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Master of Business Administration in Healthcare Administration

Raschelle Gordon receiving her MBA diploma at a South University graduation ceremony
Raschelle Gordon, Online MBA in Healthcare Administration South University, Class of 2022

South University’s Master of Business Administration in Healthcare Administration degree program is designed to prepare graduates to seek employment* in a leadership role in the healthcare field. As part of the healthcare administration degree, the coursework combines business knowledge and the needs of the healthcare field together to prepare students to learn management and leadership skills to guide those under them and make high-level decisions in challenging circumstances.

*South University does not promise or guarantee employment.

 

Admission Requirements

Admissions criteria for the Master of Business Administration in Healthcare Administration (MBA-HCA)

Graduate Admissions - Masters level

Prospective students are required to submit the following:

  • Completion of application for admission
  • Official transcripts for bachelor or graduate degree within 5 weeks* of the class start date. (All credentials earned outside the United States must be evaluated by a NACES or AICE-member credential evaluation service). Please speak with an admissions representative for more information.

Note: See program notes and specific requirements below for each graduate - masters level degree program

*Effective August 14, 2023 – Students beginning classes at Online Programs will have five weeks to submit acceptable documentation.

Specific requirements for admission to classified graduate status are:

  • A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university.
  • Completion of application for admission.
  • A 2.7 overall grade point average or higher on completed requirements for the baccalaureate degree, or, an earned graduate degree from an accredited institution with a CGPA of 3.0 or higher.

For additional admissions information please see the admissions section here.

Admissions Criteria for MBA-HCA, MHA, MPA, MSHRM, MS

Prospective students are required to submit the following:

  • Completion of application for admission
  • Official transcripts for bachelor or graduate degree within 5 weeks* of the class start date. (All credentials earned outside the United States must be evaluated by a NACES or AICE-member credential evaluation service). Please speak with an admissions representative for more information.

Note: See program notes and specific requirements below for each graduate - masters level degree program

*Effective August 14, 2023 – Students beginning classes at Online Programs will have five weeks to submit acceptable documentation.

Specific requirements for admission to classified graduate status are:

  • A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university.
  • Completion of application for admission.
  • A 2.7 overall grade point average or higher on completed requirements for the baccalaureate degree, or, an earned graduate degree from an accredited institution with a CGPA of 3.0 or higher.

Provisional Admission:

Applicants with an undergraduate degree CGPA of less than a 2.7, but not lower than a 2.3, or a graduate degree CGPA of less than 3.0, but not lower than a 2.7, will be considered for provisional admission. Students who do not attain a 3.0 GPA in the first quarter will be dismissed. Students cannot appeal the dismissal from the university as a result of failure to meet the conditions of provisional admission.

Outcomes

Offered at Columbia, Online Programs, Savannah, Tampa, Virginia Beach, and West Palm Beach.

Note: Not all Online Program offerings are available to residents of all U.S. states. Please contact an admissions representative for further information.

The Master of Business Administration, Healthcare Administration degree program is designed to prepare graduates to seek employment in a leadership role in the healthcare delivery system. The program is founded with the philosophy that healthcare leaders require strong business competencies and management skills to be successful. The curriculum is designed to prepare students with a sound foundation in business analysis and decision-making, followed by a specialization in healthcare administration.

The Master of Business Administration in Healthcare Administration program is delivered in two modalities: fully online and blended. Students enrolled in the blended modality meet face-to-face in the classroom and asynchronously online on alternating weeks over the 11-week quarter.

The foundation courses are designed to provide a firm grounding in decision-making, behavioral sciences, and strategic environment. The MBA degree program core presents a functional approach to the long run and short run decisions that must be made to deliver goods and services. The Healthcare Administration specialization core is designed to provide specialized management and capstone courses specific to the healthcare field.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Graduates will be able to:

  1. Integrate and apply the knowledge of business and healthcare concepts specific to structures and governance, finance, and the delivery of healthcare within the US healthcare system.
  2. Evaluate and analyze the impact that current healthcare policies may have on healthcare services.
  3. Develop proficiency in critical thinking, information literacy skills and knowledge in healthcare specific research, problem-solving and case study analysis.
  4. Demonstrate exceptional communication skills including the use of appropriate computer skills for writing, research, and analytic papers.

Career Outlook

Graduates of the MBA in Healthcare Administration program are equipped with the knowledge and skills for problem analysis, team and group leadership and the execution of effective solutions in various business situations. The MBA Healthcare specialization is designed for students interested in management careers in facilities such as:

  • hospitals
  • federal, state, and county health programs
  • pharmaceutical companies
  • healthcare companies
  • medical laboratories
  • medical billing companies
  • health education and training companies
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Success Stories

Outstanding Education for Remarkable Careers

We're committed to helping our graduates make an impact in their professional and personal lives. We applaud our alumni and the difference they make. Check out what some of our healthcare graduates have to say.

Michela Mazard
Michela Lambert Mazard Grad Alumni
Class of ‘11 and ‘16
Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Master of Science in Nursing-South University, Online Programs

“I wanted an education that would prepare me to build relationships and treat patients and families throughout their lifespan with interaction among their physical, emotional, and mental systems. I chose South University because I was confident that I would receive a well-rounded education that ensures I am armed with the skill set I need to provide the best care possible. Read more

Demitrius Archie
Demitrius Archie Grad Alumni
Class of '20
Master of Healthcare Administration-South University, Online Programs

“I was the first in my family to go into the military, and the first person of my siblings to graduate with a degree.”

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Kimmy Watt Grad Alumni
Class of '09
Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Management-South University, Savannah

“I'm so thankful for what I gained through studying at South University in Savannah. I'm a much better communicator and administrator because of the program. My work at South gave me the gift of knowing how to manage people and projects much more effectively.”

Timothy A. Stroy, Sr. 2010
Timothy A. Stroy, Sr. Grad Alumni
Class of '10
Associate of Science in Medical Assisting-South University, Columbia

“I am so grateful to my mother, Lessie Stroy, and the faculty and staff of South University for their support and encouragement. They gave me the courage to step outside my comfort zone and into what was, for me, the unknown. That's where I found what I was really looking for.”

Julie Long 2012
Julie Long Grad Alumni
Class of '12
Master of Business Administration in Healthcare Management-South University, Atlanta

“I develop business plans, new services and service lines to bring in new business for the hospital, so I work on proposals and projects all the time, which is just what we did in my healthcare finance class. I was also able to apply what I learned in my human resources class to the workplace and implement it immediately.”

Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs

The following business programs at South University, Columbia, the Bachelor of Business Administration, Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Management, Master of Business Administration and Master of Business Administration in Healthcare Administration programs are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs ([ACBSP] 11520 West 119th Street; Overland Park, KS 66213; 913-339-9356; www.acbsp.org).