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TRSM Master of Health Administration Program

Master of Health Administration (Community Care)

The Master of Health Administration (Community Care) (MHA(CC)) is the first Canadian graduate degree in this dynamic and growing sector. There is a large demand for graduate prepared managers in private, public and not-for-profit organizations that plan, coordinate and deliver clinical and supportive health care in the community.

This program addresses the need for innovative and entrepreneurial managers who can effectively and ethically lead, manage and/or start organizations that deliver care across diverse populations and locations. The program’s convenient downtown location and modular format enables students to work full-time while completing the program in 16 months. Focusing on innovation, analytics and entrepreneurship, the MHA (CC) is designed for professionals already working in health care and those interested in transitioning into this vital and rewarding career.

This program was approved by the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development. Please visit our graduate studies website, the application portal is NOW OPEN.


The curriculum comprises six courses plus a Capstone Project, either a group project or an individual Major Research Paper (MRP). 

There are five core courses:

  1. Comparative Health Care Policy
  2. Strategy in the Home and Community Care Sector
  3. Management in Home and Community Care
  4. Information Technology for Home and Community Care
  5. Performance in Home and Community Care

Students have the choice of taking:

Capstone A: Solving a Community Care Problem and 1 Elective (selected from an approved course list and offered by other Ryerson graduate programs such as the Master of Nursing, MBA, or MScM). This project will be conducted in cooperation with providers and/or coordinators of community care. 


Capstone B: Major Research Paper (MRP) and Research and Communication for Managers (in place of an elective). The MRP is an applied research report for a health services provider-partner in the community that is completed by an individual student.

Program Structure

The program is completed in 16 months. Required courses are offered in a modular format. Students can expect to be in class Thursday evenings (6:30 – 9:30 pm), and all day Friday and Saturday (9:00 am –  4:00 pm), five times in the first and third semesters, but less in the second and fourth semesters. The elective requirement can be fulfilled in any semester where there is an offering available and will usually be offered on a weekday. For example, the following schedule shows a winter elective.

1st Fall semester:

  • Comparative Health Care Policy
  • Strategy in the Home and Community Care Sector

1st Winter semester:

  • Management in Home and Community Care
  • Elective or Research and Communication for Managers

1st Spring/Summer semester:

  • Performance in Home and Community Care
  • Information Technology for Home and Community Care

2nd Fall semester:

  • Capstone A or B
Admission Requirements
  • Completion of a four-year undergraduate degree in a related discipline from an accredited institution. Acceptable degrees are from clinical professions (e.g., nursing), science, social sciences and/or management, and must include an undergraduate course in statistics.
  • Minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.00/4.33 (B) or equivalent in the last two years of study.
  • Minimum two years work experience in health care in Canada. Preference will be given to those currently employed in organizations delivering or coordinating health-care services in the community.
  • Supporting Documents (see Application Process below for full details)
    • Statement of Interest (500 words)
    • Resumé/Curriculum Vitae (CV)
    • Two letters of recommendation
    • Transcripts
    • English Language Proficiency Test Score (if applicable)

International applicants are also required to demonstrate familiarity with the Canadian healthcare system.  This may be evidenced by successful completion of at least one university or college course in Canadian healthcare policy and a minimum of six months working or volunteering in the health care sector in Canada.

Application Process

This program was approved by the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development and the application portal is NOW OPEN.

In addition to the general requirements for admission to the Yeates School of Graduate Studies (YSGS) at Ryerson, the Master of Health Administration in Community Care requires applicants to submit the following supporting documents:  


1. Statement of Interest

Applicants are required to submit a brief statement (about 500 words in length) that should address the following:

  • Your reasons for pursuing graduate studies in the Master of Health Administration (Community Care) Program
  • How your previous studies and experiences have prepared you for this program
  • Your career objectives and how this program relates to them


2. Resumé/Curriculum Vitae (CV)

Please submit an updated CV to highlight how your previous studies and experiences have prepared you for this particular graduate program at Ryerson University. Pay attention to formatting, to ensure the document is organized and visually appealing.

While no particular format is required for the CV, some examples of sections to include are:

  • Personal details (e.g., name, address, phone numbers, e-mail)
  • Education
  • Employment History (please indicate the length of each position and whether it was part time or full time)
  • Honours and Awards
  • Memberships in Professional Associations
  • Research Experience
  • Volunteer Experience
  • Other Related Experience (e.g., teaching assistantships)
  • Certifications
  • Publications (peer reviewed and non-peer reviewed)
  • Professional Presentations (e.g., conference presentations)


3. Letters of Recommendation

Applicants are required to submit two letters of recommendation from referees. It is preferred that you submit:

  • One Professional Recommendation
    This reference should come from a work supervisor who is familiar with your professional accomplishments (e.g., relevant skills/knowledge, leadership).
  • One Academic Recommendation
    Ensure the professor knows your academic attributes well and can describe them. If it is not possible to obtain an academic reference, then two professional letters of recommendation will be accepted.

Applicants must include at least one professional reference. We will NOT accept two academic references.


4. Transcripts

One scanned, electronic copy of a transcript is required from every degree granting post-secondary institution you have attended. When scanning your transcripts please ensure that both sides of each transcript page are scanned (unless blank). We will accept Unofficial Transcripts for admissions evaluation purposes only.


If your transcripts/documents are in a language other than English, you must also provide a notarized English translation; note that translations do not replace original documentation (i.e., both the English translation and the original version must be submitted).


Once you have been admitted into a Ryerson graduate program and have confirmed your offer, we will ask you to submit your official final transcripts in a sealed envelope. Ryerson students are not required to submit official transcripts of study undertaken at Ryerson (if they were first registered after September 1984). You must arrange to have your transcripts sent directly from the institution to Ryerson to the following address:


Graduate Admissions
Yeates School of Graduate Studies
Ryerson University
350 Victoria Street
Toronto, ON  M5B 2K3


5. Test of English Language Proficiency

Applicants may be required to provide certification of English language proficiency. For more information, visit the Admission Requirements

Program Inquiries

For more information regarding the MHA(CC) program please email

Information Sessions

Thank you to those who attended the past MHA(CC) information session. Check back for the next session.

If you were unable to attend the information session, you can view a copy of the presentation.

AdvantAge Conference

May 6-7, 2019

The School of Health Services Management and the Master in Health Administration (Community Care) will be at the AdvantAge Conference held at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel from May 6-7th.

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