Our 2014 list of the Top 25 Online MBA Programs with Healthcare Management Concentrations in the US. For an explanation of ranking criteria, click here.
1. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
The Kenan-Flagler Business School at University of North Carolina (UNC) Chapel Hill offers an online MBA program that features the same curriculum as the on-campus program. Students in the 66-credit-hour program will complete their coursework online and interact with faculty regularly using a face-to-face online platform. Two important components of the program, however, are the [email protected] Global Immersions and quarterly three-day immersions. Students are required to attend at least two immersions. Participation in Global Immersions will take students to major business centers around the world such as Singapore, Johannesburg, Istanbul, London, and others.
Online MBA students have six concentrations to choose from including Corporate Finance, Entrepreneurship, Global Supply Chain Management, Investment Management, Marketing, and Sustainable Enterprise. In addition, students may participate in several other programs to gain additional hands-on business and international experience. Optional programs include Student Teams Achieving Results (STAR), where "students learn by doing as they take on the role of consultants to real companies," the Exchange Program which "allows [email protected] students to study at another top-ranked business school in countries across the globe," and Doing Business In (DBI) which "gives students an opportunity to study abroad at an MBA exchange partner school."
The online MBA at UNC is AACSB-International accredited.
2. Northeastern University, Boston, Massachusetts
The D'Amore-McKim School of Business at Northeastern University offers an online MBA with optional residencies at the schools domestic campus locations and international locations such as China, Russia, and Greece. The 50-credit-hour program may be completed in 24 to 27 months and it features eight specializations. Options include Finance, Healthcare Management, High Technology Management, Innovation Entrepreneurship, International Management, Marketing, Supply Chain Management, and Sustainability
D'Amore-McKim online MBA students also have the option to earn a Dual Masters in Finance/MBA degree by talking "as few as four to seven additional finance electives." Both online programs utilize virtual class discussions, discussion board collaboration, team projects, and individual assignments for a well-rounded academic experience. In addition, the online MBA programs at D’Amore-Mckim School of Business are accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International).
3. George Washington University, Washington DC
The School of Business at George Washington University (GWU) offers an online Healthcare MBA that may be completed in just two years and an MBA that may be completed in three to five years. Both programs require 54.5 credit hours, consisting of 34.5 core courses and 18 electives for the MBA and 34.5 cores and 18 healthcare electives for the Healthcare MBA.
The 54.5-credit-hour Healthcare MBA is delivered 100% online and features specialized electives such as Service Line and Project Management, Managing the Skilled Nursing Facility, Physician Practice Management, and more. The program is designed for professionals on the path to becoming Health Care Managers, Administrators, and Executives.
The MBA program is available either 100% online or in hybrid format, and it features advanced study in Finance, Project Management, Entrepreneurship, and more. Accredited by AACSB International, both programs offer optional short-term study abroad opportunities in places such as Denmark, Israel, Mexico, and many others.
4. West Texas A&M University – College of Business, Canyon, Texas
The College of Business at West Texas A&M University (WTAMU) offers a 31 to 49-credit-hour MBA program that may be completed entirely online. Students may also “combine online courses with campus courses to meet degree requirements.” Regardless of delivery format, all MBA students may choose an optional emphasis area such as Computer Information Systems, Management, Marketing, or Healthcare Management.
Accredited by AACSB International, the online MBA at WTAMU’s College of Business may be completed within a two-year period. However, some students have completed the program in as few as 12 to 18 months.
5. Quinnipiac University, Hamden, Connecticut
The Quinnipiac University School of Business offers a 46-credit-hour MBA program that allows students to “formulate customized concentrations that focus on specific professional interests.” Students may create a concentration by choosing electives from six areas including Computer Information Systems, Finance, Health Care Management, International Business, Management, and Marketing. The AACSB International-accredited program places a strong emphasis on “decision-making” as well as the exploration of “innovative approaches to problem solving, financial analysis, organizational behavior, marketing, global business practices and leadership.”
The Quinnipiac online MBA offers three start dates: fall (late August), spring (late January), and summer (late May), and may be completed in as little as 2.5 years.
6. Gardner-Webb University, Boiling springs, North Carolina
The Godbold School of Business at Gardner-Webb University offers a 36-credit-hour MBA that may be completed entirely online. The program requires 30 hours in the core and six hours of electives. Students have a number of emphasis areas to choose from including Accounting, Banking and Financing, International Business, Healthcare Management, Hospitality and Tourism Management, Human Resources Management, Management Information Systems, and Tax Accounting.
Students that would like to take some face-to-face classes may take several MBA courses at campuses in Boiling springs, Charlotte, Statesville, and Winston-Salem, North Carolina as well as Spartanburg springs, SC. All MBA programs at the Godbold School of Business are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).
7. University of Scranton, Scranton, Pennsylvania
The University of Scranton offers an AACSB-accredited online MBA that features four specializations. In addition to the General MBA, students have the option to specialize in Enterprise Resource Planning, Healthcare Management, International Business or Operations Management. The 36-credit-hour online MBA features one-on-one interaction with professors and classmates via email, online discussion, and virtual meetings. There are no required residencies, so the program and all of its components may be completed 100% online.
Students can expect to complete the online MBA program in two years “at a comfortable pace of one course per term.” Students also have the option to complete the program sooner by taking more than one course per term—with advisor approval.
8. Florida International University, Miami, Florida
Florida International University’s (FIU) Chapman Graduate School offers a Corporate MBA (CMBA) and a Professional MBA FLEX (PMBA). The CMBA may be completed 100% online via discussion boards, chats, and emails. The PMBA utilizes a "blended-learning” format that alternates online and in-person classes. The PMBA option requires students to meet in a classroom setting just once a week and it offers specializations in Finance, Human Resource Management, International Business, Marketing, Management Information Systems, and Real Estate.
Both programs are AACSB International-accredited and require 42 credit-hours of study to graduate. However, the PMBA may take 24 months (or more) to complete, while the CMBA takes just 18 months to complete.
9. Marist College, Poughkeepsie, New York
Marist College offers a 30-credit-hour online MBA with four concentration options. MBA concentrations include Ethical Leadership, Financial Management, Healthcare Administration, and International Business. Students in the program communicate with faculty and fellow classmates via telephone, email, video conferences, and through VoIP (Voice over IP). The program is offered in an asynchronous format, so there are no specific sign-on times each week.
Accredited by AACSB International, the online MBA at Marist College may take as little as four years to complete (full-time) and up to seven years (part-time).
10. Fort Hays State University, Hays, Kansas
The College of Business at Fort Hays State University (FHSU) offers a 34-credit-hour MBA that may be completed 100% online. This means there are no residency requirements and students can complete their degree on their own time either full-time or part-time. The program also offers the option to sit out a semester or two—if needed.
The online MBA at FHSU offers nearly a dozen concentrations from Finance, Marketing, and Information Assurance to Health & Human Performance/Sports Management and Tourism and Hospitality Management. Students with an undergraduate degree in business administration may complete the online FHSU MBA degree in as little as two years. Students with a non-business background will have to complete up to 47 credit-hours, which will take longer to complete.
11. University of South Dakota, Vermillion, South Dakota
The Beacom School of Business, Division of Continuing & Distance Education at the University of South Dakota offers a General Management MBA that may be completed 100% online. The program offers two specializations including Health Services Administration and Business Analytics. The General Management MBA and MBA with the Health Services Administration specialization (HSAD) consists of 18 credit hours of foundations courses and 33 hours of advanced coursework. The MBA with the Business Analytics (BA) specialization consists of 21 hours of foundations courses and 39 hours of advanced coursework.
Accredited by AACSB International, the MBA program takes as few as 12 months to complete full-time (including summer semester) or two to four years to complete, part-time. However, students have up to seven years to complete the program.
12. Brenau University, Gainesville, Georgia
Brenau University offers a 45-credit-hour MBA program that may be completed 100% online or via a blended format. The program offers nine concentration from Accounting and Entrepreneurship to Finance, Marketing, and Management. The Finance concentration leads to a MBA + a Certificate in Finance. Concentration courses for the blended format are offered primarily online, with core course availability online or on campus.
The business programs at Brenau University are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).
13. Hofstra University, Hempstead, New York
The Frank G. Zarb School of Business at Hofstra University offers the first distance learning program in Strategic Healthcare Management and Strategic Business Management in the State of New York. Both 48-credit-hour programs may be completed entirely online. The AACSB International-accredited program is open to both domestic and international students, with a student body consisting of individuals from 73 countries and 51 U.S. states.
14. Saint Leo University, Saint Leo, Florida
The School of Business at Saint Leo University offers an online MBA with eight specializations. Options include Accounting, Health Care Management, Human Resource Management, Information Security Management, Marketing, Market Research and Social Media Analytics, Project Management, and Sport Business. The 36-credit-hour program allows students to pursue up to two MBA concentrations concurrently. In addition, students may start the program “at any of the six terms each year.” An internship opportunity is also open to all students.
The online MBA program at Saint Leo University is IACBE-accredited.
15. Fayetteville State University, Fayetteville, North Carolina
Fayetteville State University offers a 36-credit-hour MBA that may be completed 100% online. The AACSB International-accredited program focuses on technology and decision-making, leadership and management skills, and innovation and strategy. A general MBA is available, plus seven concentrations including Entrepreneurship, Finance, International Business, Management, and Marketing. The school’s latest additions include the Healthcare Management and Project Management concentrations. Students have the option to begin the online MBA program in fall, spring or summer and they may take up to six years to complete the program.
16. Campbellsville University, Campbellsville, Kentucky
The School of Business and Economics at Campbellsville University offers a 36-credit-hour online MBA with tracks in Marketing, Information Technology, International Business, Human Resource Management, and Healthcare Management. The school is also one of only a handful of schools in the world to offer a track in Church Management. Students can expect to take 27 MBA cores and nine hours of electives to complete the program. The IACBE-accredited program currently has two cohorts per year beginning in January and July.
17. University of St. Francis, Joliet, Illinois
The University of St. Francis (USF) offers a 36-credit-hour online MBA program that may be completed in as few as 12 to 18 months. According to USF, the program has “recently been redesigned to respond to the increasingly competitive, technological and global world of management.” Students have seven MBA concentrations to choose from including Accounting, Business Analytics, Finance, Health Administration, Human Resource Management, Logistics, and Training and Development. The flexible curriculum features courses that run three semesters each year (fall, spring, and summer). With an 8-week course accelerated delivery, students may enter the ACBSP-accredited online MBA program on any of five points each year.
18. Liberty University, Lynchburg, Virginia
The School of Business at Liberty University offers a 36-credit-hour and 45-credit-hour MBA program. Both programs may be completed entirely online. Students can expect an eight-week online format that allows them to complete their MBA "any time during the week, day or night, with no required log-in times," according to the school. Students have 10 concentration options to choose from including Accounting, Criminal Justice, Healthcare Management, Human Resources, International Business, Leadership, Marketing, Project Management, Public Administration, and Public Relations. The ACBSP-accredited MBA program at Liberty University may be completed within five years.
19. University of Phoenix, Multiple Locations
The University of Phoenix offers an online MBA that consists of 36 to 54 credit hours of study. Students must take 36 credit hours of cores + 15 credits of elective courses to complete a focus area. Focus areas include Accounting, Energy Management, Global Management, Health Care Management, Human Resource Management, Marketing, Project Management, and Technology Management. The ACBSP-accredited online MBA is designed to take just 18 months to complete.
20. Ohio University, Athens Ohio
The College of Business at Ohio University offers a 35-credit-hour online MBA that may be completed in as few as two years. Students may take two courses each semester over a total of six semesters. With the exception of one on-campus, weekend-long Professional Development Workshop, all coursework for the MBA program may be completed online. Students have the option to complete two additional on-campus workshops as well.
The AACSB International-accredited MBA program at Ohio University offers three concentrations including Finance, Health Care, and Executive Management. A General MBA curriculum is also on the menu.
21. Salve Regina University, Newport, Rhode Island
Salve Regina University offers a 36-credit-hour MBA that may be completed entirely online. The program offers concentrations in Cybersecurity Issues in Business, Entrepreneurial Enterprise, Health Care Administration and Management, and Social Ventures. The program, which may be completed in three years or less, is accredited by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE).
22. Park University, Parkville, Missouri
The School of Business at Park University (ParkSB) offers a 33-credit-hour MBA program that may be completed entirely online or through a combination of online and on-campus coursework. According to the school, "the MBA program offers a combination of eight-week, 16-week and intensive two-week summer sessions, allowing completion of the program in as few as 18 months." Students may select an optional concentration in Finance, General Business, International Business or Management Information Systems. As part of ParkSB, all business programs are ACBSP-accredited.
23. Brandman University, Irvine, California
Brandman University offers a 36 to 48-credit-hour MBA program that may be completed entirely online or via a blended (on campus and online) format. Either format may be customized by choosing electives in the areas of Accounting, E-Business Strategic Management, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Health Administration, Human Resources, International Business, Marketing or Organizational Leadership. Courses for the online MBA program and the blended MBA are eight weeks in length and they are offered six times year round.
Brandman University is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).
24. Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, Florida
Florida Atlantic University’s College of Business offers an online MBA program that may be completed in 23 months. The AACSB-accredited program requires 40 to 46 credit hours of study and there are no local or international residency requirements. Students have a number of concentrations to choose from such as Accounting, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Health Administration, International Business, Management Information Systems, Marketing, Operations Management, and Sport Management.
Students will complete coursework for the online MBA program in an asynchronous format which allows them to access courses any time. Instruction and content are delivered via recorded online lectures, discussions, presentations, and chats. Students can expect a team-based cohort format and programs start in January and August.
25. Indiana Wesleyan University, Marion, Indiana
The DeVoe School of Business at Indiana Wesleyan University offers a 36-credit-hour online MBA program. The virtual program, which features “advanced technologies comparable to Second Life® and other virtual world and gaming applications,” takes just 25 months to complete. Known as the IWU Virtual MBA Program, the online program offers two specialization options including Executive Management and International Business.
Students may begin the program several times a year, but start dates are updated regularly, so prospective students must inquire within.
The DeVoe School of Business has regional accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and it is a member of the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). The school is currently a candidate for accreditation.