2018 Top Accredited Online Master's in Healthcare Administration Programs

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Students interested in pursuing an online Master of Health Administration (MHA) will find that all schools on this list are affordable and offer strong academics. Ranked for their low annual tuitions and high entrance exam scores, each of these top universities has an annual tuition under $18,000, and 17 have academic strength ratings of 65% or higher. Tennessee Tech University, the top ranked school on the list, offers a Master of Professional Studies in Healthcare Administration for $4,148 per year and has an academic strength score of 66%.

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Rank School Annual Tuition Academic Strength
#1 #1 Tennessee Tech University Annual Tuition $4,148 Academic Strength 66%
#2 #2 Nova Southeastern University Annual Tuition $7,980 Academic Strength 69%
#3 #3 Mississippi College Annual Tuition $9,220 Academic Strength 70%
#4 #4 Anderson University - SC Annual Tuition $8,010 Academic Strength 67%
#5 #5 University of Oklahoma-Norman Campus Annual Tuition $14,009 Academic Strength 75%
#6 #6 Valdosta State University Annual Tuition $5,274 Academic Strength 62%
#7 #7 LeTourneau University Annual Tuition $11,070 Academic Strength 70%
#8 #8 Viterbo University Annual Tuition $10,455 Academic Strength 69%
#9 #9 Louisiana State University - Shreveport Annual Tuition $5,497 Academic Strength 61%
#10 #10 University of South Dakota Annual Tuition $7,996 Academic Strength 64%
#11 #11 Midwestern State University Annual Tuition $6,068 Academic Strength 61%
#12 #12 Delta State University Annual Tuition $6,577 Academic Strength 61%
#13 #13 Ohio University-Main Campus Annual Tuition $12,114 Academic Strength 68%
#14 #14 Regis University Annual Tuition $11,070 Academic Strength 66%
#15 #15 Valparaiso University Annual Tuition $12,870 Academic Strength 69%
#16 #16 University of Central Florida Annual Tuition $16,533 Academic Strength 72%
#17 #17 University of Delaware Annual Tuition $17,875 Academic Strength 74%
#18 #18 Nebraska Methodist College Annual Tuition $15,099 Academic Strength 69%
#19 #19 Webster University Annual Tuition $15,600 Academic Strength 70%
#20 #20 Liberty University Annual Tuition $12,995 Academic Strength 66%
#21 #21 Queens University of Charlotte Annual Tuition $12,960 Academic Strength 65%
#22 #22 Point Park University Annual Tuition $10,710 Academic Strength 61%
#23 #23 Avila University Annual Tuition $9,660 Academic Strength 59%
#24 #24 Spring Arbor University Online Annual Tuition $16,560 Academic Strength 70%
#25 #25 Indiana Institute of Technology Annual Tuition $9,090 Academic Strength 57%
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2018 Top Online Master of Healthcare Administration Ranking Details

  • Annual Tuition: $4,148
  • Academic Strength: 66%
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
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Tennessee Tech University offers a Master of Professional Studies degree with a Healthcare Administration concentration for $4,148 annually. This is a unique program that is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and is earned 100% online. A hybrid program is offered for students who are also interested in taking some in-class courses intermixed with the online courses. There are 33 credit hours in this program with courses designed to prepare students for immediately diving into the workforce. Upon completion of this degree, students will also possess a certificate in Healthcare Informatics. 

  • Annual Tuition: $7,980
  • Academic Strength: 69%
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
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Nova Southeastern University offers four different master's degrees in the healthcare administration field: Master of Health Science - Health Care Risk Management (37 Credits), MBA in Complex Health Systems (39 Credits), MHSc in Leadership in Healthcare (37 Credits), and MS in Health Law (43 Credits). The tuition for these programs starts at $7,980 annually. The MBA in Complex Health Systems is a cohort-based program which means the group will start and finish together. This is more of an executive program with coursework spread out over 24 months. All of the other programs are also designed for distance-learning.

  • Annual Tuition: $9,220
  • Academic Strength: 70%
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
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Mississippi College offers two health administration degrees: Master of Health Services Administration and Master of Science in Professional Communication in Health Services Administration. The latter is a unique 31-credit hour program that includes 16 hours of communication courses combining "soft-skills" with the traditional healthcare education. These degrees are both offered online with flexibility in the schedule and coursework. The online graduate tuition at Mississippi College is $588 per credit hour.

  • Annual Tuition: $8,010
  • Academic Strength: 67%
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
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Anderson University offers a Master of Business Administration with a Healthcare Leadership concentration. This degree requires 36 credit hours, with the course sessions lasting six weeks at a time, however students can go as quickly or as slowly as needed. Offered fully online, the three courses that make up this unique concentration are: Healthcare Structure and Policy, Healthcare Finance and Economics, and Improving Healthcare Quality, Safety, and Outcomes. Students are only permitted to enroll in one class per 6-week period unless otherwise approved by the program director. The tuition for an online MBA program at Anderson University is $435 a credit hour; this degree costs $8,010 per year.

  • Annual Tuition: $14,009
  • Academic Strength: 75%
  • Accreditation: NCA HLC
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University of Oklahoma has a Master of Arts in Human and Health Services Administration that can be completed 100% online or in a hybrid format. This program has 16-week graduate courses with a total of 33 credit hours to complete. The recommended pace is two classes (six credit hours) during both fall and spring semesters and one class of three credit hours during the summer. There are options to take additional credits each semester, but prospective students are encourage to discuss these needs with an academic advisor. Annual tuition is $14,009, making it an affordable option for budget-conscious students.

  • Annual Tuition: $5,274
  • Academic Strength: 62%
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
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Valdosta State University offers a Master of Business Administration in Healthcare Administration program. This is a business degree specializing in healthcare administration designed to propel students into the medical administration workforce, but is also open to those already engaged in a medical career who want to move into management roles. All courses in the program are taught by professors in the Langdale College of Business Administration. The tuition for this 36-credit hour program is $293 per credit hour. 

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  • Annual Tuition: $11,070
  • Academic Strength: 70%
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
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LeTourneau University offers an online Master of Science in Health Care Administration degree. Curriculum is taught by leading professionals in their respective fields, and is enhanced by collaborations with healthcare management professionals. The program consists of 36 credits hours with a tuition cost of $615 per credit hour. Students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.00, and at least 75% of the credit hours must be earned while attending LeTourneau University. 

  • Annual Tuition: $10,455
  • Academic Strength: 69%
  • Accreditation: NCA HLC
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Viterbo University offers an MBA with a Health Care Leadership concentration for working professionals in the healthcare field. Small, asynchronous classes give students the utmost flexibility to complete their degrees. Aside from 5 days of intensive on-campus workshops, the degree is completed fully online in 24 months. The curriculum consists of 34-37 credit hours (depending on the student's background in business) and the tuition is $615 per credit hour for an annual program tuition of $10,455.

  • Annual Tuition: $5,497
  • Academic Strength: 61%
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
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Louisiana State University offers an online Master of Health Administration program consisting of 10 graduate-level courses, and two foundational courses, if necessary, for a total of 30-36 credit hours. The degree can be earned either through full-time or part-time efforts, and students can enroll at any time during the calendar year. LSU tuition for graduate students in this online program is $350 per credit hour, making the annual cost a reasonable $5,497. The MHA is offered completely online and there are no required on-campus meetings.

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  • Annual Tuition: $7,996
  • Academic Strength: 64%
  • Accreditation: NCA HLC
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The University of South Dakota offers a Master of Business Administration with a Health Services Administration concentration (39-57 credit hours, depending on business background). There is also a Master of Science in Administration with a Health Services Administration concentration (36 credit hours). Both of these programs are specially designed for online coursework by facilitating problem-solving and leadership qualities through web-based interfacing. The online MBA with a Health Services Administration program requires a 5-day residency either in the spring or summer, but is otherwise fully completed online. Tuition for online graduate courses is $444.25 per credit hour, making the cost $7,996 per year.

  • Annual Tuition: $6,068
  • Academic Strength: 61%
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
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Midwestern State University makes affordable higher education accessible through its online online degree programs. MHA students at Midwestern State will find a culture of support for online students; all distance learning students at MSU attend a virtual orientation and are assigned advisors to help answer their academic questions. The online MHA program at MSU is 45 semester hours with optional on-campus workshops and seminars and can be completed in two to three years by full time distance learners.

  • Annual Tuition: $6,577
  • Academic Strength: 61%
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
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Delta State University's small student body and low tuition make it a best value option for prospective healthcare administration students. DSU's 100% online integrated Master of Business Administration - Health Care Administration degree costs just $6,577 per year and offers graduate students advanced skills for greater career growth. The MBA curriculum focuses on two modules in addition to the health care administration emphasis: financial strategy and operational strategy. Health Care Administration courses include Risk Management for Healthcare Industry and Health Care Law & Ethics.

  • Annual Tuition: $12,114
  • Academic Strength: 68%
  • Accreditation: NCA HLC
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Ohio University-Main Campus has a top-notch online education program that caters to over 8,000 distance students. Its online courses are accessed through its Student Knowledge Center web portal, which provides students with a plethora of services and information, including testing services, tech support, veteran support and access to academic advisors. Its 100% online Master of Science Health Administration degree program is designed to enhance leadership skills by engaging students in a synergetic learning environment.

  • Annual Tuition: $11,070
  • Academic Strength: 66%
  • Accreditation: NCA HLC
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Private, regionally accredited Regis University offers flexible online degree programs designed to allow working adults to advance their careers. Its Master of Science in Health Services Administration degree gives graduates opportunities for employment in major health care companies and organizations. Divided into 8-week classes covering finance, organizational ethics, operations, leadership, research and technology management, the curriculum also includes special topic courses that can be customized per the needs of the individual students, and students also have the option to take pertinent classes from other graduate programs. Regis offers a bridge course in health care delivery systems to students with little or no former experience in health care. 

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  • Annual Tuition: $12,870
  • Academic Strength: 69%
  • Accreditation: NCA HLC
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Valparaiso University is a Lutheran, liberal arts school with a high employment success rate among graduates and alumni. It has a strong community orientation and its online programs allow working adults to reap the same rich educational and cultural rewards as campus students, from a distance. Valparaiso offers a 100% online, 36-unit interdisciplinary Master of Science in Healthcare Administration with specialized tracks in strategic leadership, health informatics, forensic health and gerontology. The first 27 credits of the program focus on basic management and policy, while the final nine credits are devoted to coursework in students' fields of specialization. The program is designed for actively employed health care professionals with six start dates per year.

  • Annual Tuition: $16,533
  • Academic Strength: 72%
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
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University of Central Florida has an enrollment of 66,000 students, a quarter of whom are first generation. It meets the needs of these students, in part, through UCF Online, its online campus. In addition to offering a large number of minors, bachelor's degrees and bachelor's certificates,UCF Online offers numerous graduate degrees including an Executive Master of Health Administration. This program is designed for working professionals; applicants must have a minimum of three years of experience working in health care management. Students in the program can expect to take courses like Health Care Statistics and Research and Epidemiology and Health Planning.

  • Annual Tuition: $17,875
  • Academic Strength: 74%
  • Accreditation: MSCHE
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University of Delaware offers a variety of undergraduate, graduate, and professional degree programs through its cutting-edge UDOnline electronic campus, which incorporates on-demand video lectures, interactive assignments, real-life case studies, social interaction and digital resources into its curriculum to give distance students the best possible education. Its AACSB-accredited online MBA program offers a healthcare concentration with 7-week courses taught by PhD-qualified. Students can complete the entire program in 16 months.

  • Annual Tuition: $15,099
  • Academic Strength: 69%
  • Accreditation: NCA HLC
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Nebraska Methodist College is a health professions institution and as such is dedicated to providing the most up-to-date, future-oriented degree programs available. Its top-of-the-line faculty and advanced laboratory facilities account for its high student retention and completion rates, as does its burgeoning online program. It offers a 100% online MBA in Healthcare with optional concentrations in healthcare administration, quality improvement & outcomes management and education. With simple enrollment procedures, courses launching periodically throughout the year, and classes that are 8-to-10 weeks in duration, degree completion is possible within 18 to 30 months.

  • Annual Tuition: $15,600
  • Academic Strength: 70%
  • Accreditation: NCA HLC
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Webster University began offering online courses in 1999, and now offers over 31 accredited online graduate degrees as well as eight undergraduate degrees and an impressive list of certificate programs. Its Master of Business Administration - Health Administration is offered in a 100% online format and requires a minimum of 39 credit hours. Classes include Organization and Management in Health Administration and Health Adminstration Law. This program is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).

  • Annual Tuition: $12,995
  • Academic Strength: 66%
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
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Since 1971, Liberty University has been providing Christian education to a growing student body. It now offers over 550 degree programs that include online options specifically designed for distance learners and working adults. Its online programs do not require standardized testing and allow for the partial transfer of both bachelor's and master's degrees in order to help students maximize their credits, time and money. Liberty offers a Master's of Business Administration with a concentration in Healthcare Management as well as a Master of Science in Healthcare Administration with 11 specializations in subjects as diverse as accounting, marketing, and public relations.

  • Annual Tuition: $12,960
  • Academic Strength: 65%
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
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Queens University of Charlotte is a private co-ed university that offers a Master of Health Administration program with no GRE score required for enrollment. The 36-credit-hour program is built on the American College of Healthcare Executives’ (ACHE) five core competencies: communication, leadership, professionalism, healthcare knowledge and business expertise. Queens University of Charlotte uses a hands-on approach to their online learning courses engaging students in immediately applying what they've learned in real time. The cost of the annual program tuition is $12,960.

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  • Annual Tuition: $10,710
  • Academic Strength: 61%
  • Accreditation: MSCHE
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Point Park University delivers an online-only Master of Science in Health Care Administration and Management degree with coursework that is personalized based on student needs. The program consists of 36 credit hours with each course spanning eight weeks. Curriculum is created by professors who have years of experience in the field, helping to ensure that course content is relevant and practical. The degree is designed to take 2-3 years to complete with tuition costs of $595 per credit. The total annual tuition for the program is $10,710.

  • Annual Tuition: $9,660
  • Academic Strength: 59%
  • Accreditation: NCA HLC
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Avila University offers an online Master of Business Administration program with a Health Care concentration. Depending on previous schooling and experience, students can potentially opt out of some courses, allowing them to complete the degree program quickly. The program consists of three 11-week trimesters and one 9-week session every year. Tuition is $644 per credit hour. At least 30 credit hours must be completed at Avila University in order to graduate. Avila also offers a tuition guarantee: once a student begins a program the tuition won't increase until graduation.

  • Annual Tuition: $16,560
  • Academic Strength: 70%
  • Accreditation: NCA HLC
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Spring Arbor University is a private, Christian-based school that offers an online program for a Master of Business Administration with a specialization in Health Care Administration. The program is accelerated compared to many other healthcare administration master's degrees; students can potentially graduate in under 18 months. There is an optional opportunity for students to attend a four-day international business summit in New York. Students can simultaneously work full-time and take one course online at a time, making it a convenient program for working professionals. There is no GMAT or GRE score required in order to be admitted.

  • Annual Tuition: $9,090
  • Academic Strength: 57%
  • Accreditation: NCA HLC
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Indiana Institute of Technology offers an online Master of Business Administration with a Health Care Management concentration for individuals interested in expanding their knowledge of management in the healthcare industry. The program consists of 36 credit hours with each course spanning six weeks. The online classes are interactive and more accelerated than the classroom curriculum. There are start and end dates for the material but all information is accessible 24/7 within those time frames. Two years of related work experience are required in order to be admitted. Tuition this program is $505 per credit for an affordable annual total of $9,090.

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Online Master of Health Administration (MHA) Degrees

An online Master of Health Administration program gives graduates the opportunity to be at the forefront of the medical research and health care industry; the curriculum provides students with the skills needed to coordinate and run a healthcare services organization. Students examine business management principles as they apply to a healthcare organization, as well as healthcare quality and policy issues.

What are the admissions requirements for an online MHA?

Applicants to online master's in healthcare administration programs need an accredited bachelor’s degree. Most programs accept individuals from a variety of academic backgrounds, though some amount of professional experience in a healthcare setting may be required. Some schools may also require that the applicant have a bachelor's degree in a related field.

Most institutions will require GRE (Graduate Record Exam) or GMAT (Graduate Management Admissions Test) scores that are less than five years old. Minimum GPA requirements and test scores vary from school to school. In addition to test scores, all schools will require applicants to submit their undergraduate transcripts and some may require letters of recommendation, personal statements, and/or CVs.

Internationally educated students may be required to submit an English language proficiency test and have their international degrees evaluated before admission.

How long does an online MHA take?

These degrees typically take two years to complete; students take 12 to 15 courses. Some schools offer accelerated options which can be completed in fewer than two years. For working students, part-time enrollment is also possible at some schools, allowing them to complete the degree over a longer period of time.

What classes will I take in an online MHA program?

The interdisciplinary curriculum in the Master of Health Administration (MHA) program focuses on management skills, information technology, quality care, and healthcare policy. Management courses touch on topics like decision making, organizational behavior, human resources management, and communication in healthcare organizations. Business classes may include topics such as financial management in healthcare, introduction to microeconomics, statistical reasoning, and strategic planning. These classes prepare students to lead and coordinate the teams of clinical workers in healthcare settings with an understanding of business operations.

MHA students should also expect to take healthcare-related classes such as an introduction to U.S. public health care system, current issues in public health, managed care and health insurance, and more. Other courses in the curriculum will focus on quality care topics like statistics, healthcare monitoring, and ways of maintaining care standards. Health policy courses teach future leaders about the ways in which the healthcare system impacts different groups in society.

Most health administration master’s degrees require an internship, a research project, or both. Internships require work in a hospital, outpatient care facility, or another health center, shadowing an administrator.

What can I do with an online MHA?

Graduates of these types of programs are trained to coordinate with doctors, nurses, and other healthcare professionals to run health care facilities such as hospitals, clinics, research facilities, and non-profit organizations, with a focus on medical research and aid.

Many MHA graduates may go on to have careers as medical or health services managers. While a bachelor’s degree is the minimum entry-level requirement for these types of positions, a master’s degree can provide advanced training and better job opportunities. Healthcare administration graduates without professional experience in healthcare management usually begin working as assistant managers or managers of smaller departments. After gaining experience, managers can advance into higher-paying positions.

Professionals with a master of health administration are in high demand; employment opportunities can be found in government, health care, and non-profit sectors. Graduates with experience in the field may find jobs as healthcare consultants, health services managers, clinic managers, facility managers, department or division managers, chief executive officers, or chief operations officers. 

Professionals with an MHA degree can also opt to further their studies by getting a doctoral degree within the same or a similar field.

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