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Top 20 Online Master’s in Healthcare Administration and Healthcare Management 2015

By Kristen Fescoe
Published August, 2015

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Graduate Healthcare Management degrees and Healthcare Administration degrees are becoming increasingly popular for those people who want to pursue a career in the healthcare industry. In keeping with this shift more colleges and universities are offering online healthcare degrees for those busy working professionals who cannot commit to an on-campus degree program. Changes to the modern healthcare system have created a boom in positions available for trained healthcare management and administration professionals. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Handbook, the field of Healthcare Management and Administration is expected to increase by at least 23 percent between now and the year 2020. Because of this rapid rate of growth, there will be thousands of new jobs available to trained Healthcare Managers, Executives and Administrators. While many degree options come in the form of a specialized Master of Business Administration (MBA) or a graduate degree in Public Health, a Graduate Healthcare Administration degree or Healthcare Management degree gives the most specialized training. These online healthcare degrees offer a curriculum specific to those people who will go on to be Healthcare Managers and Administrators. By pursuing a graduate Healthcare Management degree in an online format, students can continue to work while they earn their degree.

Ranking Methodology

This ranking list highlights the top twenty online graduate programs in Health Administration or Healthcare Management. Consideration was given to those programs which received both regional and program-specific accreditation. Additionally, attention was paid to those programs that were ranked on the US News and World Report Best Colleges list. The list was then ranked according to: other rankings or awards given by other notable ranking bodies; the estimated cost of attendance for graduate students; the flexibility of the class format; and the degree and specialization offered. The purpose of this list is to outline the highest ranked online Master of Health Administration and Healthcare Management programs, which are designed to prepare future Healthcare Managers and Administrators. Specializations, awards and achievements earned by the school or department have also been noted.

Ranking the Top Twenty Online Master’s in Health Administration and Healthcare Management Degrees

#20 – University of Saint Francis – Fort Wayne, Indiana
University of Saint Francis Graduate Health Care Management

Keith Busse School of Business and Entrepreneurial Leadership

Master of Health Care Administration

Program Website

The Master of Healthcare Administration degree (MHA) combines the expertise of the Keith Busse School of Business and Entrepreneurial Leadership to educate healthcare administrators with training and practical experiences directly related to real-world job challenges. The MHA program at the University of Saint Francis offers students training in the theories necessary to pursue a career in business and healthcare administration. Students learn the issues and best practices in the field, as well as practical experiences that make them more effective healthcare leaders. Applicants to the MHA program must meet the following criteria:

  • Possess a bachelor degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution.
  • Possess a minimum 2.75 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale.
  • If the cumulative GPA is below 2.75 with less than five years of professional work experience, the applicant must take the GMAT and submit scores to the university for review. If the applicant has five or more years of professional work experience, a résumé can be submitted for review.

US News and World Report Ranking:
#69 Best College in the Midwestern Region of the United States
Program Format: Fully Online
Cost of Attendance: $25,930 average annual tuition
Degrees or Specializations Offered: Master of Health Care Administration
Accreditations:
The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)
The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCACS)

#19 – Pfeiffer University – Misenheimer, NC
Pfeiffer University Graduate Health Care Administration Program

The Graduate College

Master of Health Administration

Program Website

The Master of Health Administration degree (MHA) offered by Pfeiffer University addresses all sectors of healthcare: hospitals, ambulatory care, mental health, public health, practice management, government policy, long-term care and insurance. The MHA curriculum combines necessary business and health services administration coursework, allowing students to learn and practice managerial, financial and legal skills while actively reflecting on the ethical issues that are part of today’s dynamic health services environment. Graduates of this program are a network of over 1,200 alumni and students who serve in key leadership positions for every major health system in North and South Carolinas. Some of the many strengths of this program include:

  • An classroom environment which is ideal for working adults who can set their own pace with flexible classroom scheduling in Charlotte, Raleigh and online
  • Intentionally small class size with students from diverse backgrounds
  • Affordable tuition with financial aid available for those who qualify
  • International opportunities in Europe, United Kingdom, Liberia and/or Canada
  • Health Services Administration certificate available for post-graduate continuing education

US News and World Report Ranking:
#62 Best College in the Southern Region of the United States
#25 Best College for Veterans
Program Format: Online or Hybrid Option
Cost of Attendance: $25,590 average annual tuition
Degrees or Specializations Offered:
Master of Health Administration
Accreditations:
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACS-COC)

#18 – University of Texas – Tyler, Texas
University of Texas Graduate Health Care Administration Program

Department of Social Services

Executive Master of Health Care Administration

Program Website

The Executive Master of Health Care Administration degree, referred to as the EHCA, is a program designed to educate in an executive format through four semesters. The classroom portion of each course is taught during an intensive week at the beginning of each semester with the remainder of the course completed completely online. The EHCA MPA Program is offered by the Department of Social Sciences at The University of Texas at Tyler. The program is designed for busy, working health care professionals and administrators who have reached a point in their careers where they need advanced skills and knowledge to manage staff, organizations and health systems. Essential characteristics that distinguish the program include both the academic and field experiences of the faculty. Faculty members have held positions such as: chief executive officer (CEO), chief operating officer (COO), chief financial officer (CFO), strategic planner, hospital marketer, health policy analyst and health care consultant. Students in this program have diverse backgrounds including hospital administrators, physicians, nurses, pharmacists, therapists, social workers, nursing facility administrators, consultants, etc.

US News and World Report Ranking:
#68 Best College in the Western Region of the United States
#24 Top Public School
Program Format: Classroom portion is an intensive one week segment at the beginning of each semester and the rest of the coursework is completed online.
Cost of Attendance: $7,222 in state / $17,842 out of state average annual tuition
Degrees or Specializations Offered:
Executive Health Care Administration
Accreditations:
The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACS-COC)

#17 – California State University – Northridge, California
California State Northridge Graduate Health Care Administration Program

The College of Health and Human Services

Master of Public Administration and Master of Public Health

Program Website

Offered in collaboration by the College of Health and Human Development, the California State University Northridge online MPA program readies students to analyze, improve and implement effective public policy in programs and services related to the fast-growing health care sector. To become a successful administrator professionals need relevant information and management skills to understand the dynamics of national health care and its effects on interactions with local, state and private entities, including insurers. Students in this program will acquire an understanding of health care administration that will allow them to apply their expertise to this critically important field. This program is also a good choice for people with clinical backgrounds but no formal management training because it provides the skills necessary for supervising workers in health care settings. The MPA with Health Administration option students also benefit from the following features:

  • A well-designed program that promotes effective learning – The sequencing of the courses in this program ensures that each successive course builds on content presented earlier.
  • Online programs that meet exceptional standards – CSUN’s online delivery format provides midcareer adults with significant flexibility for completing coursework at times and in places that fit their own schedules.
  • A cohesive and supportive learning community – Students enter and proceed through this program as a cohort, which encourages the development of a supportive network of fellow industry professionals.
  • Work-friendly flexibility – Students in this two-year program enroll in two assigned courses per semester.
  • Distinguished faculty – This program is taught by CSUN faculty who also work in the field of public administration in a wide range of settings and roles.
  • Exceptional support services – CSUN offers exceptional support services designed for working professionals.
  • Stackable curricula – For those with bachelor’s degrees who are not certain they wish to pursue the MPA degree at this time, CSUN offers stackable curricula.
  • Designed in collaboration with the university’s College of Health and Human Development, CSUN’s two-year, seven-term online Master of Public Health (MPH): Community Health Education program is an excellent choice for individuals seeking to enter or advance in the field. The curriculum spans the five core areas of public health and professional preparation, biostatistics, environmental health, epidemiology, health policy and management and social and behavioral science. The program also includes experiential training in the public sector to provide practical experience and foster the development of decision-making skills.

US News and World Report Ranking:
#68 Best College in the Western Region of the United States
#24 Top Public School
Program Format: Fully Online or Hybrid Option
Cost of Attendance: $6,296 in state / $17,716 out of state average annual tuition
Degrees or Specializations Offered:
Master of Public Administration – Health Administration Option
Master of Public Health – Community Health Education Option
Accreditations:
The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)
Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH)
Senior College and University Commission of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)

#16 – University of the Incarnate Word – San Antonio, Texas
University of the Incarnate Word Graduate Health Care Administration Program

The School of Research and Graduate Studies

Master of Health Care Administration

Program Website

The University of the Incarnate Word’s Master of Health Administration degree program (MHA) is a twenty-one month, forty-five hour program was created for those professionals seeking early career positions within the healthcare industry. It is a good choice for those people already in the workforce as the courses are offered in the evenings and online. The curriculum was built on a framework of twenty-four competencies critical to the business success of healthcare administration professionals. The MHA degree will provide students with a health systems perspective created upon an understanding of health and disease, as well as the economic and social factors that influence the industry. The courses focus on and integrate managerial responsibilities, functions, and roles related to human resources management, budgeting and financial decision making, legal and ethical issues, quality and continuous improvement, information management, marketing, health policy and strategic thinking within the context of the healthcare industry. Students are also provided with a vast array of opportunities to gain real world healthcare experience.

US News and World Report Ranking:
#63 Best College in the Western Region of the United States
#19 Best College for Veterans
Program Format: Fully Online or Hybrid Option
Cost of Attendance: $26,490 average annual tuition
Degrees or Specializations Offered:
Master of Health Care Administration
Accreditations:
The Commission on Accreditation Health Care Management Education (CAHME)
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACS-COC)

#15 – University of Detroit Mercy – Detroit, Michigan
University of Detroit Mercy Graduate Health Care Administration Program

The College of Health Professions – McAuley School of Nursing

Master of Health Services Administration

Program Website

The Master of Health Services Administration (MHSA) degree program is designed to educate knowledgeable, multi-skilled current and future healthcare leaders. The MHSA builds on the health related skills and work experience that each student bring to the program and works to develop advanced competencies in management, research techniques and fiscal management. Courses are offered in a format designed for working professionals. The MHSA program is accessible to working adults who cannot take time away from jobs and families for full-time or part-time study. Health care cases and content are fully integrated into each course and health care management texts are used along with Internet resources. The 47-credit master’s degree can be completed in five semesters by attending online and evening classes. The HSA Program Competencies include:

  • Communication and Relationship Management
  • Leadership
  • Professionalism
  • Knowledge of Healthcare Environment
  • Business Knowledge and Skills
  • Financial Management
  • Human Resources
  • Organizational Dynamics and Governance
  • Information Management
  • Risk Management
  • Quality Improvement

US News and World Report Ranking:
#41 Best College in the Midwestern Region of the United States
Program Format: Fully Online or Hybrid Option
Cost of Attendance: $37,320 average annual tuition
Degrees or Specializations Offered:
Master of Health Services Administration
Accreditations:
American College of Health Care Executives (ACHE)
The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)
Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA)
The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCACS)

#14 – California State University – Long Beach, California
California State University Long Beach Graduate Health Care Administration Program

The College of Health and Human Services

Master of Science in Health Care Administration Online

Program Website

The online Master of Science in Health Care Administration degree (HCA) is designed to prepare busy working professionals for acceleration in their careers. Graduates of the HCA degree will achieve and demonstrate the following competencies: healthcare knowledge, leadership, presentation skills (oral communication), written communication skills, career marketability, teamwork, managing change, conceptual skills, managerial decision making, ethical decision making, information management, interpersonal skills, independence, creativity and critical thinking, analytical skills, planning, advocacy and conflict management.

The Accelerated Master of Science in Health Care Administration Degree Program is designed to prepare working professionals for administrative positions in healthcare organizations which requires a minimum three years of work experience and combines online and weekend courses. The program requires 45 credit hours consisting of 15 core courses. The program offers foundation courses early and more advanced healthcare specific courses later in the program.

US News and World Report Ranking:
#33 Best College in the Western Region of the United States
Program Format: Hybrid Learning Environment
Cost of Attendance: $6,420 in-state / $12,108 out-of-state average annual tuition
Degrees or Specializations Offered:
Master of Science in Health Care Administration
Master of Health Care Administration Accelerated Program
Master of Science in Nursing/Health Care Administration Accelerated Program
Accreditations:
The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)
Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH)
Senior College and University Commission of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)

#13 – Western Kentucky University – Bowling Green, Kentucky
Western Kentucky University Graduate Health Care Management Program

The Graduate School

Executive Master of Health Care Administration Online

Program Website

Students in the online Executive Master of Health Care Administration degree program at WKU are part of an ever-changing field of study that requires well-trained leaders and innovators to manage the challenges in the healthcare world. This program allows healthcare professionals the opportunity to strengthen their education with a unique and flexible schedule. The program appeals to working professionals due to its flexibility. Students are able to gain new skills without having to give up their job or lifestyle. The program design meets the needs of busy executives and the curriculum only requires students to visit the classroom three times per semester. Students can complete the degree in two years, with the majority of the coursework being completed through online distance learning. Upon completion of the Executive MHA at WKU, students gain:

  • Skills that will separate you from your peers, and also expansion of career and professional opportunities
  • Management skills in specific areas related to all aspects of your career
  • Decision-making skills
  • Knowledge for a practical setting that will enable you to quickly and efficiently master and apply the latest industry strategies
  • The ability to lead and inspire individuals in your respective organizations

US News and World Report Ranking:
#31 Best College in the Southern Region of the United States
Program Format: Fully Online
Cost of Attendance: $9,140 in-state / $23,532 out-of-state average annual tuition
Degrees or Specializations Offered:
Executive Master of Health Care Administration
Accreditations:
The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)
Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA)
Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH)
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACS-COC)

#12 – LeTourneau University – Longview, Texas

LeTourneau-University

The School of Business

Master of Science in Health Care Administration Online

Program Website

LeTourneau University’s Master of Science in Health Care Administration Online was created specifically for current healthcare professionals wishing to move into administration positions. This program helps enhance their professional perspective, improve organizational effectiveness, or manage their own health-related business. Because of the aging of America’s population, there will be a great deal of growth of healthcare organizations, increasing the need for highly qualified healthcare administrators. At LETU, students follow a curriculum designed in collaboration with top-tier healthcare management professionals, including CEOs, CFOs, presidents and vice-presidents of many local and regional hospitals across East Texas. In this program, courses are typically completed one at a time and range from three to seven weeks. Coursework begins on Monday each week, with most assignments due by Sunday at midnight. The curriculum covers topics such as healthcare organization, policy, systems, regulation, finance, administration and leadership. The program also works to integrate faith into the class content and discussions in order to encourage students to understand how faith can and should inform their professional decisions and actions.

US News and World Report Ranking:
#27 Best College in the Western Region of the United States
#13 Best Value College
Program Format: Fully Online or Hybrid Option
Cost of Attendance: $26,910 average annual tuition
Degrees or Specializations Offered:
Master of Science in Health Care Administration
Accreditations:
American College of Health Care Executives (ACHE)
Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA)
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACS-COC)

#11 – Webster University – Webster Groves, Missouri
Webster University Graduate Health Care Administration Program

George Herbert Walker School of Business and Technology

Master of Health Administration Online

Program Website

The Master of Health Administration Online (MHA) from Webster University prepares students for one of the fastest growing areas of today’s economy, the healthcare industry. Graduates of this program are an invaluable part of the medical and health industry and are often involved in planning, directing, coordinating and supervising healthcare. At Webster University, the MHA program allows students to explore the ethical, legal and economic issues facing healthcare providers today. This program builds a broad conceptual framework of the healthcare industry and helps develop administrative skills that help graduates guide healthcare organizations toward greater efficiency and effectiveness. Some of the program points of distinction include:

  • The backing of a worldwide institution that offers top-notch learning experiences that transform students to enhance their careers and obtain a global perspective.
  • Small, convenient classes fit every schedule.
  • The MHA is offered at over 20 campus locations throughout the United States in cities and military bases.
  • Webster faculty members have studied what they teach, attained graduate level degrees and work in the field in which they teach.

US News and World Report Ranking:
#26 Best College in the Midwestern Region of the United States
#11 Best College for Veterans
#125 Best Online Graduate Business Program
#79 Best Online Graduate Education Program
Program Format: Fully Online or Hybrid Option
Cost of Attendance: $24,500 average annual tuition
Degrees or Specializations Offered:
Master of Health Administration
Accreditations:
Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP)
The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCACS)

#10 – Champlain University – Burlington, Vermont
Champlain College Graduate Health Care Administration Program

The Department of Online and Continuing Education

Master of Healthcare Administration Online

Program Website

The online Master of Science in Healthcare Administration degree program was created in collaboration with leaders and practitioners from a range of disciplines within the healthcare industry. Students pursuing their graduate studies at Champlain College will become part of a premier learning community that will teach students how to thrive and lead in an environment of rapid change. Some of the major benefits of the Champlain Masters’ in Health Care Administration include:

  • Becoming a leader in performance improvement. The program’s framework of performance improvement procedures will train students to guide their organization by the highest quality-improvement standards.
  • Gain an edge with comprehensive technical knowledge. Students gain mastery of information technology systems involved with all aspects of healthcare to support cost-control strategies and best-practice initiatives.
  • Courses designed by healthcare professionals. The faculty members who deliver the program are practitioners in the healthcare sector with broad experience as consultants, lawyers, CEOs, chief operating officers, information officers, and more.
  • Online courses offer flexibility and convenience. Most of the program is offered online, allowing students to participate in a challenging, high-quality education while maintaining a busy lifestyle.
  • Pursue valuable networking opportunities in a rich residency experience. In the two-day residency at Champlain College, students integrate the concepts and skills acquired through their classes with real-time presentations and discussions.

US News and World Report Ranking:
#14 Best College in the Northern Region of the United States
Program Format: Hybrid Option
Cost of Attendance: $32,900 average annual tuition
Degrees or Specializations Offered:
Master of Health Care Administration
Accreditations:
New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC)

#9 – Saint Joseph’s University – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Saint Josephs University Graduate Health Care Administration Program

The Graduate College

Online Master of Science in Health Care Administration 

The online Master of Science in Health Administration (MHA) from Saint Joseph’s University is a practice-based program designed to give students the skills and experience needed to improve the performance of their organization and advance their careers. The classes are taught by an experienced team of professors gathered from various segments of the healthcare industry. The online MHA goes beyond the traditional theories and generalities of Health Administration to deliver practical lessons specific to today’s healthcare challenges. From courses in healthcare law taught by health care attorneys, to healthcare ethics classes led by key executives in the non-profit industry, the online MHA curriculum is developed for the modern healthcare marketplace and delivered by experts in the field. This graduate degree program gives students a choice between two in-demand, career-oriented specializations:

  • Health Care Ethics – This specialization explores the complex moral and ethical healthcare considerations that often dominate executive-level decision making. By examining issues from genetic testing before birth to end-of-life care and euthanasia, students will gain new perspective on proper healthcare administration at an individual and policy-making level.
  • Informatics – Effective management, development and evaluation of electronic medical records and other emerging healthcare technologies is the focus of this specialization. Built for today’s rapidly changing digital healthcare environment, the Informatics specialization covers issues related to IT infrastructure and applications with emphasis on improving the quality of care through enhanced data management.

US News and World Report Ranking:
#14 Best College in the Northern Region of the United States
#78 Best Online Graduate Education
Program Format: Online or On Campus
Cost of Attendance: $40,580 average annual tuition
Degrees or Specializations Offered:
Master of Science in Health Care Administration
Master of Science in Health Care Administration with Health Care Ethics Specialization
Master of Science in Health Care Administration with Informatics Specialization
Accreditations:
The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)
The Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools (MSACSC)

#8 – Rochester Institute of Technology – Rochester, New York
Rochester-Institute-of-Technology

The College of Health Sciences and Technology

Online Master of Science in Health Systems Administration

Program Website

The Online Master of Science in Health Systems Administration (HSA) was created to provide strategic skills for modern healthcare management. To provide the necessary strategic skills for the ever-changing face of healthcare, the MS in Health Systems Administration builds on a framework of courses in policy and law formation, healthcare economics, innovation, and leadership. Additional options are provided through course selections, building an integrated program that meets the individual challenges of participating students. The program is available online, which allows students to pursue their degree while maintaining a career in locations around the world. Another significant advantage of this program is the diversity of the student population, allowing for thought-provoking discussion and comprehension of global healthcare issues and how these relate to the American healthcare system. The ability to share information and ideas, and to contrast and compare strategies, allows students a level of creativity and scope of practice not found in the traditional classroom. Students may choose from a general MS-HAS degree or pursue a specialization in one of the following areas:

  • Healthcare Operations in Finance
  • Leadership in Healthcare Operations
  • Healing Hospitality

US News and World Report Ranking:
#8 Best College in the Northern Region of the United States
#5 Best Value College
Program Format: Fully Online or Hybrid Option
Cost of Attendance: $35,768 average annual tuition
Degrees or Specializations Offered:
Master of Science in Health Systems Administration
Accreditations:
The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)
The Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools (MSACSC)

#7 – University of Missouri – Columbia, Missouri
University of Missouri Graduate Health Care Administration Program

The Department of Health Management and Informatics

Master of Health Administration

Program Website

The Residential Master of Health Administration degree program is a fully-accredited, nationally-ranked, traditional on-campus program, which was created for professionals who will meet the challenges of a changing healthcare industry. The curriculum is competency based, focusing on ensuring students obtain the necessary knowledge and skills to be successful in the evolving healthcare sector through the incorporation of educational methods shown to be successful with adult learners. Options for dual degrees include an MHA degree in combination with Health Informatics (MS), Business (MBA), Industrial Engineering (MS), Law (JD), and graduate certificates in Informatics, Health Ethics, and European Union Studies.

The Executive Master of Health Administration Degree Program is also an accredited, nationally-ranked executive program offering the quality of the traditional program, delivered in a hybrid on-campus/online format. The program follows a cohort-based model designed for experienced healthcare professionals. The curriculum is competency-based, with a focus on helping students obtain the necessary knowledge and skills to succeed in the modern healthcare market through the combination of educational methods shown to be successful with adult learners. There is an option for a dual degree with Health Informatics (MS), and graduate certificates in Health Informatics and Health Ethics.

US News and World Report Ranking:
#189 Best National University
#106 Top Public School
Program Format: Fully Online or Hybrid Option
Cost of Attendance: $9,582 in-state / $22,641 out-of-state average annual tuition
Degrees or Specializations Offered:
Executive Master of Health Care Administration
Residential Master of Health Care Administration
Accreditations:
The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)
The Commission on Accreditation Healthcare Management Education (CAHME)
Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH)
The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCACS)

#6 – Virginia Commonwealth University – Richmond, Virginia
Virginia Commonwealth Graduate Health Care Administration Program

VCU Department of Health Administration

Online Master of Health Administration and Online Joint Master of Health Administration and Information Systems

Program Website

The Master of Health Administration Degree program is considered an industry-specific MBA program. This means that students will receive rigorous business and management training while also learning about the uniqueness of the healthcare and nonprofit sectors. All third-year MHA students will participate in a year-long, paid administrative residency. This is an opportunity to be mentored by leading healthcare executives in major healthcare delivery organizations around the nation.
The Joint Master of Health Administration and Information Systems is a three-year dual MHA/MSIS degree, which integrates technical IT expertise with healthcare management skills. This will provide graduates with direct access to positions within the healthcare field. The innovative coursework is complemented by a ten-week summer internship in a healthcare organization, during which students apply their classroom knowledge to practical IT management challenges.

US News and World Report Ranking:
#156 Best National University
#84 Top Public School
#47 Best College of Veterans
Program Format: Fully Online or Hybrid Format
Cost of Attendance: $12,398 in state / $29,847 out of state average annual tuition
Degrees or Specializations Offered:
Joint Master of Health Administration and Information Systems
Master of Health Administration
Accreditations:
The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)
The Commission on Accreditation Healthcare Management Education (CAHME)
Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH)
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACS-COC)

#5 – Ohio University – Athens, Ohio
Ohio University Graduate Health Care Administration Program

The College of Health Sciences and Professions

Online Master of Health Administration

Program Website

The Online Master of Health Administration degree program is designed to enhance students’ leadership and decision-making skills with significant benefits to their existing careers. Students will develop advanced-level expertise in the business of healthcare through an innovative curriculum. Students in this online program learn from a distinguished faculty of active industry practitioners and accomplished scholars, and finish in as little as two years.

US News and World Report Ranking:
#129 Best National University
Program Format: Fully Online or Hybrid Option
Cost of Attendance: $10,536 in-state / $19,500 out-of-state average annual tuition
Degrees or Specializations Offered:
Master of Health Care Administration
Accreditations:
The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)
The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCACS)

#4 – University of Cincinnati – Cincinnati, Ohio
University of Cincinnati Graduate Health Care Administration Program

The Graduate College

Online Master of Health Administration

Program Website

The University of Cincinnati Online Master of Health Administration degree program is an advanced education option designed to help students gain the management skills and knowledge necessary to achieve their professional goals in the healthcare industry. The program features online courses taught by experienced faculty, a unique online learning experience, and networking opportunities with local, regional and national healthcare leaders, program faculty and peers. It is focused on addressing critical topics necessary for effective organizational leadership in the dynamic healthcare field. The mission of the University of Cincinnati MHA program is “to provide students who might not have access to traditional educational routes with a high-quality, individualized curriculum in healthcare administration and management, which will prepare them to assume leadership roles within healthcare teams, institutions, and systems.” From this mission, the goals of the MHA program were created:

  • To allow students whose location, employment, or other life situations would not otherwise allow them to seek such education with the opportunity to learn in a manner consistent with their needs through the use of an asynchronous distance learning model
  • To educate all students in the competencies of healthcare leadership and management, allowing them to build a foundation for professional development in their chosen field
  • To provide a value-driven and socially responsible education experience promoting cultural competence, teamwork, and a commitment to improvement
  • To stimulate the commitment to intellectual curiosity sustaining lifelong learning and representing the hallmark of the healthcare professional.

US News and World Report Ranking:
#129 Best National University
#63 Top Public School
Program Format: Fully Online or Hybrid Option
Cost of Attendance: $11,000 in state / $26,334 out of state average annual tuition
Degrees or Specializations Offered:
Master of Health Administration
Accreditations:
Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH)
The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCACS)

#3 – Minnesota State University – Moorhead, Minnesota
Minnesota State University Graduate Health Care Administration P

The College of Science, Health, and the Environment

Master of Health Care Administration Online

Program Website

The online Master of Healthcare Administration degree (MHA) offered by the College of Science, Health, and the Environment provides students with the skills and experience to be competitive in a variety of healthcare and management settings. The program is designed to build upon leadership skills, management styles and understanding of healthcare policy that each student possesses. This means that each student will be qualified and ready to contribute to the improvement of the healthcare delivery system throughout the healthcare continuum.

US News and World Report Ranking:
#106 Best National University
#38 Top Public School
Program Format: Fully Online or Hybrid Option
Cost of Attendance: $7,838 in-state / $14,736 out-of-state average annual tuition
Degrees or Specializations Offered:
Master of Health Care Administration
Accreditations:
The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)
The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCACS)

#2 – Pennsylvania State University – Global Campus
Pennsylvania State University Graduate Health Care Administration Program

The Graduate School

Online Master of Health Administration

Program Website

The Online Master of Health Administration in Health Policy and Administration (MHA) degree program will assist students in combining their health-related work experience with a strong business management education. This allows students to expand their qualifications for challenging leadership positions in healthcare and offer them tools to lead change in a cutting-edge environment. An online MHA Degree from Penn State provides opportunities for advancement in an existing career as a healthcare professional. The degree program is a collaborative effort between the Penn State World Campus, the Penn State Department of Health Policy and Administration, and the School of Public Affairs. This partnership connects students with faculty from a highly ranked, fully-accredited program. Experienced faculty, the residential MHA program’s 4,000+ alumni, and professional contacts help maintain the focus on emerging and complex healthcare leadership challenges. The online program is built on the experience and excellence of the nationally-ranked residential MHA program, which was established over twenty-five years ago and recently awarded a seven year re-accreditation (the highest achievable) by the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME). The online learning format offered by Penn State World Campus makes it possible for each student to fit a degree program into his or her busy schedule.

US News and World Report Ranking:
#48 Best National University
Program Format: Fully Online
Cost of Attendance: $17,502 in-state / $30,452 out-of-state average annual tuition
Degrees or Specializations Offered:
Master of Health Administration in Health Policy and Administration
Accreditations:
The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)
The Commission on Accreditation Healthcare Management Education (CAHME)
Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE)

#1 – University of Southern California – Los Angeles, California
University of Southern California Graduate Health Care Administration Program

Sol Price School of Public Policy

Master of Health Care Administration Online

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The USC Master of Health Administration Online (MHA) program has been educating leaders in health management and policy for over thirty-five years. Students in this program receive a focused health management and policy degree that offers students breadth and depth in areas of specialization. Students have the opportunity to develop expertise in two of the following areas of specialization:

  • Healthcare Operations and Management
  • Leadership in Healthcare Organizations
  • Health Policy
  • Health Care Finance
  • Quality of Care
  • Health Information Technology

While in the program, students have the opportunity to learn from MHA faculty who continue to make substantial contributions to both research and the practice of health management and policy. The full-time faculty is complemented with strong adjunct faculty who are active practitioners in the greater professional community and who assure that graduates have skills that will contribute to important healthcare solutions. Students can benefit from the strong ties that USC has with the healthcare community in Los Angeles, the United States, and the around the globe, including:

  • Health Advisory Board: comprised of highly placed healthcare professionals who care about students and their careers
  • 16,000 USC Price alumni

Students will also participate in a 1,000-hour administrative residency so that they are adequately prepared to assume a leadership position upon completion of their healthcare training.

US News and World Report Ranking:
#25 Best National University
#41 Best Value School
#5 Up-And-Coming School
Program Format: online or on-ampus
Cost of Attendance: $48,280 average annual tuition
Degrees or Specializations Offered:
Master of Health Care Administration
Master of Health Care Administration with Management, Operations and Leadership Specialization
Master of Health Care Administration with Health Policy Analysis Specialization
Master of Health Care Administration with Health Finance Specialization
Master of Health Care Administration with Health Information Technology Specialization
Master of Health Care Administration with Quality of Care Specialization
Accreditations:
The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)
The Commission on Accreditation Healthcare Management Education (CAHME)
Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH)
Senior College and University Commission of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)

Opportunities for an Online Master of Health Administration Degree or Healthcare Management Degree

It can be a very difficult task to earn a master’s degree in the midst of a career, a family and a busy schedule. With the increase in online healthcare programs, there are more opportunities for people to complete healthcare training while also maintaining their schedule. An online Healthcare Administration degree or Healthcare Management degree provides the specific training required to become a professional in this growing field. The recent changes in healthcare have brought about a rapidly expanding need for qualified candidates with master’s degrees in the field. This can lead to an exciting and valuable career in the healthcare industry. Those people who hold a Master in Health Administration or Master of Healthcare Management will be amply trained to fill this growing employment need.

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 Fescoe 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. Besides researching online Healthcare Management degrees and Healthcare Administration degrees, Kristen enjoys exploring other aspects of the healthcare training field.

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