Master of Healthcare Leadership Degree Program FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

How is the MHL program taught?

The Masters in Healthcare Leadership program is a synchronous online program, all courses are taught online with fixed start and end dates each academic term. Course content is delivered on our online learning platform and typically is organized into weekly modules. Modules can include reading, assignments, discussion board posts, writing assignments, projects, and live or recorded webinars.

Webinars are where course lectures take place. In our courses, we use a combination of recorded lectures that you can view on demand and live webinars that are typically scheduled biweekly (every other week). You can join webinars live or watch the recording if you can’t make it live.

To explore a sample course on the CGI learning platform, visit: https://cgi.instructure.com/courses/347

What resources are available to MHL students?

MHL students have access to the suite of student support services offered at CGI. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Academic Advising
  • Mentorship Program
  • Online Library
  • Reading and Writing Support
  • Advocacy Resources
  • Delta Epsilon Tau International Honor Society
  • Career Services
  • Disability Resources
  • Professional Development and Networking
  • Resource Center for Student Veterans & Military-Connected Students
  • Help Desk

For more information on student services offered at CGI, visit: https://cgi.edu/student-services/

What are the benefits of the MHL degree?

The Masters in Healthcare Leadership program provides specific training in population health and disease management, quality measurement, healthcare analytics and informatics, and innovative financing approaches that enable integration. This degree is designed to address the unmet educational need to prepare healthcare professionals to design, implement, and measure outcomes of integration efforts in multi-topology healthcare delivery systems.

The MHL Program will prepare students to transform healthcare settings using firm foundations in population health management, strategic thinking, critical analysis, and innovative change-management. Cummings Graduate Institute’s overarching objective in offering this new degree program is to prepare well-rounded servant leaders in the transformational healthcare space.

What can you do with a MHL degree?

Students are trained as the next generation of healthcare leaders and managers. When students graduate from this program, they will enter the field ready to create ethical and innovative solutions to big problems and challenges facing today’s healthcare environments while remaining focused on patients and providers.

While many students may be employed full-time in healthcare leadership positions while enrolled in the MHL program, graduates will be prepared for transformational directors, managers and executive positions at Healthcare Systems (Hospital and Ambulatory), Payers, Management Consulting, Pharmaceutical companies, etc.

When can I start the MHL program? Are admissions deadlines rolling?

The MHL has two (2) entry points, Fall and Spring I. The deadlines for admissions are not rolling. Upcoming deadlines are provided on the Admissions page.

Are any competency exams or test scores required for admission?
No competency examinations are required for admission.

What is the average degree completion time?

An average pace to complete the Master of Healthcare Leadership (MHL) Program is two (2) years. To complete the MHL program in two (2) years, students must complete six (6) credit hours in each of the Fall, Spring I, and Spring II academic terms, three (3) credit hours in the first Summer term of enrollment, six (6) credits in the next Fall academic term, and one (1) credit each in the next Spring I, Spring II, and Summer terms.

How many hours per week on average does the MHL program require? What do students work on each week?

In a typical week for one class, you will spend that time on reading assignments (available online or in purchased textbooks), a weekly webinar (either join live or review a recording), a discussion with your instructor and peers (online), taking knowledge check quizzes (online), and preparing assignments.

If you take one (1) 3-credit class, expect to spend 10-15 hours per week on reading assignments, course videos, and assignments.

If you take two (2) 3-credit classes, think of your master’s degree as a half-time job. You can expect to spend 20-30 hours a week on reading assignments, course videos and reviewing materials, and preparing your assignments.

How many lectures or webinars are there in one week in the MHL program?

In our courses, we use a combination of recorded lectures that you can view on demand and live webinars that are typically scheduled biweekly (every other week). You can join webinars live or watch the recording if you can’t make it live.

What types of assignments are in MHL courses?

Examples of assignments throughout the program include:

  1. Application mini-papers in which you read a case study and answer specific questions about the case such as “What are the roles of the state and local public health department in monitoring infectious diseases? What are the roles for chronic conditions?”
  2. Presentations on real world case analyses in which you will design cost-effective population health approaches, examine clinical and operational barriers to quality healthcare access, and justify integration improvements through analysis of multiple data points.

What other time commitments outside of attending classes are expected in the MHL program?

Other activities that students spend time doing include meeting with instructors or their advisor to discuss their career goals and capstone projects, meeting with other students to discuss assignments and network, and participating in optional work with faculty members on research and partnership projects, some which are grant-funded, that the institution has in process. These activities are driven by the student, so the amount of time you spend on these types of activities is really up to you.

Is a thesis required for the MHL?

Students in the MHL program complete a Capstone Project, an applied integrated care project demonstrating innovation in the field and ability to respond creatively and competently to the needs of rapidly-evolving patient population and healthcare environments.

Does my bachelor’s degree count towards the MHL?

In order to be eligible for admissions into CGI's MHL program, evidence of Bachelor’s Degree or higher from an accredited college or university with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 (B average) or better and majoring in or at least 12 credit hours completed in science, allied health, pre-medicine, public health, public administration, business administration, health economics, health information systems, biotechnology, biostatistics, psychology, social work, sociology, nonprofit leadership and management, or a related field is required.

Credits earned in a bachelor’s program are not transferable to the MHL.

To learn more about admissions requirements and transfer admissions visit the general Admissions page and MHL Admissions page.

What is the faculty and student ratio?

The current faculty to student ratio at CGI is 10:1. The favorable ratio ensures that faculty are available to give each student the support they need to succeed within each course.

What is the minimum number of courses students are required to take per term?

Full-Time Enrollment (FTE) is three (3) semester credit hours or more per term. Part-Time Enrollment (PTE) is two (2) semester credit hours or less and no fewer than one (1) semester credit hour, per term. Additional information regarding MHL curriculum and credit hour requirements can be found on the MHL page.

How much does it cost to take one (1) course?

Tuition for one credit in the MHL program is $400. Military discounts are available. A three (3) credit course would be $1,200 at the standard rate.

For an overview of MHL program tuition, including how it compares to the cost of similar programs at other universities, visit: https://cgi.edu/mhl-tuition/

For full details on tuition and fees, visit the Tuition page.

Is the MHL program a good deal?

The Master of Healthcare Leadership (MHL) degree program at CGI is the best value MHL program on the market at 75% less than the average cost of comparable programs.

For an overview of MHL program tuition, including how it compares to the cost of similar programs at other universities, visit: https://cgi.edu/mhl-tuition/

Do I have to pay the full program tuition at the start of the MHL program?

No, tuition is billed per academic term of enrollment and is based on the number of credit hours a student is enrolled in at the start of the academic term. Cummings Graduate Institute offers several payment programs to accommodate all budget types. The Cummings Graduate Institute Tuition Payment Programs offer zero-interest payment plans. Learn more about payment plan options on the Tuition page.

Can I enroll in the MHL and a non-degree certificate program at the same time?

CGI refers to this concurrent enrollment. Concurrent programs are defined as two or more academic programs that may be pursued at the Cummings Graduate Institute for Behavioral Health Studies (CGI) by a student resulting in completion of the requirements for two or more degree-seeking and or non-degree seeking programs. Enrollment in concurrent programs is regulated by CGI. Overlap of credits allowed (i.e., where credit hours can count towards more than one program) is governed by the Concurrent Program Enrollment Policy.

Visit the Concurrent Program Enrollment Policy to verify the requirements and steps for pursuing concurrent program enrollment at CGI as a prospective student, currently enrolled student, alumni, or withdrawn student. Concurrent enrollment questions can be directed to the Admissions office at admissions@cgi.edu.

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The totally online DBH program offered by Cummings Graduate Institute of Behavioral Health Studies is focused on the professional I have grown into: a synergistic disrupter for the healthcare industry, who is passionate about Wholistic Healthcare (e.g., health, behavioral health, and Social Determinants of Health and Mental Health), rendered skillfully through interprofessional teams. The program pillars of medical literacy, integrated behavioral health interventions, and entrepreneurship resonate loudly with me. The healthcare industry will continue to change, with doctoral level professionals needed to play a major role in any successful transformation. My goal is to further advance my knowledge-base, professional standing, and industry commitment to be part of these transformational efforts. In this way I can heed the Quadruple Aim: assuring quality-driven patient-centric care is rendered at the right time, through the right population-based treatment processes, at the right cost, and by empowered professionals embracing the work and committed to their charge.

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