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The 25 Best Online Masters in Health Care Administration Programs 2017-2018

BCR_34_HealthCareAdmin_Masters_badgeMasters in health care administration degrees are one of the most flexible graduate degrees available, largely due to the wide range of settings in which health care administration is applicable. From health care IT firms, to nursing homes, from insurance to individual services, there are many settings in which altruistic health care goals operate in tandem with the need for business sense. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, health care and social assistance jobs (many of which could use health care admin skills) are expected to increase in number by 25.4% from 2012-2016. That’s an additional four million jobs, largely due to the unique demands of aging populations and longer life expectancy.

Featured Online Masters In Health Care Administration Degree Programs

If you’re looking to get into a health care management position–whether you’re already working in a health care setting or not–masters in health care administration are one of the best paths you can choose to follow. Check out 25 of the best online offerings below.

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1. Colorado State University – Global Campus

1. Colorado State

Colorado State University’s Global Campus offers a fully online masters in healthcare administration and management program that is offered with a wide variety of specializations (over a dozen, allowing many multi-disciplinary combinations). The program can also be coupled with a Masters of Public Health to make graduates even more marketable. Year around and potentially accelerated courses allow students even greater flexibility in their studies. The entire program consists of 36 credit hours. Colorado State University is currently a nationally ranked university according to US News.

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  • Estimated Tuition Per Credit Hour: $500

2. Walden University

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Walden University offers a fully online masters in healthcare administration that may be taken in three tracks: a general offering, leadership and organizational leadership offering, and a systems and policy offering. The program is aligned with professional competencies in demand, and supported through Walden’s years of experience in online education as well as mobilearn technology, allowing students to work on coursework through a variety of devices. The entire program requires 53 credit hours to complete. Walden University is currently classified as a national university by US News.

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  • Estimated Tuition Per Credit Hour: $445

3. Capella University

Capella University offers a fully online masters in healthcare administration that may be augmented with concentrations in Health Care Quality, Risk, and Regulatory Compliance or health information systems. The program has a great deal of flexibility through a generous transfer policy, multiple yearly start dates, and accelerated 10-week classes. The entire program requires 48 credit hours for completion. Certifications obtained en route to your degree can also help with more immediate workplace advancement.

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  • Estimated Tuition Per Credit Hour: $492

4. Trident University

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Trident University offers a fully online masters in healthcare administration with four available concentration areas: conflict resolution management, health care quality assurance, health informatics, and human resource management. The first three concentrations also allow for students to obtain certifications en route to degree completion. Up to 30% of degree credits may be transferred, making Trident University one of the most flexible programs surveyed in regards to transfers. Generally the degree program may be completed in 40 semester hours. Trident University is classified as a national university according to US News.

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  • Estimated Tuition Per Credit Hour: $510

5. University of Cincinnati

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The University of Cincinnati offers a fully online masters in healthcare administration that can be tailored to students who have worked in a wide range of healthcare positions, including as patient care clinicians, diagnostic specialists, administrators, physicians, and health care professionals. Courses may be taken from three yearly start dates, and additional flexibility in the online program allows for students to either complete the program in two years or proceed at a slower pace. The University of Cincinnati is currently a nationally ranked university according to US News.

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  • Estimated Tuition Per Credit Hour: $747

6. George Washington University

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George Washington University offers an online masters in healthcare administration that is broken up into skillset-based modules (eight in all), as well as immersion experiences. Modules are 10-weeks each, allowing for an accelerated program experience. By the end of the program students will have a portfolio of healthcare administration projects meant to appeal to a broad range of healthcare admin work settings. Program goals include increasing leadership, communication, relationship management, business acumen and professionalism skills within healthcare settings. George Washington University is a top ranked national university according to US News.

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  • Estimated Tuition Per Credit Hour: $1,585

7. Midwestern State University

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Midwestern State University offers a fully online masters in healthcare administration that is designed for students who would like to work full time and have the flexibility to continue taking classes towards an advanced degree. The Degree requires 45 credit hours for graduation, including 15 credit hours of general requirements, and over 30 credit hours of potential electives. The program has a general focus as well as the ability to receive certification in health services administration en route to obtaining your degree. Midwestern State University is classified as a regional university according to US News.

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8. Louisiana State University at Shreveport

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Louisiana State University at Shreveport offers a fully online masters in healthcare administration available through 10 online courses. Courses may be taken on a full or part-time basis, with the full program completable in as little as a year. The program is available to students with any type of undergraduate degree. However, students without experience in core competency areas may be required to take two additional courses. Course rotations allow for up to four courses to be taken in the fall as well as spring, and two accelerated courses to be taken in the summer. Louisiana State University at Shreveport is currently classified as a regional university according to US News.

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  • Estimated Tuition Per Credit Hour: $331

9. California State University – East Bay

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California State University at East Bay offers a fully online masters in healthcare administration degree. The degree is offered on a quarter system, allowing for students to start classes multiple times a year and accelerate their degree into as little as 6 quarters of coursework. The curriculum centers around 5 core competency areas as established by the health care leadership alliance: communication and relationship management, leadership, professionalism, knowledge, and business acumen. California State University at East Bay is currently classified as a regional university by US News.

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  • Estimated Tuition Per Credit Hour: $339

10. Kaplan University

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Kaplan University offers a fully online masters in healthcare administration degree geared towards preparing students towards rapid healthcare industry changes in technology, economics, ethics, finance, policy, and management. The entire program requires 52 credit hours for graduation, as well as a health capstone project. A large number of start dates are available yearly, increasing program flexibility. Kaplan’s long experience with online learning, as well as their device agnostic platform also complement learners looking for increased flexibility. Kaplan University is currently classified as a regional university according to US News.

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  • Estimated Tuition Per Credit Hour: $441

11. Utica College

Utica College offers a fully online masters in healthcare administration with five specializations: acute care, service organizations, long term care, health care advocacy and navigation, and community health and wellness. Regardless of the specialization students choose, all courses are taught so as to center around three dimensions of care that include management, leadership, and focusing on the continuum of care that patients will be pushed through. A graduate certification in health care advocacy and navigation may also be obtained en route to a degree. Utica College is currently classified as a regionally ranked university according to US News.

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  • Estimated Tuition Per Credit Hour: $635

12. Saint Joseph’s University

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Saint Joseph’s University of Philadelphia (PA) offers a fully online masters in healthcare administration degree. The degree offers two concentrations for students to choose from, including a concentration in health care ethics (a particularly unique offering) as well as one in health informatics. Alumni from Saint Joseph’s healthcare administration program hold positions in many Fortune 500 companies as well as many of the top hospitals in the nation. Between 36 and 42 credit hours are required for completion of the degree, depending on which concentration is required. Currently Saint Joseph’s University is a regionally ranked university according to US News.

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  • Estimated Tuition Per Credit Hour: $720

13. Saint Leo University

12. Saint Leo

Saint Leo University offers a fully online masters in business administration degree that contains a health care management option. The degree requires 21 credit hours of core business courses and 15 credit hours of health care management courses. While most students — particularly those holding down a job and pursuing their degree — will have their hands full with the usual MBA in health care management, students may opt to pursue a second specialization concurrently with approval of the program director. Currently Saint Leo University is a regionally ranked university according to US News.

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  • Estimated Tuition Per Credit Hour: $720

14. Penn State World Campus

9. Penn State

Penn State World Campus offers a fully online masters in health administration degree with a focus on health policy and administration. 49 credit hours are required to complete the program, which is designed to be completed in 28 months. Curriculum is wide ranging, and includes coursework in financing health care, clinical issues for health services management, quality improvement of health care, health care marketing, health economics, health law, and information systems in health. Penn State is currently a top ranked national university according to US News.

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  • Estimated Tuition Per Credit Hour: $930

15. Grand Canyon University

10. Grand Canyon University

Grand Canyon University offers a fully online masters in health care administration that requires 48 credit hours for graduation. Courses are wide ranging and include the study of contemporary care delivery models, health care policies and economics, legality and ethics in health care, cost models, workforce management, marketing communication strategies, health care finance, leadership styles and development, and health care business analysis. Grand Canyon University is currently classified as a regional university according to US News.

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  • Estimated Tuition Per Credit Hour: $500

16. Liberty University

15. Liberty University

Liberty University offers a fully online masters in business administration with a health care management concentration. The program requires 45 credit hours of study to graduate, yet allows up to 12 credit hours to be transferred in (or slightly over 1/4th of the program). Liberty University also increases the flexibility of their degrees through offering life and work experience credits, as well as intensives to speed up the acquisition of credits. Though an MBA program, the health care management component tackles the professional, ethical, and financial components of health care administration. Liberty University is currently classified as a regional university by US News.

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  • Estimated Tuition Per Credit Hour: $540

17. Valparaiso University

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Valparaiso University offers a masters of science in health care administration degree fully online. The degree requires 36 credit hours, 27 of which cover core competencies, and 9 of which cover selected specializations: strategic leadership, health informatics, forensic health, and gerontology. All prospective students are advised to have some background in basic statistics, with health care informatics students required to have taken statistics, calculus, and some programming coursework. Valparaiso University is currently a regionally ranked institution according to US News.

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  • Estimated Tuition Per Credit Hour: $615

18. Seton Hall University

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Seton Hall University offers a fully online degree program in health care administration that requires 42 credit hours to complete. The degree is meant to prepare managers with work-ready expertise in health care fields. Generally students finish the course of study within 6 semesters. The program is unique through its integration of small “learning team” cohorts, with increased flexibility. In-person intensives are also available, allowing students to accelerate credit acquisition. Seton Hall University is a nationally ranked university according to US News.

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  • Estimated Tuition Per Credit Hour: $1,135

19. Park University

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Park University offers a fully online masters in health care administration that requires 36 credit hours and a comprehensive exam to graduate from. Courses are designed to establish or augment the knowledge of health care workers in organizational, legal, financial, political and managerial aspects of health systems management. The program is an associate member of the Association of University Programs in Health Administration. Currently Park University is classified as a regional university according to US News.

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  • Estimated Tuition Per Credit Hour: $505

20. University of Southern California

The University of Southern California offers a fully online executive master of health administration program that requires 36 semester hours worth of courses for graduation. Courses are traditional semester lengths, and the program may be completed in as little as 6 semesters over 2 years of study. A cumulative and applied learning experience called a capstone is also required of students towards the end of the program. The program offers a unique global perspective, tackling healthcare policy, societal health, statutory and regulatory issues, organizational evolution and overall industry reform on a global scale. The University of Southern California is a top ranked national university according to US News.

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  • Estimated Tuition Per Credit Hour: $1,666

21. Oklahoma State University

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Oklahoma State University offers a fully online masters of science degree in health care administration program. The program offers specializations in health care leadership and entrepreneurship, or administration. Though healthcare experience is not required, the program is built primarily for students who are working in health care fields and who would like to move up to managerial or executive-level positions. The program of study is 32 credit hours long, and requires either a creative final project or thesis. Oklahoma State University is currently a nationally ranked university according to US News.

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  • Estimated Tuition Per Credit Hour: $785

22. Southern New Hampshire University

12. Southern New Hampshire University

Southern New Hampshire University offers a fully online masters in management with a focus on health care management. Courses are offered in 10-week increments; and for students willing to take two accelerated courses in tandem, the degree can be completed in as few as 15 months. As one of the largest online universities in the US, Southern New Hampshire University offers a number of support services for distance learning such as online tutoring, a library, and career services. Currently Southern New Hampshire University is a regionally ranked university according to US News.

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  • Estimated Tuition Per Credit Hour: $785

23. Ashworth College

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Ashworth College offers a fully online masters health care administration that requires 13 courses for completion. Courses are meant to be completed in three semesters for full-time students, and include a capstone project in the final semester. The program is meant to enact performance competency (skill- and knowledge-developing projects) as well as affective development (value-challenging experiences) within students in an effort to provide the next generation of health care managers with enough substantive development to perform in their roles.

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  • Estimated Tuition Per Credit Hour: $785

24. Ohio University

Ohio University offers a fully online masters in health administration comprised of 12 academic courses. At a part-time pace of two courses per semester, coursework may be completed in 6 semesters (two years) fully online. The program is meant to help health care professionals seeking to make the move into or up management in balancing the altruistic mission of health care organizations with the need to keep institutions financially viable. Ohio University is currently a nationally ranked university according to US News.

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  • Estimated Tuition Per Credit Hour: $1,450

25. A.T. Still University

A.T. Still University offers a fully online masters in health administration program comprised of 11 four-credit core courses and a large number of elective offerings. A capstone project is required in the program, focusing on the complexities of healthcare delivery systems, building alliances within and outside of the healthcare industry, and strategic decision-making. The entire program requires 48 credit hours. A.T. Still University is also notable through being one of the most affordable programs surveyed.

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  • Estimated Tuition Per Credit Hour: $478

Methodology:

  • Affordability (1/3): The average out-of-state tuition per credit hour.
  • Flexibility (1/3): Whether the program offers specialized tracks, flexible hours, or personalized course loads.
  • Academic Reputation (1/3): The rank of the school’s parent institution according to other prominent rankings such as US News

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