Healthcare Leadership, Master of Business Administration


Admission to this program is selective. This program enrolls new students in the fall, spring, and summer terms.  Applicants should possess a bachelor's degree and coursework or related experience in:

  • accounting
  • economics
  • and statistics

The preferred professional background includes 3-5 years of experience in a managerial or clinical capacity in a health care environment or relevant experience in a related organizational setting.


Please see the Graduate Admission section of this catalog for a complete listing of materials required to complete a graduate application.

Program Curriculum

The MBA in Healthcare Leadership consists of six core courses (18 credits), six elective courses (18 credits) based on student interest and which reinforce the individualized focus of the degree, and two capstone courses (6 credits) culminating in a final project.

Core Courses18
Mastering Leadership in Healthcare Organizations
Analysis of Healthcare Markets & Health Policy
Health Information Management and Informatics
Healthcare Economics
Healthcare Financial Management
Quantitative Methods & Healthcare Operations Management
Elective Courses (six)18
Capstone Courses6
Strategic Corporate Communication & Inter-professional Collaboration
Strategic Executive Leadership for Healthcare Organizations
Total Credits42

Enrollment Sequence

Students have flexibility in pacing through the program. The following is a suggested enrollment sequence1:

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
HCLM 6005 Mastering Leadership in Healthcare Organizations 3
HCLM 6010 Analysis of Healthcare Markets & Health Policy 3
HCLM 6015 Health Information Management and Informatics 3
HCLM 6020 Healthcare Economics 3
HCLM 6025 Healthcare Financial Management 3
HCLM 6030 Quantitative Methods & Healthcare Operations Management 3
Second Year
Elective 1 3
Elective 2 3
Elective 3 3
HCLM 7010 Evidence-based Decision Making in Healthcare Organizations 3
Elective 4 3
Elective 5 3
Elective 6 3
Third Year
HCLM 7015 Strategic Executive Leadership for Healthcare Organizations 3
 Total Credits42


Some students use electives to broaden their exposure to new areas of knowledge, while others use them to increase their skills or knowledge in a particular area. The term registration information will provide you with a listing and description of electives offered through the School for Graduate Studies and those specific to the MBA-HCL program. Electives also are offered during the summer term. Sample electives include:  

HCLM 6023Health Care Delivery & Reimbursement Systems3
HCLM 6026Comparative Health Care Systems3
HCLM 6035Healthcare Accounting3
HCLM 6040Competencies for Healthcare Ethics3
HCLM 6045Case Studies in Bioethics3
HCLM 6050Healthcare Legal & Regulatory Affairs3
HCLM 6055Healthcare Marketing Services3
HCLM 6060Healthcare Quality Control & Compliance Risk Management3
HCLM 6065High Performance Leadership3
HCLM 6070Human Resources Competencies in Healthcare3
HCLM 6085Governance & Trusteeship3
HCLM 7005Strategic Corporate Communication & Inter-professional Collaboration3

Students have the opportunity to assess out of 3 of the first courses of the program (HCLM-6015, HCLM-6020 and HCLM-6025) through independent direct assessment (IDA) exams. These exams must be taken in the first term of a student's program (fall or spring).

Upon successful completion of the program, students will be able to:

  • Disciplinary Knowledge: Integrate core functional knowledge to facilitate sound managerial decision-making;
  • Critical Thinking and Problem Solving: Integrate theory and practice to analyze business problems through inference and evaluation;
  • Strategic Thinking: Use evidence-based practices to facilitate effective strategic decision-making processes;
  • Leadership: Manage organizational processes and transformational change effectively;
  • Ethical Reasoning: Apply theory and tools necessary for sound ethical reasoning;
  • Understanding the Healthcare Ecosystem: Integrate the needs of stakeholders, perspectives, trends, and developments that influence the direction of the industry;
  • Managerial Communication: Communicate effectively orally and in writing across managerial healthcare contexts and with diverse stakeholders; and
  • Teamwork: Contribute effectively to the achievement of organizational goals in a team environment.