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Top 20 Health Administration and Healthcare Management Degree Programs Based on Overall Quality Measures

Badge - HC Mgt Degree Guide - Top Degree ProgramsBy Kristen Fescoe
Published April, 2015

As more and more colleges and universities offer degree programs in Healthcare Management, finding a school with the highest overall quality is imperative. When looking for a school, there are several angles to consider. Factors such as tuition (as listed by US News and World Report), degree programs, location and online opportunities come to mind first. However, there are several lesser-known pieces of information about collegiate institutions that are much more important gauges of a school’s overall quality. These factors include rates of acceptance, retention, financial aid, and graduation. You will need to know just how likely it is that you will be accepted into the program and how likely you are to be able to stay in the program (retention rate). Graduation rate is among the most important pieces of information, and very few potential college students gather that information. For those people who are thinking of pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in Healthcare Management or Administration, these are pieces of information that you will want to investigate before making a commitment.

Ranking Methodology

Programs were ranked on a point system based on accreditation levels, annual cost of attendance, various US News and World Report rankings, as well as rates of acceptance, retention, financial aid, and graduation. The purpose of this list is to highlight the highest quality programs offering degrees in Health Administration and Healthcare Management. Specializations, awards and achievements earned by the school or department have also been noted.

Many of these statistics were generated by The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), a major source for data on colleges, universities, and technical and vocational postsecondary institutions in the United States.

The system controlling how points are awarded is as follows:

CEPH or CAHME Accreditation: 2 Points

ACBPS Accreditation: 2 Points

Annual Cost of Attendance
Under $7,000 / $7,001 – $25,999 / $26,000 and above: 3 Points/ 2 Points/ 1 Point

US News and World Report National Ranking / Regional Ranking / Top Public or Best Value Ranking: 3 Points/ 2 Points/ 1 Point

Acceptance Rate >25: 1 Point

Retention Rate >75: 1 Point

Financial Aid Rate >60: 1 Point

Graduation Rate >40: 1 Point

Ranking the Top 20 Health Administration and Healthcare Management Degree Programs Based on Overall Quality Measures

#20 – Alliant International University – San Diego, California

Alliant International University HCM Overall Quality

Points: 3

The School of Management

Bachelor of Science and Master of Business Administration

Program Website

The School of Management offers both an undergraduate and graduate degree in Business Management. The Bachelor of Science (BS) in Business Administration prepares students for a range of careers as well as advanced graduate training. The curriculum included in this program offers students a solid framework of fundamental business principles with classwork that emphasizes an understanding of management, information systems, and the overall dynamics of organizations. Furthermore, students will develop skills in critical thinking, technology, and oral and written communication. All programs offered at Alliant’s School of Management place a strong emphasis on practical application of knowledge. Students gain extensive hands-on experience by completing an internship in the industry, which helps them stay up to date on current developments in the field. Students in the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration program have an opportunity to choose from several concentrations, including:

  1. Accounting
  2. Finance
  3. Global Studies
  4. Health Care Management
  5. Information Systems and Technology Management
  6. Integrated Marketing Communications
  7. International Business Administration
  8. Management
  9. Social and Professional Media

The “San Diego MBA Program” at the School of Management offers advanced business, management and analytical skills, and extensive practical experience in applying these skills, particularly in multicultural contexts. This MBA degree is designed to provide students with a flexible learning model, specifically for those students who have completed some prior business courses. The program follows a cohort model, which means that all students take the core curriculum courses as a cohort at the beginning of the program, followed by concentration tracks during their remaining program of study.

The Alliant School of Management MBA concentration in Healthcare Management offers students a multidisciplinary understanding with the skills in Healthcare Management practices they will need to succeed in medical careers. Students choosing the MBA concentration in Information & Technology Management must complete the following course work:

  • Healthcare Systems, Services, and Infrastructure – A Global Perspective
  • Health Care Business Models and Operational Support
  • Current Legal, Economic, and Financial Issues in the Healthcare Industry
  • Healthcare Information Technology, Knowledge Management Systems, and Analytics

Acceptance Rate: 44%
Retention Rate: 66%
Financial Aid Rate: Data Not Available
Graduation Rate: Data Not Available
Cost of Attendance: $19,930 average annual tuition
Degrees or Specializations Offered:
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with Concentration in Health Care Management
Master of Business Administration with Concentration in Healthcare Management
US News and World Report Ranking: Not Applicable
Accreditations:
The Senior College and University Commission of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)

#19 – Grand Canyon University – Phoenix, Arizona

Grand Canyon University HCM Overall Quality

Points: 4
The College of Nursing and Health Care Professions

Master of Public Administration

Program Website

The Master of Public Administration (MPA) offered by the College of Nursing and Health Care Professions is offered in Full-time, Online and Evening options. The MPA degree program with an emphasis in Health Care Management prepares students for careers working in the public sector with healthcare systems. Students enrolled in this Healthcare Management program are challenged to identify and provide solutions for the unique problems and issues facing public sector healthcare organizations today. Coursework in the MPA program allows students to apply organizational proficiencies in the areas of leadership, human capital development, policy and governance within a public sector healthcare environment. Students will also develop a thorough understanding of modern healthcare models from financial, economic, quality, access and disparity perspectives. The program is designed with a broad perspective where students start outlining their professional roles and perspectives as administrators within the field of healthcare. Students may also explore their medical career options and define their future to serve as “leaders of systematic improvement within their healthcare discipline, based on changes in these driving factors.”

Acceptance Rate: 32%
Retention Rate: No Data Available
Financial Aid Rate: 94%
Graduation Rate: 31%
Cost of Attendance: $18,600 average annual tuition
Degrees or Specializations Offered:
Master of Public Administration with Health Care Management Emphasis
US News and World Report Ranking: Not Applicable
Accreditations:
The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCACS)

#18 – Cardinal Stritch University –Milwaukee, Minnesota

Cardinal Stritch University HCM Overall Quality

Points: 5
The College of Business and Management

Master of Business Administration

Program Website

The College of Business and Management at Cardinal Stritch offers a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree program with a Concentration in Healthcare Management. This program was created for students who have an interest in gaining the skills and competencies required to lead a healthcare organization. This MBA program provides in-depth coverage of critical healthcare topics such as regulatory issues, information management, human resource management, and quality, safety, and outcomes measurement. Students earn the Concentration in Healthcare Management in this MBA program by creating and presenting a capstone (thesis) paper, which focuses on a healthcare strategy that furthers the success of an organizational goal. Students who complete this program are adequately prepared to take on the responsibilities of middle- and upper-level management positions throughout the healthcare industry.

Acceptance Rate: 42%
Retention Rate: Data Not Available
Financial Aid Rate: 97%
Graduation Rate: 38%
Cost of Attendance: $26,570 average annual tuition
Degrees or Specializations Offered:
Master of Business Administration with Specialization in Healthcare Management
US News and World Report Ranking: Not Applicable
Accreditations:
Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP)
The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCACS)

#17 – Jefferson College of Health Sciences – Roanoke, Virginia

Jefferson College of Health Sciences Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Management

The Community Health Science Division

Bachelor of Science and Master of Healthcare Administration

BS Program Website

MHA Program Website

The Community Health Science Division at Jefferson College of Health Sciences offers a Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Management (HCM) degree program. This program works to train a diverse group of students who possess varying levels of work and field experience. The four-year curriculum gives student a broad base of knowledge and skills that will arm them with the necessary general analytical, communication and management competencies for professional jobs in the field of healthcare management. Consistent with the college’s mission, “the HCM program mission is to develop ethical and competent managers and leaders who are committed to improving the organization and delivery of healthcare services.” Program goals include:

  • Be knowledgeable of a broad range of social, behavioral, and environmental factors that influence individual and population health in the U.S.
  • Be knowledgeable and skilled in general business management concepts and practices.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and skills to manage effectively healthcare organizations within complex competitive, regulatory, and legal environments.
  • Be able to apply, integrate, and synthesize acquired knowledge and skills toward the resolution of practical managerial issues and problems.

The purpose of the Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA) degree program is to “develop healthcare leaders who will possess the attributes, values and competencies needed to lead healthcare organizations today and into the future.” Upon completion of the MHA program, graduates will be able to:

  • Comprehend and analyze a broad range of social, behavioral and environmental factors that influence individual and population health in the United States.
  • Assimilate and integrate acquired knowledge and critical thinking skills in general business management and leadership concepts and practices.
  • Model and apply knowledge and skills to effectively and ethically lead healthcare organizations within complex, competitive, regulatory and legal environments.
  • Synthesize acquired knowledge and skills toward the resolution of practical healthcare leadership issues and problems in an evidenced-based practice environment.
  • Formulate and promote effective professional communication, cultural sensitivity and a commitment to acquire the skills to support lifelong learning.

Acceptance Rate: 42%
Retention Rate: 71%
Financial Aid Rate: 99%
Graduation Rate: 52%
Cost of Attendance: $22,400 average annual tuition
Degrees or Specializations Offered:
Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration
Master of Healthcare Administration
US News and World Report Ranking: Not Applicable
Accreditations:
The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACS-COC)

#16 – Baptist Memorial College of Health Sciences – Memphis, Tennessee

Baptist Memorial College HCM Overall Quality

Points: 5
The Healthcare Management Program

Accelerated Bachelor of Science

Program Website

The Healthcare Management Program at the Baptist Memorial College of Health Sciences offers an Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Management. Students in this program are given the skills to become successful Healthcare Management professionals who will be responsible for administrative decisions that impact the healthcare quality for a large number of potential patients. Students are given the skills to be able to plan, direct, coordinate and evaluate administrative services that will assist in patient care. The Accelerated Bachelor of Science degree integrates quality, financial, and technological aspects of healthcare administration. Some of the advantages of this unique undergraduate healthcare management degree program include:

  • Classes meet one evening per week
  • Students progress together as a cohort (group) taking each one class on the same schedule
  • Students receive personal, one-on-one interaction with faculty in small classes
  • There is strong peer support and shared learning with peers in the cohort group
  • Courses and curriculum are targeted to meet future employers’ needs
  • Supportive environment that encourages faith-based practices and values

Acceptance Rate: 25%
Retention Rate: 83%
Financial Aid Rate: 57%
Graduation Rate: 60%
Cost of Attendance: $13,050 average annual tuition
Degrees or Specializations Offered:
Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Management
US News and World Report Ranking: Not Applicable
Accreditations:
The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACS-COC)

#15 – Prairie View A&M University – Prairie View, Texas

Prairie View University HCM Overall Quality

Points: 5
The College of Business

Executive Master of Business Administration and Master of Business Administration

EMBA Program Website

MBA Program Website

The College of Business at Prairie View A&M support both a Master of Business Administration as well as an Executive Master of Business Administration graduate program. The courses in both programs are designed for working adults, with courses that are offered at convenient times in the evenings, weekends and online. Students can choose a learning style that best fits their needs, including face-to-face, hybrid and online course instruction.

The MBA degree program is designed to offer the knowledge and skills necessary to succeed in profit or not-for-profit organizations. The program combines various business disciplines to provide a top-notch educational experience necessary to tackle a leadership role as a manager or entrepreneur. Students cam chose from the evening MBA program with courses offered in Houston at the PVAMU Northwest Houston Center or take advantage of the online MBA. Current working professionals who wish to advance to the executive level may prefer to enter the Executive MBA program.

The Executive MBA offered by the College of Business is a two-year program with top regional and program-specific accreditation. Students enrolled in this program benefit from the convenient location as well as a cutting-edge hybrid of online and in-class instruction. The EMBA program helps fast-track each student’s academic and career goals in a flexible and affordable format. Some of the major benefits of this program include:

  • The program is a two-year, 12-course program designed specifically for working managers and executives
  • Classes are conveniently located in Northwest Houston at the PVAMU Northwest Houston Center near the Willowbrook Mall
  • Course materials covered in eight weeks in hybrid format (blend of online and face-to-face) one course at a time, every other Saturday
  • The program includes a ten-day study abroad tour in China
  • No GMAT or GRE Exam is required for application
  • The program is competitively priced as a complete program tuition including meals on class days, course materials, overseas trip and related tuition expenses.
  • Students develop robust and dynamic networks among their teams and build their network with access to industry leaders including the Dean’s Advisory Board
  • Classes taught by highly qualified faculty with published research and experience in their field
  • Programs are accredited by AACSB International – only 5% of business programs worldwide are AACSB-accredited

Acceptance Rate: 39%
Retention Rate: Data Not Available
Financial Aid Rate: 21%
Graduation Rate: 36%
Cost of Attendance: $8,098 in state / $18,718 out of state average annual tuition
Degrees or Specializations Offered:
Executive Master of Business Administration with Specialization in Healthcare Management
Traditional Master of Business Administration with Specialization in Healthcare Management
US News and World Report Ranking:
#37 Best Historically Black College or University
Accreditations:
The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)
The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACS-COC)

#14 – California State University – East Bay – Hayward, California

California State University East Bay HCM Overall Quality

Points: 6
The Department of Public Affairs and Administration – The Department of Nursing and Health Sciences

Master of Science and Bachelor of Science

BS Program Website

MS Program Website

The Department of Public Affairs and Administration and The Department of Nursing and Health Sciences at Cal State Easy Bay offer both an undergraduate and a graduate degree plan for students interested in Healthcare Administration. Because healthcare is currently the second largest industry in the United States, employing over eight million workers, more programs will be needed to train these individuals. Doctors make up just 7 percent of this workforce, and there are more than 200 other professions in the health sciences field. A number of these professions can be entered directly with a Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences degree. While some professions in this field will require graduate training, a BS in Health Sciences is an excellent start. This BS degree offers a program of study with four optional elective areas to choose from. Students select one of these options to meet career needs and should seek faculty advising in making their selection. Upon graduation from this program, students in Health Sciences from Cal State East Bay will be able to:

  • Integrate and synthesize knowledge from general education courses and courses in the biological, physical, social and health sciences
  • Communicate effectively in the provision of healthcare services to the community
  • Work effectively as individuals, teams, partnerships and larger groups toward accomplishing healthcare goals
  • Apply ethics and professional standards to interactions with colleagues, supervisors and staff, diverse and multicultural clients, and with the general public
  • Evaluate scientific and policy research to solve problems in the health sciences

The Master of Science in Healthcare Administration (MS-HCA) program is designed to offer busy working healthcare professionals the knowledge, skill sets, and abilities required to become effective healthcare administrators and managers. The healthcare industry has seen rapid growth and change in the United States and around the world. Because of this growth and constant evolving, the duties of Healthcare Administrators and Managers must continuously be reevaluated and redefined. In this unique environment, organizations have to manage and operate while keeping in mind the continuous improvement and flexibility that is needed to respond to the latest challenges. Upon graduation from this program, students will be able to:

  • Communicate clearly and concisely with internal and external customers, to establish and maintain relationships, and to facilitate constructive interactions with individuals and groups
  • Inspire individual and organizational excellence, to create and attain a shared vision, and to successfully manage change to attain the organization’s strategic ends and successful performance
  • Align personal and organizational conduct with ethical and professional standards that include a responsibility to the patient and community, a service orientation, and a commitment to lifelong learning and improvement
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the healthcare system and the environment in which Healthcare Managers and providers function
  • Apply business principles to the healthcare environment, including financial management, human resource management, organizational dynamics and governance, strategic planning and marketing, information management, risk management, and quality improvement

Acceptance Rate: 36%
Retention Rate: 75%
Financial Aid Rate: 50 %
Graduation Rate: 41%
Cost of Attendance: $6,564 in state / $17,724 out of state average annual tuition
Degrees or Specializations Offered:
Master of Science in Healthcare Administration
Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences
US News and World Report Ranking:
#153 Best Online Bachelor’s Degree Program
Accreditations:
The Senior College and University Commission of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)

#13 – Campbell University – Buies Creek, North Carolina

Campbell University HCM Overall Quality

Points: 6
Lundy Fotterman School of Business

Bachelor of Business Administration

Program Website

The Bachelor of Business Administration offered by the Lundy Fotterman School of Business provides motivated students with an opportunity to earn an undergraduste degree in the field of Healthcare Management. Students earn a Bachelor of Business Administration and may earn a specialization in Healthcare. Students enrolled in this program gain a thorough framework of the theory, concepts, and application of Healthcare Management. They will learn how to analytically create solutions by examining the complexities of the healthcare industry. Students in this program, as well as graduates, have held internships or jobs with dozens of healthcare organizations, including:

  • Duke Raleigh Hospital – medical and surgical hospital located in North Raleigh
  • Wake Med Hospital – network of medical facilities in and around Raleigh
  • St. Joseph’s of the Pines – retirement housing, healthcare and community based services for older adults, as well as community outreach
  • First Choice Community Health Center – community health center providing primary health care and dental service to under served Harnett county citizens
  • Carolina Neurosurgery & Spine – Brain and spine care, as well as rehabilitation services

Completing this program prepares students for a variety of jobs requiring critical thinking, organization, and planning skills, including:

  • Hospital administrators
  • Rehabilitation center manager
  • Health information manager
  • Group practice executive
  • Public health planner
  • Long-term care administrator

Acceptance Rate: 29%
Retention Rate: 71%
Financial Aid Rate: 100%
Graduation Rate: 51%
Cost of Attendance: $27,530 average annual tuition
Degrees or Specializations Offered:
Bachelor of Business Administration in Health Care Management
US News and World Report Ranking:
#31 Best College or University in the Southern Region of the United States
#8 Best School for Veterans
Accreditations:
The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACS-COC)

#12 –Dallas Baptist University – Dallas, Texas

Dallad Baptist University HCM Overall Quality

Points: 7
The College of Professional Studies

Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science

Program Website

Dallas Baptist University (DBU) is a comprehensive, liberal arts university. The school adheres to the commitment that “Christ-centered scholarship uniquely blends academic learning with biblical faith to enrich your educational experience while enhancing your spiritual development.” The College of Professional Studies at Dallas Baptist specializes in creating educational plan for busy working adults. They understand that adult learners are often working full time, raising a family and balancing a variety of personal and professional commitments. The Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Management degree programs take into considerations the challenges that each student faces when trying to complete their degree. Both the BA and the BS degree programs are 120-credit hours programs with a focus on the following areas of Healthcare Management: Finance for Healthcare Managers, Legal Issues in Healthcare Management, Organizational Behavior in Healthcare Management, Advanced Management Seminar in Healthcare, Principles of Management, Management Communication, Multicultural Perspectives, Upper-level business elective, Information Systems for Management, Principles of Marketing, Healthcare Ethics and Human Resource Management for Healthcare Organizations.

Acceptance Rate: 40%
Retention Rate: 67%
Financial Aid Rate:82 %
Graduation Rate: 25%
Cost of Attendance: $23,650 average annual tuition
Degrees or Specializations Offered:
Bachelor of Arts in Healthcare Management
Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Management
US News and World Report Ranking:
#35 Best College or University in the Western Region of the United States
#13 Best School for Veterans
Accreditations:
Accreditation Council for Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP)
The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACS-COC)

#11 – Florida International University – Miami, Florida

Florida International University HCM Overall Quality

Points: 8
The Chapman Graduate School of Business

Master of Business Administration and Master of Science

MBA Program Website

MS Program Website

The Chapman Graduate School of Business offers both a Master of Business Administration and a Master of Science in Healthcare. The Master of Science in Health Informatics and Management Systems (MSHI&MS) was created for information systems professionals, healthcare managers, physicians, nurses and other clinicians, and healthcare support personnel. They can acquire the skills to further their existing knowledge regarding the use of health information for improving quality, safety, outcomes and cost effectiveness of healthcare delivery. The MSHI&MS program combines information technology and healthcare management principles. The curriculum is designed to give each student the practical applications of the theories and concepts for improving the delivery of healthcare services and the effective use of organizations’ resources.

The MBA in Healthcare Management provides the information and skill set necessary for various medical management careers. The program outlines the necessary applications of concepts and theories of management and business within healthcare settings. The mission of the Healthcare MBA Program at Florida International University is to “improve the delivery of health services through the education of healthcare managers, service to the community and the profession, and research.” This MBA program provides an academic opportunity with a unique commitment to multicultural and working students. The educational mission is to “provide early to mid-level career path students with professional knowledge and with conceptual, analytical, technical, and ethical skills to manage healthcare systems collaboratively with competency, sound decision-making and integrity.” 
The vision of the Healthcare MBA program is to “become South Florida’s leading healthcare management program known locally, nationally, and internationally for providing quality education, service to community, and research.”

Acceptance Rate: 40%
Retention Rate: 82%
Financial Aid Rate:38 %
Graduation Rate: 49%
Cost of Attendance: $6,496 in state / $18,895 out of state average annual tuition
Degrees or Specializations Offered:
Healthcare Master of Business Administration
The Master of Science in Health Informatics and Management Systems
US News and World Report Ranking:
#8 Best International Business School
#118 Best Part Time MBA
Accreditations:
The Commission on Accreditation Healthcare Management Education (CAHME)
The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACS-COC)

#10 – Florida Atlantic University – Boca Raton, Florida

Florida Atlantic University HCM Overall Quality

Points: 8
The College of Business – The Department of Management

Bachelor of Health Services and Master of Health Administration

BHS Program Website

MHA Program Website

Bachelor of Health Services and Master of Health Administration offers undergraduate and graduate training in Health Administration. The Department of Management supports the Bachelor of Health Services (BHS) in Health Administration. This major provides students with a strong collegiate education that promotes both personal and professional growth as well as better awareness of health systems and their outcomes on society. Health Administration majors are offered the flexibility in course selection to participate in a program that will both sharpen their analytical skills and expose them to new ways of thinking, as well as develop leadership skills and reinforce social responsibility as future health administrators.

The Master in Health Administration (MHA) degree program educates future leaders and administrators to pursue an exciting and rewarding career in the healthcare industry. As the healthcare industry sees continuous change it makes a difference in people’s lives like no other profession. Future health administrators graduating from this program will become successful at interpreting regulations to continually changing events and circumstances within this booming industry. The curriculum for the MHA academic requirements are grouped into four academic categories, including:

  1. Foundation courses
  2. Core courses
  3. Elective courses
  4. Internship

Acceptance Rate: 42%
Retention Rate: 78%
Financial Aid Rate: 33 %
Graduation Rate: 41%
Cost of Attendance: $6,039 in state / $21,575 out of state average annual tuition
Degrees or Specializations Offered:
Bachelor of Health Services
Master of Health Administration
US News and World Report Ranking:
#41 Best Online Graduate Business Program
Accreditations:
The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)
The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACS-COC)

#9 – Lander University – Greenwood, South Carolina

Lander University HCM Overall Quality

Points: 8
The College of Business and Public Affairs

Bachelor of Science

Program Website

The College of Business and Public Affairs at Lander University supports a unique undergraduate opportunity to pursue the field of Healthcare Management and Administration. The mission of the School of Management is to “prepare students to take their places in the business world and in organizations that require business skills. With a comprehensive curriculum, supplemented by numerous opportunities outside the classroom, our graduates have the experience and expertise to be leaders and entrepreneurs in today’s complex – and continually evolving – business environment.” Students pursing the Bachelor of Science in Business with an emphasis in Healthcare Management will complete lower-level business requirements during the freshman and sophomore years. The curriculum is balanced with a wide range of courses in the liberal arts. During junior and senior year, students focus on business studies in one of four emphasis areas offered by the department. The Healthcare Management emphasis outlines the fundamentals of business administration while focusing specifically on the healthcare delivery system, preparing students for managerial responsibilities in a variety of healthcare settings.

Acceptance Rate: 42%
Retention Rate: 61%
Financial Aid Rate: 32 %
Graduation Rate: 40%
Cost of Attendance: $10,100 in state / $19,136 out of state average annual tuition
Degrees or Specializations Offered:
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with Healthcare Management Emphasis
US News and World Report Ranking:
#64 Best College or University in the Southern Region of the United States
#9 Top Public School
Accreditations:
The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)
The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACS-COC)

#8 – Clayton State University – Morrow, Georgia

Clayton State University HCM Overall Quality

Points: 8
The College of Business

Bachelor of Science and Master of Healthcare Management

Program Website

The mission of the Department of Healthcare Management is to “prepare students, especially non-traditional minority students for entry and mid-level management positions in a variety of health service organizations.” This mission is consistent with the Clayton State University mission of meeting the needs of the community. The community in and around Morrow, Georgia houses a large number and variety of healthcare delivery systems that are witnessing the growing and expansion found throughout the entire country. As these healthcare systems continue to grow, the need to train and provide healthcare managers for these institutions is increasing and provides the motivation for the university to complete their mission. The Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration program offers a degree with a curriculum that prepares students for a variety of entry and mid-level management positions in health services organizations.

The vision of the Master of Health Administration (MHA) degree program is to “be a premier high value provider of health administration education at the regional, state and national level to all types of clinical and non-clinical individuals.” The overall goal of this program is to give a group of motivated students a top-notch education from faculty with an extensive educational and experiential background. The curriculum for this program focuses on the role of health administrators as people who support those who provide care. The MHA program will provide students with tools for successful careers and personal growth through:

  • The use of both on-campus and off-campus media to enhance their skills, knowledge and abilities in health administration at a reasonable expense
  • Instruction of theoretical and conceptual frameworks for programmatic solutions in actual practice settings
  • Instruction in the domains and competencies required by the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME)
  • Preparation for leadership in private, public, profit or non-profit health service organizations
  • Community based residencies that add value to patients’ care (required or optional depending on individual experience)
  • A unique professional based thesis that is focused on improving care or resource use in healthcare

Acceptance Rate: 40%
Retention Rate: 68%
Financial Aid Rate: 11%
Graduation Rate: 27%
Cost of Attendance: $6,194 in state / $18,700 out of state average annual tuition
Degrees or Specializations Offered:
Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Management
Master of Healthcare Management
US News and World Report Ranking:
#62 Best College or University in the Southern Region of the United States
#8 Top Public School
Accreditations:
The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)
Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME)
The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACS-COC)

#7 – LeTourneau University – Longview, Texas

LeTourneau University HCM Overall Quality

Points: 8
The School of Business

Bachelor of Science and Master of Science

BS HCM Program Website

BS-HIS Program Website

MS Program Website

The School of Business at LeTourneau University offers two undergraduate training programs in the healthcare industry. The Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Management is an accelerated, online degree program. The program is designed to begin filling the gaps created by growth in the healthcare industry, increasing regulation of healthcare providers, and the aging of America’s population. Students in this program become pioneering healthcare managers with an understand of the changing healthcare climate and compassion for providing excellent patient care. The committed faculty has a wide range of experience in the field of healthcare. The curriculum is 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. Some of the fascinating coursework includes:

  • Marketing Health Services
  • Integrating Faith & Work in Healthcare
  • Legal, Social, & Ethics Aspects of Healthcare
  • Health Informatics

Classes are typically completed one at a time and last between three and seven weeks. Coursework begins on Monday each week, with most assignments due by Sunday at midnight.

The second undergraduate offering is the Bachelor of Science in Health Information Systems. This degree program offers an outstanding career opportunity in which technology is used to benefit the greater quality of life for individuals and communities. Significant growth in this area is projected over the next two decades, with median salaries reaching six-figures. This program is ideal for individuals who want to work in healthcare without direct patient care, including:

  • A curriculum designed to expand the current careers of health professionals who want to develop IT skills and move into health informatics systems integration
  • IT professionals who are looking to specialize or learn more about healthcare systems
  • Registered nurses or allied health workers who want to pursue work at a technology company.

The graduate offering at LeTourneau is the Master of Science in Healthcare Administration. This degree program is designed for healthccare professionals who want to advance to administrative positions. The curriculum enhances professional perspectives, improves organizational effectiveness and helps professionals to manage their own health-related business. Similar to the undergraduate program, courses are taken one at a time and last from three to seven weeks. Coursework begins on Monday each week, with most assignments due by Sunday at midnight.

Acceptance Rate: 43%
Retention Rate: 78%
Financial Aid Rate: 96%
Graduation Rate: 61%
Cost of Attendance: $26,910 average annual tuition
Degrees or Specializations Offered:
Bachelor of Science in Health Information Systems
Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Management
Master of Science in Healthcare Administration
US News and World Report Ranking:
#27 Best College or University in the Western Region of the United States
#13 Best Value School
Accreditations:
The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACS-COC)

#6 – Andrews University – Berrion Springs, Michigan

Andrews University HCM Overall Quality

Points: 8
The School of Health Professions

Bachelor of Science

Program Website

The School of Health Professions at Andrews University offers a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Allied Health Administration. This degree program has been designed for healthcare professionals who hope to enhance their existing knowledge and to assist them in preparing for future career employment requirements. The BS degree format features a strong general education with administrative and business component and offers a strong academic foundation for healthcare administrative positions. The program is open to individuals holding an associate degree or a two-year certificate in an allied-health professional area with earned certification (where applicable) in such areas as diagnostic ultrasound, nuclear medicine, physician assistant, radiation therapy, radiologic technology, respiratory therapy, and special procedures in radiologic technology. Admission to the program is by permission of the Department of Medical Laboratory Sciences chair.

Acceptance Rate: 36%
Retention Rate: 79%
Financial Aid Rate: 99 %
Graduation Rate: 59%
Cost of Attendance: $26,262 average annual tuition
Degrees or Specializations Offered:
Bachelor of Science in Allied Health Administration
US News and World Report Ranking:
#168 Best National University
Accreditations:
The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCACS)

#5 – Brenau University – Gainesville, Georgia

Brenau University HCM Overall Quality

Points: 8
The College of Business and Mass Communication

Master of Business Administration

Program Website

The College of Business and Mass Communication offers a Master of Business Administration with an optional concentration in Healthcare Management. The degree program offers students the opportunity to gain the comprehensive knowledge of leadership and management principles they will need to keep up in the increasingly competitive healthcare industry. The Healthcare Management MBA is a 15-course, 45-credit hour degree program culminating in a Masters of Business Administration degree and a certificate in Healthcare Management.

Upon graduation from this program students are able to:

  • Apply management tools and techniques relative to achieving organizational goals and objectives
  • Identify strengths and weaknesses in individual leadership skills
  • Apply decision-making models and systematic problem-solving methods to enhance and improve individual and organizational performance
  • Apply critical thinking skills to real-world strategies in the healthcare industry
  • Develop networking skills to enhance the potential for individual growth.

Acceptance Rate: 30%
Retention Rate: 69%
Financial Aid Rate: 97%
Graduation Rate: 45%
Cost of Attendance: $24,780 average annual tuition
Degrees or Specializations Offered:
Master of Business Administration in Healthcare Management
US News and World Report Ranking:
#43 Best College or University in the Southern Region of the United States
#12 Best School for Veterans
Accreditations:
The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)
The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACS-COC)

#4 – Northeastern University – Boston, Massachusetts

Northeastern University HCM Overall Quality

Points: 8
Bouvé College of Health Science – The College of Computer and Information Science

Bachelor of Science and Master of Science

BS Program Website

MS Program Website

The Bouve College of Health Science offers an online Bachelor of Science in Health Management, which is ideally suited for students hoping to combine their passion for patient care with a knack for the business world. This online program focuses on combining the skills and knowledge required for success in the health management industry. Offered completely online, students become competent in healthcare management, finance, policies and procedures, as well as relevant legal and regulatory issues. They also develop the necessary analytical, conceptual, and problem-solving skills required for success in a fast-paced and ever-changing healthcare environment.

Highly motivated students can choose to pursue this degree in the Accelerated Program Format. The accelerated BS program was created for students who have earned an associate degree or the equivalent number of credits (80 quarter hours or 60 semester hours) and hope to earn their bachelor’s degree in a shorter period of time.

Northeastern University also offers the Master of Science in Health Informatics in a fully online format. This degree program is designed for busy working professionals who plan to maintain personal and professional commitments while earning an advanced degree in the expanding healthcare field. The design of the program offers ultimate flexibility in scheduling as well as continuous interaction with faculty and fellow students. The advantages of the online format include more than simple convenience; students exchange views, consult with faculty, and work together on an ongoing basis, giving them more freedom to shape their own learning experience.
The College of Computer and Information Science has offered a successful on-campus Master of Science in Health Informatics for a number of years. Due to the success of this program the Bouvé College of Health Sciences and the College of Computer and Information Science have collaborated to offer a fully online MS in Health Informatics. This program works to address the critical shortage in health informatics professionals in New England and throughout the nation. The interdisciplinary program brings together the expertise of two successful department to train future leaders in the field of Health Informatics.

Acceptance Rate: 32%
Retention Rate: 96%
Financial Aid Rate: 72%
Graduation Rate: 79%
Cost of Attendance: $43,440 average annual tuition
Degrees or Specializations Offered:
Bachelor of Science in Health Management
Master of Science in Health Informatics
US News and World Report Ranking:
#42 Best National University
#4 Most Up-And-Coming School
Accreditations:
The New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC)

#3 – Western Carolina University – Cullowhee, North Carolina

Western Carolina University HCM Overall Quality

Points: 9
The College of Health and Human Science

Master of Health Science

Program Website

The Master of Health Science offered by The College of Health and Human Science at Western Carolina prepares future healthcare executives and administrators who will be able to plan, direct, coordinate, and supervise the delivery of healthcare services. As the healthcare industry continues to rapidly grown and change, healthcare executives and administrators will be increasingly sought out. These professionals will be needed to create solutions to the difficult issues and problems that are imperative to ensuring that the delivery of healthcare services in the United States is the highest possible quality care while maintaining cost-effectiveness. Graduates of this program will be prepared to fill leadership roles at various places including:

  • Medical facilities
  • Managed care organizations
  • Long-term care facilities
  • State and local public health departments
  • Provider offices
  • Non-profit organizations
  • Health-related agencies at both the state and federal level

Acceptance Rate: 39%
Retention Rate: 74%
Financial Aid Rate: 65%
Graduation Rate: 48%
Cost of Attendance: $5,351 in state / $16,924 out of state average annual tuition
Degrees or Specializations Offered:
Master of Health Science in Health Management
US News and World Report Ranking:
#37 Best College or University in the Southern Region of the United States
#15 Top Public School
Accreditations:
The American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE)
American College of Health Care Administrators (ACHCA)
The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACS-COC)

#2 – University of Rochester – Rochester , New York

University of Rochester HCM Overall Quality

Points: 10
The Simon Business School

Master of Science

Program Website

The Simon Business School at the University of Rochester offers a Master of Science in Business Administration (MS-BA) degree with a concentration in Healthcare Management. This program has been designed to offer students a foundational grounding in business education that leads to a successful career in the healthcare industry. Students in this program complete core courses in business analysis, finance, accounting, and economics, as well as healthcare specific classes in a variety of different areas. All students must complete a practicum project, working in a healthcare organization solving actual business problems. The MS-BA in Healthcare Management curriculum is offered in a format that delivers core business information while simultaneously applying the material to the healthcare industry. This is accomplished through the pairing of Simon School core courses with health sciences management courses that develop applications of the core material.

Acceptance Rate: 35%
Retention Rate: 96%
Financial Aid Rate: 87%
Graduation Rate: 85%
Cost of Attendance: $46,960 average annual tuition
Degrees or Specializations Offered:
Master of Science in Business Administration with Concentration in Healthcare Management
US News and World Report Ranking:
#33 Best National University
#29 Best Value School
#120 Best Global University
Accreditations:
The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)
The Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE)

#1 – University of South Florida – Tampa, Florida

University of South Florida HCM Overall Quality

Points: 13
USF College of Public Health

Bachelor of Science, Master of Health Administration, Master of Public Health, Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy

Program Website

USF College of Public Health offers the following academic program options for USF undergraduate students interested in the field of public health:

  1. Bachelor of Science in Public Health
  2. Dual – Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science & Policy (BS) and Master of Science Public Health (MPH/MSPH)
  3. Dual – Bachelor of Science in Public Health (BS) and Master of Public Health in Public Health Education (MPH)
  4. Master of Health Administration

The Master of Public Health (MPH) is the primary professional degree in public health. The program arms students with a set of skills and principles required for those individual who plan on applying their education in a professional setting. All MPH students complete coursework designed to prepare public health professionals to contribute actively and successfully to population-based, culturally appropriate, and innovative approaches concerning current and emerging public health problems. The core curriculum includes course work in biostatistics, epidemiology, health policy and management, environmental and occupational health, and social and behavioral sciences. In addition to the public health core, students further focus their skills by completing course work in one of several concentration areas, including: biostatistics; epidemiology; healthcare organizations and management, policy and programs; environmental health; toxicology and risk assessment; safety management; occupational health; global communicable disease; maternal and child health; health education; behavioral health; public health practice; global health; socio-health sciences.

The Master of Science in Public Health (MS-PH) degree provides an educational foundation in research design, data collection, analysis and application of research in public health with the goal of improving and protecting the health of populations. The program is designed for students with quantitative and qualitative skills and an interest in the science behind public health. Students should also have experience in comprehensive research. Students in this program are prepared for research roles in academic or professional public health careers by utilizing epidemiological principles and biostatistical methods to focus within the core areas of public health. 

The MS-PH program involves course work in biostatistics and epidemiology and one of the other three core courses. In addition to the core courses, students further focus their skills by completing course work in one of several concentration areas: socio-health sciences, health education, maternal and child health, behavioral health,, health care organizations and management, health policies and programs, environmental health, toxicology/risk assessment, global communicable disease, epidemiology, or biostatistics.

The Master of Health Administration (MHA) degree program prepares students for private and public sector health leadership positions. In addition to the five core areas of public health, the curriculum helps students develop skills and knowledge in basic business disciplines as they apply to health services. Students develop a basic understanding of organizational models and management principles applied to health settings; healthcare financial management and economics; quality and performance improvement; health policy and policy analysis; strategic planning and marketing; and health law and ethics.

The mission of the program of studies for the Doctor of Philosophy degree is to “prepare public health professionals to make substantive contributions to public health inquiry and practice.” Students pursuing a Doctor of Philosophy in Public Health must choose from the following areas of specialization:

  1. Biostatistics
  2. Community and Family Health
  3. Environmental and Occupational Health
  4. Epidemiology
  5. Global Communicable Diseases

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Public Health is a research degree and is not conferred solely upon the earning of credit or the completion of courses. It is granted after the student has shown ability and distinctive achievement in a specific field. Students must demonstrate the ability to complete original, independent research, and present these findings with a high degree of literary skill in a dissertation. This degree requires a minimum of 90 credits beyond the baccalaureate degree.

Acceptance Rate: 43%
Retention Rate: 87%
Financial Aid Rate: 64%
Graduation Rate: 57%
Cost of Attendance: $6,410 in state / $17,325 out of state average annual tuition
Degrees or Specializations Offered:
Doctor of Philosophy in Public Health with a Concentration in Health Services Research
Bachelor of Science in Public Health
Doctor of Philosophy in Public Health with a Concentration in Biostatistics
Doctor of Philosophy in Public Health with a Concentration in Community and Family Health
Doctor of Philosophy in Public Health with a Concentration in Environmental and Occupational Health
Doctor of Philosophy in Public Health with a Concentration in Epidemiology
Doctor of Philosophy in Public Health with a Concentration in Global Communicable Diseases
Dual Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science & Policy and Master of Public Health
Dual Bachelor of Science in Public Health and Master of Public Health Education
Master of Health Administration
Master of Public Health
Master of Science in Public Health
US News and World Report Ranking:
#161 Best National University
#88 Top Public School
#51 Best School for Veterans
#21 Top Graduate Program in Public Health
Accreditations:
The Commission on Accreditation Healthcare Management Education (CAHME)
The Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH)
The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACS-COC)

Opportunities for a High Quality Degree in Health Administration or Healthcare Management 

With so many colleges and universities throughout the country, it can be a daunting task to find a school that best meets your needs. We all know that we need to find out if a potential school offers the degree we want and to find out what the tuition is, but are we asking the right questions? There are several pieces of information that can be easily obtained and will offer much greater insight into a particular program. By finding out the acceptance rate, retention rate, financial aid rate and graduation rate we have much more useable information. This will help us figure out if we can get into the program, and if we do, whether we can stay there and afford it. By gathering this information you can make a much more informed decision about which schools to apply to. For those people who think a Healthcare Management or Administration Degree is the right fit, finding a high quality degree program is of the utmost importance.

For More on the Best Master’s Degree Programs in Healthcare Management Please Refer to the Following Articles: 

Top 20 Up and Coming Master’s Degree Programs in Healthcare Management

Top 20 Online Master’s Degree Programs in Healthcare Management

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. Kristen began writing in college and still enjoys her work as a writer, editor, professor and mother.

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