Interdisciplinary Students

Interdisciplinary Students: Earn a Graduate Certificate during your Northeastern Master's program

Are you fascinated by business strategy as it relates to the healthcare industry? Are you looking to learn more about the principles of health organization management?

If you have chosen to pursue a non-business master's degree at Northeastern, there is an opportunity to incorporate business education into your graduate studies. Interdisciplinary student status allows you to pursue your business interests, add new skills to your resume, and earn another credential—all without adding any additional credits to your graduate course load. Graduate degree students pursuing a Master of Science in Public Health and in good academic standing may pursue a Graduate Certificate in Business Management for Healthcare during their studies. All that is required is a simple, internal graduate certificate application form.

Diversifying Your Northeastern Education

Declaring interdisciplinary student status is an opportunity to add business education to your area of graduate focus.

Earning a D'Amore-McKim Graduate Certificate in Business Management for Healthcare will allow you to gain new skills, diversify your resume, and differentiate yourself from other job applicants.

Business skills are helpful in all professional industries. Through your certificate studies, you will learn effective communication techniques, develop additional confidence with project-based work, and hone your problem-solving abilities. Additionally, you'll broaden your exposure to the fundamental principles of health organization management, and explore the methods of implementing business strategy tin the healthcare industry.

Above all, a D'Amore-McKim graduate certificate will enhance your master's degree by encouraging you to think like a healthcare leader. No matter where your career takes you, you'll find that the creative thinking taught at D'Amore-McKim gives you an extra advantage.  


The Graduate Certificate in Business Management for Healthcare requires 12 credits. Interdisciplinary Students can typically apply these courses towards their degree program as electives.

Eligibility Requirements


Matriculated students in the Bouvé College of Health Sciences are eligible to pursue interdisciplinary student status after their first semester of graduate study. Interdisciplinary students may enter their certificate program in September or January. Please note that two of the three required courses in the Graduate Certificate in Business Management for Healthcare graduate certificate program are only offered in the spring semester.

Pre-Approved Masters Programs

Students who are earning their Master of Science in Public Health may declare themselves an Interdisciplinary Student by simply submitting this Internal Graduate Certificate Application. No additional application, test scores, transcripts, or approvals are required.

Approval-Required Masters Programs

Students enrolled in other master's programs in the College of Engineering or College of Arts, Media, and Design may also wish to pursue interdisciplinary student status. If you are interested in doing so, the first step is to speak with your academic advisor early in your graduate program studies. When possible, it is ideal to have this conversation during your first semester of graduate study because the certificate credits may fulfill your degree elective requirements.

If approval is granted by both departments, declaring Interdisciplinary Student status requires only a simple form. No additional application, test scores, or transcripts will be required.