Health Care Administration MBA Degree Requirements

The MBA in Health Care Administration provides a unique opportunity to gain valuable practical experience through professional site visits, shadowing and an intensive administrative work experience, referred to as the internship in addition to academic training. Explore:

Degree Requirements Curriculum
Capstone/Internship Professional Site Visit Experience 
Time to Degree Completion Non-Degree Option
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Degree Requirements

The Health Care Administration MBA is awarded on the basis of successful completion of a minimum of 35 semester hours of upper-level MBA and HCA courses. Preparation for taking upper-level courses is achieved through completion or waiver of all Level I and Level II course requirements. Students usually are not allowed to register for upper-level MBA and HCA courses until all Level I and Level II courses have either been taken or waived. Permission for exceptions is granted in consultation with the student’s advisor or the Program Director.

There are two options to complete the Health Care MBA Degree: 

Option One:

  • Students take the full MBA-HCA curriculum, including the Capstone Administrative Internship (HCA 690).
  • Students seeking Option One will have the notation placed on their transcript upon graduation, “specialization: health care administration”. 

Option Two:

  • Available to students who do not require the Capstone Administrative Internship experience. Students already employed in administrative positions within a health care setting may not need the Capstone Administrative Internship experience.
  • Option Two substitutes MBA 600-level courses for the Capstone Administrative Internship course. 
  • Students choosing Option Two may also be required to take the course in Business Communication (GAD 515) if it has not been waived by prior course work. 
  • Students selecting Option Two will NOT have the “specialization: health care administration” posted on the final transcript. 
  • The curriculum otherwise is exactly the same for students accepted into the health care administration MBA.  


The curriculum consists of the following 3 levels of course work (download a PDF file of the curriculum here). 

Level I: Basic Skill Proficiency (12 credit hours)*
GAD 501 Business English (4 credits)
GAD 502 Intermediate Business English (3 credits)
OSM 500 Mathematical Models for Business (2 credits)

Familiarity with Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Office, and the Internet is also required.

*Level I courses may be waived by appropriate undergraduate preparation and/or GMAT or GRE scores above the 20th percentile for the verbal component and/or the 25th percentile for the quantitative component.

Level II: Basic Business Knowledge (15-18 credit hours)*
ACT 501 Financial Accounting (3 credits)
FIN 501 Financial Management (3 credits)
MGT 501 Management and Organizational Behavior (3 credits)
MKT 501 Marketing Theory and Practice (3 credits)
GAD 515** Communications for Managers (3 credits)
OSM 503  Statistical Methods for Business Decisions (3 credits)
OSM 511*** Operations Management (3 credits)

*Level II courses may be waived by appropriate undergraduate preparation.

**Students opting for the HCA MBA without taking the Administrative Capstone HCA 690 course must take or be waived from GAD 515.
***HCA MBA students who have not taken a course in Operations Management should take OSM 511.

Level III: Upper Level MBA and HCA courses (35/36 credit hours)

Functional Core: (13 credit hours)

ACT 600 Managerial Accounting (3 credits)
HCA 601 Health Care Financial Management (3 credits)
MGT 601 Human Resources Management and Labor Relations (3 credits)
MKT 601 Marketing Management (3 credits)
MBA 600 Team Dynamics (1 credit)

Health Care Administration Core (6 credit hours)

HCA 515 Medical Care Organization (3 credits)
HCA 555 Analysis of Health Care Market (3 credits)

Advanced Health Care Administration Training (12 credit hours)

HCA 616 Health Care Quality & Policy (3 credits)
HCA 625 Health Care Informatics for Managers (3 credits)
HCA 640 Health Care Law (3 credits)
MBA 660 Integrative Business Strategy for Health Care Administrators (4 credits)

Degree Completion Options

Option 1 Option 2
Health Care Specialization Capstone Course (4 credits total) Health Care Administration without the Capstone Course (4 credits)
HCA 689* Professional Development (1 credit) MBA 602 International Business (3 credits)
HCA 690 Administrative Internship (3 credits) HCA 689* Professional Development (1 credit)

The Health Care Administration Capstone Experience 

An administrative internship is an important component of graduate education. Even students with considerable experience in health care administration benefit from a well-planned and supervised internship. Many students report that the opportunity to integrate course work with experience was the high point of their graduate training in health care administration.

The Administrative Internship (HCA 690) is required of all MBA/HCA students who wish to have the “specialization: health care administration” appear on their transcripts (Option 1).  The internship is defined as:

  • A planned and supervised learning experience gained through first-hand observations and operational responsibilities in a health service organization
  • A minimum of 360 hours will be devoted to the internship
  • Each internship student is supervised by the Administrative Capstone Series Coordinator and an on-site preceptor with whom he or she maintains a liaison during the internship  
  • The internship may be implemented either on a full-time or part-time basis.
  • Contact our Executive In Residence, Ken Misener, for more information on internships.

Professional Site Visit Experience

The Professional Site Visit Experience is required of all MBA/HCA students under both Option 1 and Option 2. Students are required to complete ten Professional Site Visits, two of which must be shadowing experiences. Professional Site Visit Experiences include:

  • Eight on-site experiences with senior management teams from a variety of health care entities throughout the student’s tenure in the program  
  • The two shadowing experiences are defined as:
    • Shadowing a health care provider or other health professional is a proven way to learn more about career options and to confirm the chosen career path
    • Shadowing consists of six to eight hours of contact with a person and/or organization
  • These experiences are designed to broaden the opportunities for students to obtain in-depth knowledge of certain health-related professions, programs and organizations.  

A minimum of ten Professional Site Visits are required for graduation. 

  • One hour of academic credit is included in the HCA 689 Professional Development for completion of the Professional Site Visits and other aspects of the Administrative Capstone Series beside the Internship, such as an executive-evaluated Professional Presentation.
  • Contact our Executive In Residence, Ken Misener, for more information about the professional site visits.

Time to Degree Completion

Both full-time and part-time students are able to complete the program through courses offered during the day and in the evening. Full-time students usually are able to complete the program in two or two-and-one-half years, while part-time students have up to six years to earn the degree.    

Non-Degree Students

As with the regular MBA, students awaiting admission to the Health Care Administration MBA are allowed to take a maximum of twelve credit hours while in non-degree status.  Since the prerequisite requirements for the MBA in Health Care Administration are somewhat different than for the regular MBA, students should enroll in the prerequisite courses only after consultation with a health care program advisor. Non-degree seeking students are limited to taking ONLY 500 level courses. Contact a graduate advisor from the Graduate Business Programs Office to learn more about non-degree options here.

Non-degree students wishing to be accepted into the health care administration MBA are cautioned that they cannot be admitted as a regular student with a graduate grade point average below a B (3.0) average (this is a policy of the Graduate Studies College), and the grades for any coursework taken while in non-degree status are not considered in the admissions decision.

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Graduate Business Programs Office: 

  • Email:
  • Phone: 216-687-3730
  • In Person: In the College, Second Floor, BU 219

Ken Misener, Executive in Residence:

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