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Top 20 Graduate Programs in Health Care Management in the West 2016

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By Kristen Fescoe
Published August 2016

We’ve done an extensive survey of the field to identify the best graduate degree programs in healthcare management in the western United States. For information about how this ranking was developed, please see our methodology at the end of the article.


Ranking the Top 20 Master’s in Health Care Management in the West

#20: University of St. Thomas (In Conjunction with Texas Women’s University) – Houston, Texas

University of St Thomas Best Graduate HCM in the West
The Department of Graduate Business Administration

Degrees Offered:
Master of Business Administration
Dual Master of Business Administration and Master of Health Administration
Concentration Offered:
Health Care Administration (MBA)
Affiliation:
The Cameron School of Business

Program Website
Points: 4

Students can earn either an MBA or a dual MBA/MHA by combining the strengths of University of St. Thomas and Texas Women’s University.

Average Annual Graduate Tuition: $20,360
US News and World Report Best Western Regional University Rank: #30
Acceptance Rate: 79%
Accreditation:
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACS-COC)

#19: LeTourneau University – Longview, Texas

Le Tourneau University Best Graduate HCM in the West
The Department of Health Care Administration

Degree Offered:
Master of Science
Concentration Offered:
Health Care Administration
Affiliation:
The School of Business and Technology

Program Website
Points: 5

LeTourneau’s online Master of Science in Health Care Administration was carefully designed to meet the needs of health care professionals hoping to advance into administration, while also offering the skills to manage their own health-related business.

Average Annual Graduate Tuition: $19,575
US News and World Report Best Western Regional University Rank: #32
US News and World Rank:
#10 Best Value School
Acceptance Rate: 49.4%
Accreditation:
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACS-COC)

#18: Dallas Baptist University – Dallas, Texas

Dallas Baptist University Best Graduate HCM in the WestThe Department of Online Degree Programs

Degrees Offered:
Master of Arts in Management
Master of Business Administration
Concentrations Offered:
Health Care Management (MA Mgt and MBA)

Program Website
Points: 5

Students pursuing the MBA can complete their course work online. There is also a Master of Management degree program with an innovative Health Care Management concentration.

Average Annual Graduate Tuition: $15,314
US News and World Report Best Western Regional University Rank: #35
Acceptance Rate: 46.2%
Accreditation:
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACS-COC)

#17: Alaska Pacific University – Anchorage, Alaska

Alaska Pacific University Best Graduate HCM in the WestThe Business Department

Degree Offered:
Master of Business Administration
Concentration Offered:
Health Services Administration Concentration

Program Website
Points: 5

The Health Services Administration MBA program is geared toward current and future managers in health care organizations, including health service providers, and organizations involved with developing and implementing health service policies.

Average Annual Graduate Tuition: $11,800
US News and World Report Best Western Regional University Rank: #42
Acceptance Rate: 42.1%
Accreditation:
Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU)

#16: Oklahoma City University – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Oklahoma City University Best Graduate HCM in the WestKramer School of Nursing

Degree Offered:
Master of Science in Nursing
Concentration Offered:
Nursing Leadership

Program Website
Points: 6

The Kramer School of Nursing has come up with a way to address the severe shortage of nurses with MSNs – namely, by accepting all applicants who meet the admission and eligibility requirements, meaning the school has no waiting list.

Average Annual Graduate Tuition: $15,804
US News and World Report Best Western Regional University Rank: #23
Acceptance Rate: 67.8%
Accreditations:
Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (HLC-NCACS)

#15: Abilene Christian University – Abilene, Texas

Abilene Christian University Best Graduate HCM in the West
The Department of Business Administration

Degree Offered:
Master of Business Administration
Concentrations Offered:
Health Care Administration
Affiliation:
The Graduate School

Program Website
Points: 7

Students working towards their fully online MBA have the option to specialize in the area of health care administration by completing 9 credits of specialty courses in this growing area.

Average Annual Graduate Tuition: $19,116
US News and World Report Best Western Regional University Rank: #17
US News and World Rank:
#5 Best Value School
#2 Most Innovative School
Acceptance Rate: 50.5%
Accreditations:
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACS-COC)

#14: Oklahoma Christian University – Edmond, Oklahoma

Oklahoma Christian University Best Graduate HCM in the WestThe College of Business Administration

Degree Offered:
Master of Business Administration
Concentration Offered:
Health Services Administration
Affiliations:
The Graduate School of Business
The School of Business

Program Website
Points: 7

The Health Services Administration MBA at Oklahoma Christian is among the leading Christian-based MBA programs in the United States.

Average Annual Graduate Tuition: $13,176
US News and World Report Best Western Regional University Rank: #42
Acceptance Rate: 64%
Accreditations:
Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP)
Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (HLC-NCACS)

#13: Pacific University – Forest Grove, Oregon

Pacific University Best Graduate HCM in the West
School of Healthcare Administration and Leadership

Degrees Offered:
Master of Health Administration
Master of Business Administration
Concentration Offered:
Health Care Electives (MBA)
Affiliation:
The College of Health Professions

MHA Program Website
MBA Program Website
Points: 8

The MHA program uses a blended format, including online and on-campus sessions during evenings and weekends, to allow busy professionals to gain important experience through internships and capstone projects. The MBA program is offered with the opportunity to complete health care relevant courses.

Average Annual Graduate Tuition: $29,491
US News and World Report Best Western Regional University Rank: #25
Acceptance Rate: 80.5%
Accreditation:
Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU)

#12: Holy Names University – Oakland, California

Holy Names University Best Graduate HCM in the WestThe College of Nursing

Degrees Offered:
Master of Business Administration
Master of Science in Nursing
Concentrations Offered:
Nursing Informatics (MSN)
Administrator – Manager (MSN)
Affiliation:
The College of Business

Program Website
Points: 8

In addition to the MSN with several specializations, the dual MBA/MSN is an excellent option for professionals looking to advance to managerial roles, with the benefits of once monthly on-campus courses and the ability to complete the program in as few as 24 months.

Average Annual Graduate Tuition: $17,348
US News and World Report Best Western Regional University Rank: #50
Acceptance Rate: 57.1%
Accreditations:
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
Senior College and University Commission of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)

#11: Point Loma Nazarene University – San Diego, California

Point Loma Nazarene University Best Graduate HCM in the WestMBA Department

Degree Offered:
Master of Business Administration
Concentration Offered:
Health Care Management
Affiliation:
Fermanian School of Business

Program Website
Points: 8

The 24-28 month MBA program with an optional emphasis in Health Care Management is geared toward busy professionals who wish to enhance their career by completing a program with a focus on analytical problem-solving and innovation in the field.

Average Annual Graduate Tuition: $10,710
US News and World Report Best Western Regional University Rank: #17
Acceptance Rate: 69.5%
Accreditations:
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
Senior College and University Commission of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)

#10: California Baptist University – Riverside, California

California Baptist University Best Graduate HCM in the WestThe School of Business

Degree Offered:
Master of Business Administration
Concentration Offered:
Health Care Administration

Program Website
Points: 10

The Health Care Management MBA uses a curriculum that highlights fundamental business foundations and trade specific skills that prepare professionals for American health policy, finances, ethical decision making, regulatory mandates, healthcare justice and population health issues.

Average Annual Graduate Tuition: $11,942
US News and World Report Best Western Regional University Rank: #39
US News and World Rank:
#91 Best Online MBA Program
Acceptance Rate: 79.7%
Accreditations:
Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP)
Senior College and University Commission of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)

#9: University of Portland – Portland, Oregon

Portland State University Best Graduate HCM in the West
The Department of Clinical Nurse Leadership

Degree Offered:
Master of Science in Nursing
Concentration Offered:
Clinical Nurse Leadership
Affiliation:
The School of Nursing

Program Website
Points: 11

The MSN in Clinical Nurse Leadership program is a 6-semester (2 year) program with 2-4 courses completed each semester. Students learn using a blended program of on-campus immersion weekend sessions and a web-based learning program.

Average Annual Graduate Tuition: $16,758
US News and World Report Best Western Regional University Rank: #7
US News and World Rank:
#12 Best Value School
#99 Best Master of Nursing Program
Acceptance Rate: 62.9%
Accreditations:
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU)

#8: Regis University – Denver, Colorado

Regis University Best Graduate HCM in the West
The Department of Health Services Administration – The Loretta Heights School of Nursing

Degrees Offered:
Master of Science
Master of Science in Nursing
Concentrations Offered:
Health Services Administration (MS)
Leadership in Health Care Systems: Management Focus (MSN)
Affiliation:
Rueckert-Hartman College for Health Professions

MS-HAS Program Website
MSN Program Website
Points: 11

The Master of Science in Health Services Administration (H.S.A.) is designed for professionals in the field who possess a bachelor’s degree in a health related field, and have experience in the field of healthcare and management. Those without this experience can complete a bridge course.

Average Annual Graduate Tuition: $10,800
US News and World Report Best Western Regional University Rank: #28
US News and World Rank:
#168 Best Master of Science in Nursing Program
Acceptance Rate: 96%
Accreditations:
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (HLC-NCACS)

#7: Mount Saint Mary’s University– Los Angeles, California

Mount St Marys University Best Graduate HCM in the WestThe Graduate Division

Degrees Offered:
Master of Science in Health Care Policy and Management
Master of Science in Nursing
Concentration Offered:
Leadership and Administration (MSN)
Affiliation:
The Graduate Nursing Division

MS-HCPM Program Website
MSN Program Website
Points: 11

The graduate degree in Health Care Policy and Management caters specifically to the needs of those seeking to tackle more responsibility as a leader and manager.

Average Annual Graduate Tuition: $10,078
US News and World Report Best Western Regional University Rank: #23
Acceptance Rate: 78.3%
Accreditations:
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
Senior College and University Commission of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)

#6: Texas State University – San Marcos, Texas

Texas State University Best Graduate HCM in the West
The Department of Health Care Administration

Degree Offered:
Master of Health Care Administration
Affiliation:
The Graduate College

Program Website
Points: 11

The MHA at Texas state is among the strongest programs in the country, with the primary focus of the curriculum on the tools needed to work as a middle to senior-level manager.

Average Annual Graduate Tuition: $7,786
US News and World Report Best Western Regional University Rank: #52
US News and World Rank:
#12 Top Public School
#57 Best Graduate Program in Health Care Management
Acceptance Rate: 72.9%
Accreditations:
The Commission on Accreditation Healthcare Management Education (CAHME)
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACS-COC)

#5: Pacific Lutheran University – Tacoma, Washington

Pacific Lutheran University Best Graduate HCM in the West
The Department of Business Administration – The School of Nursing

Degrees Offered:
Master of Business Administration
Master of Science in Nursing
Concentrations Offered:
Healthcare Management (MBA)
Clinical Nurse Leader (MSN)
Nurse administrator (MSN)
Affiliation:
The School of Business

MBA Program Website
MSN Program Website
Points: 14

The MBA program can be earned with a emphasis in Healthcare Management and can be completed in as few as 9 months. The Nursing School supports an MSN with two areas of concentration to prepare for leadership roles in nursing.

Average Annual Graduate Tuition: $22,052
US News and World Report Best Western Regional University Rank: #14
US News and World Rank:
#7 Best Value School
#149 Best Master of Nursing Program
Acceptance Rate: 75%
Accreditations:
Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU)

#4: California State University – Long Beach, California

California State University Long Beach Best Graduate HCM in the West
The Department of Health Care Administration

Degrees Offered:
Master of Science in Health Care Administration
Accelerated Master of Science in Health Care Administration
Affiliation:
The College of Health and Human Services

Program Website
Points: 14

The MS in Health Care Administration can be pursued in either a traditional or accelerated format to meet the individual needs of each student.

Average Annual Graduate Tuition: $7,718
US News and World Report Best Western Regional University Rank: #32
US News and World Rank:
#5 Top Public School
#57 Best Graduate Program in Health Care Management
Acceptance Rate: 36.1%
Accreditations:
Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA)
The Commission on Accreditation Healthcare Management Education (CAHME)
Senior College and University Commission of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)

#3: Trinity University – San Antonio, Texas

Trinity University Best Graduate HCM in the West
The Department of Health Care Administration

Degrees Offered:
Master of Science in Health Care Administration
Executive Master of Science in Health Care Administration

Program Website
Points: 15

Trinity University offers the Master of Science in Health Administration in a 28-month on-campus format, as well as a 23-month executive degree program provided in a hybrid distance-learning format.

Average Annual Graduate Tuition: $37,556
US News and World Report Best Western Regional University Rank: #1
US News and World Rank:
#1 Best Value School
#10 Best Graduate Program in Health Care Management
Acceptance Rate: 48.4%
Accreditations:
The Commission on Accreditation Healthcare Management Education (CAHME)
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACS-COC)

#2: Gonzaga University – Spokane, Washington

Gonzaga University Best Graduate HCM in the West
Graduate School of Business – School of Nursing and Human Physiology

Degrees Offered:
Master of Business Administration
Master of Science in Nursing
Concentrations Offered:
Health Care Management (MBA)
Health Systems Leadership (MSN)
Affiliations:
School of Business Administration

MBA Program Website
Nursing Program Website
Points: 15

Students with an interest in the field of health care management and administration can benefit from the options available at many of Gonzaga’s colleges, including a flexible MBA program in Health Care Management and an MSN degree with a specialization in Health Systems Leadership.

Average Annual Graduate Tuition: $15,090
US News and World Report Best Western Regional University Rank: #4
US News and World Rank:
#4 Best Value School
Acceptance Rate: 67.5%
Accreditations:
The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU)

#1: University of Colorado – Colorado Springs, Colorado

University of Colorado CO Springs Best Graduate HCM in the WestThe College of Business

Degrees Offered:
Master of Business Administration
Concentrations Offered:
Health Care Administration

Program Website
Points: 16

The Colorado Springs campus of the University of Colorado was one of the first online MBA programs to earn AACSB accreditation.

Average Annual Graduate Tuition: $9,916
US News and World Report Best Western Regional University Rank: #46
US News and World Rank:
#10 Top Public School
#41 Best Online Master of Business Administration
#111 Best Part-Time Master of Business Administration
Acceptance Rate: 92.4%
Accreditations:
The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)
Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (HLC-NCACS)


Ranking Methodology

This ranking list has been created to highlight the 20 best graduate programs in healthcare management in the western region of the United States. Average undergraduate enrollment numbers are provided to assess the school size. Factors considered include:

Annual Cost of Attendance

One of the major factors being considered is the overall cost of the graduate program. Schools offering nationally recognized academic training while also keeping student costs low are given higher consideration. Data was gathered from the school’s website or the College Navigator Tool.

Points:
Under $12,000 / $12,001 – $15,000/ $15,001 – $18,000:
3 Points / 2 Points / 1 Point

Accreditation

In order to be included in this ranking list, an appropriate ranking body must regionally accredit each college or university. Those schools that have received additional accreditation are given an edge over schools without.

Points:

Each accreditation: 1 Point

College and Program Ranking

The next consideration was whether or not a school has been granted acknowledgement by a national ranking body. The major source of such national notoriety comes from the US News and World Report Best Colleges List.

Points:
US News and World Report Best Western University Ranking:
Top 5 / Top 10 / Top 25 / Top 50
5 Points / 3 Points / 2 Points / 1 Point

US News and World Report Best Value School, Top Public School Ranking:
Top 10 / Top 25 / Top 50
3 Points / 2 Points / 1 Point

US News and World Report Best Program Ranking:
Top 50 / Top 100 / Top 150
3 Points / 2 Points / 1 Point

Number of Degree Options or Areas of Specialization

Those schools that offer students more than one option for how to pursue a career in health care management afford a higher degree of flexibility in their education. Schools offering more than one degree in this field are given higher preference.

Points:
More Than 1 Available Degree Option or Area of Specialization = 2 Points

Likelihood of Acceptance

As more and more individuals are pursuing health care management degrees, the ability to be accepted to a college program is becoming increasingly competitive. Those schools with higher acceptance rate were given additional points. US News and World Report provided the data for this score.

Points:
Acceptance Rates Above 60% / Above 70% / Above 80%
1 Points / 2 Points / 3 Points

Grading Process

Once the points were tallied, the schools were arranged into groups by the total number of points they earned. In the cases of ties, preference was given to those schools with the lower tuition rate.

About the Author

After earning a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Rutgers University and then a Master of Science in Clinical and Forensic Psychology from Drexel University, Kristen began a career as a therapist at two prisons in Philadelphia. At the same time she volunteered as a rape crisis counselor, also in Philadelphia. After a few years in the field she accepted a teaching position at a local college where she currently teaches online psychology courses. Kristen began writing in college and still enjoys her work as a writer, editor, professor and mother.

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