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Behavioral Health Care Management

  • Credits:
  • Degree:
    Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies

Program Description

The CAGS in Behavioral Health Care Management is for graduates of master’s programs in mental health, social work, human services, and related areas, preparing them for management and leadership. This program will prepare clinicians to become leaders in their current organizations or to start their own ventures such as private practice, small business, or nonprofit organizations.

Students will gain foundational skills in business and knowledge of nonprofit management and healthcare delivery systems. The curriculum covers budgeting and finance, insurance and reimbursement, fund development, grant writing, talent management, board development and governance, business planning, marketing and communications, and building organization capacity.

Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the program will be able to:

  • Understand and apply business skills and knowledge to the management and running of their agency or department.
  • Understand how insurance and reimbursement work in the field of behavioral health care management and learn how to manage the financial aspects of their agency or department.
  • Understand the organizational structure and staffing needs of their agency or department and learn how to work with board members, other administrators, staff, independent contractors and volunteers.
  • Increase the funding available to their agencies through grants, fundraising and marketing.
  • Analyze available data for program evaluation purposes.
  • Communicate better with clients, government and other agencies and community stakeholders.

Delivery Modalities

Face-to-face and hybrid course delivery, with in-seat meetings in the evenings and weekends.


Term 1
Introduction to Behavioral Health Care Management
CCA 826 1 credit(s)

This course introduces the behavioral healthcare practitioner to the business needs of operating a private practice or clinic. In the age of insurance payments, increased state regulations, required staffing and management/leadership of staff, knowledge of the myriad details is essential. Students will begin the process of developing their business plan for the remainder of the program.

Organizational Environment
MMG 512 3 credit(s)
This course provides an overview of the external and internal environment of organizations. It helps students understand the resource, market, technological, economic, and socio-political context of the organization, and the impact of multiple stakeholders on its goals and decision-making processes. It examines organizational architecture and dynamics from the structural, human resource, political and symbolic perspectives. The course draws on theories and research on organizations, including topics such as motivation, leadership, and organizational change and development. The intent of the course is to provide students with the theoretical base to better understand organizational behavior, and to equip them with tools to analyze and improve upon their own managerial practice.
Essentials of Accounting
DMG 506 1 credit(s)
This course covers the fundamental principles of accounting. Key concepts are discussed along with use, setup and posting of balance sheets, income statements, cash flow statements, statements of retained earnings, and required SEC 10K filings. Students learn about dual entry-accrual accounting, and how to analyze key ratios derived from financial statements used in the management of organizations.
Negotiation in the Health Care System
DMG 647 1 credit(s)
This course helps professionals in the health care system to develop the skills of interest-based, win-win negotiation. Students learn theory and tactics for diagnosing a conflict, planning for negotiation, and implementing a cooperative strategy within a health care setting. Students are observed through simulation and role play; a final application paper is required. Texts are Getting to Yes by Roger Fisher and Renegotiating Health Care by Leonard Marcus.
Financial Management in Healthcare
MHC 725 3 credit(s)
Prerequisite: MMG514 or equivalent. This course prepares health care managers to participate effectively in financial decision making within health care organizations. It focuses on how to use financial and program data to effectively analyze costs of programs and departments. Financial accounting, managerial accounting, and contemporary financial concepts are introduced. Special attention is given to Medicare, Medicaid, insurance, managed care, and government funding.
Term 2

Two additional 3-credit courses:
Human Resources Management in Health Care
Marketing & Fund-Raising for Non-Profit Organizations

Grant Writing and ResourceDevelopment
MMG 770 3 credit(s)
This course covers the preparation of proposals to state, federal and local agencies, corporations and private foundations. Students will learn how to prepare successful, competitive grant proposals and realistic, effective project-based budgets. The course will take students step-by-step through each stage of the proposal presentation process from research techniques to polishing the finished product. Best practices in funding research, planning and presentation will be covered. By the end of the course, students will have a prorotype suitable for submission to a funder.
Developing a Business Plan
DMG 615 1 credit(s)
Developing a Business Plan is a hands-on course that provides students with the basics of how to develop a business plan. Students learn how to describe the business, how to use a structured coaching process to write the business plan, and how to use the business plan to anticipate key issues. The course covers (1) business plan basics including: who needs to write a business plan, when to write one, how long it should be, what a business plan can and cannot do, the risks of writing a business plan, (2) the elements of a business plan, (3) how to develop the plan and (4) ways to enhance a business plan.
Term 3

Take MMG760 or MMG600E

Quantitative Analysis for Managers
MMG 506 3 credit(s)
Students learn to think about and express business problems in quantitative terms. They examine the basics of number theory, arithmetic operations including ratios and proportion, percentages, graphing, and algebraic operations. Students get an introduction to probability theory and statistical analysis. Topics include descriptive statistics, probability distributions, sampling, estimation, hypothesis testing, simple and multiple regression and correlation. Students learn to apply quantitative tools to solve a variety of business problems and create and use quantitative models for real-world problems. Charts and graphs are created using spreadsheet software. This course is a prerequisite to MMG525 Statistical Decision Techniques for Managers.
Strategic Planning for NonProfit Organizations
MMG 760 3 credit(s)

This course is structured as a live case study. Students will learn through lectures the skills necessary to collect, analyze, and develop recommendations to support a nonprofit organization’s strategic plan. Working in cross-functional teams, students will work with a real-life client and be responsible to prepare their strategic plan over the semester. Topics include: aligning mission, vision and values, performing an environmental scan, analyzing financial statements, building an organizational capacity plan, and improving leadership throughout the organization.

Practicum in Nonprofit and Public Management
MMG 600E 1-2 credit(s)
This course is an elective intended for students with limited working experience in their chosen field and is open to students who have completed at least two terms of work in the MM or MBA program. Students will undertake a supervised practicum or internship in an organization, working not more than 20 hours per week during the fall and spring terms (full time may be permitted in the summer) in a position related to the concentration. Students are responsible for obtaining the position. Students work with the practicum advisor to design the learning objectives and outcomes of the practicum and will be required to submit learning papers and reports. International students will need approval for curricular practical training from the International Students’ Office.

Core Faculty

Senior Instructor


  • Admission Test:

    No standardized graduate school tests required for admission into non-licensure programs

  • Admissions Office:
  • Application Form:
  • Application Fee:
    $50, nonrefundable ($100 for international students)

Program Requirements

  • Master’s degree in a behavioral health field or human services  
  • OR  Master’s degree in another field with 2-3 years relevant professional experience

School Requirements


State Health Requirements

The Massachusetts Health Department and Cambridge College require the following of students in Massachusetts:

Immunizations – All students in Massachusetts are required to get certain immunizations before you can register for your first term. See form 

Health Insurance – In Massachusetts, undergraduate students taking nine or more credits/term and graduate students taking six or more credits/term must enroll in the College’s health insurance plan. Students who have insurance with comparable coverage may request a waiver. See information and enroll or waive.

International Students 

International students are accepted at Massachusetts location only, and need to provide supplemental documentation:

  • Official demonstration of English language proficiency
  • Supplemental documentation for issuance of I-20
  • International transcripts, evaluated by an accepted evaluation service

Transfer Credit 

Please complete the transfer credit request form if you wish to have prior course work evaluated for transfer. Learn more.



  • Credits:
  • Cost per credit hour:
  • Application Fee:
    $50, nonrefundable ($100 for international students)
  • Health Insurance Fee:
    $3,415 - Required for Massachusetts students only. See waiver details on Tuition & Fees page.)
  • Internship/Practicum Fee:
    $650 for all programs with practicums except Alcohol & Drug Counseling Certificate

Note: Rates are as of September 2018, and are subject to change without notice. Rates apply to all students, unless otherwise noted.

Financial Aid

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