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Top 20 Master’s in Healthcare Management Online / Online MBA Healthcare Administration 2019

HCM Top Graduate ProgramsBy HMDG Staff
January 2019

An online MBA healthcare administration or online master’s in healthcare management degree can be the start of an exciting career in the healthcare industry. The field of Healthcare Management has seen a dramatic rise in recent years. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, medical and health service management jobs are expected to grow by at least 20% over the next 9 years. With career options at almost every level of education, more and more individuals are entering this important area of healthcare.

Featured Healthcare Management Master’s Degree Online

Online-Master's-in-HealthcareA person with an online master’s in healthcare management is qualified to work behind the scenes in many healthcare vocations, including managing a healthcare facility, a specific clinical area, or even a medical practice for a group of physicians.

This article ranks the top online Healthcare Management master’s degree programs in the United States, based on our own internal review as described here. We looked at schools offering an MBA or Health Care Management degree program, favoring those programs with accreditation through the Commission of Accreditation of Health Care Management (CAHME). We then looked at data from The National Center for Education Statistics including student/faculty ratio and average graduate tuition rate. The list is then ranked according to a combination of how much coursework can be completed online, the average cost of attendance for graduate students, and student to faculty ratio. Specializations, awards and achievements earned by the school or department have also been noted.

Ranking Methodology

Rating and Ranking Methodology

Student/Faculty ratio:

  • 11:1 or less- 3 points
  • 12:1 to 17:1- 2 points
  • 18:1 and above- 1 point

Average Graduate Tuition Rate:

  • Less than $13,000- 3 points
  • $13,000 to $20,000- 2 points
  • Greater than $20,000- 1 point

Residency Requirements:

  • No- 3 points
  • Yes- 0 point

Ranking of Online MBA Healthcare Management / Online Master’s in Healthcare Management Degree Programs

# 20. The George Washington University – Washington, DC

Online Master of Health Administration (MHA)

School Profile

Average Graduate Student Tuition: $29,790/year
Student/Faculty Radio: 13:1
Residency Requirement: Yes
Points: 3
What’s Unique:
The online Master of Health Administration program is offered by The George Washington University. It’s a CAHME accredited program for highly driven professionals seeking a career in health care leadership. Students are engaged in state-of-the-art video coursework with content available 24/7. The program takes two years to complete. It includes courses covering areas like:

  • leadership and ethics
  • quality improvement
  • law and regulation
  • management

Four short immersion experiences give students the chance to connect with faculty and peers while developing high level leadership skills.

# 19. Seton Hall University – South Orange, New Jersey

Online Master of Healthcare Administration (M.H.A.)

School Profile

Average Graduate Student Tuition: $21,816/year
Student/Faculty Radio: 14:1
Residency Requirement: Yes
Points: 3
What’s Unique:
The School of Health and Medical Sciences at Seton Hall University features a top online master’s in healthcare and administration. It’s accredited through the CAHME. Students come from all over the country and have experience working in settings like:

  • insurance organizations
  • assisted-living facilities
  • hospitals

This 42 credit hour program uses different online learning methods including:

  • chat sessions
  • discussion boards
  • webinars

The majority of the program can be completed online. Students also meet in person three times over the course of the two year program.

# 18. Georgetown University – Washington, DC

Executive Master in Health Systems Administration

School Profile

Average Graduate Student Tuition: $47,880/year
Student/Faculty Radio: 11:1
Residency Requirement: Yes
Points: 4
What’s Unique:
Georgetown University offers the two-year CAHME accredited executive master in health systems administration program. It’s designed for working health care professionals. Students complete the majority of coursework online. It’s supplemented with three week-long intensive session on-campus and one held off-site. By using this hybrid model, students develop personal relationships with peers and faculty. They also make connections with the Georgetown campus and community. Courses cover areas like:

  • health economics
  • planning and marketing
  • health informatics.

# 17. Columbia University – New York, New York

Executive MHA

School Profile

Average Graduate Student Tuition: $44,864/year
Student/Faculty Radio: 6:1
Residency Requirement: Yes
Points: 4
What’s Unique:
The Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University features an executive program in Healthcare Management. It covers:

  • organizational leadership and management
  • health policy and public health
  • health systems

This 24 month cohort-based program accepts new students each September. Each cohort has between 30 and 35 students engaged in an online learning platform. They come together one weekend a month for in-depth study. The program has aligned its competencies and objectives with the CAHME and the CEPH.

# 16. University of Minnesota – Minneapolis, Minnesota

Executive Master of Healthcare Administration

School Profile
Average Graduate Student Tuition: $16,728/year in-state and $25,884/year out-of-state
Student/Faculty Radio: 17:1
Residency Requirement: Yes
Points: 5
What’s Unique:
The University of Minnesota offers the executive master of healthcare administration program. It’s designed to foster professional development and lifelong learning by healthcare administration professionals. Students are part of a cohort. They complete asynchronous online coursework and attend periodic on-campus sessions. Courses cover areas like:

  • healthcare management ethics
  • power and influence
  • health economics

This 42 credit hour program takes 25 months to complete.The majority of coursework is offered online. Students only spend about 26 days on campus.

# 15. Clarkson University – Potsdam, New York

MBA in Healthcare Management

School Profile
Average Graduate Student Tuition: $32,280/year
Student/Faculty Radio: 14:1
Residency Requirement: No
Points: 6
What’s Unique:
The David D. Reh School of Business at Clarkson University features an MBA in Healthcare Management. It’s accredited by the AACSB and CAHME. Both full-time and part-time students are welcome and courses can be completed online. Full-time students can earn their degree in about two years. They complete:

  • seven core courses
  • seven advanced courses
  • two electives

Graduates have found success working in consulting firms, health insurance companies, and hospitals.

# 14. Saint Louis University – Saint Louis, Missouri

Health Administration, M.H.A. (Executive)

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Average Graduate Student Tuition: $19,800/year
Student/Faculty Radio: 9:1
Residency Requirement: Yes
Points: 6

What’s Unique:

The College for Public Health and Social Justice at Saint Louis University was ranked 13th nationally by the U.S. News & World Report for its Executive Master of Health Administration. In 2018, AUPHA selected this two-year master’s as its Program of the Year. The hybrid 60-credit curriculum blends online Blackboard courses with weekend in-person Missouri sessions each month. Though GRE-optional, the program notably requires a 3.0 bachelor’s GPA plus five years of professional experience. Directed by Dr. Kristin Wilson, a Terry Leet Teaching Excellence Award recipient, the Executive M.H.A. covers topics from health economics to human resources. The Class of 2017 had a 100 percent placement rate at Mercy Hospital, Centene, Loyola Medicine, Accumen, Deloitte Consulting, SSM Health, and others.

# 13. Medical University of South Carolina – Charleston, South Carolina

Master in Health Administration – Executive Format

School Profile

Average Graduate Student Tuition: $15,986/year in-state and $22,164/year out-of-state
Student/Faculty Radio: 10:1
Residency Requirement: Yes
Points: 6

What’s Unique: 

The U.S. News & World Report ranked the College of Health Professions at the Medical University of South Carolina 20th nationally for its MHA-Executive Program. In 2017, MUSC won the Insight Into Diversity Health Professions Higher Education Excellence Award too. Each June, the 54-credit, CAHME-accredited degree starts online cohorts for bachelor’s grads with one or more years of health care experience. On Moodle, executives take only two courses like decision analytics or project management at once. Knowledgeable faculty led by Dr. Jami Jones meet with students face-to-face for one Charleston weekend per term. The Master in Health Administration has a 96 percent graduation rate for 927 alumni working at Providence Hospital, Aetna, Roper St. Francis, McLeod Center, and more.

# 12. Des Moines University – Des Moines, Iowa

Master of Health Care Administration

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Average Graduate Student Tuition: $15,374/year
Student/Faculty Radio: 1:1
Residency Requirement: Yes
Points: 6
What’s Unique:
Des Moines University features a 48 credit hour master of health care administration program.  It takes just two years to complete. The majority of students are employed full-time and have between one and five years of work experience in the field. Coursework covers broad health care administration areas including:

  • financial management
  • health information management
  • health policy

The majority of coursework is offered online, taught by faculty members with experience in the field.  Students come together on-campus for three five-day immersions during the program. This allows them to network and build relationships with faculty and peers.

# 11. Florida International University-Miami, Florida

Online MBA Healthcare


School Profile

Average Graduate Student Tuition: $8,912/year in-state and $21,393/year out-of-state
Student/Faculty Radio: 27:1
Residency Requirement: Yes
Points: 6
What’s Unique:
The Alvah H. Chapman Jr. Graduate School of Business at Florida International University features a top CAHME accredited online MBA in Healthcare. It takes as few as 18 months to complete. Students earn valuable certifications such as the Lean Six Sigma yellow and green belt. There are three on-campus residency requirements. These enhance the online experience with networking, professional development, and mentoring opportunities. Some students are interested in health systems in another country. They can participate in the international study program and complete their Advanced Certificate in Global Health Care Administration.

# 10. University of Missouri – Columbia, Missouri

Online Master of Healthcare Management

School Profile
Average Graduate Student Tuition: $8,640/year in-state and $23,659/year out-of-state
Student/Faculty Radio: 18:1
Residency Requirement: Yes
Points: 6
What’s Unique:
The University of Missouri features a top online master’s in health administration through the School of Medicine and the Department of Health Management and Informatics. This 42 credit hour program is delivered in a blended format. Short campus visits are interwoven throughout the program to gain valuable on-site training. The program is accredited by the CAHME and is one of the most affordable programs to make our list.

# 9. Weber State University – Ogden, Utah

Executive Master of Health Administration

School Profile
Average Graduate Student Tuition: $7,942/year in-state and $16,723/year out-of-state
Student/Faculty Radio: 21:1
Residency Requirement: Yes
Points: 6
What’s Unique:
The Dumke College of Health Professions at Weber State University features an executive master’s of health administration program. It’s designed to meet the needs of working professionals. Students gain skills in:

  • management
  • organization
  • communication

This CAHME accredited online master’s in health administration can be completed in just five semesters. Students get together on campus six times over the course of the program during the weekend. This allows students to continue employment while working on their degree.

# 8. University of Alabama – Birmingham, Alabama

Master of Science in Health Administration – Executive Format

School Profile

Average Graduate Student Tuition: $7,866/year in-state and $17,910/year out-of-state
Student/Faculty Radio: 19:1
Residency Requirement: Yes
Points: 6
What’s Unique:
The top executive master’s in health administration at the University of Alabama at Birmingham is a flexible program. It  trains students in areas like:

  • operations management
  • epidemiology
  • strategic management
  • quality improvement

Students only need to come to campus seven days three times each year and can complete their degree in just two years. Applicants must have at least five years of relevant work experience, allowing them to build upon their professional training.

# 7. Pennsylvania State University World Campus – University Park, Pennsylvania

Online Master of Health Administration in Health Policy and Administration (MHA)

School Profile

Average Graduate Student Tuition: $20,470/year
Student/Faculty Radio: 11:1
Residency Requirement: No
Points: 7
What’s Unique:
Penn State World Campus offers the online master’s in health administration in health policy and administration. It’s a 49 credit hour program designed for professionals who want to make a difference through leadership. Penn State World Campus offers this program in conjunction with the Penn State Department of Health Policy and Administration. Online health administration master’s students can get the flexibility they need to complete their degree while remaining employed. The graduate Healthcare Management degree prepares graduates for a career working in:

  • insurance
  • consulting
  • home health care
  • medical group practice.

# 6. University of Massachusetts – Amherst, Massachusetts

Master’s Degree in Business Administration-Health Care Administration

School Profile
Average Graduate Student Tuition: $13,210/year in-state and $27,834/year out-of-state
Student/Faculty Radio: 18:1
Residency Requirement: No
Points: 7
What’s Unique:
The Isenberg School of Management MBA program is an AACSB accredited program. It features a concentration in health care administration. The program has been recognized by Financial Times and U.S. News and World Report as one of the best MBA programs in the world. There are no on-campus residency requirements and students can earn their degree in under two years.

# 5. University of Michigan – Dearborn, Michigan

Executive Master’s Program in Health Management and Policy

School Profile

Average Graduate Student Tuition: $11,712/year in-state and $20,344/year out-of-state
Student/Faculty Radio: 17:1
Residency Requirement: Yes
Points: 7
What’s Unique:
The executive master’s program in Health Management and Policy at the University of Michigan is a hybrid program. It’s designed for health care professionals who want to advance careers as future managers, analysts, and leaders. This cohort based program incorporates online learning with nine intensive three day weekends. Students can earn their degree in just 20 months, while maintaining their personal and professional obligations.

# 4. University of Colorado – Denver, Colorado

Executive MBA Program in Health Administration


School Profile
Average Graduate Student Tuition: $6,714/year in-state and $22,374/year out-of-state
Student/Faculty Radio: 17:1
Residency Requirement: Yes
Points: 7
What’s Unique:
The University of Colorado Business School features a dynamic online MBA in health administration program for health care professionals. The program is a member of the Business School Alliance for Healthcare Management. It’s dedicated to advancing and improving health care management education. Students can complete most coursework online. They need to come to campus one week every July and January for intensive on-campus sessions. Courses cover areas like:

  • healthcare management information systems
  • health sector supply chain management
  • statistics.

# 3. Quinnipiac University – Hamden, Connecticut

Online MBA Health Care Management Track

School Profile
Average Graduate Student Tuition: $18,180/year
Student/Faculty Radio: 16:1
Residency Requirement: No
Points: 8
What’s Unique:
Quinnipiac University features an online MBA program with a health care management track. It’s ranked as one of the best in the nation by the Princeton Review and U.S. News and World Report. The Health Care Management Track includes the same number of credits as the traditional MBA, but with 15 credits of health care management courses. Courses cover:

  • financial management
  • legal aspects of health care delivery
  • quality management in health care facilities
  • integrated health systems and managed care

Graduates are prepared to work in a variety of areas such as:

  • insurance companies
  • government agencies
  • health centers
  • nursing homes
  • hospitals.

# 2. University of Central Florida – Orlando, Florida

Online Executive Master of Health Administration


School Profile
Average Graduate Student Tuition: $6,916/year in-state and $25,759/year out-of-state
Student/Faculty Radio: 30:1
Residency Requirement: No
Points: 9
What’s Unique:
The University of Central Florida offers the online executive master of health administration program. It’s a convenient program following a cohort model. Students need to have at least three years of relevant health management experience. New cohorts of up to 30 students are admitted each year, engaged in a dynamic online learning environment. There are no on-campus meetings required, making this a great choice for working professionals.

# 1. University of Scranton – Scranton, Pennsylvania

Online Master of Health Administration


School Profile
Average Graduate Student Tuition: $11,580/year
Student/Faculty Radio: 12:1
Residency Requirement: No
Points: 10
What’s Unique:
The University of Scranton features a top online Master of Health Administration taught by expert practitioner faculty. It was one of the first CAHME accredited online programs. The University of Scranton is dedicated to educating health care administration professions without disrupting their professional work life. Students complete both synchronous and asynchronous elements online. This includes:

  • faculty-student discussions
  • case study review
  • lectures

There are six convenient start dates available each year and most students can complete the program in just 30 months.

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