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With flexible options, you can complete your Master of Science in Health and Wellness Management in as little as nine months or take as much time as you need.

New! Spring 2019 Start with Generous Scholarships Available

Complete your degree in only 12 months and graduate in December. Summer and fall starts are also available.

Curriculum and Degree Requirements

This master’s program is comprised of eight courses, field-based experience and a capstone project (32 credits total). The interdisciplinary major includes coursework in the School of Health Sciences and School of Business.

The program is designed to give you a foundation in theory and research, as well as provide an emphasis on practical applications. The required capstone project will be selected by you in collaboration with your advisor. You will have opportunities to interact with faculty from both health and business fields, as well as to engage in real-world wellness management projects through your field-based experiences and capstone.

Required Courses

  • Research Methods
  • Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
  • Capstone
  • Health Sciences Organizational Leadership
  • Public Health Policy and Management
  • Management Planning and Control
  • Marketing Analysis and Decision Making
  • Health Promotion Programs: Planning, Implementation, and Evaluation

Sample Schedule - Jan. 2019 to Dec. 2019


  • Research Methods (Hybrid)
  • Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (Hybrid)
  • Marketing Analysis and Decision Making


  • Health Science Organizational Leadership (Hybrid)
  • Capstone (Hybrid)


  • Health Promotion Program: Planning, Implementation and Evaluation (Hybrid)
  • Public Health Policy and Management (Hybrid)
  • Management Planning and Control

Admission Requirements

We prefer a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in a health-related field such as public health; health education/health promotion; exercise science/kinesiology; human performance; human nutrition; biomechanics; or closely related field.

If you have a bachelor’s degree in a science field, but one that is not considered a direct healthcare profession (e.g., biology, biomedical sciences, etc), or a non-science degree from a field such as health communications, healthcare administration, psychology/sociology, human development, education, or other field, you may be required to take an additional undergraduate course prior to enrolling or while concurrently taking courses in the graduate programs as follows:

  • One approved public health, health education/promotion, or related course with a grade of B or better

Standardized test scores are optional. Merrimack College reserves the right to ask any applicant for additional supplemental requirements in consideration of their application, including, but not limited to an in-person interview.