Credit hours: 48
Full-time, part-time, online class options
6:1 student-faculty ratio
Start terms: fall, spring, summer
Complete in as little as 2 years and up to 5 years
The oldest CAHME-accredited program in the Rocky Mountain region
As an evening program located in the heart of Denver, 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.
As a CAHME-accredited institution, our Health Administration students are eligible to apply for prestigious administrative one-year residencies or two-year fellowships during their final year. This program is suited for students with limited health work experience. It is rotation-based and/or project-based in health care organizations around the country. You’ll gain experience across a number of business areas within the health care system. This opportunity often leads to a permanent position.
The Health Administration MBA program provides a strong business foundation for health care professionals to excel in administrative or policy roles within health care organizations. Our competitive Health Administration MBA program brings in a diverse set of students from a wide variety of backgrounds from pharmacists to physicians to entrepreneurs. You’ll receive the benefits of an MBA applied directly to health care systems and policy. Highlights of the program include:
Real-world experience is a requirement for this degree. Through the capstone health field study course, you’ll relate your classroom knowledge directly to problems facing hospitals and other health care organizations.
Already have an MBA or prior business education? Consider the MS Health Administration program.
The Health Administration MBA consists of 48 credit hours total and is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME). Our classes have an emphasis on group-based work, where you’ll apply your education directly to industry problems in a capstone health field study course.
Six MBA core classes are entirely health-focused, and the remaining four core courses give you a strong business foundation. Course topics include:
Taken in the last semester of your degree, you’ll be matched with a health care organization. Past projects have included working directly with CEOs of hospitals on feasibility studies for high-impact decisions.
The health core classes help you understand the health care landscape and policy shaping the industry today.
It’s impossible to separate data from health care. With this course, you’ll be able to understand how to make decisions based on data to create holistic pictures of patients, treatments, communication, and health outcomes.
Additional coursework can be tailored to your interests and include special topics like:
You can add a specialization to your MBA in Health Administration degree by focusing your electives on one area. The following specializations are available.
This specialization is designed for anyone either currently working or would like to work in the finance area of a health care organization. Subjects include accounting, financial modeling, macroeconomics, and security analysis.
You’ll learn about the evolving role of IT in health care, the applications for delivering health care with reduced cost and increased quality, utilizing effective knowledge management systems, and the security and privacy issues associated with health information.
In this specialization, you’ll focus on global health issues. You’ll learn about international health policy and global health systems with an option to complete an international health travel study. Countries students have visited in the past include India, South Africa, Indonesia, Australia, and Thailand.
The cost of tuition is different for in-state and out-of-state students.
Residents of western states may qualify for in-state tuition if they are pursuing this degree. The Western Regional Graduate Program (WRGP) requires that students maintain current residency of WRGP state until degree completion.
Scholarships are available for students. The Business School offers a recurring scholarship opportunity for applicants based on merit at the time of admission. You must have submitted your application by the priority deadline to be eligible for the Dean’s Super Merit Scholarship.
$50 domestic, $75 international application fee
2-3 letters of recommendation
GMAT/GRE score—other graduate entrance exams may be considered upon request
Official transcripts from each college or university attended
Four short essays
TOEFL or IELTS score—international applicants only
We admit students for a fall, spring, or summer start. Admissions are made on a rolling basis, meaning decisions are made as applications are completed.
Applicants are required to submit all application materials. Interviews are a part of the admission process. Because of the program’s competitive nature and limited space, we strongly recommend submitting your application as early as possible.
You can check your admission status online through the account you created for the online application. Within two to three weeks from submission of all materials, you will be notified if you are moving forward in the admissions process.
For any questions, please contact our admissions team at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 303-315-8200.
To meet the English Language Proficiency (ELP) criteria, you must either showcase your proficiency through past education in English instruction or an English Language Proficiency test. If you are a citizen of a country whose official language is English, you do not have to prove proficiency. See below for a listing of accepted countries.
To claim proficiency, you must complete one of the following criteria. Please note that test scores are valid for two years.
To be eligible for scholarships you must apply by the priority deadlines. Plan to submit materials early to expedite processing. Deadlines apply to all required documents. Please note that if you apply by the final deadlines many classes may be full.
Dual degree options for the Health Administration programs include any Master of Science program at the Business School. We design a specific degree plan so you get through both programs as quickly and cost effectively as possible. Eligible Master of Science programs include:
If you are applying for two degrees through the CU Denver Business School, you will only need to submit one application.
Summer and Fall: February 15
Spring: October 15
Summer and Fall: January 15
Spring: September 15
job placement over the past three years
health field study projects have been completed for Colorado health care organizations
Graduates are CEO, CMO, or COO of hospitals and healthcare organizations in Colorado including: Good Samaritan Medical Center, Medical Group Management Association, Kaiser Permanente, Swedish Medical Center
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