The #2 ranked health care MBA program for executives in the country
The oldest CAHME-accredited program in the Rocky Mountain region
As a top-ranked executive health care MBA program in the country, your education will be both business and health-focused. As a part of the Business School Alliance for Health Management (BAHM), we are among a small group of top-ranked institutions including Harvard, Northwestern, and University of Pennsylvania – Wharton.
Our competitive Executive Health Administration MBA program brings in a diverse set of experienced professionals from all areas of health including pharmacists, physicians, dentists, and pharmaceutical sales. Considered a best of both MBA and MHA programs, this degree is ranked in the top 20 of all health care management programs and the highest ranked program for health care executives looking for an MBA in the country.
Program benefits include:
- 100% health-focused curriculum that applies business to the health care industry
- Executive-focused career support through Right Management, a career counseling firm
- Mentoring program through our health administration alumni association
- Executive-level support to accommodate busy professionals
- Hybrid format so you can continue working while pursuing your education
Because every course is healthcare focused, you’ll receive the benefits of an MBA applied directly to health care systems and policy. Faculty are selected as leaders from across the country for their diverse backgrounds and experiences.
As an executive program, we offer a full range of exclusive support services. Our staff consults with you during the admissions process and throughout the program. All administrative responsibilities including registration and enrollment, acquisition of books, software, and other materials, are handled by program staff on your behalf.
The Executive Health Administration MBA consists of 48 credit hours and is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME). All courses are entirely health-focused and targeted toward executives. Up to six credits can be transferred from another accredited graduate school and applied to the program.
Core courses (39 hours)
All core classes combine to provide a robust business foundation. Course topics include:
- Management accounting
- Information systems
- Supply chain management
- Managing healthcare outcomes
- Healthcare marketing
- The healthcare systems
- Corporate finance
- Ethics and health law
Electives (6 hours)
Additional coursework can be tailored to your interests and include special topics such as:
- Transformational leadership
- Managing physician relationships
- International health
- Quantitative methods
Health capstone course (3 hours)
Taken in your final semester, our capstone course consists of a case-based project evaluating two different healthcare systems. You will function as a consultant to the board of directors of two different hospital systems. The project will require you to dive deep and make recommendations on the decision of merging two hospitals.
Healthcare is an industry with high growth potential that will continue into the future. Health administration professionals work to administer, lead and manage healthcare systems, such as hospitals, hospital networks or large healthcare systems. Careers can be found in both private and public sectors.
Health Administration Job Titles
- Account Executive
- Admissions Director
- Business Analyst
- Case Manager
- Claims Specialist
- Director of Nursing
- Director of Operations
- Health Facilities Surveyor
- Healthcare Administrator
- Hospital Administrator
- Medical Associate
- Medical Records Director
- Patient Access Supervisor
- Program Director
Visit our Careers page for more detailed information on the resources available.
The cost of tuition is $59,000 and is guaranteed for the entire program. Tuition includes textbooks, course-related software, instructional materials, most breakfasts and lunches during on-campus sessions.
A $1,000 nonrefundable deposit is due upon acceptance into the program and will applied to first term’s tuition. The remaining tuition is billed in four installments due at the beginning of each semester.
As an off-campus degree program, this program is exempt from campus-based student fees. As a result, you do not pay additional fees, receive student ID cards, or use campus facilities outside of the CU Executive Education Center.
Lodging and Other Expenses
While on campus, you have the option to stay at hotels within walking distance of the Executive Education Center. We have negotiated significant discounts for executive program participants. The estimated cost for lodging is $130-170 per night.
You will need access to a personal computer at your home or office. Other incidental costs, such as travel or miscellaneous personal expenses, should also be expected.
Loans are available through need-based sources, such as the Federal Guaranteed Student Loan Program and the Colorado PLUS Loan Program. Other organizations lend educational funds based on credit-worthiness and other criteria.
Several CU Denver scholarships are awarded to qualified students in the Executive Health Administration MBA program. The percent of the scholarship depends on the number of students in each class seeking financial aid. Scholarships will be awarded after the class is filled and students have submitted financial-aid documentation.
Scholarships are also available through many professional organizations such as the American College of Medical Group Administrators. Inquire directly through your professional organization about scholarship opportunities.
We admit students for a July start. Admissions are made on a rolling basis, meaning decisions are made as applications are completed.
Applicants are required to submit all application materials. There is no application fee. A phone interview is a part of the admission process. Because of the program’s competitive nature and rolling admissions policy, we strongly recommend submitting your application as soon as possible.
You can check your admission status online through the account you created for the online application. You will receive a final decision by email within two to three weeks from submission of all materials.
- Applicants must have completed an undergraduate program at an accredited United States college or its equivalent in another country.
- A minimum of five years of increasing responsibility in your health-related organization is required for admission.
- No GMAT or formal business education is required for admission.
How Decisions are Made
The admissions committee considers each candidate’s entire record of achievement. This is demonstrated through:
- Previous education – evaluation of a candidate’s overall or upper-division grade point average prior to admission to the executive program or any other relevant measure of scholastic performance
- Experience – a minimum of five years of administrative or clinical experience in health services
Applications are due May 30 for that year’s July start.
For any questions, please contact our Executive Health Administration MBA team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“I was selected CEO from a nationwide search of more than 200 applicants. The executive program at CU Denver is clearly what opened the door and made this opportunity a possibility. Without the executive program I would not have the confidence, skills, and the prerequisite degree. Taking the executive program at CU Denver has proved to be one of my best decisions.”
– John McNeil ’96, COO, Southwestern Regional Medical Center
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