The Top 10 Best Master’s Programs in Healthcare Administration 2014

When we were considering which schools should be included on our list of the Top 10 Master’s Degrees in Healthcare Administration, we considered a number of factors. The one that was first on the list was whether the school offers the type of curriculum which will prepare graduates for on-the-job success.

Featured Top-ranked Programs

1. Capella University - MHA - General Health Administration
2. Ashford University - MA - Health Care Administration
3. Kaplan University - MPA - Health Care Management

All of the degree programs listed here provide a solid curriculum which will give learners the knowledge they need to prepare for the next step in their healthcare career.

Ranking the Top 10 Best Master’s Degrees in Healthcare Administration

#1 Carnegie Mellon

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Executive Summary

Carnegie Mellon has the top-ranked health program offered from a school of public policy in the nation.

Tuition

The cost of attending this school is $20,226 per semester.

Unique Features

Carnegie Mellon’s healthcare administration degree program in Healthcare Policy & Management provides learners with a skill set which is highly marketable. This program focuses on team-based learning and uses a quantitative approach to tackling problems. Students can choose to combine this degree program with an MBA (Masters in Business Administration) if they wish.

Concentrations

Economics and Policy
IT and Operations
Management and Organization

#2 Johns Hopkins University

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Executive Summary

Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health holds the distinction of being the best in the country, according to U.S. News & World Report. It is also the largest school of public health on the planet.

Tuition

The full-time program costs $53,520. Part-time students pay $892 per credit; 80 credits are required to complete the requirements for this degree.

Unique Features

This program’s core courses focus on issues facing the U.S. healthcare system. Students can choose from a variety of courses which cover the technological, social and economic aspects for a degree in healthcare administration.

#3 University of Washington

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Executive Summary

The University of Washington offers one of the top-ranked programs in healthcare management in the country. This school is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education.

Tuition

Tuition for this two-year program will cost $46,513.

Unique Features

Washington offers a full-time on campus program, as well as an Executive Master’s of Healthcare Administration for students who want to qualify for more senior positions without taking time away from work.

#4 Xavier University

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Executive Summary

Modern Healthcare has ranked Xavier University as the No. 1 Healthcare Administration program in the country for 2010.

Tuition

The cost of tuition at Xavier is $576 per credit hour.

Unique Features

Students enrolled in this program complete a paid administrative residency. The average stipend participants received was just under $40,000.

Concentration

Long-term Care

#5 Texas State University

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Executive Summary

TSU’s Masters in Healthcare Administration is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME).

Tuition

Tuition for Texas residents is $251 per credit hour. Students from out of state are charged $564 per credit hour.

Unique Features

This program includes 43 course hours on core subjects, as well as six-eight hours of thesis or field work (depending on the student’s previous experience working in the healthcare field).

#6 Pacific University

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Executive Summary

Pacific University is a private school which was established in 1849. As a small school (3,200 students), it offers small class sizes and a high level of personalized attention to learners.

Tuition

Courses are billed at a rate of $703 per credit hour. Students who are working on their degree on a year-round basis can expect to pay $17,575 per annum. This program can be completed in two years.

Unique Features

This healthcare administration program can be completed online and is designed to meet the needs of working adults. Pacific offers a one-on-one mentoring program to students which matches them with a faculty member or someone working in the health care community.

#7 Des Moines University

Executive Summary

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Des Moines is an accredited educational institution which will be launching a new Master of Healthcare Administration curriculum for the fall of 2012. The changes are being made to respond to the needs of the marketplace for graduates and are the result of extensive research conducted by the University to determine how its current course of study could be improved.

Tuition

This program costs $504 per credit hour.

Unique Features

Most of the work required to complete a degree can be done online. Students are required to attend three Executive Workshops on campus. The Workshops are run in five-day sessions and are scheduled twice a year.

#8 University of Michigan

Executive Summary

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UMich has been named as one of the top 20 universities in the world by Times Higher Education and Thomson Reuters.

Tuition

Michigan residents studying on a full-time basis (nine credits or more) pay $23,875. Tuition rates for non-residents are slightly higher, at $26,375.

Unique Features

The Masters of Healthcare Administration degree program curriculum includes courses in marketing, finance and management and how they relate to specifically to the healthcare industry.

#9 University of Cincinnati

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Executive Summary

UC has been named one of the top tier national universities by U.S. News & World Report. The London Times Higher Education Supplement ranked the University of Cincinnati in the top 200 schools in the world in 2011.

Tuition

Ohio residents pay $13,701 in tuition per year. Out-of-state residents are charged $24,825 per year.

Unique Features

Applicants must have a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 to be considered for the healthcare administration program. The majority of courses are completed online, although some on-campus attendance is required.

#10 Boston University

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Executive Summary

Boston University first opened its doors in 1869. It is one of the largest private universities in the country, and BU’s School of Public Health is one of the best in the U.S.

Tuition

Full-time students in the master of healthcare administration program at BU pay $20,424 per semester. Part-time learners pay $1,276 per credit for this 48-credit degree program.

Unique Features

Boston U’s master’s in healthcare administration degree in health policy & management is geared toward students who are planning a career managing a healthcare facility or who have a particular interest in becoming an analyst for a public or private sector organization.

Resource: The Top 10 Best Online Master’s in Healthcare Administration Programs (MHA)