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Healthcare MBA

Aug. 21, 2024

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Establish a prominent position within the healthcare sector as a leader.

The Healthcare Master of Business Administration, offered by the John Chambers College of Business and Economics, is for those seeking a career in the field, or for current healthcare professionals who want to expand their skillset to take on leadership roles within their organization. The healthcare industry in the United States is projected to grow to 19.4 percent of the GDP by 2027. Professional opportunities are also expected to grow by 20 percent over the next decade. The industry needs trained leaders to manage diverse teams, to successfully navigate the business of healthcare, to lead across the many challenging transitions, and to provide innovative solutions that improve the healthcare system in order to more readily support positive outcomes.

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The healthcare industry in the United States accounts for a staggering $3.65 trillion, equivalent to 17.9% of the total US GDP, with projections indicating it will rise to 19.4% by 2027. This growth is accompanied by significant disruptions, including technology-driven changes, shifts in payer dynamics, an aging population, location-based health crises, evolving government regulations, and rampant fraud.

In this evolving landscape, the healthcare sector urgently requires well-trained leaders. These leaders must be capable of managing diverse teams, navigating the complexities of healthcare business, guiding organizations through challenging transitions, and providing innovative solutions to enhance the healthcare system, ultimately leading to improved health outcomes.

Professional opportunities within healthcare, especially for medical and health service managers, are set to grow by a remarkable 20% in the next decade. Our HMBA program is tailor-made for individuals aspiring to enter the healthcare industry or current healthcare professionals looking to formalize and expand their business acumen to take on leadership roles within their organizations.

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Healthcare MBA Degree Admission Requirements

Successful completion of a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution.

Admission Requirements

  • Create a username and password.
  • Once an account has been created, applicants can edit the application at their discretion. Please complete all questions asked.
  • Upload an up-to-date resume.
  • Request 1 letter of recommendation through the online portal. Individual letters should not exceed one page.
  • Create a Statement of Purpose (not to exceed one page).
  • Pay application fee.
  • Submit application.
  • Applicants will then need to send their transcripts to WVU's Office of Admissions. If the applicant's undergraduate school offers "e-script" (an official electronic copy of transcripts), email the transcripts to This will help expedite the admissions process. If they do not offer this service, please have your official transcripts mailed to:
    West Virginia University Office of Graduate Admissions and Recruitment
    PO Box 6510
    Morgantown, WV 26506-6510
  • International Students are required to submit a TOEFL, IELTS, or Duolingo score. The John Chambers College of Business & Economics TOEFL requirement is higher than the University's--applicants must have a TOEFL score of either 580 (paper prior to July 27) or 68 (paper after July 27), 237 (computer), or 92 (Internet-based). If you have taken the IELTS, the minimum score must be 6.5, and the minimum Duolingo score is a 105. English language exam scores should be sent to:
    Office of Admissions
    West Virginia University
    P.O. Box 6009
    Morgantown, WV 26506-6009.

The above-mentioned items are required for admission review. Additional documents may be requested after initial evaluation of a student’s admission application.

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Tuition, Fees, and Financial Aid

Financial aid is available. Students are encouraged to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form to determine their eligibility for federal and state funds as well as scholarships. WVU’s FAFSA Code is 003827.

Healthcare MBA Degree total degree cost: $28,950 – Residents and Non-Residents

Tuition and fees are usually not the only educational expenses you may have while pursuing a degree. You may have other costs such as books, supplies and living expenses. Please see the Estimate Costs and Aid webpage for how to estimate and plan for other potential expenses.

Your future in healthcare

  • Leaning Goal 1: Students will be able to integrate both managerial and financial expertise across the various business functional areas while applying a healthcare lens.
  • Learning Goal 2: Students will be able to identify problems, collect appropriate data and analyze the data to make informed healthcare management decisions.
  • Learning Goal 3: Students will be able to effectively communicate and articulate a succinct business analysis in a healthcare environment.
  • Learning Goal 4: Students will be able to make healthcare management, personnel and patient-based decisions in an inclusive, ethically sensitive and socially responsible manner.
  • Learning Goal 5: Students will be an effective healthcare leader who influences people toward the attainment of organizational goals and benefits all stakeholders.

The Benefits of choosing our program

WVU's program is tailored specifically for those interested in healthcare management and leadership. It provides a comprehensive understanding of the unique challenges and opportunities in the healthcare industry. Known for our strong academic programs, the Healthcare MBA is no exception. It has a solid reputation for producing well-prepared and knowledgeable healthcare leaders.

Career Outlook for Healthcare

The future of a Healthcare MBA graduate is dynamic and can vary based on individual interests, skills, and the specific healthcare sector they choose to pursue, whether it's hospital administration, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, public health, or any other area within the broad healthcare field.

A program GPA of 3.0 is required by the Chambers College.

Course Title Credit Hours
HMBA 611 Healthcare Management Information Systems 3
HMBA 612 Managerial and Team Skills 3
HMBA 621 Healthcare Analytics 3
HMBA 622 Financial Statement Analysis & Financial Management 3
HMBA 626 Health Economics 3
HMBA 633 Healthcare Leadership & Cultural Competency 3
HMBA 634 Healthcare Services Marketing 3
HMBA 638 Operations Supply Chain Management 3
HMBA 656 Law and Medicine 3
HMBA 661 Healthcare Innovation 3

Total Hours: 30

Frequently Asked Questions

Will types of leadership roles will this degree prepare me for?

Healthcare MBA graduates are often prepared for leadership positions in healthcare organizations. This may include roles as hospital administrators, healthcare executives, or department managers.

Can I obtain this degree if my bachelor’s degree is in an unrelated field?

Individuals pursuing their Healthcare MBA degree come from diverse educational and professional backgrounds. Qualifying for enrollment in a healthcare management graduate program is possible with educational foundations in areas such as business, nursing, or liberal arts.

Are remote jobs offered in the Healthcare MBA field?

Yes, you can often work from home with a Healthcare MBA, depending on the specific job or role you hold within the healthcare industry. Many positions in healthcare management and administration may allow for remote work, especially in roles related to healthcare consulting, healthcare IT, healthcare policy analysis, and telehealth management. However, it's essential to note that certain healthcare management roles, such as hospital administrators or clinical directors, may require on-site presence due to the nature of their responsibilities. The ability to work from home with a Healthcare MBA can also depend on your employer's policies, the specific organization you work for, and the level of trust and accountability in your position.

Can I Continue to Work While Pursuing a Healthcare MBA?

As per the data from the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, there is projected to be a 28 percent growth in the demand for medical and health service managers from 2022-2032. For professionals presently engaged in the Healthcare Management field or related areas, pursuing a Master's Degree in Healthcare Management/Administration (MHM/MHA) from an accredited institution offers the opportunity to attain higher levels of responsibility and significantly increased income. Selecting an educational path that provides the necessary flexibility to meet the time commitments required to achieve your educational objectives is of utmost importance.

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