50 Most Affordable Selective Colleges for Healthcare Management

Top Master's in Healthcare Administration - Affordable Programs 2015
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By Kelley Jacobs

In this article, we take a data-based approach to highlighting the 50 most affordable selective colleges for a healthcare management degree in 2015.

Healthcare Management encompasses a wide variety of positions and settings within the healthcare field. Positions exist within hospitals, insurance companies, long term care facilities, rehabilitation clinics, consultant firms, and a multitude of others for all levels of management. Earning a degree in healthcare management opens doors for management and supervisory positions within these settings. Those choosing to pursue an advanced degree can become a CEO, CFO, or other executive and help shape the future vision of that healthcare establishment. The earning potential for these types of positions can exceed six figure salaries. To obtain a healthcare management position at this level, it is important to choose the right affordable master’s degree program. We created this list of the most selective, affordable institutions for those looking to enter or advance in the area of health care management.

Methodology

To develop our list, we started out by looking at four year institutions accepting less than 60% of applicants. Masters level programs are often more competitive. This list contained institutions of higher education offering bachelors and/or master’s degrees in the health care management field. From there, we narrowed the list down to those with the lowest net tuition rate. We developed a points system used to rank the schools. Schools received points based on their student/faculty ratio, net tuition, and retention rate (based upon percentage of full time freshman students who returned for their sophomore year). Retention rate is indicative of overall student satisfaction with the school as a whole. Data used for ranking comes from College Navigator. Where there are ties, the school with the lower net tuition rate will receive a better ranking.

Ranking is as follows:

Student/Faculty ratio:
15:1 or less- 3 points
15:1 to 19:1- 2 points
20:1 and above- 1 point
Tuition rate:
Less than $13,000- 3 points
$13,000 to $20,000- 2 points
Greater than $20,000- 1 point
Retention rate:
Greater than 75%- 3 points
50% to 75%- 2 points
Less than 50%- 1 point

#50 -Tiffin University-Tiffin, Ohio

Tiffin University
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Tuition: $25,077
Admission Rate: 39%
Points: 5
Tiffin University is an independent, modern university with over 400 faculty-most of which are highly connected to their peers in the field. Tiffin University offers a Master of Business Administration degree with a concentration in Healthcare Administration. The program is designed for working professionals both in and outside of healthcare. Tiffin provides personalized support to each student to help them be successful in earning their degree. The curriculum is dynamic and undergoes regular improvement to best meet the needs of the students and the field.
Tiffin University is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission.

Courses:

Strategic Management; Healthcare Policy, Law, and Ethics; Global and Transnational Management; Healthcare Process Management; Legal and Ethical Issues

#49 -Baylor University-Waco, Texas

Baylor University
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Tuition: $33,720
Admission Rate: 57%
Points: 6
Baylor University is a diverse, Christian institution with students from all 50 states and 89 different countries. Baylor University offers the Robbins MBA Healthcare Program. The program has received national recognition from US News & World Report being ranked 17th in the nation for healthcare management programs. The MBA Healthcare Program is accredited by CAHME. The program is highly focused on instilling knowledge relevant to both business and healthcare management. A residency is required to supplement coursework and provide opportunity to develop leadership skills and work alongside seasoned executives.
Baylor University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges.

Courses:

Management of Information Systems; Organizational Behavior; Strategy; Marketing

#48 -Pennsylvania State University-University Park, Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania State University
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Tuition: $23,161
Admission Rate: 54%
Points: 6
Pennsylvania State University is the only land-grant university in the state. Founded in 1855 as a college of agricultural science, Penn State has grown into one of the top research, teaching, and public service institutions in the country. Penn State offers a Master of Health Administration degree in both a residential and online format. The residential program is accredited by CAHME and is ranked #27 in the country by US News & World Report. The online program allows for student interaction through cohorts who move through the program together. Students complete a 10 week residency to further their professional development. A capstone project is required during the last semester to gain practical experience in the field.
Pennsylvania State University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

Courses:

Management of Health Services Organizations; Financial Management in Health Services Organizations; Quality Improvement in Healthcare; Health Law

#47 -Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences-Lancaster, Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences
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Tuition: $23,048
Admission Rate: 52%
Points: 6
Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences is a private, accredited institution with a focus on developing health care professionals. PCHS provides professional development opportunities for students and graduates throughout the duration of their career. Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences offers both a bachelors and master’s degree in Healthcare Administration. The Master of Healthcare Administration is an online program that can be completed in two years. Two weekend sessions on campus compliment online learning with the opportunity to connect with peers and network.
Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education

Courses:

Health Systems Organization and Management; Organization Behavior and Process Improvement in Health Care; Quantitative Business Analysis; Strategic Planning

#46 -Jefferson College of Health Sciences-Roanoke, Virginia

Jefferson College of Health Sciences
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Tuition: $22,022
Admission Rate: 41%
Points: 6
Jefferson College of Health is a professional college offering a variety of degrees in health care professions. Sciences The Master of Healthcare Administration and Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Management have both been ranked as top 20 programs according to the Healthcare Management Degree Guide. Jefferson College of Health Sciences offers a Master of Healthcare Administration program to help develop future healthcare leaders. Courses are offered online and may be completed on a part-time or full-time basis. The program is open to those with and without healthcare experience, although those without experience are required to complete a practicum prior to graduation.
Jefferson College of Health Sciences is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges.

Courses:

Operations & Performance Management; Quality Assessments and Improvement; Strategic Leadership and Marketing; Ethical and Legal Practice in Healthcare

#45 -Dallas Baptist University-Dallas, Texas

Dallas Baptist University
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Tuition: $21,724
Admission Rate: 42%
Points: 6
Dallas Baptist College is a small, private institution affiliated with the Baptist General Convention of Texas. DBU offers an MBA with a Health Care Management Concentration as well as a bachelor’s degree in Health Care Management. Students engage in the health care industry using state of the art technology and systems. To complete the MBA Heath Care Management degree, students need to complete a minimum of 36 credit hours. Students complete a capstone project which helps facilitate practical learning and gain experience.
Dallas Baptist University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges.

Courses:

Strategic Health Care Planning, Marketing, and Policy; Managed Health Care; Long-Term Care Administration; Health Services Management

#44 -Gardner-Webb University-Boiling Springs, North Carolina

Gardner-Webb University
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Tuition: $21,661
Admission Rate: 48%
Points: 6
Garner-Webb University’s MBA program is ranked #1 in the nation by Us News & World Report for student services and technology. BusinessMBA.org ranked the MBA program 9th in the World. An MBA with a Healthcare Management Emphasis from Gardner-Webb University provides students with a solid foundation for those beginning or planning to advance in a career in health care management. Courses are offered online during the evening and the program can be completed in two years. Coursework provides students the opportunity to engage in a variety of areas including accounting, human relations, production, and law. Garner-Webb also offers a bachelor’s degree in Healthcare Management.
Gardner-Webb University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges.

Courses:

Health Care Administration; Health Care Organization; Health Care Economics; Health Care Marketing; Health Care Law and Ethics

#43 -Barry University-Miami, Florida

Barry University
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Tuition: $21,004
Admission Rate: 47%
Points: 6
Barry University is a private, Catholic institution located near the Atlantic Ocean and the Everglades. Barry University offers a Master of Science in Health Services Administration program (MS/HSA). The program is tailored to professionals in leadership roles within healthcare organizations. Students can benefit from active and involved faculty who are engaged with their professional development. Students are encouraged to be involved in community, professional and religious activities both on and off campus.

Barry University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges.

Courses:

Principles of Health Services Administration; Managerial Epidemiology; Health Care Policy; Health Care Economics; Health Promotion and Disease Prevention

#42 -Concordia University-St. Paul, Minnesota

concordia st paul
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Tuition: $19,072
Admission Rate: 52%
Points: 6
Concordia University at St. Paul is a private, Lutheran institution founded in 1893. Concordia takes great pride in their faculty, who are educators and professionals in their chosen fields. Concordia offers a Master of Business Administration with a Health Care Management concentration. The program can be completed in 42 credit hours, which includes the innovative Mentor and Managerial Application Portfolio program. The program can be completed online or on campus depending on the needs of the student. Courses are seven weeks in duration.

Concordia University at St. Paul is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission.

Courses offered:

Organizational Leadership and Development; Integrated Marketing Communication; Managerial Research Methods & Design; Global Economics; Strategic HR Management

#41 -The University of Alabama-Tuscaloosa, Alabama

The University of Alabama
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Tuition: $19,042
Admission Rate: 57%
Points: 6
The University of Alabama-Tuscaloosa is the flagship campus for the University of Alabama system. The University of Alabama offers a Master of Science in Health Administration. The program is ranked second in the nation according to US News & World Report and is accredited by CAHME. UA offers both a residential and Executive MSHA degree program. The residential program offers two additional degree options including the MSHA/MS in Health Informatics and the MSHA/MBA. Students move through the residential programs in cohorts. Summer internships are available.

The University of Alabama is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges.

Courses:

Health Policy; Health Law; Seminar in Health Care Administration; Health Administration Capstone; Revenue Cycle Management

#40 -Concordia University Chicago-River Forest, Illinois

Concordia Chicago
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Tuition: $18,326
Admission Rate: 54%
Points: 6
Concordia University-Chicago is a private, liberal arts institution affiliated with the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. Concordia University at Chicago offers an MBA with a concentration of health care management. The program is offered online or on-campus and can be completed in two years. The program prepares health care business professionals to work as administrators, directors and CEOs.

Concordia University-Chicago is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, Higher Learning Commission.

Courses:

Financial Accounting and Analysis; Marketing Design and Strategy; Managerial Economics; Ethical Strategic Leadership; Macroeconomic Analysis

#39 -Mercy College-Dobbs Ferry, New York

Mercy College
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Tuition: $15,622
Admission Rate: 57%
Points: 6
Mercy College is a private college founded in 1950 with four campuses in New York State. Mercy College offers a Master of Science in Health Services Management either on-campus or online. The degree can be completed by taking 36 hours of coursework and can be completed in as little as 18 months. Faculty are available to work with students as mentors. Students enrolled in the HSM program can benefit from coursework which is relevant to the current climate of the health care administration field.
Mercy College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

Courses:

Health Care in the U.S.; Health Care Management; Health Care Financing; HRM for the Health Care Organization; Ethic Issues/Health Care Manager

#38 -University of Central Florida-Orlando, Florida

University of Central Florida
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Tuition: $15,033
Admission Rate: 49%
Points: 6
The University of Central Florida is the second largest university in the United States. UCF offers a Master of Science in Health Sciences-Health Services Administration Track and an online executive program. Programs are CAHME accredited. Courses are offered both face-to-face and in a mixed mode format. The program is ideal for all levels of professionals including new graduates, those interested in a career change, and seasoned professionals.

The University of Central Florida is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges.

Courses:

Health Economics and Policy; Health Care Human Resources Management; Health Care Quality Management; Issues and Trends in Health Professions; Scientific Inquiry in the Health Professions

#37 -Florida Atlantic University-Boca Raton, Florida

Florida Atlantic University
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Tuition: $13,614
Admission Rate: 48%
Points: 6
Florida Atlantic University is a public institution with a network of seven different campuses. FAU offers the Master of Health Administration. Students can complete the program in approximately two years and most participate in an internship opportunity. The program is also offered as an Executive MHA. The Executive MHA can be completed in just 15 months. The program follows a cohort model and courses are offered two evenings per week.

Florida Atlantic University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges.

Courses:

Health Policy; Healthcare Research Methods; Health Care Planning/Marketing; Health Law; Health Care Finance

#36 -University of Louisiana at Lafayette-Lafayette, Louisiana

University of Louisiana at Lafayette
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Tuition: $7,920
Admission Rate: 59%
Points: 6
The University of Louisiana’s B.I. Moody III College of Business Administration offers an MBA with a Health Care Administration Concentration. The B.I. Moody III College of Business Administration is rated by the Princeton Review as “Best in 296 Business Schools 2014”. The MBA Health Care Administration program is offered during the evening and students can attend full or part-time. The program offers this type of flexibility to accommodate a diverse student group which includes those seeking a career change, new graduates, seasoned professionals, and those looking to advance. Two short internships are required for this concentration.

The University of Louisiana at Lafayette is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges.

Courses:

Health Care Information Systems; Organizational Behavior in Health Service Organizations; Quality Management in Health Care; Strategic Management in Health Care; Internship in Health Care Administration

#35 -The George Washington University-Washington, District of Columbia

george washington university
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Tuition: $32,018
Admission Rate: 33%
Points: 7
The George Washington University is a private research institution located in Washington DC. The George Washington University offers a Master of Health Administration (MHA) as well as an Executive Master of Health Administration degree. The Executive program is offered in a hybrid/online format and is available to seasoned professionals in the field. Students are able to select an area of focus which may include Acute and Ambulatory Care Management, Post-acute Care Management, Information Systems and Financial Management, Operations Management or Strategic Management and Policy. Residency or internship experiences may be required depending on the area of focus selected. Alumni surveys from those who graduated in 2014 show that 100% of graduates were employed within 6 months.

The George Washington University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

Courses:

Health Services Marketing & Planning; Human Resources Management & Organizational Behavior; Health Services Management & Leadership; Transitional Leadership/Health Service Delivery; Management-Acute Care Hospital

#34 -Tulane University of Louisiana-New Orleans, Louisiana

Tulane University
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Tuition: $31,886
Admission Rate: 26%
Points: 7
Tulane University is a private institution offering a Master of Health Administration. Students enrolled in the Bachelor of Science in Public Health have the opportunity to begin graduate study toward their MHA during their senior year, saving them one semester when they work toward the Combined Degree. The MHA degree is accredited by CAHME and is available to those from a wide variety of educational and employment backgrounds. Graduates have gone on to become executives in health care settings such as hospitals, insurance companies and long-term care facilities.
Tulane University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges.

Courses:

Quality Management in Health Care; Ethical Concerns for Health Care Managers; Health Economics; Managerial Accounting for Health Care Managers; Dynamics of Payment Systems—Policy & Function

#33 -Boston University, Boston Massachusetts

Boston University
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Tuition: $31,798
Admission Rate: 46%
Points: 7
Boston University is a private research institution historically affiliated with the United Methodist Church. BU offers a joint MBA/MPH degree in Health Care Management. The program is rigorous and is conducted in an accelerated format. Students can earn both their MBA and MPH degree in two years, a savings of one year if they were earned separately. BU also offers a MPH degree with a concentration in Health Policy and Management. Students have the opportunity to engage in professional development and research opportunities which allow them to gain real work experience.

Boston University is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education.

Courses:

Business Analytics: Data Analysis and Risk; Financial Reporting and Analysis; Competition, Innovation, and Strategy; Strategies for a Networked Economy; Organizations, Markets, and Society

#32 -Simmons University-Boston, Massachusetts

Simmons College
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Tuition: $29,907
Admission Rate: 49%
Points: 7
Simmons University is named by the Princeton Review as one of the nation’s top institutions. Located in the heart of Boston, Simmons offers students the chance to gain practical experience in several top rated medical facilities. Simmons offers a Master of Health Care Administration (MHA) to Health Care MBA. The MBA program is specifically designed for women. The program is accelerated and only eight additional courses are required beyond the MHA to earn the MBA degree. Unlike other MBA programs where only 20% of the courses are tailored to health care, 67% of courses leading to the degree are in the major focus area.

Simmons College is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education.

Courses:

Health Care Information Technology; Health Care Marketing; Health Care Financial Strategy; The Health System

#31 -University of Southern California-Los Angeles, California

University of Southern California
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Tuition: $29,889
Admission Rate: 20%
Points: 7
The University of Southern California is one of the leading research institutions in the country. Founded in 1880, the institution has grown to 41,000 students. USC offers a Master of Health Administration through the Sol Price School of Public Policy. The program has been graduating students for 35 years and is known for its expert faculty. A 1,000 hour administrative residency is required for graduation. The program is CAHME accredited.

The University of Southern California is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Senior College and University Commission.

Courses:

Problems and Issues in the Health Field; Financial Management of Health Services; Health Information Systems; Legal Issues in Health Care Delivery; Economic Concepts Applied to Health

#30 -Georgetown University-Washington, District of Columbia

Georgetown
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Tuition: $25,858
Admission Rate: 17%
Points: 7
Georgetown is the oldest Catholic and Jesuit university in the United States. Georgetown is located in the busy metropolitan area of Washington DC. Georgetown offers a Masters in Health Systems Administration. The program is CAHME accredited and focused on quality coursework and experiences for students. Georgetown is known for having accessible faculty and an Executive Mentorship Program. The program can be completed in two years (including a summer session and a residency in the last semester).

Georgetown is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

Courses:

Health Care in America: The Fractured System; Health Promotion and Disease Prevention; Health Care Systems Economics; The Health Care Delivery System; Epidemiological Principles, Patterns, and Practices for Health Care Management Policy

#29 -Cornell University-Ithaca, New York

Cornell
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Tuition: $25,652
Admission Rate: 16%
Points: 7
Cornell is a private, land-grant, research institution. According to the Center for World University Rankings (CWUR), Cornell is the 11th best university in the world. Cornell is home to the Sloan Program in Health Administration. The program is accredited by CAHME and awards the Master of Health Administration (MHA), a dual MHA/MBA degree, a dual MHA/MPA degree and an accelerated Bachelors/MHA degree.

Cornell University is is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

Courses:

Population Health for Health Managers; Health Care Marketing; Strategic Management and Organizational Design of Health Care Systems; Healthcare IT and Quality; Health Law

#28 -University of Pennsylvania-Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

University of Pennsylvania
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Tuition: $21,994
Admission Rate: 12%
Points: 7
The University of Pennsylvania is home to the Wharton School, the world’s first collegiate business school and one of the most published. The University of Pennsylvania offers an MBA in Health Care Management. Students are accepted from all different areas of healthcare adding to a diverse classroom experience. Students can apply to the program at any time during the year. When accepted, they move through the program as a cohort.

The University of Pennsylvania is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

Courses:

E-Health, Health Care Entrepreneurship, Private Sector Development in Global Health Development, and Health Care Marketing

#27 -LeTourneau University-Longview, Texas

LeTourneau University
Tuition: $21,474
Admission Rate: 41%
Points: 7
LeTourneau University is a nondenominational Christian university offering a wide array of degree options. Over 70% of the faculty members hold a doctorate degree or equivalent in their field. LeTourneau University offers a Master of Science in Health Care Administration. This accelerated program is offered entirely online and provides the opportunity for students to interact with health care leaders across Eastern Texas. Courses are taken one at a time and last from three to seven weeks each.

LeTourneau University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges.

Courses:

Health Care Policy; Health Policy and Research; Revenue Cycle Management; Physician Group Practice Management; Service Marketing Management

#26 -John Hopkins University-Baltimore, Maryland

John Hopkins University
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Tuition: $21,308
Admission Rate: 18%
Points: 7
John Hopkins University is a private research university which is currently ranked #17 in the world by the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU). John Hopkins University offers a Master of Health Administration program which prepares health care professionals for a career in the dynamic field of management. The program is accredited by CAHME and is a full graduate member of the Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA). Students take courses on campus during the first year. During the second year, students work full-time in a related organization while taking three courses online.

John Hopkins University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

Courses:

Leading Health Care Organizations; Evaluating Health Care Innovations; Emerging Frontiers in Health Care; Strategy and Technology; Applied and Behavioral Economics in Health Care

#25 -Columbia University-New York, New York

Columbia University
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Tuition: $20,740
Admission Rate: 7%
Points: 7
Columbia University is an Ivy League institution and one of the oldest universities in the nation. The Department of Health Policy and Management (HPM) offers a Master of Health Administration degree that can be completed on a full-time, part-time, or executive format. The program is cohort based and can be completed in two years if taken full-time. The part-time program is offered in the evenings and takes approximately 28 months to complete. The Executive MHA is available to those with more than 7 years of professional experience. Columbia University has one of the top five schools of public health according to US News & World Report.

Columbia University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

Courses:

Analytic Methods for Health Services Management; Healthcare Finance; Public Health Concepts; Strategic Management; Healthcare Marketing

#24 -Southern Adventist University-Collegedale, Tennessee

Southern Adventist University
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Tuition: $20,343
Admission Rate: 38%
Points: 7
Southern Adventist University is a coeducational institution affiliated with the Seventh-day Advent Church. Programs focus on the principles of faith and integrity. SAU offers an MBA with an emphasis in Health Care Administration that can be completed either on-campus or online. Students can complete the program in three semesters of full time study. Students complete core MBA classes and take 12 credit hours in coursework designed to meet the needs of the healthcare management professional.

Southern Adventist University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges.

Courses:

Financial Management; Organizational Behavior; Marketing Management; Leadership and Change; Integrating Faith and Business; Strategic Decision Making

#23 -University of Saint Francis-Fort Wayne, Indiana

University of Saint Francis-Fort Wayne
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Tuition: $17,757
Admission Rate: 54%
Points: 7
The University of Saint Francis is a Catholic institution following Franciscan tradition. USF offers a Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA) degree through the Keith Busse School of Business and Entrepreneurial Leadership. The program uniquely prepares students to deal with issues and practices in the field through practical experience opportunities and relevant coursework. The MHA degree can also be earned by students who have completed their MBA through the MHA program track.

The University of Saint Francis-Fort Wayne is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission.

Courses:

Healthcare Economics; Quantitative Methods for Decision Support; Leading Change; Epidemiology for Healthcare Administration; Human Resource Management

#22 -The Ohio State University-Columbus, Ohio

Ohio State University
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Tuition: $17,406
Admission Rate: 56%
Points: 7
The Ohio State University offers a Master of Health Administration within the College of Public Health. The MHA program at Ohio State is ranked 10th by US News and World Report. Students complete a summer administrative residency to gain valuable professional work experience. Ohio State boasts a job placement rate exceeding 95% for new graduates. Ohio State graduates benefit from a strong, prominent alumni society with members throughout the country and the world.

The Ohio State University is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission.

Courses:

Coursework covers the areas of Management Functions and Skills, Health Systems and Community, Leadership and Professionalism, and Analytic Skills

#21 -University of Minnesota-Minneapolis, Minnesota

University of Minnesota
Tuition: $15,531
Admission Rate: 44%
Points: 7
The University of Minnesota is Minnesota’s flagship, land grant university which was founded in 1851. The School of Public Health offers an MHA degree available to experienced professionals and those new to the field. The full-time program takes only 22 months to complete. Students move through the program as a cohort and complete a summer residency. The executive program allows students to complete coursework mostly online. Students spend approximately 30 days on campus over the course of 25 months. The department is known for having a strong mentorship program.

The University of Minnesota is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission.

Courses:

Cost Accounting for Healthcare Services; Statistics for Health Management Decision Making; Advanced Problem Solving in Health Services Organizations; Marketing Health Services; Healthcare Management Ethics

#20 -Ursuline College-Pepper Pike, Ohio

Ursuline College
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Tuition: $14,815
Admission Rate: 58%
Points: 7
Ursuline College is a small, private women’s college affiliated with the Catholic church. Ursuline offers an MBA degree with a Health Science Management program track. Courses are approximately eight weeks long and students attend class one day per week. Courses are offered on-campus, online or in a hybrid fashion. Ursuline is home to the Center of Excellence in Ethical and Entrepreneurial Leadership for Global Competence which provides leadership development opportunities and education for students.

Ursuline College is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission.

Courses:

Managerial Accounting and Professional Ethics; Financial Management; Managing Health Service Organizations; Economics and Finance in Health Services Management; Ethical and Legal Issues in Business; Strategic Management

#19 -University of North Florida-Jacksonville, Florida

University of North Florida
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Tuition: $13,207
Admission Rate: 53%
Points: 7
The University of North Florida is a public institution founded in 1972. The Princeton Review named UNF as one of the best colleges in the southeast. UNF has also been named in the list of “America’s Best Colleges” by Forbes Magazine. UNF offers an MHA degree accredited by CAHME that can be completed in two years. Students benefit from participation in a vibrant health care community of 11 hospitals and over 50 skilled nursing facilities. Students are encouraged to gain hands on experience throughout the program.

The University of North Florida is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges.

Courses:

Healthcare Leadership; Health Economics; Health Information Technology; Quantitative Analysis Health; Health Policy; Quality Management Health Care

#18 -University of South Florida-Tampa, Florida

University of South Florida
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Tuition: $11,335
Admission Rate: 45%
Points: 7
The University of South Florida is is a public space grant institution that is currently the fourth largest university in Florida. The Carnegie Foundation named USF as a top tier research institution. The Department of Health Policy and Management offers a CAHME accredited MHA degree and a Health Management and Leadership Graduate Certificate. Students looking to pursue a joint degree will benefit from the joint MHA/MPH program. The Department boasts over a 90% employment rate for new graduates and a 100% program completion rate for the past several years.

The University of South Florida is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges.

Courses:

Strategic Planning and Health Care Marketing; Health Policy and Politics; Health Services Management; Organizational Behavior in Health Services

#17 -Clayton State University-Morrow, Georgia

Clayton State University
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Tuition: $11,184
Admission Rate: 48%
Points: 7
Clayton State University is a public institution that is ranked as the 8th best college in the southern United States according to US News & World Report. The Carnegie Foundation named CSU a “Community Engaged” university. Clayton State University offers an MHA degree with coursework offered both online and in-person. Students complete a professional based thesis to add to their portfolio. The program can be completed by taking 45 credit hours. Students may need to complete a residency if they need to obtain additional professional experience.

Clayton State University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges.

Courses:

Health Systems Administration; Healthcare Ethics; Healthcare Human Resources; Organizational Behavior in Healthcare; International Healthcare Issues

#16 -California State University-Northridge, California

California State University-Northridge
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Tuition: $10,500
Admission Rate: 46%
Points: 7
California State University is a public institution and has the largest student body of any of the 23 campuses in the California State University system. Money Magazine ranked CSU 189th in the country out of 1500 in its “2014 Best Colleges” ranking. CSU offers a Master of Science in Health Care Administration. Courses are offered in the evening and most students complete the program on a part-time basis over three years. The program is learning centered and students benefit from strong community partnerships with the local healthcare community. Students also engage in field training to practice and further develop management skills.

California State University at Northridge is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Senior College and University Commission.

Courses:

Leadership in Health Administration Practice; Health Economics and National Health Policy; Health-Care Ethics; Seminar in Health-Care Organization; Managing Change in Health Care Organizations

#15 -San Diego State University-San Diego, California

San Diego State University
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Tuition: $9,856
Admission Rate: 31%
Points: 7
San Diego State University is a public research university ranked as the 80th best in the country by the QS Global 200 Business Schools Report. The Master of Public Health with a concentration in Health Management and Policy is a CAHME accredited program that can be completed in two years of full-time study. Students benefit from supervised field placements to obtain professional training and mentorship.

San Diego State University is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Senior College and University Commission.

Courses:

Introduction to Health Services; Health Services Organization and Management; Managing the High Performing Health Care Organization; Health Economics; Quantitative Methods and Health Data Analysis

#14 -California State University-Long Beach, California

California State University Long Beach
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Tuition: $8,169
Admission Rate: 31%
Points: 7
California State University at Long Beach is ranked by US News & World Report as the 5th most diverse university in the west. The Princeton Review name California State University at Long Beach as a “Best Value College.” Students can earn a Master of Science in Health Care Administration. The program is accredited through CAHME. Courses are offered during the evening. An executive option is available which combines online and face to face weekend study. In addition to the MSHCA degree program, CSULB offers a Bachelor of Science in Health Care Administration.

California State University at Long Beach is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Senior College and University Commission.

Courses:

The Health Care System; Health Care Economics; Organization and Systems of Health Care; Human Resources Management in Health Care; Advanced Financial Management in Health Care

#13 -Fayetteville State University-Fayetteville, North Carolina

Fayetteville State University
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Tuition: $5,914
Admission Rate: 55%
Points: 7
Fayetteville State University has been named by Affordable Colleges Online as one of the Best Online MBA Programs for 2014-2015. US News & World Report ranked the Graduate Business Program in their list of “Best Online Programs” for 2014. Fayetteville State University offers an MBA in Healthcare Management. FSU also offers a Graduate Certificate in Health Care Management. Students benefit from attentive faculty and small class size. Professional development opportunities are provided and encouraged.

Fayetteville State University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges.

Courses:

Managed Care and the American Healthcare Systems; Health Care Finance and Control; Health Service Marketing; Ethical and Legal Issues in Healthcare; Human Resources for Health Care

#12 -Lewis University-Romeoville, Illinois

Lewis University
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Tuition: $19,015
Admission Rate: 56%
Points: 8
Lewis University is a private Roman Catholic institution founded in 1932. Lewis offers an MBA in Healthcare Management and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Healthcare Leadership. The program is offered in five-eight week session offered during the year. Courses meet one day per week. Students attend class in person and online (blended learning). The program is delivered in an accelerated format to allow students to progress quickly while applying their coursework to real world healthcare situations.

Lewis University is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission.

Courses:

Quantitative Methods of Business; Current Topics in Information Technology; Contemporary Management Practice; Survey of Marketing; Financing the Business Enterprise

#11 -Midway College-Midway, Kentucky

Midway College
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Tuition: $18,624
Admission Rate: 54%
Points: 8
Midway College is a small, private institution located in the heart of Kentucky. The main campus is home to Kentucky’s only Women’s College. Online, weekend and evening programs are coed with courses offered at a off-site location. Midway College offers a 100% online MBA with a specialization in Health Care Administration. The program provides business knowledge focused on the health care industry. Students can expect diverse coursework offering related to economics, statistics and quantitative analysis to help professionals make educated business decisions.

Midway College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges.

Courses:

Advanced Health Care Financial Management; Health Care Politics and Policy; Advanced Health Care Management; Ethics and Management Dilemmas in Health Care; Capstone in Health Care

#10 -University of St. Francis-Joliet, Illinois

University of St. Francis
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Tuition: $17,556
Admission Rate: 51%
Points: 8
The University of St. Francis is a private institution with ties to the Roman Catholic Church. USF offers a Master of Science in Health Administration designed for students with experience in the field. Courses are primarily online with some courses meeting in the evening or on six-all day Saturday sessions. The degree program can be completed in just 15 months. Those students preferring not to take courses online can participate in the on-campus program.

University of St. Francis is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission.

Courses:

Organizational and Human Resource Management; Medical Sociology; Health Economics and Policy; Health Information and Analytics; Health Care Finance

#9 -Nebraska Methodist College of Nursing & Allied Health-Omaha, Nebraska

Nebraska Methodist College of Nursing and Allied Health
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Tuition: $17,327
Admission Rate: 33%
Points: 8
Nebraska Methodist College is a private, coed college offering degrees in nursing and allied health professions. Nebraska Methodist College offers two different master degrees in Healthcare Management. The Health Promotion Management program integrates health and wellness with areas of buseinss. The program is offered online. Students learn how improving employee wellness benefits the bottom line. The Healthcare Operations Management Program is also offered online and provides a foundation for seeking leadership and management positions in the health care field.

Nebraska Methodist College of Nursing & Allied Health is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission.

Courses:

Leadership and Management; Change Management; Individual and Team Creativity; Managing Team and Group Dynamics; Organizational Learning through Mentoring/Mentorship

#8 -Rutgers University-New Brunswick, New Jersey

Rutgers University
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Tuition: $16,040
Admission Rate: 60%
Points: 8
Rutgers University is a public research institution and the largest university in the state of New Jersey. The Carnegie Classification for Rutgers is Research Intensive University-Very High Research Activity. Rutgers is ranked 34th in the country and 52nd in the world by Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU). Rutgers offers a Master of Science in Health Care Management for established professionals in the health care field. Students complete the program part time. Courses are offered online in eight or 15 week sessions.

Rutgers University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

Courses:

Evidence-Based Literature Review; Multi-disciplinary Dimensions of Clinical Systems Management; Principles of Trans-Cultural Health Care; Social & Healthcare Policy for the Older Adult; The ABC’s of Managed Care

#7 -University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, Michigan

Boston University
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Tuition: $14,074
Admission Rate: 33%
Points: 8
The University of Michigan is a public sea and space grant institution that is ranked by US News & World Reports as the 29th best college in the county. UM offers a Master of Health Services Administration program appropriate for professionals, policy analysts, planners and consultants. Several joint degree options are also offered including a joint MHSA/Master of Nursing Administration, MHSA/Juris Doctor, MHSA/Master of Public Policy, and MHSA/MBA. Students can complete their MHSA degree in approximately two years. Students gain additional professional experience during a 10-12 week internship.

The University of Michigan is accredited by the North Central Association of College and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission.

Courses:

Health Services Systems; Professional Development; Healthcare Accounting; Heath Policy; Law or Political Science

#6 -Trine University-Fort Wayne, Indiana

Trine University
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Tuition: $13,593
Admission Rate: 30%
Points: 8
Trine University is a private institution located on a 450 acre campus and founded in 1884. Trine University offers a Master of Science in Leadership with a Healthcare Systems Studies concentration. The program is tailored to adult learners and coursework is offered online. The program follows a cohort format and the purpose is to expand the understanding of what it means to be a leader as well as best practices within healthcare leadership and management positions.

Trine University is accredited by the North Central Assocation of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission.

Courses:

Leadership and Management of Healthcare Systems; Legal and Ethical Issues in Healthcare Leadership; Qualitative Decision Making; Organization and Economics of Healthcare Delivery Systems; Healthcare Systems Capstone

#5 -SUNY Polytechnic Institute at Utica-Rome-Utica, New York

SUNY Institute of Technology at Utica-Rome

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Tuition: $12,810
Admission Rate: 48%
Points: 8
The State University of New York (SUNY) Polytechnic Institute is the world’s most advanced research institution with over 300 corporate partners. SUNY Polytechnic Institute offers an MBA in Technology Management with a concentration in Health Services Management. The program can be completed fully online on either a part-time or full-time basis. Faculty are known for their strong academic credentials. Coursework encompasses technology management, business management and healthcare management.

SUNY Institute of Technology at Utica-Rome is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

Courses:

Health Care Systems; Health Care Marketing/Strategic Planning; Financial Management for Health Care Organizations; Quantitative Business Analysis; Project Management

#4 -Western Carolina University-Cullowhee, North Carolina

Western Carolina University
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Tuition: $11,978
Admission Rate: 38%
Points: 8
Western Carolina University is a public institution founded in 1889. US News & World Report ranks WCU #37 in its list of best Regional Universities of the South. WCU offers a Master of Health Sciences with a concentration in Health Management. The program can be completed online. Students need to complete either a guided research project or thesis to meet graduation requirements. GetEducated.com named Western Carolina University a “Best Buy-Online Masters, Health Sciences.”

Western Carolina University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges.

Courses:

Leadership Strategies; Cost Containment; Medicare & Medicaid; Health Care Marketing; Problem Solving and Decision Making

#3 -Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University-Tallahassee, Florida

Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University
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Tuition: $11,335
Admission Rate: 45%
Points: 8
Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (Florida A&M) is a public historically black university. Florida A&M offers both a Bachelor of Science in Health Care Management and a Master of Science in Health Administration. Courses are offered during the evening hours. Students in the program come from a variety of backgrounds and experiences, and the program is open to both traditional and non-traditional students. The goal of the MSHA program at Florida A&M is to increase the pool of qualified minorities to become leaders in the healthcare management field.

Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges.

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#2 -Winston-Salem State University-Salem, North Carolina

Winston-Salem State University
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Tuition: $8,340
Admission Rate: 56%
Points: 8
Winston-Salem State University is a public, historically black university that offers a Master of Healthcare Administration. Winston-Salem also offers a Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Management. Courses for the MHA are offered in a hybrid format of online and onsite. Courses that are onsite meet during the evening or on weekends to accommodate working professionals. Students move through the program as a cohort which is typically limited to 20 students.

Winston-Salem State University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges.

Courses:

Leading Organizations; Project Management; Decision Analysis in Healthcare; Healthcare Marketing; Medical Informatics

#1 -University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill-North Carolina

University of North Carolina Chapel Hill
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Tuition: $11,994
Admission Rate: 28%
Points: 9
The University of North Carolina is known as a Public Ivy League institution which empahsizes the quality of education for an affordable price. US News & World Report ranked UNC Chapel Hill 5th in nation in their list of top public instutions. UNC offers a Master of Healthcare Administration in both a traditional and executive format. The CAHME accredited program takes approximately two years to complete. Those in the executive program take courses online and come to campus three times per year to network and engage in practical management activities. Students complete a capstone project and a leadership practicum prior to graduation. A unique program feature is the dynamic curriculum which is constantly under review and improvement to provide the highest quality, most relevant educational experience.

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges.

Courses:

Healthcare Management Skills; Health Care in the United States Structure and Policy; Statistical Methods for Health Policy and Management; Healthcare Policy and Economics of Healthcare Insurance

Sources for this article include College Navigator, individual school websites, U.S. News & World Report, and Kiplinger’s Personal Finance.



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