Top MBA in Healthcare Management Schools
Top MBA in Health Care Management Schools
This list reflects graduate schools that offer MBA programs with some type of concentration in health care management. Many of these schools landed spots on U.S. News and World Report’s 2013 Best Business Schools list, its 2011 Healthcare Management program rankings, or Bloomberg Businessweek’s 2012 Business School Ranking -- with several making it onto all three.
These MBA programs in health care management are from schools that either offer an MBA with a specialization in an area related to health management or a dual-degree MBA and health administration program -- often an MBA/MHA (Master of Health Administration) or MBA/MPH (Master in Public Health).
A few are Executive MBA (EMBA) programs from universities that don’t provide health management options in their standard full-time MBA programs. These schools may cater to working health care professionals hoping to gain administration credentials more quickly. Also included are a number of online programs that offer flexible learning options.
Please visit official school websites for the most current and complete curriculum details, accreditation status, and admissions requirements of each graduate program.
1. Northwestern University: The Kellogg School of Management has Health Enterprise Management as an area of specialization in its full-time MBA program.
2. UC Berkeley: The Haas School of Business offers the MBA in Health Management as one of its areas of concentration. There is also the MBA/MPH, a dual-degree program offered in conjunction with the School of Public Health.
3. Johns Hopkins University: Johns Hopkins has a dual-degree MBA/MPH option that can be completed in a minimum of 18 months. The program is administered by the Carey Business School jointly with the Bloomberg School of Public Health.
4. Baylor University: Baylor offers an MBA in Healthcare Administration through the Robbins Institute for Health Policy and Leadership, which functions within the Hankamer School of Business. The program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education.
5. Boston University: The School of Management offers a full-time MBA and Professional Evening MBA in Health Sector Management, a program introduced in 1972. Students can also earn a dual MBA/MPH degree.
6. Duke University: The Fuqua School of Business offers an MBA with a Health Sector Management concentration in four variations: Global Executive, Weekend Executive, Daytime, and Cross Continent, as well as a certificate option for Fuqua alumni.
7. Yale University: The School of Management has an EMBA program for Leadership in Healthcare for working healthcare professionals. While designed around weekend classes, it also has intensive in-residence segments during summers. The Visiting Scholars program gives students access to renowned executives and practitioners from a variety of healthcare settings.
8. University of Colorado, Denver: UC Denver’s Business School offers an EMBA and full-time MBA in Health Administration degree. Also available is an MBA in International Health Management and Policy.
9. University of Iowa: The Tippie College of Business has developed a joint MBA/MHA degree in conjunction with the College of Public Health. You must be admitted to both schools; the course of study is designed to be completed in three years.
10. University of Miami: The School of Business Administration has introduced an EMBA program in Health Sector Management and Policy designed for working or aspiring healthcare professionals looking for leadership roles in the industry.
11. University of Michigan: Under the direction of the Ross School of Business and the Department of Health Management and Policy, students can earn a joint MBA/MHSA (Master of Health Services Administration) degree or an MBA/MPH degree. These dual degrees are designed as three-year programs.
12. University of Scranton: MBA shoppers may overlook this Jesuit school, but the University of Scranton shouldn’t be discounted so easily, as it has initiated an online MBA in Healthcare Management for distance learners.
13. University of Pennsylvania: The Wharton School of Business offers 18 MBA majors including Health Care Management, while working professionals may be interested in the Wharton MBA for Executives program, which offers electives in healthcare.
14. Saint Louis University: Saint Louis University’s John Cook School of Business offers an MBA/MHA dual degree in conjunction with the School of Public Health. This dual program includes a study-abroad program that includes a two-week international trip.
15. Temple University: The Fox School of Business has MBA concentrations in Health Sector Management, Health and Life Sciences Innovation, and Pharmaceutical Management. The HSM program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation Healthcare Management Education.
16. Texas Tech University: Health Organization Management is one of ten MBA concentrations for full-time graduate business students at the Rawls College of Business. The school also offers an MSBA (Master of Science in Business Administration) dual-degree in Healthcare Administration.
17. Georgia State University: The Institute of Health Administration within the Robinson College of Business offers a dual-degree MBA/MHA option. There is an administrative residency attached to the curriculum that may further polish the MBA graduate's skills in a health management environment. Also available is a traditional MBA with a Health Administration concentration.
18. Union Graduate College: According to UGC’s official site, the college’s MBA in Healthcare Management program at the School of Management is one of only 28 programs in the U.S. accredited by both the Association to Accredit Collegiate Schools of Business and the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education. UGC also offers a joint MD/MBA program with Albany Medical College.
19. University of Washington: The Foster School of Business administers a joint effort with the School of Public Health to deliver a dual-degree MBA/MHA course of study. The program is designed to be a three-year commitment, and is not available as an EMBA option.
20. Baruch College: Students can pursue an MBA in Healthcare Administration program through the college’s Zicklin School of Business. This is an accredited, part-time program designed to be completed in three years.
21. Tulane University: The Freeman School of Business and the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine offer a joint MBA/MHA degree.
22. Herzing University: This school includes Health Care Management as one of the majors available in its online MBA degree program. Course topics include ethics, legal and compliance issues; insurance company operations; and healthcare.
23. The George Washington University: GWU offers an online Healthcare MBA program through the GW School of Business. Designed as a two-year program, the curriculum is broken into 23 core classes and 12 electives – these electives may include topics like management of acute care hospitals, physician practice management, and managing skilled nursing facilities.
24. Cornell University: The College of Human Ecology offers the Sloan Program in Health Administration in conjunction with an MBA from the Johnson Graduate School of Management to create the dual- degree MBA/MHA option for Cornell graduate students.
25. Keiser University: The graduate school offers Health Services Management as one of its MBA concentrations. The program is offered both online and on-campus, requiring 30 credits of core business classes and 15 elective credits in health services management.
26. University of Houston/Clear Lake: This university features a 57-credit-hour dual-degree MBA/MHA program coordinated by the School of Business, and is offered both on-campus and online.
28. Texas State University/San Marcos: The McCoy College of Business Administration and College of Health Professions have come together to offer an MBA with an emphasis in Health Administration. The program’s tiered course structure exposes students to topics in health administration, information technology, organizational behavior and marketing management.
29. South University: South University offers an online MBA in Healthcare Administration that is also available on many of its campuses. The online option may allow for more flexibility in scheduling classes and have a pace that is more conducive to professionals with busy work schedules.
30. Baker College: This independent College in Michigan offers its MBA in Healthcare Management program in an online and on-campus format. The academic course of study incorporates all of the core courses for graduate work in business school and a series of electives that examine the economic and administrative core of the healthcare industry.
31. Fairleigh Dickinson University: The Silberman College of Business has developed an EMBA Health Sector Management program for working healthcare professionals looking to reach senior management roles.
32. American Intercontinental University: AIU offers an MBA with concentration in Healthcare Management at its Houston and Atlanta campuses as well as online. A few of the available courses include Systems in Healthcare, Healthcare Strategies, and Strategic Management.
33. State College of New York/Binghamton: This school offers an EMBA degree with a Health Care Concentration. Curriculum assignments include a health care consulting project, and courses cover topics such as healthcare management, law and finance.
34. Eastern University: This Christian school offers what it calls its Fast-Track MBA® in Health Administration. Its 11 courses blend curriculum elements of social science and government policies with more typical healthcare management courses.
35. Loyola University of Chicago: The Quinlan School of Business has a specialized part-time MBA in Health Care Management program that includes course topics in healthcare informatics, healthcare risk management, and healthcare business ethics, to name a few.
36. Duquesne University: The Palumbo Donahue Graduate School of Business has ten areas of focus for its MBA program, including Health Care Management. Health Care Management courses include Health Care Administration, Health Care Delivery and Organization, and Legal Issues in Healthcare.
37. Vanderbilt: Among the Owen Graduate School of Management’s stable of degree programs is the Health Care MBA. During their studies, students may get the opportunity to network with executives from more than 300 companies in the Nashville area. The program also emphasizes hands-on learning.
38. Rice University: The Jones Graduate School of Business includes Health Care as one of its ten full-time MBA degree concentrations, offering courses such as Strategic Management Healthcare and Healthcare Marketing. The MBA for Professionals program also offers healthcare electives.
39. Wake Forest University: The Schools of Business offer a full-time MBA with a concentration in Healthcare as one of its concentrations. There are two career tracks within the Health Concentration: Healthcare Delivery & Support Services, and Healthcare Related Business and Life Sciences.
40. University of Utah: The Eccles School of Management allows students to combine its MBA and Master of Healthcare Administration programs into a dual-degree MBA/MHA program. The program is designed to be completed in three years, and includes an MBA Field Study in the curriculum where students can try their hand at business consulting.
41. Claremont Graduate University: The Drucker School of Management has partnered with the School of Community and Global Health to offer Claremont’s dual MBA/MPH degree. The 76-credit-hour program features integrated coursework supervised by both schools.
42. Hofstra University: The Zarb School of Business offers a full-time MBA with Health Services Management as one of its ten majors. The curriculum allocation calls for a 41-48 credit course of study with 15 credits committed to the Health Services Management specialization.
43. Cleveland State University: The Monte Ahuja College of Business Administration offers Health Care Administration as one of the career specializations in its full-time MBA program. Cleveland State maintains a large co-op program with Cleveland's top corporate employers, which may result in paid internships for students.
44. DePaul University: DePaul offers a range of concentration options in its MBA program, including Health Sector Management through the Kallstadt Graduate School of Business.
45. Lamar University: Part of the Texas State University system and located in Beaumont, the College of Business offers an MBA degree in several specializations including Healthcare Administration. Example courses include Healthcare Strategy and Healthcare Entrepreneurship.
46. Simmons College: The School of Management offers a distinct Health Care MBA program designed to be finished in three years. Health-specific courses make up 67 percent of the MBA program. Students can also opt to pursue a general MBA with a concentration in Health Care Management.
47. Adelphi University: This university located on Long Island offers Health Services Administration as one of eight career tracks in the School of Business’ MBA program. The specialization includes an internship program.
48. Gonzaga University: Half of Gonzaga’s MBA in Healthcare Management program is represented by standard MBA classes while the other half is healthcare-specific classes. To help accommodate students who are also working healthcare professionals, the program is delivered in a hybrid format, with roughly 50 percent being taught online and the other half taking place on-campus during weekends.
49. University of Southern California: The Marshall School of Management includes an elective option in Health Care Advisory Services for its MBA degree. This career concentration is meant to prepare students for an analytical or consulting role in a variety of healthcare settings.