The Top 15 Best Online Master’s in Healthcare Administration Programs (MHA) 2017

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By TMHA Staff

March 2017 (updated)

An online Master of Healthcare Administration is designed for healthcare professionals seeking to advance to management positions in a variety of healthcare settings, and this list of program rankings is a valuable resource for students looking to get started in 2017.

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Ranking the Top 15 Best Online Master’s in Healthcare Administration Programs 2017

We used a stringent set of requirements to find the absolute best master’s degrees in health administration online. Using data from College Navigator, we searched not just for colleges that have online MHA programs, but specifically ones that are actively conferring degrees. Therefore, we only considered schools that graduated at least five students from their online program in the 2014-15 school year. We also only considered degrees with comprehensive MHA curricula; related (but less focused) programs – such as MBAs with a concentration in Healthcare and MS degrees in Health Services, Healthcare Leadership, etc. – were not eligible for consideration.

Although we did not rank schools directly on their affordability, we did set a maximum limit on cost. Again using data from College Navigator, we calculated the approximate tuition for graduate students at each school (averaging in-state and out-of-state rates when necessary) and eliminated any programs with average tuition expenses over $20,000 per year.

We compared the remaining programs in four categories: Accreditation, Delivery Methods, Concentrations, and (to a lesser extent) Popularity. Colleges earned points for:

  • Having a program-specific accreditation, preferably from the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME) although we also awarded credit for accreditation from business/management-related agencies
  • Offering their program 100% online (no face-to-face residencies or campus visits required)
  • Providing customization options through concentrations or specializing their program in some way (ex. by adding an emphasis on health policy)
  • Maintaining more active/popular programs, as determined by the number of online MHA graduate degrees they conferred in the most recent school year

University of St Francis Best Online Masters in Healthcare Administration Programs
USF posts projected courses for the MHA online three years in advance so you have plenty of time to plan your schedule.

15. University of St Francis

Online Master of Science Degree in Health Administration (MS)

Concentrations: NoneDelivery: 100% OnlineAccreditation: Regional

Though the University of St Francis’s online MHA lacks some of the extra bells and whistles that other top programs claim (e.g. CAHME accreditation, concentration options) it excels in the most important areas. Namely, the flexibility – all classes are available online as well as on campus and at satellite locations in Birmingham, AL and Joliet, IL. For added convenience, USF allows new students to start their classes in any semester (spring, summer, or fall). This program is also shorter than most masters degrees in health administration online, so you can get your diploma – and get on with your life – in as few as 15 months.

Tuition: $739.00 per credit hour

Ohio University Best Online Masters in Healthcare Administration Programs
Ohio University’s online master’s in healthcare administration consists of 12 courses, each seven weeks in length.

14. Ohio University

Online Master of Health Administration

Concentrations: NoneDelivery: 100% OnlineAccreditation: Regional

According to College Navigator, Ohio University graduated nearly 180 students from its online master’s in healthcare administration program in the 2014-15 school year, making it the largest (and most popular) choice on our online MHA degrees ranking. And it’s little wonder why – with 100% online classes, a compact two-year course schedule, and no GRE required for admission, this program is about as convenient as it gets. You’ll likely also appreciate the “future-focused” coursework, which emphasizes topics that will be applicable to the industry for years to come. Examples of such forward-thinking classes include “Information Systems for Health Services” and “Ethical Issues in Healthcare.”

Tuition: $654.00 per credit (resident)/$673.00 per credit (non resident)

California State University East Bay Best Online Masters in Healthcare Administration Programs
Applicants must have two years of experience in professional healthcare to be eligible for this MHA online degree.

13. California State University-East Bay

Online MS in Health Care Administration Program

Concentrations: NoneDelivery: 100% OnlineAccreditation: Regional

Self-described as a “surprisingly achievable” program, CSU East Bay’s online MS in Healthcare Administration makes convenience and flexibility its top priority. The university’s student-centered design utilizes a quarter system that allows you to take classes year-round (but fewer at a time) so you can get your degree (and get on with your life) that much sooner. Each course runs for 10 weeks and contains 10 instructional modules, giving you an easy and organized way to learn about complex topics like healthcare policy analysis, quality assessment and improvement, and strategic management.

Tuition: $339.00 per credit

Central Michigan University Best Online Masters in Healthcare Administration Programs
CMU has made it clear that it intends to pursue CAHME accreditation for its online MHA as soon as possible.

12. Central Michigan University

Online Master of Health Administration

Concentrations: NoneDelivery: 100% OnlineAccreditation: Regional

At 51 credits, CMU’s curriculum is among the largest on this top masters degrees in health administration online ranking. The basic course list consists of 45 credits on a wide range of topics, from “Managerial Epidemiology” and “Organizational Dynamics and Human Behavior” to “Health Informatics and Quality Improvement.” You’ll fulfill the program’s remaining requirements by completing a 6-credit internship, field experience, or thesis. By providing three different options, the university enables students to pick the activity that best fits their needs. For instance, someone with professional experience may not need an internship but could build expertise in a specialization by writing a research paper on that topic.

Tuition: $548.00 per credit

Roberts Wesleyan College Best Online Masters in Healthcare Administration Programs
RWC’s MHA online degree program is open to both clinical and non-clinical healthcare professionals.

11. Roberts Wesleyan College

Online Health Administration, M.S.

Concentrations: NoneDelivery: 100% OnlineAccreditation: IACBE

Roberts Wesleyan College may lack the coveted CAHME accreditation to which so many schools aspire, but it has something pretty close – an accreditation from the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education. The IACBE recognizes only the best business and management programs at colleges around the world, and RWC’s online MHA is one of the few that has made the cut. The superiority of the school’s business curriculum manifests in sharply-focused classes like “Health Outcomes, Performance, and Six Sigma” and “Leadership Coaching for Healthcare Professionals.” Ultimately, this management-oriented approach will help prepare you for an executive position in the industry – or perhaps a promotion from your current employer!

Tuition: $749.00 per credit

Utica College Best Online Masters in Healthcare Administration Programs
Instead of on-campus sessions, students in Utica’s online MHA attend synchronous residencies in a virtual classroom setting.

10. Utica College

Online Master of Science in Health Care Administration

Concentrations: Acute Care, Service Organizations, Long-Term CareDelivery: 100% OnlineAccreditation: Regional

Utica stands out from the many other top online master’s in healthcare administration degrees on this list in one obvious way: concentrations. While most programs offer few options for customization, Utica attracts applicants by providing distinct areas of specialization. After completing the 21 credits of core “Continuum of Care” classes, you’ll enter into a 12-credit Leadership Track focusing on Acute Care (hospitals, medical facilities), Service (government organizations, research), or Long-Term Care (nursing homes). The latter track even includes the mandatory classes for nursing home administration licensure, although you will need to double-check the requirements in your home state.

Tuition: $511.00 per credit

Saint Josephs University Best Online Masters in Healthcare Administration Programs
SJU’s online MHA degrees consist of 36-42 credits and take 2-3 years to complete, depending on which version you choose.

9. Saint Joseph’s University

Online Master of Science in Health Administration

Concentrations: General, InformaticsDelivery: 100% OnlineAccreditation: Regional

Saint Joseph’s University is another unique find among masters degrees in administration online, as it grants students the freedom to customize their degree program. The curriculum includes a “General” track, which includes standard coursework in epidemiology and health policy, as well as an Informatics track. In the latter, program members prepare for a technology-oriented career through classes like “Health Care and the Internet” and “Computer-based Patient Records (CPR).” Due to the demands of the field, the Informatics concentration includes four classes to the General track’s two, which means it will also likely take one additional semester to complete.

Tuition: $853.00 per credit

Pfeiffer University Best Online Masters in Healthcare Administration Programs
In addition to affordable MHA online classes, Pfeiffer offers classes at its satellite campuses in Charlotte and Raleigh-Durham, NC.

8. Pfeiffer University

Online Master of Health Administration (MHA)

Concentrations: General, LeadershipDelivery: 100% OnlineAccreditation: Regional

A uniquely versatile program, Pfeiffer University’s MHA balances qualities of both an online degree and and a traditional college experience – which might explain why it lands right in the middle of our top MHA degrees online ranking! For example, while the curriculum is available entirely online, it also includes the option to earn course credit while studying abroad in Europe, Canada, or even Africa. Pfeiffer also provides a modified version of the coursework for students who want to earn a concentration in Leadership. In the Leadership sequence, you’ll take the same total number of classes as your traditional MHA classmates, but with fewer core classes to make room for a 12-credit MSL (Master of Science in Leadership) sequence.

Tuition: $640.00 per credit

Colorado State University Global Campus Best Online Masters in Healthcare Administration Programs
At $500/credit and absolutely NO student fees, CSU Global offers straightforward and affordable pricing.

7. Colorado State University-Global Campus

Online Master’s Degree in Healthcare Administration

Concentrations: Several (Learn More)Delivery: 100% OnlineAccreditation: Regional

Many people know Colorado State University’s Global Campus as a popular choice for online learners. And considering it graduated nearly 100 students from its affordable online master’s in healthcare administration in 2014-15, its MHA program is no exception! Some of this appeal is no doubt due to the program’s novel curriculum, which combines a 24-credit (8 classes) core sequence with a concentration of your choosing. And the library of specializations is vast – you can choose to take your final eight credits from just about any one of CSU’s other graduate programs, which include Business Intelligence, Information Technology, Finance, and many others.

Tuition: $500.00 per credit

Minnesota State University Moorhead Best Online Masters in Healthcare Administration Programs
This 37-credit MHA degree online features a challenging curriculum – including a rigorous two-part Capstone project.

6. Minnesota State University-Moorhead

Online Master of Health Administration

Concentrations: NoneDelivery: 100% OnlineAccreditation: CAHME (Pending)

Minnesota State University Moorhead graduated just six students from its online MHA degree in the 2014-15 school year, making it by far the smallest program on this list. But don’t let the low attendance fool you – in fact, MSU might just be the best kept secret in MHA programs online. And with its candidacy application for CAHME accreditation currently pending, this degree could be getting ready to experience a surge in popularity. Plus, at less than $400/credit for in-state applicants, MSU Moorhead is one of the most affordable programs on our list.

Tuition: $375.00 per credit (resident)/$750.00 per credit (non-resident)

Virginia Commonwealth University Best Online Masters in Healthcare Administration Programs
Students in VCU’s MHA online degree program can earn the required 41 credits on a part-time or full-time schedule.

5. Virginia Commonwealth University

Online Master of Science in Health Administration (MSHA)

Concentrations: NoneDelivery: Online + On Campus ResidenciesAccreditation: CAHME (Residential Only)

People who live in and around Richmond, VA have long been able to take advantage of one of VCU’s most prestigious programs – a CAHME-accredited MHA with a leadership focus and a top 10 ranking from U.S. News & World Report. Unfortunately, that program is only available on campus. To address this limitation, VCU has developed an online analog – an MSHA (Master of Science in Health Administration) that features flexible scheduling specifically tailored to working adults. This version of the degree only requires you to attend six on-campus sessions throughout your entire 22-month enrollment, making it feasible for you to earn your degree from anywhere in the country.

Tuition: $453.88 per credit (full-time resident)/$933.17 per credit (full-time non-resident)

Pennsylvania State University World Campus Best Online Masters in Healthcare Administration Programs
This online MHA consists of 49 credits, which most students can complete in about 28 months.

4. Pennsylvania State University-World Campus

Online MHA in Health Policy and Administration

Concentrations: Health Policy and AdministrationDelivery: Online + On Campus ResidenciesAccreditation: CAHME (Residential Only)

Leveraging the combined power of the Department of Health Policy and Administration with the Department of Public Affairs and a top-notch online education system, Penn State’s “World Campus” delivers everything you could need in an online MHA degree. The program closely mirrors the residential curriculum, which has been around for nearly three decades and boasts accreditation from CAHME. Although you won’t be able to earn your MHA entirely online, travel time is limited. Students will only need to visit Penn State’s main campus (in University Park, PA) twice – once in the first semester and again the the final semester – to complete their required face-to-face residencies.

Tuition: $930 per credit

University of Central Florida Best Online Masters in Healthcare Administration Programs
Once enrolled in this affordable online MHA, you’ll join a small cohort of no more than 30 students with whom to take classes.

3. University of Central Florida

Online Executive Health Services Administration, M.S

Concentrations: NoneDelivery: 100% OnlineAccreditation: CAHME

The University of Central Florida offers an “Executive” Master’s in Health Administration online in a format that is especially convenient for working professionals. However, due to the nature of the program, applicants are only eligible if they have at least three years of experience in healthcare management. The benefit of this approach is that all program members share a similar professional background and classes cater to their unique needs. Instead of acquiring more work experience through internships and practicums, you’ll take more advanced theoretical coursework like “Health Care Informatics for Health Care Leaders” and “Epidemiology and Health Planning.” There is also a final capstone class in healthcare and strategic management.

Tuition: $772.69 per credit

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Best Online Masters in Healthcare Administration Programs
UNC students in the online master’s in healthcare administration program spend a total of 14 (8 week + 6 weekend) days on campus.

2. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Online Health Policy and Management Executive MHA

Concentrations: Health Policy and ManagementDelivery: Online + On Campus ResidenciesAccreditation: CAHME

Although it is one of the most expensive programs on this online MHA degrees ranking, the University of North Carolina’s online Master’s in Health Administration is well worth the cost. After all, how can you put a price on the opportunity to attend not just one of the best online programs in healthcare, but one of the best colleges in the nation? As a bonus, this “Executive” MHA doesn’t require any specific prior coursework or professional experience to apply. Of course, the curriculum is rigorous – students must complete 49 credits (average time to completion is two years) and a total of six on-campus residencies – so it is required that you be up for a challenge!

Tuition: $778.28 per credit (resident)/$1,692.39 per credit (non-resident)

University of Scranton Best Online Masters in Healthcare Administration Programs
Students who begin their MHA degree online at the University of Scranton can take up to six years to earn their degree.

1. University of Scranton

Online Master of Health Administration
Concentrations: NoneDelivery: 100% OnlineAccreditation: CAHME

The award for the best online master’s in healthcare administration on our list goes to the University of Scranton. This program is one of the only MHA degrees in the entire country that is both CAHME-accredited and available 100% online. And while the curriculum lacks specific concentration options, it does include an internship requirement and lets students choose an advanced elective course from options like “Medical Practice Administration” and “Grants Writing and Management.” The 47-credit curriculum also includes a hefty dose of foundation and core classes across topics like financial management, human resources, and even ethics.

Tuition: $940.00 per credit

The online Master of Healthcare Administration program is unique in that it combines business administration skills with health policy, finance and administration knowledge. The degree prepares graduates for roles as hospital and health facility administrators, consultants and health policy analysts. Clinicians and other medical professionals who wish to work in roles influencing health policy and delivery will find an online master’s in healthcare a valuable tool as they advance their career.

Interested in learning more? Visit more of our rankings:

Sources:
College Navigator
Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education
International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education

 

The online Master of Healthcare Administration program is unique in that it combines business administration skills with health policy, finance and administration knowledge. The degree prepares graduates for roles as hospital and health facility administrators, consultants and health policy analysts. Clinicians and other medical professionals who wish to work in roles influencing health policy and delivery will find an online master’s in healthcare a valuable tool as they advance their career.

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