Online Master's Degree in Healthcare Management

An online graduate program in healthcare management allows you to take your classes via distance learning. See what this master's degree program offers, get details about prerequisites and see what your job options are. Schools offering Clinical Research Administration degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What Healthcare Management Master's Degrees Are Available Online?

Many colleges and universities offer Master of Science in Healthcare Administration or Master of Health Administration degree programs totally or partially online. Some schools offer a Master of Business Administration with a concentration in healthcare or healthcare administration through distance-education programs. These degree programs cover healthcare policy, healthcare law, finances, marketing, cost management and the American healthcare system.

Degree TypesMaster of Science, Master of Health Administration, Master of Business Administration
Admissions RequirementsUndergraduate degree in related field, GRE scores; relevant work experience may be required
Common CoursesHealthcare policy development, risk management in healthcare, financial management, marketing
Career OptionsHealthcare finance manager, health services manager, hospital administrator

What Are the Prerequisites?

You need an undergraduate degree related to healthcare, business or management to apply to most programs. Many schools require that you have clinical or administrative experience in the healthcare industry before you enroll. Along with the general application, you may have to submit Graduate Record Exam scores. Some schools don't have application deadlines and allow you to enroll at any time of the year.

What Are Online Classes Like?

In many programs, you can take online classes when it fits your schedule. Many courses are asynchronous, which means you can log on to your computer at any time and use the Internet to watch lectures, receive assignments and communicate with your professors and classmates. You may be required to participate in live Internet chat sessions, and some schools may require you to go to campus for lectures or special projects. Some of your online classes may include:

  • Healthcare policy development
  • Risk management in healthcare
  • Healthcare regulation and law
  • Financial management
  • Marketing in healthcare

What Careers Are Available?

Once you finish your program, you can pursue a career as a health services manager, hospital administrator or healthcare finance manager. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) expected employment of medical and health managers to grow at 17%, a faster than average rate, during the 2014-2024 decade (www.bls.gov). The median annual salary of medical and health services managers was $92,810 in May 2014, according to the BLS.

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