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Online Master's Degree in Healthcare Administration

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Become a Leader in the Healthcare Industry

Most healthcare administration professionals work in state, local, or private hospitals. Other environments include ambulatory services, and nursing and residential care facilities. As a professional in healthcare administration, you may be responsible for the following:

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Improve the quality of healthcare service delivery.

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Stay current on new healthcare laws and regulations.

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Represent healthcare facilities at investor meetings.

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Organize healthcare facility records and create work schedules.


What will I learn with a Masters Degree in Healthcare Administration online?

The Master of Healthcare Administration program prepares students for a wide variety of leadership and managerial roles within the healthcare industry. The program incorporates leadership skills, core-competency knowledge, analytical abilities, global perspective, and evidencebased management tools needed to effectively and efficiently lead and manage in healthcare organizations in multiple settings. Students gain an increased understanding and awareness of the U.S. healthcare delivery system, healthcare policy, laws, and issues facing the healthcare industry, with an emphasis on the areas of healthcare quality, population health, human resources, financial management, information technology system and operations management, change and innovation, and strategic planning and other core competencies and practices important to managing within a healthcare environment.

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Courses in this Degree

Core Degree Courses (24 Credits)

  • RES501* Fundamentals of Research and Writing
    This course is only required for students who are accepted into this program with an undergraduate GPA below 3.00. The primary purpose of this course is to help students entering graduate level programs at CSU-Global develop awareness of current and effective research and writing practices with the goal of implementing such practices into their writing and research projects. Students will learn what constitutes graduate level writing and research as well as how to communicate with colleagues in online professional forums. Students will also learn to effectively integrate writing and research skills into the writing projects they will pursue throughout their graduate level programs.
  • HCM500 The U.S. Healthcare System
    This course provides an in-depth overview of the United States Healthcare System from both a micro and macro level with a special emphasis on the integration of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act passed in 2010. An introduction to the definitions, concepts about the system as well as current and future trends in healthcare delivery are considered. Topic areas include: history, organization of the system, operational characteristics, funding mechanisms and current regulatory activities.
  • HCM502 Organizational Behavior and Human Resources in Healthcare
    This course focuses on the application of theory to develop the knowledge and skills needed to effectively manage individuals and groups in healthcare organizations. Topics include human behavior, human resource management and labor relation policies.
  • HCM515 Health Law and Ethics
    This course explores the policy trends and legal and ethical challenges inherent in the administration of healthcare services. Topics include governmental reforms, policy process model, regulation of healthcare false claims, fraud and abuse, antitrust compliance and litigation, informed consent, and principals and legal basis for hospital governance and healthcare malpractice insurance.
  • HCM520 Quality and Performance Improvement in Healthcare
    This course is an in-depth examination of the relationships between healthcare quality and organizational performance and outcomes. Students are introduced to quality improvement and patient safety theories, models, methods, and tools that have an application in addressing the challenges and opportunities of improving the quality and safety of the new value-based healthcare system.
  • HCM542 Operations Management in Healthcare Organizations
    In this course, students examine forces and trends that impact healthcare organizations such as operations performance, scheduling, productivity, and supply chain, operational assessment, patient care flow, and related supportcare processes through process improvement. Students will use analytical techniques to assess performance data and to identify trends and issues to improve patient care outcomes.
  • HCM565 Healthcare Finance
    This course focuses on the application of key finance principles and concepts to healthcare organizations. The course enables students to learn how to develop, apply, and interpret various financial tools and concepts, including financial statements analysis, costs structure and allocation, dashboards, budgeting and variance analysis, sources of revenue and reimbursement, return on investment analysis, financial ratios, capital budgeting and investment decision making, and working capital management.
  • HCM570 Healthcare Information Systems
    This course is designed to introduce students to the core knowledge and skills needed to oversee the information technology and informatics in a healthcare environment. This includes how to identify and solve organizational problems affecting the design, implementation, and use of health information management systems and data throughout the enterprise. Students discuss the functions and interoperability of various systems including regulatory requirements, how to assure the confidentiality of patient information, and recent trends in the changing healthcare landscape.
  • HCM580 Capstone: Strategic Management in Healthcare
    This course examines the components of organizational strategy development and execution as the healthcare system moves in a value-based delivery model. Topics include the strategic planning process, analytic tools, organizational strategies, competitive advantage, and critical decision making. Prerequisite: All core and specialization courses
  • HCM595** Healthcare Management Internship
    The internship provides students with practical experience in organizations specific to healthcare organizations. Each student works under the direct supervision of a senior-level professional at an approved organization or company, and applies and integrates what they have learned during the core courses of their program. Each student is required to participate in coursework that allows them to demonstrate what has been learned through the internship experience. The emphasis of the internship is on the student assuming a professional role within the organization. Students complete their internships over a period of eight weeks during one CSU-Global course. A minimum of 80 hours of internship fieldwork must be completed during the course.

* Master’s Plus - Some Master of Healthcare Administration students may also be required to take RES501 as part of their program if they have an undergraduate GPA below 3.00. In this case, the degree is 39 credits.

** HCM595 is an optional course that will provide students with practical experience in management organizations. This course may not be available in all states; see the State Specific Authorization Policy under Admissions Policies.

Degree Specialization (12 Credits)

When you earn your master's degree through CSU Global, you will customize it with a graduate specialization in a subject that matches your professional goals or personal interests. 

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How much will my degree cost?

Tuition Rates

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Financial Aid

You may be eligible to receive financial aid to help cover the cost of your education.

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Regional accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) means your degree comes from a top quality, trusted university.

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#2 of 15 Best Online Master’s in Healthcare Administration for 2020, Best Health Degrees

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In Best Masters Programs’ Top 10 Online Masters in Healthcare Administration rankings, CSU Global’s Master of Healthcare Administration and Management program was named #4.

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In Best College Reviews’ Top 25 Best Master’s in Healthcare Administration Online Degree Programs, CSU Global’s Master of Healthcare Administration and Management program was named #5.

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In The Best Schools’ 25 Best Online Master of Healthcare Administration Degree Programs, CSU Global’s Master of Healthcare Administration and Management program was named #6.

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In Top Master’s in Healthcare’s Top 30 Affordable Master’s Degree in Healthcare Administration Online Programs, CSU Global’s Master of Healthcare Administration and Management program was named #8.

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“The program I am in is rigorous and requires a lot of critical thinking. Since beginning my master’s program, I feel I have become more articulate and intellectually curious.”


M.S. in Healthcare Administration and Management Student

Why You Should Earn Your Online Master’s Degree

Earning your online master’s degree through CSU Global provides you with more than just the diploma you need to get noticed. With an emphasis on real world concepts and career-relevant skills, you get training and experience along with your credit hours. Additionally, CSU Global strives to make your education as affordable as possible. With our Tuition Guarantee, your tuition rate won’t increase over time! Instead, you’ll enjoy the same low rate for the duration of your enrollment at CSU Global.

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Learn Valuable Skills

From management to problem analysis, policy awareness, and organizational leadership -- your Master’s in Healthcare Administration and Management prepares you for a variety of top positions in healthcare.

  • Evaluate healthcare organizational problems using a systematic decision-making approach.
  • Prioritize the skills needed to manage, develop, and motivate organizations to meet changing organizational needs in a healthcare environment.
  • Create a strategic plan for a healthcare enterprise that integrates a critical analysis of the problem.
  • Critique the policies, procedures, laws, and ethics, and population health and quality management requirements of the diverse array of healthcare alternatives.
  • Evaluate the relationship between management, organizational leadership, analytical reasoning, operations, human resources, finance, marketing, and strategic planning in the healthcare industry.

Career Outlook

Career Ladder

Download the Healthcare Administration Career Ladder to see the job title progression from Entry Level to Executive/C-level.

11.23% pay increase

On average, the pay increase a typical CSU Global graduate of the Master’s in Healthcare Administration program received one year after earning their degree.

$84,636 Estimated Starting Salary

According to the BLS, the average annual salary for program managers, clinical directors, and health information management directors is more than $84k.

Administrative Assistant, Practice Manager, Registered Nurse

Top three titles as reported by Master’s of Healthcare Administration alumni from CSU Global.

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