Make an impact in your healthcare career.

You're already working in healthcare but are ready to advance your career. With an online master's degree in healthcare management, you'll have the opportunity to maximize your career development, enhance your company's policies and processes, positively impact patient care, and improve the work environment of your staff. With three fully online emphasis options, you can earn a degree tailored to your career goals and needs. 

All of the programs within the Harrison College of Business and Computing hold the accreditation of the AACSB, an honor held by only 5% of business programs worldwide. Accreditation by the Network of International Business Schools (NIBS) recognizes us for "deep" internationalization of all facets of our business program, meaning you can enter the field of international business with confidence. 

What You'll Do

Students earning an M.S. in Healthcare Management will learn business and management skills vital to succeeding in the business sector of healthcare. More specifically, you’ll have the opportunity to: 

  • Customize your degree with emphasis options in administration, informatics, quality and patient safety, and general. 
  • Complete an internship for credit giving you hands-on experience. 
  • Work with and learn from faculty with industry experience. 

What Can You Do with an Master's Degree in Healthcare Management?

The additional management training you earn with your master’s degree in healthcare management can help you stand out in your current position and prepare you to take on higher management positions.

Career Opportunities

  • Ambulatory Care Manager
  • Assisted Living Administrator
  • Healthcare Quality Improvement Manager
  • Health Information Manager

Online: Healthcare Management Degree Map

Explore the courses you'll need to complete your degree

Healthcare Management by the Numbers

  • Top 5%

    Business Programs Worldwide

    Southeast’s AACSB Accreditation puts us in the top 5% of business programs worldwide.

  • $123K

    Outpatient Care Center Services Manager

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics the median annual salary for health services managers for outpatient care centers is $122,870.

  • $128K

    Medical and Health Services Managers

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics the median annual salary for medical and health service managers is $127,980.

Healthcare Management Curriculum

The time it takes to earn a degree will vary based on factors such as dual enrollment, remediation, and summer enrollment. Students meet with an academic advisor each semester and use Degree Works to monitor their progress.

In addition to the criteria established for general admission to graduate studies, applicants must have the following: 

  • An undergraduate GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (overall or in last 60 credit hours) 
  • Proof of an active healthcare professional or practitioner license OR one of the following: 
    • Graduate Record Exam (GRE) score of 147 for both Verbal and Quantitative Reasoning 
    • GMAT score ≥ 500 

Probationary Admission Applicants who do not meet the general and/or program’s admission requirements (degree, GPA, or GMAT/GRE scores) may be considered for probationary admission upon approval by the graduate program coordinator. While under probation, students may enroll in nine credit hours of course work in their program area. The nine hours must be completed with 3.33 GPA or higher. 

Prerequisite Courses 

All undergraduate prerequisites must be satisfied before enrolling in a required core or elective course that require these foundation courses. Students without an undergraduate degree in business may need to complete the following required foundation coursework* with a minimum grade of C: 

  • MG301 Principles of Management 
  • Statistics/Analytics (QM 257/PY 271/BA 601) 

  • Management Information Systems (MI 375/BA 605) (required only for the Informatics option)

*Proficiency in these areas may be demonstrated through any of the following alternatives: 

  • A CLEP or DANTES exam if available. Credit will not be given for these courses with a passing grade on the exam, but a passing score will indicate proof of course knowledge. 
  • Applied knowledge of a given domain in the work environment. The extent to which relevant work experience demonstrates proficiency will be determined by the program director. Applicants who would like their work experience to be considered must submit a resume with their application. 

Core Requirements:

  • BA600 Organizational Behavior in Practice (3)
  • BA620 Quantitative and Qualitative Research Methods (3)
  • BA656 Applied Human Resource Management (3)
  • EC585 Healthcare Economics (3)
  • HA681 Health Administration Policy (3)

Choose 3 hours:

  • HA657 Applied Research Project in Healthcare (3)
  • HA658 Internship in Healthcare (3)

Choose one with advice of program coordinator

  • GR698 Master's Final Comprehensive Examination (0)
  • GR699 Master's Oral Examintation (0)

Choose one of the following options

ADMINISTRATION (Choose 12 hours)
  • HA510 Healthcare Performance Improvement (3) 
  • HA555 Fundamentals of Medical Practice Management (3) 
  • HA556 Topics in Healthcare Administration 
  • HA557 Healthcare Law and Regulatory Compliance (3) 
  • HA582 Healthcare Budgeting and Reimbursement (3) 
  • HA586 Healthcare Strategy and Marketing (3) 
  • BA630 Integrated Decision Information Systems (3)
  • HA520 Introduction to Healthcare Quality (3)
  • HA540 Healthcare Informatics (3)
  • HA545 Healthcare Database Systems (3)

The accelerated Master of Science in Healthcare Management degree program allows undergraduate students to take up to 12 hours of classes in their senior year to count for both undergraduate credit and graduate credit. 

Hours taken for a graduate certificate may also be applied to the MS in Healthcare Management. 

Program Requirements: 

  • Junior standing with at least 75 credit hours completed 
  • Maximum of 12 credit hours, not to exceed 6 credit hours per semester, (500 level courses) 
  • Minimum grade point average of 3.25 
  • Submit formal application 

I have a passion for health and healthcare, and it is a great feeling to be able to communicate to the public about the products and services they are able to access so close to home. I knew I’d found my calling. I’m so thrilled to be able to be using my education.

Julie Suedmeyer-Buller, '05, Health Management

Harrison College of Business & Computing

This program is housed in the Harrison College of Business and Computing. The College prepares students for the global marketplace. Alumni work for some of the world’s largest corporations to some of today’s most innovative startups. The focus is on creating and innovating, data and trends, supported by faculty mentors who themselves are leaders in business and computing.

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Getting the Job

Your education is just one piece to launching an extraordinary career. Once you’ve mastered the material, you still have to find the job you want, make the right connections, sell your knowledge and experience—and if all this is giving you anxiety, don’t panic. SEMO’s Career Services office is here to help you with the next step. They’ll provide the expertise and support you need, so you’re landing your dream job in no time.

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