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Master of Business Administration (MBA) - Healthcare Administration

Master of Business Administration - Healthcare Administration

Delivering a positive patient experience extends well beyond those on the front lines of health care. At the core of any hospital, clinic or other medical facility are well-educated, highly skilled health care administrators. If you have a desire to lead a diverse staff to ensure the well-being of patients or to responsibly manage a health care system, the University of Central Missouri has a Master of Business Administration (MBA) program for you. Learn how UCM’s MBA degree in Healthcare Administration was designed with you in mind.

A flexible Master of Business Administration for tomorrow’s health care administrators

Do you prefer in-person classes? Are you a working professional who needs flexibility in attendance? If you answered yes to either question, UCM has an option to meet your needs. Our MBA program offers core classes on our Warrensburg campus and online, yet you’ll take courses specific to your Healthcare Administration concentration entirely online for your convenience. 

Regardless of where you complete your MBA degree in Healthcare Administration from UCM, you’ll get a high-caliber, AACSB-accredited education.

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No GRE or GMAT required

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AACSB-accredited MBA degree program

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96% job placement rate of MBA alumni

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10:1 program average student-to-faculty ratio

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Among region’s lowest MBA tuition rates

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Earn your MBA in as few as 12 months

What you will study

At the University of Central Missouri, we no longer require you to take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) for our master’s degree in Business Administration. Your first course, MBA Business Knowledge Foundations, an online course, will train you in business-critical areas such as accounting, finance, statistical analysis and more. After its completion, you’ll enjoy the freedom to choose the order in which you take your MBA in Healthcare Administration courses. Complete all your health-care-specific classes first to apply your learning on the job tomorrow, or mix them with core business subjects to achieve the best schedule around work and other life demands.

Coursework for UCM’s MBA degree in Healthcare Administration

Explore various aspects of the health care environment in these classes and others:

  • Law and Ethics in Healthcare
  • Healthcare Information Systems
  • Health Insurance and Employee Benefits

We’ll also discuss current issues and trends in the health care industry, from legal obligations and privacy to health care expansion. While written and oral presentation components are part of many courses for your master’s degree in Business, you won’t be required to submit a thesis. Guided by our expert faculty, you’ll master the skills to land the health care administration position you desire.


Excellence in Healthcare Administration

  • One of only 10 Missouri universities accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)
  • UCM's Master of Business Administration program, including Healthcare Administration, has been repeatedly named one of the best MBA programs by national publications such as Fortune Education, as well as state and regional rankings.
  • Among the Most Affordable Colleges for an Online MHA (OnlineU, 2023)
  • A Best Business School (U.S. News & World Report, 2022)
  • A Best Part-time MBA (U.S. News & World Report, 2022)
  • #35: Best Online MBA Program (Fortune, 2023)
  • A Best Part-Time MBA Program (Fortune, 2023)
  • A Best Online MBA Program in the Midwest (Fortune, 2023)
  • A Best Accelerated Online MBA Program (Fortune, 2023)
  • A Most Affordable Online MBA Program (Fortune - 2022-2023)
    #19: Best MBA Program (Intelligent, 2022)
  • A Best Online MBA Program (U.S. News and World Report, 2021)
  • A Best Online MBA Program for Veterans (U.S. News and World Report, 2021)
  • Top 15%: Best Value Colleges for Business, Management & Marketing (College Factual, 2021)
  • Top 15%: Best Value Colleges for Business Administration and Management (College Factual, 2021)


Unique learning opportunities in healthcare administration

Experiential learning is a core component of UCM’s master’s in Business Administration degree, including Healthcare Administration. Use your problem-solving and communication skills honed in our classrooms for these additional experiences:

  • Applied learning: In your coursework, you’ll apply your master’s degree in Business education to real-life situations. For example, you may work as a team or on your own to identify an organizational issue and present a solution. 
  • Internship: UCM’s MBA in Healthcare Administration allows you to choose between taking our Healthcare Business Foundations course or participating in an internship. If you’re looking for hands-on experience in a health care environment, internships with organizations like Western Missouri Medical Center and Gateway Gastroenterology provide an excellent opportunity to see health care administration in action.
  • Student associations: At UCM, we offer a variety of student associations to network with other students completing a Master of Business Administration degree, like-minded individuals and health care professionals. You’ll have many opportunities to meet in person or virtually.


What can you do with an MBA in Healthcare Administration from UCM?

Completing a master’s degree in Business Administration with a Healthcare Administration concentration will open up a variety of opportunities, both within and beyond the health care industry. UCM alumni are often recruited by hospitals, insurance companies and health care technology providers, among others. In fact, some of their employers include:

  • Centene Corporation
  • Cerner Corporation
  • University of Missouri Children’s Health
  • Children’s Mercy Hospital – Kansas City
  • SSM Health
  • UnitedHealth Group
  • U.S. Army

Finding employment in the health care industry

Our Master of Business Administration faculty will work with and support you when you’re ready to apply for your desired job or promotion. Use our interactive tool below to explore the types of health care administration career pathways as you plan your future.




Financial assistance options for your Master of Business Administration degree in Healthcare Administration

Investing in an MBA with a Healthcare Administration concentration area is an investment in your future — and that of countless other individuals. As you evaluate your options for funding your Master of Business Administration, the University of Central Missouri is here to help. Our options for financing your degree include loans, grants and work-study opportunities, as well as scholarships.

Scholarships for UCM’s Business Administration degree

Alumni gifts and UCM and MBA program funds, among other sources, make scholarship opportunities possible for graduate students pursuing an MBA in Healthcare Administration. These include:

  • Adrian and Margaret Harmon Business Graduate Scholarship
  • Harmon College of Business & Professional Studies Scholarship Fund
  • Lucas Sterne & Albert G. Spaeth Graduate Business Scholarship

You’ll find details about these and other scholarships by using the UCM Scholarship Finder.


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Explore programs related to health care administration.

As you explore master’s degrees for health care, you may also consider the following UCM master’s degree:

Admission Requirements

Applicants for the MBA program must have a completed undergraduate degree (in any discipline) from an accredited institution and have earned a minim undergraduate GPA of 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale).  The GMAT and GRE are no longer an admissions requirement.  However, students must be prepared for the rigor of quantitative analysis (including business math and statistics, accounting, finance, and economics) in order to be successful in the program.



The University of Central Missouri's Master of Business Administration program is accredited by AACSB International.  UCM is one of only six universities in the state of Missouri to have both business and accounting accreditations through AACSB.  When you're evaluating your MBA options, an AACSB accreditation means that the university has met the highest standards in business education.

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