MBA, they're 67 percent.

Students in the HCMBA take 6 core courses from the general MBA program, 10 health-care-specific courses, and 2 electives for 54-credits. The course sequence allows you to start the program either in the fall or spring.

View the core courses and electives »

What types of careers am I qualified for with a Health Care MBA?

The HCMBA has been specifically designed to provide the strategic vision and well-rounded competencies required for leadership positions in providers such as hospitals and ambulatory care, health insurance management, and government health services oversight.

Simmons also offers a general MBA with a concentration in Health Care Management, designed for students who would like to expand their knowledge of the health care industry. The concentration is best suited for students who seek careers in the pharmaceutical and medical device sectors, who want to make a career change into health care, or who want to consult in the health care industry.

What can you tell me about the faculty?

Our accomplished, accessible faculty members have decades of high-level experience working in and with the health care sector, and they provide invaluable knowledge and insight into the industry. Simmons professors are actively engaged in the health care and business worlds as top-tier administrators, successful consultants, distinguished researchers, and visionary community leaders

To read more about their backgrounds, go to our Faculty page.

Can current Simmons MBA students transfer into the HCMBA Program?

If you are currently a Simmons MBA student, you can apply to transfer to the Health Care MBA by contacting the Admission Office. Your original MBA application, updated transfer information, and MBA grades will be considered, along with your career aspirations in health care management.

Depending on how many courses you've taken for the MBA, you may need to adjust the length of your plan of study to transfer to the Health Care MBA, which is a 54-credit program. You also should meet with the Faculty Chair of the Health Care MBA to review your completed MBA coursework and to identify a program of study, should you transfer.

What's the admission process?

You can read more about our application requirements, deadlines, school test code, transfer information, and the status of your application on the Admission requirements page. Apply online »

If you need assistance with any Admission questions, please email or call 617-521-3840.

How much is tuition for the HCMBA program?

The 2014-2015 tuition for the HCMBA program is $1344 per credit hour. You can read more about costs for the program on our Tuition page.

What types of financial aid do you offer?

We offer a variety of financial aid options. You can read more about our guidelines, deadlines, scholarships, teaching assistantships, employer tuition reimbursement, and the status of your financial aid application in the Tuition and Financial Aid section.

If you'd like further information, please email or call Student Financial Services at 617-521-2001.

Do you have any HCMBA admission events planned?

Yes! We encourage you to come to campus to learn more about the HCMBA Program and to meet an Admission representative or faculty member. To learn more about upcoming information sessions, go to our Admission page or call 617-521-3840.

How do I arrange employer tuition reimbursement?

You should contact your Human Resources office to learn more about your company's tuition-reimbursement plan. For more information on the Employer Reimbursement Payment Agreement (ERPA), contact Student Financial Services at 617-521-2001.

Is the program on campus or online?

The part-time program takes place on our Boston campus, which is conveniently located in the Longwood Medical Area. You can expect to come to campus generally two evenings a week and to learn from in-person interaction with your peers, many of whom will have different health sector experiences from your own. Some courses will be offered in a blended or fully online format.

Is the Health Care MBA program accredited?

Yes, the Health Care MBA program is accredited by the the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME) and The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).

What percentage of students who graduate from the Health Care MBA program do so within three years?

Students enrolled in the part-time Health Care MBA can complete the program in three years. Our first cohort of Health Care MBA students was admitted in the spring of 2013 and will be graduating in 2015.

In the 2013 academic year, 100% of the graduates from our CAHME accredited part-time MHA program, completed the program within the normal program timeframe.

What percent of students are employed within three months of graduating from the program?

The majority of students that enroll in the Health Care MBA program are employed in health care organizations when they matriculate into the program and they continue to work throughout the program. Our first cohort of Health Care MBA students was admitted in the spring of 2013 and will be graduating in 2015. Further, placement data will be available after this first class graduates.

In the 2013 academic year, 96% of graduating students in our CAHME accredited part-time MHA program, were employed within three months of graduation.