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Top 20 Midwest Master’s in Health Care Management Degree Programs 2016

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By Kristen Fescoe
Published September 2016

The field of health care management and administration continues to grow and thrive throughout the entire United States. More and more colleges and universities throughout the Midwest are offering graduate-level training programs to prepare graduates for this exciting career path. There are a number of graduate degree options that students can choose from, depending upon their ultimate career and personal goals. Some of these include Master of Business Administration with a Health Care Emphasis, Master of Health Administration, Master of Arts or Science in Health Care Management, Master of Public Health, Master of Science in Nursing with emphases in Clinical Nurse Leadership or Administration, and even a Doctor of Philosophy in Health Care Administration or Management. Some programs offer dual degree options, wherein students earn two complementary degrees in less time than they would pursuing the degrees separately. An example of this would be a student who earns both a Master of Science in Nursing and a Master of Business Administration. This person would graduate with both strong clinical nursing skills as well as the business acumen to be a leader in their organization. These are just a few of the wide range of options for graduate health care management degrees in the Midwest.

For information on how we ranked these programs, see the methodology section at the end of the article.

Ranking of Top 20 Midwest Master’s in Health Care Management Degree Programs

 

#20: Anderson University – Anderson, Indiana

Anderson University Best HCM Masters Western Region
The Department of Adult and Graduate Studies

Degrees Offered:
Master of Science in Nursing
Specializations Offered:
Informatics (MSN)
Administration (MSN)
Affiliations:
The Department of Nursing

Points: 6
Program Website

Students at Anderson can earn their MSN degree with two concentrations that lead to a career in management and leadership.

National Ranking:
#35 US News Best Midwestern University
Average Annual Graduate Tuition: $14,190
Accreditations:
Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (HLC-NCACS)

#19: St. Catherine University – Saint Paul, Minnesota

St Catherine University Best HCM Masters Western Region
The School of Business and Professional Studies

Degrees Offered:
Master of Business Administration
Specializations Offered:
Health Care Management (MBA)

Points: 6
Program Website

Saint Kate’s MBA is offered with a health care management concentration to provide students with the business acumen and health care knowledge required to keep up with changes and deliver better patient care.

National Ranking:
#15 US News Best Midwestern University
#538 Forbes Best College
Average Annual Graduate Tuition: $13,518
Accreditations:
The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (HLC-NCACS)

#18: University of Indianapolis – Indianapolis, Indiana

University Of Indianapolis Best HCM Masters Western Region
The School of Nursing

Degrees Offered:
Master of Science in Nursing
Specializations Offered:
Health Systems Leadership (MSN)

Points: 8
Program Website

The Nursing and Health Systems Leadership MSN program can be completed on a full or part-time basis. Completing one to two classes per semester allows students to complete the program in two-and-a-half years through a combination of hybrid and online courses.

National Ranking:
#30 US News Best Midwestern University
#121 US News Best Master’s Degree Program in Nursing
# US News Best Online Graduate Program in Nursing
Average Annual Graduate Tuition: $34,292
Accreditations:
Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (HLC-NCACS)

#17: Dominican University – River Forest, Illinois

Dominican University Best HCM Masters Western Region
The Brennan School of Business

Degrees Offered:
Master of Business Administration
Specializations Offered:
Health Care Administration (MBA)

Points: 9
Program Website

Students with a strong interest in the business side of health care will benefit from the Master of Business Administration with a concentration in health care administration. The program is designed to fit the needs of working students, with weekday evening courses on-campus or online or hybrid course work.

National Ranking:
#20 US News Best Midwestern University
#6 US News Best Value School
Average Annual Graduate Tuition: $17,815
Accreditations:
The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)
Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (HLC-NCACS)

#16: Lewis University – Romeoville, Illinois

Lewis University Best HCM Masters Western Region
The College of Business

Degrees Offered:
Master of Science in Nursing
Master of Business Administration
Dual Master of Business Administration/ Master of Science in Nursing
Specializations Offered:
Certificate in Healthcare Systems Leadership (MBA)
Health Care Informatics Concentration (MBA)
Health Care Management Concentration (MBA)
Healthcare Systems Leadership (MSN)
Affiliations:
The College of Nursing and Health Professions

Points: 9
Program Website

Both the College of Business and the College of Nursing and Health Professions at Lewis offer graduate level training for those hoping to enter the field of health care management. There are options for nurses to specialize in leadership roles and an opportunity for business students to become trained in the nuances of the health care industry.

National Ranking:
#28 US News Best Midwestern University
#93 US News Best Online Graduate Program in Nursing
Average Annual Graduate Tuition: $14,310
Accreditations:
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (HLC-NCACS)

#15: Webster University – Saint Louis, Missouri

Webster University Best HCM Masters Western Region
The George Herbert Walker School of Business and Technology

Degrees Offered:
Master of Arts in Health Care Administration
Master of Health Administration
Master of Science in Nursing
Dual Master of Business Administration / Master of Health Administration
Specializations Offered:
Nurse Leadership (MSN)
Affiliations:
The School of Nursing

Points: 9
Program Website

Webster students can choose from a range of options to become a leader in the field of health care management, with options in business, nursing, health administration and even a dual degree that combines more than one side of the industry.

National Ranking:
#26 US News Best Midwestern University
#141 US News Best Online Master of Business Administration
#578 Forbes Best College
Average Annual Graduate Tuition: $12,300
Accreditations:
Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP)
Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (HLC-NCACS)

#14: University of Michigan – Dearborn, Michigan

University of Michigan Dearborn Best HCM Masters Western Region
The Division of Graduate Studies

Degrees Offered:
Master of Science in Health Information Technology
Affiliations:
The College of Education, Health and Human Services

Points: 9
Program Website

The Master of Science in Health Information Technology is designed for those students who have a passion for computer science and medical science. This program prepares them for work in the rapidly growing sector of health information management.

National Ranking:
#36 US News Best Midwestern University
#7 US News Top Public School
Average Annual Graduate Tuition: $10,854
Accreditations:
Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (HLC-NCACS)

#13: Eastern Illinois University – Charleston, Illinois

Eastern Illinois University Best HCM Masters Western Region
The Graduate School

Degrees Offered:
Master of Science in Health Promotion and Leadership
Affiliations:
The Health Studies Department

Points: 10
Program Website

Eastern Illinois offer students a unique master’s degree in health promotions and leadership to prepare for careers as health educators and professionals who implement ever-changing health care legislation within their organization.

National Ranking:
#30 US News Best Midwestern University
#5 US News Top Public School
Average Annual Graduate Tuition: $6,840
Accreditations:
Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (HLC-NCACS)

#12: University of Detroit Mercy – Detroit, Michigan

University of Detroit Mercy Best HCM Masters Western Region
The College of Health Professionals

Degrees Offered:
Master of Health Services Administration
Master of Science in Nursing
Master of Business Administration for Health Care Professionals
Dual Master of Business Administration / Master of Health Services Administration
Specializations Offered:
Clinical Nurse Leader (MSN)
Health Systems Management (MSN)
Affiliations:
The College of Business Administration

Points: 11
Program Website

The University of Detroit Mercy offers training for future health care managers through the College of Health Professions and the College of Business Administration. Students can choose from an Master of Business Administration for Health Care Professionals or the Master of Health Services Administration, as well as a dual MBA / MHSA. Those in the nursing profession who hope to rise to a managerial position can earn an MSN with two specializations.

National Ranking:
#23 US News Best Midwestern University
#85 US News Best Master’s Program in Nursing
Average Annual Graduate Tuition: $26,802
Accreditations:
The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)
Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (HLC-NCACS)

#11: Rockhurst University – Kansas City, Missouri

Rockhurst University Best HCM Masters Western Region
The Helzberg School of Management and The Research College of Nursing

Degrees Offered:
Master of Science in Nursing
Master of Business Administration
Dual Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine / Health Care Leadership MBA
Specializations Offered:
Health Care Leadership (MBA)
Executive Practice & Health Care Leadership (MSN)
Clinical Nurse Leadership (MSN)
Affiliations:
The Research College of Nursing

Points: 11
Program Website

The Helzberg School of Management offers a Health Care Leadership MBA as well as a dual Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine / Health Care Leadership MBA. The Research College of Nursing supports an MSN with specializations in Executive Practice & Health Care Leadership (EPHL) and Clinical Nurse Leadership.

National Ranking:
#18 US News Best Midwestern University
#153 US News Best Part Time Master of Business Administration
Average Annual Graduate Tuition: $14,760
Accreditations:
The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)
Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (HLC-NCACS)

#10: The College of Saint Scholastica – Duluth, Minnesota

College of St Scholastica Best HCM Masters Western Region
The Business School

Degrees Offered:
Master of Science in Health Information Management
Master of Science in Health Informatics
Master of Business Administration
Specializations Offered:
Rural Health Care (MBA)
Affiliations:
The Health Information Department
The Online Division

Points: 11
Program Website

The College of Saint Scholastica is a Benedictine college offering three excellent degree programs in health care management and administration through campus locations in Duluth, Saint Paul, Saint Cloud, Grand Rapids, Arizona as well as an extensive Online Division.

National Ranking:
#33 US News Best Midwestern University
#404 Forbes Best College
Average Annual Graduate Tuition: $10,980
Accreditations:
Commission on Accreditation for Health Information Management Education (CAHIIM)
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (HLC-NCACS)

#9: Elmhurst College – Elmhurst, Illinois

Elmhurst College Best HCM Masters Western Region
The School of Professional Studies

Degrees Offered:
Master of Health Care Administration
Master of Health Informatics
Affiliations:
The Business School
The Department of Nursing and Health Sciences

Points: 12
Program Website

Elmhurst College is another school offering several master’s degree options in health care management and administration. The master of health care administration is a part-time program that can be completed in as little as 26 months fully online. The master in health informatics is a fully online, part-time program. The MSN can be earned with a specialization as a clinical nurse leader or nurse administrator. Graduates of the MSN program are eligible to apply for the one-year MBA program with a specialization in health care leadership.

National Ranking:
#10 US News Best Midwestern University
#9 US News Best Value School
#474 Forbes Best College
Average Annual Graduate Tuition: $28,750
Accreditations:
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (HLC-NCACS)

#8: Otterbein University – Westerville, Ohio

Otterbein University Best HCM Masters Western RegionThe Graduate School

Degrees Offered:
Master of Science in Nursing
Master of Science in Allied Health in Health Care Administration
Master of Business Administration
Specializations Offered:
Clinical Nurse Leadership (MSN)
Affiliations:
The School of Professional Studies
Department of Business, Accounting, & Economics
Department of Health and Sport Sciences
Department of Nursing

Points: 12
Program Website

Students hoping to enter careers as health care managers and administrators can choose from several excellent degree programs in this field, including options in nursing leadership, a health care Master of Business Administration and a master’s degree in allied health.

National Ranking:
#13 US News Best Midwestern University
#541 Forbes Best College
Average Annual Graduate Tuition: $591
Accreditations:
Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (HLC-NCACS)

#7: Indiana Wesleyan University – Marion, Indiana

Indiana Wesleyan University Best HCM Masters Western Region
The Graduate School

Degrees Offered:
Master of Science in Nursing
Dual Master of Science in Nursing / Master of Business Administration
Master of Business Administration
Specializations Offered:
Nursing Administration (MSN)
Affiliations:
The Department of Nursing
The Business School

Points: 13
Program Website

All three degree options available to students planning to pursue training in health care management or administration see students working towards a degree rooted in tenets of the Wesleyan faith.

National Ranking:
#30 US News Best Midwestern University
#12 US News Best Value School
Average Annual Graduate Tuition: $9,265
Accreditations:
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (HLC-NCACS)

#6: University of Evansville – Evansville, Indiana

University of Evansville Best HCM Masters Western Region
The College of Education and Health Science

Degrees Offered:
Master of Science in Health Services Administration

Points: 14
Program Website

MS-HAS students have the ability to enroll as a full-time or part-time student, with most part-time students being working adults. Part-time students general take one or two evening courses a semester and graduate within three to four years. Full-time students taking 9-12 credit hours a semester can graduate within 14-18 months.

National Ranking:
#8 US News Best Midwestern University
#4 US News Best Value School
#310 Forbes Best College
Average Annual Graduate Tuition: $15,368
Accreditations:
Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (HLC-NCACS)

#5: Drake University – Des Moines, Iowa

Drake University Best HCM Masters Western Region
The College of Business and Public Administration

Degrees Offered:
Master of Business Administration
Specializations Offered:
Health Care Management (MBA)
Affiliations:
The Department of Business Administration

Points: 15
Program Website

Drake University MBA students work alongside esteemed faculty members to develop their leadership skills to expand their business acumen. Advisers help students choose elective courses and an area of specialization to complete the 39-credit hour MBA program.

National Ranking:
#3 US News Best Midwestern University
#10 US News Best Value School
#145 Forbes Best College
Average Annual Graduate Tuition: $9,720
Accreditations:
Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (HLC-NCACS)

#4: Grand Valley State University – Allendale, Michigan

Grand Valley State University Best HCM Masters Western Region
The Seadman Graduate Scchool

Degrees Offered:
Master of Business Administration
Master of Health Administration
Master of Science in Medical and Bioinformatics
Master of Science in Nursing
Specializations Offered:
Health Sector Management (MBA)
Affiliations:
School of Public, Nonprofit and Health Administration
Seadman Graduate School
Kirkhof College of Nursing
The Graduate School

Points: 18
Program Website

Grand Valley State students have several great options to move into the exciting and rewarding career as a health care manager or administrator in areas of business, nursing and health administration. Students who complete the MSN are eligible to take the Clinical Nurse Leader Examination.

National Ranking:
#26 US News Best Midwestern University
#14 US News Best Value School
#3 US News Top Public School
#537 Forbes Best College
Average Annual Graduate Tuition: $14,612
Accreditations:
The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (HLC-NCACS)

#3: Xavier University – Cincinnati, Ohio

Xavier University Best HCM Masters Western Region
The Williams College of Business

Degrees Offered:
Dual Master of Business Administration / Master of Health Services Administration
Dual Master of Business Administration / Master of Science in Nursing
Master of Arts in Health Care Mission Integration
Master of Health Services Administration
Master of Science in Nursing
Specializations Offered:
Health Economic and Clinical Outcomes Research (MSN)
Administration (MSN)
Clinical Nurse Leader (MSN)
Health Care Law (MSN)
Informatics (MSN)
Affiliations:
The Department of Nursing
The Department of Health Services Administration

Points: 20
Program Website

Students interested in entering the field of health care management and administration can choose from the wide range of options available at Xavier University. There are options in business, nursing and health administration.

National Ranking:
#6 US News Best Midwestern University
#29 US News Best Graduate Program in Health Care Management
#88 US News Best Master’s Program in Nursing
#315 Forbes Best College
Average Annual Graduate Tuition: $10,908
Accreditations:
The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (HLC-NCACS)
The Commission on Accreditation Healthcare Management Education (CAHME)

#2: Valparaiso University – Valparaiso, Indiana

Valparaiso University Best HCM Masters Western Region
The Graduate School and Continuing Education

Degrees Offered:
Master of Health Administration
Dual Master of Health Administration / Master of Science in Nursing
Affiliations:
The College of Nursing and Health Professions

Points: 21
Program Website

The MHA curriculum is a combination of online and on campus components, both of which provide basic framework in business principles as well as health care specific knowledge. One of the most beneficial elements of the program is the experiential coursework, including a practicum and internships. Students may also pair the MHA with a dual MSN.

National Ranking:
#5 US News Best Midwestern University
#1 US News Best Value School
#168 US News Best MSN Program
#234 Forbes Best College
Average Annual Graduate Tuition: $11,070
Accreditations:
Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (HLC-NCACS)

#1: Creighton University – Omaha, Nebraska

Creighton University Best HCM Masters Western RegionThe Graduate School

Degrees Offered:
Master of Science in Nursing
Specializations Offered:
Clinical Nurse Leadership (MSN)
Clinical Systems Administration (MSN)
Affiliations:
The College of Nursing

Points: 27
Program Website

Creighton’s MSN program can be completed by taking mostly online classes, with minimal required visits to campus. Students can enroll either full-time or part-time student and there is no need to take the GRE or submit a thesis. The Clinical Nurse Leader specialization prepares students for a range of inpatient and outpatient nursing environments. The Clinical Systems Administration specialization trains students to become innovative leaders to improve the quality of healthcare.

National Ranking:
#1 US News Best Midwestern University
#2 US News Best Value School
#3 US News Most Innovative School
#128 US News Best MSN Program
#64 US News Best Online Graduate Program in Nursing
#178 Forbes Best College
Average Annual Graduate Tuition: $15,052
Accreditations:
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (HLC-NCACS)

 

Ranking Methodology

This ranking list has been created to outline the 25 best graduate programs in healthcare management in the Midwestern 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 College Navigator.

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, the school must be regionally accredited. Those schools that have received additional accreditation are given an edge.

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 and the Forbes Best Colleges List.

Points:
US News and World Report Best Midwestern University, Best Value School, Top Public School and Most Innovative School Ranking:
Top 5 / Top 10 / Top 25 / Top 50
5 Points / 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

Forbes Best College Ranking
Top 100 / Top 250 / Top 500
3 Points / 2 Points / 1 Point

Number of Degree Options or Areas of Specialization

Those schools the 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 Options or Areas 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 have been tallied the schools are arranged into groups by the amount of points they have earned. In the cases of ties, preference was given to those schools with the lowest tuition rates.

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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