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By HMD Staff
Published September 2019

The field of health care is experiencing a tremendous amount of growth and change, with a 20% projected growth through 2026 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. This growth is largely due to healthcare reform, an aging population, and the switch to electronic medical records. To help keep up with the rapidly changing environment and complexity of the field, highly skilled health care managers are needed to fill the number of new positions. There are several degree options for these positions, including a highly specialized Master of Business Administration (MBA) and a Master of Health Care Administration. These graduate degree options use a curriculum designed to help managers become effective and efficient health care managers and leaders. We created this ranking to highlight the best programs found in the southern portion of the United States.

Ranking Methodology

To determine out top master’s in healthcare administration for schools in the Midwest, we looked to College Navigator, a website provided by the National Center for Education Statistics that provides information on institutions of higher education around the country. We used the federal government’s list of midwestern states to narrow our list to only schools in the Midwest. We then further narrowed our scope to only schools with CAHME, AACSB, or ACBSP accreditation. We used these accreditations as indicators of a quality healthcare administration program. We also looked at tuition rates for graduate school. We recognize that tuition rates can vary depending on program incentives, online program rates, and financial aid award packages. As always, you should consult the university to find out specifics related to their healthcare management program and if they offer any incentives or scholarships to reduce your overall cost.

Average Graduate Tuition

  • Less than $10,000 per year= 5 Points
  • $10,000 to $15,000 per year= 4 Points
  • $15,001 to $20,000 per year= 3 Points
  • $20,001 to $25,000 per year= 2 Points
  • Greater than $25,001 per year= 1 Point

We also looked at a school’s student/faculty ratio and awarded more points to schools with a lower ratio. We believe a lower student to faculty ratio allows students to receive individualized attention and support throughout the program.

Student to Faculty Ratio

  • 15:1 or less= 5 Points
  • 16:1 to 20:1= 3 Points
  • Greater than 20:1= 1 Point

Ranking the Top 20 Graduate Programs in Health Care Management in the Midwest

#20 – Rush University – Chicago, Illinois

Master of Science in Health Systems Management

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Student to Faculty Ratio: 5:1
Average Graduate Tuition Rate: $36,788/year
Acceptance Rate: N/A
Points: 6
Rush University features a midwestern top master’s in health systems management program. It’s available to both full and part-time students. The full-time program takes about two years to complete and includes traditional classroom instruction and a paid part-time internship. Small class size and a low student to faculty ratio allow students to develop meaningful relationships with faculty and peers.  Ninety percent of graduates finding employment within three months of earning their degree.

#19 – University of Detroit Mercy – Detroit, Michigan

MBA/MHSA Dual Degree Program

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Student to Faculty Ratio: 11:1
Average Graduate Tuition Rate: $28,422/year
Acceptance Rate: 83%
Points: 6
The AACSB accredited MBA/MHSA dual degree program at the University of Detroit Mercy is designed to accommodate the career needs of health care professionals. Class size is intentionally kept small to foster personal attention. There is a strong emphasis on social responsibility and service learning. The program is rooted in the Jesuit and Mercy traditions of service and leadership, so students will hone their skills by participating in service learning projects. Core health care management courses cover:

  • health care delivery and policy issues
  • research methods in health care
  • strategic management
  • quality improvement in health care organizations

#18 – University of Saint Thomas – Saint Paul, Minnesota

Health Care MBA

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Student to Faculty Ratio: 14:1
Average Graduate Tuition Rate: $25,954/year
Acceptance Rate: 80%
Points: 6
The Opus College of Business features a top healthcare MBA for students who want to become experts in the business of health care. The program is designed for working health care professionals who want to learn best practices in business strategies. Students participate in on-campus sessions nine times over the course of the program and complete coursework online. The international residency component allows students to visit hospitals, health care companies, and innovation centers on a global scale. The cohort learning model is a key program benefit, putting clinicians and students from corporate backgrounds together to share different perspectives.

#17 – University of Minnesota – Minneapolis, Minnesota

Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA)

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Student to Faculty Ratio: 17:1
Average Graduate Tuition Rate: $17,064/year in-state and $26,412/year out-of-state
Acceptance Rate: 52%
Points: 6
The top Midwest master’s in healthcare administration at the University of Minnesota is one of the first programs of its kind in the country and has served as a model program for other schools. The program is offered in a traditional full-time format or an executive format. The Executive MHA is designed for experienced health care professionals seeking to advance their skills. The learning cohort model includes both online and on-campus coursework with students spending only 26 days on campus over the course of the 25 month program. The full-time traditional program is for students with minimal health care management experience and includes a 10 week summer residency. Graduates belong to the largest and most active MHA Alumni Association in the country, with over 2,600 graduates providing both mentorship and internship opportunities.

#16 – University of Michigan – Ann Arbor, Michigan

Master Of Health Services Administration Program

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Student to Faculty Ratio: 11:1
Average Graduate Tuition Rate: $23,128/year in-state and $46,678/year out-of-state
Acceptance Rate: 23%
Points: 7
The School of Public Health at the University of Michigan features a top midwestern master’s in health services administration. This 60 credit hour program can be completed over two years and includes an internship between the first and second year. Courses cover areas such as:

  • health policy
  • healthcare accounting
  • health services systems
  • epidemiology

Graduates are successful in health systems, hospitals, clinics, and emergency services management.

#15 – Saint Louis University – Saint Louis, Missouri

Master of Health Administration

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Student to Faculty Ratio: 9:1
Average Graduate Tuition Rate: $20,340/year
Acceptance Rate: 58%
Points: 7
The College of Public Health and Social Justice at Saint Louis University features a top midwestern master’s in health administration following its nationally recognized competency model. This CAHME accredited program includes both executive and residential options. The Executive MHA is for working professionals and includes both online and in-person classes. Students come from a variety of backgrounds including:

  • medicine
  • pharmacy
  • accounting
  • marketing

The Residential MHA is for students seeking a traditional classroom experience. Students attend class throughout the day and have access to internships, case competitions, and fellowship opportunities. The program boasts a 100% graduation rate and a 95% job placement rate.

#14 – Dominican University – River Forest, Illinois

MBA with Concentration in Healthcare Administration

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Student to Faculty Ratio: 10:1
Average Graduate Tuition Rate: $20,176/year
Acceptance Rate: 64%
Points: 7
Dominican University features an AACSB accredited MBA with a concentration in healthcare administration, offered 100% online or on-campus. Both full and part-time program options are available. Students can save up to $6,200 for previous academic or business experience. Class size is kept small to allow students and faculty to collaborate. Students gain hands-on experience by solving business challenges through the MBA Gateway program.

#13 – University of Illinois – Chicago, Illinois

Master of Healthcare Administration

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Student to Faculty Ratio: 18:1
Average Graduate Tuition Rate: $13,612/year in-state and $23,299/year out-of-state
Acceptance Rate: 76%
Points: 7
The top Midwest master of healthcare administration at the University of Illinois is offered in a full-time, part-time, and executive format. The full-time and part-time programs are campus based programs for early careerists who plan to be leaders in the healthcare industry. The executive program is offered in a hybrid learning model and delivered to mid and senior level clinical and executive health care professionals. Students benefit from a unique 12-month, 25 clock hour per week preceptorship, working with senior management in health care organizations. The preceptorship concludes with a capstone project where students provide recommendations for a programmatic initiative within the organization.

#12 – Ohio State University – Columbus, Ohio

Master of Health Administration

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Student to Faculty Ratio: 19:1
Average Graduate Tuition Rate: $11,560/year in-state and $34,064/year out-of-state
Acceptance Rate: 52%
Points: 7
The College of Public Health at The Ohio State University has over 45 years of excellence in research and health care leadership education. It offers a top midwestern master’s in health administration accredited by the CAHME. The program develops students competencies in:

  • management function and skills
  • health systems and community
  • leadership and professional
  • analytic skills

Students are assigned to a clinical care team at the Wexner Medical Center to gain practical care experience and gain greater understanding of the patient care process. All students complete an administrative residency between the first and second year to gain additional practical field experience.

#11 – Des Moines University – Des Moines, Iowa

Master of Health Care Administration

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Student to Faculty Ratio:
Average Graduate Tuition Rate: $16,153/year
Acceptance Rate: 3:1
Points: 8
The top Midwest master’s in health care administration at Des Moines University is a two year program with students from more than 23 different states. The program features web-based instruction and on-campus experiences. Students can continue working full-time while earning their degree. This 48 credit hour program is taught by faculty who are national health leaders with diverse professional experience. While on campus, students complete an exercise in the Standardized Performance Assessment Library which provides them the opportunity to investigate, assess and resolve a case based on interviews with “actors” in the case. All students complete a field based learning or long-term care internship. Des Moines University boasts the only MHA program in Iowa that supports long-term care licensure.

#10 – Rockhurst University – Kansas City, Missouri

MBA-Health Care Management

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Student to Faculty Ratio: 14:1
Average Graduate Tuition Rate: $15,570/year
Acceptance Rate: 66%
Points: 8
Rockhurst University offers a top AACSB MBA with a concentration in health care management. Health care management courses cover areas like:

  • healthcare systems
  • health policy
  • quality improvement in health care
  • health care information technology

Students will gain the skills needed to become an ethical, effective health care leader. All courses are offered in a flexible eight-week format. GRE waivers are available to those who qualify.

#9 – The University of Kansas Medical Center – Lawrence, Kansas

Master of Health Services Administration (MHSA)

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Student to Faculty Ratio: 17:1
Average Graduate Tuition Rate: $9,989/year in-state and $23,366/year out-of-state
Acceptance Rate: 92%
Points: 8
The University of Kansas Medical Center is a top Midwest university featuring a master’s in health services administration fully accredited by the CAHME. Both full and part-time programs are available. Full-time students can complete the program in about two years while part-time students finish in three to four years. Courses are offered during the late afternoon and evening hours to accommodate working professionals.

#8 – The University of Iowa – Iowa City, Iowa

Master of Health Administration

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Student to Faculty Ratio: 16:1
Average Graduate Tuition Rate: $9,785/year in-stat4e and $28,726/year out-of-state
Acceptance Rate: 83%
Points: 8
The College of Public Health at The University of Iowa features a top Midwest master of health administration that focuses on the skills needed by today’s health care administrator. This 60 credit hour program takes 21 month to complete for full-time students. Courses cover:

  • healthcare management
  • healthcare organization and policy
  • corporate financial reporting
  • managerial finance
  • healthcare quality management

All students complete an internship and an integrative capstone. The department boasts a 100% job placement for students within three months of graduation.

#7 – University of Missouri – Columbus, Missouri

Master of Health Administration (MHA)

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Student to Faculty Ratio: 17:1
Average Graduate Tuition Rate: $8,822/year in-state and $24,156/year out-of-state
Acceptance Rate: 78%
Points: 8
The University of Missouri features a top master’s in Health Administration for students who want to achieve an executive position in health care. The program is designed for students with at least three to five years of clinical or administrative health care experience. This innovative program is delivered through a hybrid delivery mode and most students can earn their degree in just two years. Coursework covers:

  • financial management
  • health care law
  • human resources
  • strategic planning

Graduates have earned roles such as CEO, CFO, and Director of Health Information Management.

#6 – University of Colorado at Denver – Denver, Colorado

Executive MBA in Health Administration

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Student to Faculty Ratio: 17:1
Average Graduate Tuition Rate: $6,786/year in-state and $22,590/year out-of-state
Acceptance Rate: 64%
Points: 8
The University of Colorado at Denver Business School features an executive MBA in health administration. This 48 credit hour program takes two years to complete and is offered in in a hybrid format. The 100% health focused curriculum applies business principles to the health care industry. Executive program students receive support with administrative responsibilities. Faculty are healthcare and business leaders from across the country. They share their diverse backgrounds and experiences with their students. Graduates are part of a well-connected alumni network of over 1,000 alumni working in most of the major healthcare markets throughout the U.S.

#5 – University of South Dakota – Vermillion, South Dakota

Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.)-Health Services Administration

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Student to Faculty Ratio: 16:1
Average Graduate Tuition Rate: $5,869/year in-state and $11,283/year out-of-state
Acceptance Rate: 86%
Points: 8
The Beacom School of Business at the University of South Dakota features an AACSB accredited MBA with a focus on health services administration. The program prepares students for a variety of health administration careers. The curriculum provides balance between general management and health services education. Both thesis and non-thesis program plans are available. Specialized coursework includes:

  • managing health services resources
  • leadership development
  • managerial marketing
  • international health systems

Students can choose to complete an internship, study abroad opportunity, or a course in long term care administration or health services informatics.

#4 – Webster University – Saint Louis, Missouri

Master of Health Administration (MHA)

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Student to Faculty Ratio: 12:1
Average Graduate Tuition Rate: $13,500/year
Acceptance Rate: 56%
Points: 9
Webster University offers an ACBSP accredited master of health administration with a curriculum that provides solid training in management and in-depth coverage of key healthcare issues. Faculty are both dedicated and knowledgeable, sharing their experience in:

  • hospitals
  • insurance
  • healthcare consulting firms

Small class size enriches the learning environment. New students are admitted five times each year and students can take either one or two courses each term depending on their schedules.

#3 – Xavier University – Cincinnati, Ohio

Master’s of Health Service Administration Program

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Student to Faculty Ratio: 11:1
Average Graduate Tuition Rate: $11,700/year
Acceptance Rate: 74%
Points: 9
Xavier University features a top Midwest CAHME accredited health services administration master’s program requiring a full third-year administrative residency. This exciting residency requirement means graduates are readily employed. Courses cover areas like:

  • healthcare management
  • finance
  • policy
  • ethics

An executive MHSA option is available to working healthcare professionals. Through a combination of classroom and real-world experience, students are well prepared both academically and professionally for a successful career in HSA.

#2 – Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis – Indianapolis, Indiana

Master of Health Administration

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Student to Faculty Ratio: 15:1
Average Graduate Tuition Rate: $8,568/year in-state and $23,448/year out-of-state
Acceptance Rate: 81%
Points: 10
The Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health at the University of Indiana features a top midwestern master of health administration that prepares students for management and healthcare leadership roles. UIPUI boasts the only CAHME accredited MHA program in Indiana. Program faculty is comprised of both full-time educators and working professionals in the field. Students interested in study abroad opportunities can take advantage of programs in:

  • Europe
  • Latin and South America
  • Asia
  • Africa

Both full and part-time students are welcome to apply and the flexible schedule can accommodate working professionals. Graduates benefit from outstanding career support services.

#1 – Governors State University – University Park, Illinois

Master of Health Administration

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Student to Faculty Ratio: 10:1
Average Graduate Tuition Rate: $8,136/year in-state and $11,704/year out-of-state
Acceptance Rate: 38%
Points: 10
Our top Midwest master’s in health administration is offered by Governors State University. Its 54 credit hour program is offered on-campus or in a hybrid format. Both full and part-time students are welcome. Required courses include:

  • healthcare program planning and evaluation
  • healthcare law
  • healthcare informatics
  • healthcare financial management

All students complete an integrative field experience that can include a health administration field experience, internship, or graduate thesis/project.