HADP Staff
March 2018

Health care administration is a fast growing field. It’s ideal for professionals who want to plan, lead, and coordinate health care facilities and services. If you’re interested in pursuing a career as a senior health care administrator, there are many affordable master’s in health care administration programs to help you pursue your goal. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports a much faster than average job growth for the field through 2026. Students who earn a Master of Science degree in Health Care Administration will learn to successfully navigate the demands of quality health care with business realities.

These degrees are geared towards individuals with some background in the health care industry, though familiarity with the industry isn’t a hard requirement. What is necessary, however, is the ability to balance the demands of fiscal responsibility, legal accountability and high-quality medical care. Graduates of these programs typically find work as a senior-level health care administrator, helping to run hospitals, nursing homes, and group medical practices.
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We’ve compiled the following list of affordable Master’s in Health Care Administration Degree programs by utilizing the College Navigator published by the National Center for Education Statistics. Our search in the College Navigator returned 386 institutions in America offering these types of degrees. The schools were evaluated based on the total cost of attendance, including the average graduate student tuition rate. In-state tuition rates were used where applicable for this ranking and out-of-state tuition rates are shared when available. Prospective students should consider all factors, not just cost, when choosing between these affordable health care administration programs.

50. Pfeiffer University-Misenheimer, North Carolina

Health Administration – MHA

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Average Graduate Student Tuition: $11,790/year
Pfeiffer University features an affordable master of health administration with a rigorous curriculum and a focus on ethical decision making. The program is the largest program of its type in the Carolinas. Alumni hold leadership positions at every major healthcare institution in North and South Carolina. Students with an interest in international healthcare have the opportunity to study in Canada, Austria, and Germany. The program is ideal for working professionals, with flexible courses offered online and at the Charlotte and Raleigh-Durham campus.

49. University of Scranton-Scranton, Pennsylvania

Master of Health Administration (MHA) Program

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Average Graduate Student Tuition: $11,580/year
The affordable master of health administration program at the University of Scranton is a CAHME accredited program using the Healthcare Leadership Alliance Competency Model. The University of Scranton is a Jesuit university and the program reflects Jesuit ideals. Students gain valuable professional skills through volunteer and consulting work. Almost 95% of graduates are employed soon after graduation, indicating students are well prepared for health care administrative positions.

48. University of Kentucky-Lexington, Kentucky

Master of Health Administration

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Average Graduate Student Tuition: $11,363/year in-state and $28,861/year out-of-state
The College of Public Health at the University of Kentucky features an affordable master of health administration with small class size and strong academic/practitioner partnerships. Faculty have experience in research, education, and health care leadership. An active student organization gives rising leaders the opportunity to network and engage in educational events in their field. The job placement rate for graduates has ranged from 85-100% over the past three years.

47. Xavier University-Cincinnati, Ohio

Master of Health Services Administration

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Average Graduate Student Tuition: $11,070/year
The CAHME-accredited master of health services administration is one of only seven programs in the country requiring a third year administrative residency. All students obtain a paid administrative residency in their third year, providing them with proven work experience in the field. The program includes both part-time and full-time options, making this an ideal program for busy healthcare professionals. Students interested in business can earn a dual degree with the MBA programs at the Xavier Williams College of Business.

46. Indiana Wesleyan University-Marion, Indiana

MBA in Healthcare Administration

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Average Graduate Student Tuition: $10,764/year
The innovative, affordable MBA in Healthcare Administration at Indiana Wesleyan University is an 18-20 month program that integrates a biblical framework throughout the program. Students move through the studies as a cohort, benefiting from mutual support and peer engagement. Courses are delivered online or on campus, one night a week. Instructors are industry experts with academic and professional work experience in health care administration. Students develop professional communication and decision making skills, preparing them to be successful leaders in the field.

45. CUNY Bernard M Baruch College-New York, New York

Executive MBA in Healthcare Administration

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Average Graduate Student Tuition: $10,450/year in-state and $19,320/year out-of-state
The 49.5 credit hour MBA in Healthcare Administration at the Zicklin School of Business at Baruch College is one of the country’s top ranked programs, according to U.S. News and World Report. This 30 month program uses a cohort format so students can support and interact with each other. Courses are offered two days per week. The curriculum includes a 10-day international study opportunity for students to gain an international perspective.

44. Salve Regina University-Newport, Rhode Island

Master’s in Health Care Administration and Management

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Average Graduate Student Tuition: $10,170/year
The affordable health care administration master’s program at Salve Regina University is IACBE accredited and taught by respected professionals in the field. This top affordable master’s in health care administration and management can be completed entirely online. Some courses are available on campus or in a hybrid format. A concentration is available in cybersecurity.

43. University of Kansas-Lawrence, Kansas

Master of Health Services Administration (MHSA)

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Average Graduate Student Tuition: $9,716/year in-state and $22,730/year out-of-state
The University of Kansas Medical Center offers an affordable CAHME accredited master of health services administration program for students who want to leverage their experience and training in health policy and management. The program is available to both full and part-time students and most full-time students can earn their degree in just two years of study.

42. University of Iowa-Iowa City, Iowa

Master of Health Administration

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Average Graduate Student Tuition: $9,427/year in-state and $28,163/year out-of-state
Students who want to “hit the ground running” after graduation will benefit from the affordable master of health administration from the University of Iowa. The highlight of this program is the hands-on learning experiences that prepare students to enter the workforce right after graduation. Students participate in class trips, consulting projects, internships, and an administrative practicum experience. This 60 credit hour program can be completed in about 21 months of full-time study.

41. University of Memphis-Memphis, Tennessee

Master of Health Administration (MHA)

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Average Graduate Student Tuition: $9,054/year in-state and $17,838/year out-of-state
The School of Public Health at the University of Memphis features an affordable CAHME accredited master of health administration. It is the only such program in the state. This 53 credit hour program features both full-time and part-time options and can accommodate students from diverse educational backgrounds. There’s also an executive track for eligible students unable to complete the more traditional program.

40. University of North Florida-Jacksonville, Florida

Master of Health Administration

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Average Graduate Student Tuition: $8,978/year in-state and $20,517/year out-of-state
The flexible master of health administration at the University of North Florida is a 54 credit hour program. It gives students the option to complete either a practicum experience or a thesis. The program is open to students from any background, but students should have an accounting and statistics course under their belt before entering the program. This affordable CAHME accredited master of health administration can be completed in about two years of study.

39. Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota-Winona, Minnesota

M.A. in Health and Human Services Administration

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Average Graduate Student Tuition: $8,550/year
Both new and experienced professionals are welcome to apply to the affordable master’s in health and human services administration program at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. Students can earn their degree in about two years of study. With six start times throughout the year, students can begin the program when it is most convenient. The program is offered as an on-campus or blended program as well as a fully online program.

38. Governors State University-University Park, Illinois

Master of Health Administration

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Average Graduate Student Tuition: $8,472/year in-state and $16,944/year out-of-state
The affordable CAHME accredited master of health administration at Governors State University is one of only four CAHME accredited programs in the state. Courses are available on campus in a traditional format. The 54 credit hour program is designed to be completed in a part-time format, with students taking two courses each semester.

37. Wilmington University-New Castle, Delaware

Master of Science with a Concentration in Health Care Administration

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Average Graduate Student Tuition: $8,388/year
The affordable IACBE accredited master of health care administration at Wilmington University is a 36 credit hour program with courses available online. Courses cover subject areas like:

-legal aspects
-marketing
-decision making
-health insurance
-health policy and economics.

The program offers courses at a variety of campuses including Dover, Dover Air Force Base, and Georgetown.

36. University of South Florida-Tampa, Florida

Master of Health Administration

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Average Graduate Student Tuition: $8,350/year in-state and $19,048/year out-of-state
The top affordable master of health administration at the University of South Florida is a 54 credit hour program. Its designed to prepare graduates for leadership positions in both the public and private sectors. Students in the program complete a field experience which gives them the opportunity to gain work experience in the field.

35. University of Mississippi-University, Mississippi

Master of Science in Healthcare Administration

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Average Graduate Student Tuition: $8,190/year in-state and $23,454/year out-of-state
The University of Mississippi features an affordable master of healthcare administration available to both part-time and full-time students. The program is designed for students who seek upper-level management or leadership roles in the health care system. Courses are offered year round and new students are admitted each fall. Most course content is delivered online, but students are expected to come to campus for an orientation at the start of their first term.

34. University of Alabama at Birmingham-Birmingham, Alabama

Master of Science in Health Care Administration

University of Alabama Birmingham

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Average Graduate Student Tuition: $7,866/year in-state and $17,910/year out-of-state
The affordable master of science in health care administration program at the University of Alabama at Birmingham is ranked second in the nation, according to U.S. News and World Report. This CAHME accredited master’s in health care administration is offered in a residential or executive format. The executive format is ideal for working professionals with at least five years of experience in the field.

33. University of Arkansas for Medical Services-Little Rock, Arkansas

Master of Health Administration

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Average Graduate Student Tuition: $7,380/year in-state and $15,307/year out-of-state
The Fay W. Boozman College of Public Health at the University of Arkansas for Medical Services features the only CAHME accredited master of health administration program in the state. This top affordable MHA program is offered as a part-time or full-time program. Full-time students can earn their degree in just 21 months. While the majority of courses are offered in the evening to accommodate working professionals, some core courses are available online. One of the program’s highlights is a paid Summer Residency between the first and second year of the program. This gives students the opportunity to gain valuable work experience.

32. University of Houston-Clear Lake-Houston, Texas

Master of Science in Healthcare Administration

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Average Graduate Student Tuition: $7,308/year in-state and $16,290/year out-of-state
The University of Houston-Clear Lake is focused on student success. The 36 credit hour affordable master of healthcare administration program features eight week courses. These are offered on campus or through a hybrid online/in-person format. This AACSB accredited master’s program prepares students to be effective healthcare leaders with the skills needed to be organized, efficient, and deliver results on-budget.

31. University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston-Houston, Texas

Master of Public Health in Healthcare Management

University of Texas Health Science Center Houston

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Average Graduate Student Tuition: $7,098/year in-state and $30,345/year out-of-state
Healthcare management is a complex field and the University of Texas Health Science Center meets the challenge of educating future healthcare leaders. The focus of this program is on population health, The curriculum emphasizes the modern healthcare workplace. This 45 credit hour program includes coursework, a practicum experience, and a culminating experience which can be either a thesis or a report.

30. San Diego State University-San Diego, California

MPH–Health Management & Policy

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Average Graduate Student Tuition: $7,176/year in-state and $16,680/year out-of-state
The affordable CAHME accredited master of public health in health management and policy at San Diego State University is a 56 credit hour program. It can be completed in just two years. Courses cover areas such as:

-health economics
-health policy
-management
-health insurance.

Students can choose to complete a thesis or a management project or comprehensive examination.

29. California State University-Los Angeles, California

Master of Science in Healthcare Management

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Average Graduate Student Tuition: $7,176/year in-state and $16,680/year out-of-state
California State University LA offers one of the oldest AACSB accredited master’s in healthcare management programs in a business school. The curriculum is interdisciplinary. It allows students to take courses from a variety of areas including finance, public health, and organizational psychology.

28. California State University–Long Beach, Long Beach, California

Master of Science in Health Care Administration

California State University Long Beach

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Average Graduate Student Tuition: $7,176/year in-state and $16,680/year out-of-state
The affordable master in health care administration accelerated program at the Department of Health Care Administration at California State University-Long Beach is a 45 credit hour program. It’s designed for students with at least five years of industry experience. The accelerated program can be completed in just two years of study and includes an optional internship experience.

27. University of Southern Maine-Portland, Maine

MBA in Business Administration, Health Management, and Policy Concentration

University of Southern Maine Portland

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Average Graduate Student Tuition: $7,074/year in-state and $19,134/year out-of-state
The School of Business at the University of Southern Maine offers an affordable MBA in health management and policy. Concentration courses are available in:

-health law and ethics
-public health policy
-social and behavioral foundations of public health.

Students will have the knowledge and skills to successfully navigate the challenges and opportunities in the field.

26. Georgia State University-Atlanta, Georgia

Master of Science in Health Administration

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Average Graduate Student Tuition: $7,020/year in-state and $22,518/year out-of-state
Georgia State University has been a leader in health administration since 1961. The rigorous curriculum features courses in:

-finance
-data analytics
-human resource management
-health management.

Students are actively engaged in experiential learning through competitions, community projects, visits to industry leaders like WellStar Health System. Students are matched with a mentor during their second year to focus on their professional development. Those with an interest in management can pursue a dual MBA/MHA degree.

25. Marshall University-Huntington, West Virginia

Master of Science in Health Care Administration

Marshall University

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Average Graduate Student Tuition: $6,966/year in-state and $18,400/year out-of-state
The affordable AACSB accredited master of health care administration at Marshall University is a two year program preparing students for diverse jobs  in the public and private sectors. Students get a global perspective rather than focusing on just one sector, providing a comprehensive view of healthcare. Students from all backgrounds are welcome to apply.

24. University of Central Florida-Orlando, Florida

Health Administration MHA

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Average Graduate Student Tuition: $6,916/year in-state and $25,759/year out-of-state
The University of Central Florida offers an affordable master of health administration program. It has tracks in both Health Services administration and Executive Health Services Administration. This 51 credit hour program offers courses in a hybrid format or face-to-face, with evening courses available to accommodate working professionals. UCF is considered one of the most affordable colleges in the country by The Princeton Review, Forbes, and Kiplinger’s.

23. Georgia Southern University-Statesboro, Georgia

Master of Health Administration, MHA

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Average Graduate Student Tuition: $6,636/in-state and $26,518/year out-of-state
The Don and City Waters College of Health Professions at Georgia Southern University features a top affordable master of health administration program.  It’s designed to teach students how to deliver quality healthcare services. Faculty are experts in the field and deliver an interdisciplinary curriculum that is both relevant and engaging.

22. Texas State University-San Marcos

Master of Science in Health Care Administration

Texas State University

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Average Graduate Student Tuition: $6,392/year in-state and $14,692/year out-of-state
Texas State University is one of the few institutions in the country to offer both an AUPHA accredited bachelor’s and a CAHME accredited master’s degree in health care administration. Students of the affordable master’s in health care administration can attend full-time during the day or part-time during the evenings. Either a capstone experience or a thesis is required for graduation. Most full time students can earn their degree in about two years.

21. Louisiana State University-Shreveport, Louisiana

Online Master of Science in Health Care Administration

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Average Graduate Student Tuition: $6,196
The AACSB accredited online master of health administration program at Louisiana State University is comprised of 10 courses. The program covers a wide assortment of topics related to health care administration. Full-time students can earn their degree in just one year. Students come from a variety of backgrounds, although those who haven’t had coursework in finance or economics may be required to take two additional foundation courses. There are no on-campus residency requirements so students can earn their degree from anywhere in the world.

20. Texas Southern University-Houston, Texas

Master of Science in Health Care Administration

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Average Graduate Student Tuition: $6,172/year in-state and $12,742/year out-of-state
The College of Pharmacy and Health Science at Texas Southern University features a professional program in health care administration. Students in this affordable master of health care administration take coursework in health policy analysis, health care law, finance, and human resource management. A thesis track and non-thesis track are available depending on the student’s goals.

19. Trident University International-Cypress, California

Master of Science in Health Administration

Trident University

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Average Graduate Student Tuition: $6,120/year
As a 100% online university, Trident University International features a flexible online master’s in health administration program. It’s ideal for busy professionals unable to attend a traditional on-campus program. Concentrations are available in:

-conflict resolution management
-health care quality assurance
-health informatics
-human resource management.

Trident also offers a joint MBA and MSHA.

18. University of New Orleans-New Orleans, Louisiana

Master of Science in Health Care Management

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Average Graduate Student Tuition: $6,090/year in-state and $10,660/year out-of-state
The affordable master’s in health care management program at the University of New Orleans is one of the most flexible programs on our list. It has two different tracks and the convenience of hybrid learning. Students can complete either a traditional track with weekday evening courses or an executive track with a combination of online and weekend courses. Students can attend on a part-time or full-time basis and can change their status each semester.

17. Texas A&M University Health Science Center-Bryan, Texas

Master of Health Administration

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Average Graduate Student Tuition: $5,941/year in-state and $16,461/year out-of-state
The affordable master of health administration at Texas A&M University Health Science Center is a 48-57 credit hour program. It features both a Resident Track and an Executive Track. The Resident Track is designed for those just starting out in health care administration. The Executive Track is for students currently employed in the field. Both tracks offer a rigorous curriculum. The program is considered one of the best in the nation by U.S. News and World Report. It’s accredited by the CAHME.

16. Clayton State University-Morrow, Georgia

Master of Health Administration

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Average Graduate Student Tuition: $5,512/year in-state and $13,507/year out-of-state
Clayton State University features an affordable master of health administration program that prepares students for entry to mid-level management positions in health care. This 45 credit hour program includes a 225 hour internship experience, enabling students to gain professional work experience. The curriculum is delivered through a blend of on-campus and off-campus formats that keep students engaged.

15. University of Louisiana-Lafayette, Louisiana

MBA Healthcare Administration

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Average Graduate Student Tuition: $5,511/year in-state and $19,239/year
The B.I. Moody III College of Business Administration at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette gives students two different options for earning their MBA in health care administration. Students can complete a traditional on-campus program or a 100% online option. There’s enough flexibility in the program to accommodate working professionals, recent grads, and those making career changes. Students complete two internship experiences to gain professional work experience.

14. Florida Atlantic University-Boca Raton, Florida

Master of Health Administration

Florida Atlantic University

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Average Graduate Student Tuition: $5,467/year in-state and $16,695/year out-of-state
The affordable AACSB accredited master of health administration program at Florida Atlantic University is considered one of the top graduate programs for business in the country, according to U.S. News and World Report. Students with less than two years of management experience in health care organizations complete an internship to gain experience. Courses cover areas like:

-marketing

-planning

-management

-finance

-policy

13. University of North Texas-Denton, Texas

Master’s in Management with an MBA Concentration in Health Services Management

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Average Graduate Student Tuition: $5,450/year in-state and $12,920/year out-of-state
Health service professionals with a passion for business can meet their goals through the affordable MBA with a concentration in health services management. The program is offered through a partnership between the UNT Health Science Center and the Fort Worth School of Public Health. The curriculum is both realistic and relevant to the current climate of health care management. Graduates have gone on to find success in hospitals, consulting firms, surgical care centers, and medical group practices.

12. Montana State University-Billings, Montana

Master of Science in Health Administration

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Average Graduate Student Tuition: $5,435/year in-state and $18,069/year out-of-state
With a focus on rural healthcare delivery, the affordable master’s in health administration program at Montana State University is unique. Students can complete their coursework online while continuing to meet their personal and professional obligations. The program can be completed in just 24 months as students take concentrated eight week courses. Graduates have a high success rate of job placement shortly after graduation.

11. Wichita State University-Wichita, Kansas

Master of Business Administration: Health Care Administration

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Average Graduate Student Tuition: $5,302/year in-state and $13,022/year out-of-state
The affordable MBA in Health Care Administration program at Wichita State University helps students know and understand the complex issues facing health care administrators. The curriculum for the health care administration concentration builds upon the traditional MBA program by offering courses such as:

-Operations Management
-Health Care Policy and Administration,
-Management Information Systems.

Courses are offered online, in-person, and in a hybrid format.

10. University of Nevada-Las Vegas-Las Vegas, Nevada

Master of Science in Health Care Administration

University of Nevada Las Vegas

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Average Graduate Student Tuition: $5,144/year in-state and $19,332/year out-of-state
The University of Nevada-Las Vegas features an affordable master’s in health care administration program. It can be taken as a traditional program with online and in-person courses or in an executive format. Students complete either a thesis or a capstone project that includes group projects/case studies/class seminars. An internship is required to gain professional health care administration experience.

9. University of Nebraska-Omaha, Nebraska

Master of Business Administration: Concentration in Health Care Management

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Average Graduate Student Tuition: $4,950/year in-state and $13,824/year out-of-state
The innovative MBA with a concentration in health care management program at the University of Nebraska uses an interdisciplinary curriculum to focus on management, policy, and research in the health care industry. The concentration requires nine credit hours of coursework from two different departments. Subjects may include:

-health economics
-long term care administration
-health care finance
-health care policy.

8. Texas Woman’s University-Denton, Texas

Master of Science in Healthcare Administration

Texas Woman's University

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Average Graduate Student Tuition: $4,672/year in-state and $12,142/year out-of-state
Texas Woman’s University offers a 24 month master’s in healthcare administration program with or without an emphasis in business analytics. Courses are available online and in a hybrid format. They’re designed to accommodate working professionals. This affordable CAHME accredited master’s in healthcare administration has a low student/faculty ratio, allowing students have more interaction with faculty and peers.

7. Western Carolina University-Cullowhee, North Carolina

Master of Health Sciences-Health Management

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Average Graduate Student Tuition: $4,435/year in-state and $14,842/year out-of-state
The 100% online master’s in health management program at the College of Health and Human Services at Western Carolina University is designed for students with a background in healthcare. Faculty are experienced professionals passionate about healthcare and the need for quality. Graduates have gone on to work in medical facilities, provider offices, non-profits, and managed care organizations.

6. University of North Carolina-Charlotte, North Carolina

Master of Science in Health Care Administration

University of NCarolina Charlotte

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Average Graduate Student Tuition: $4,337/year in-state and $17,771/year out-of-state
The affordable CAHME accredited master of health administration program at UNC Charlotte is an interdisciplinary program. It’s designed to prepare students for leadership positions. The program is offered through the Department of Public Health Sciences, giving students the opportunity to study health from a global, public health perspective. Acceptance to the program is highly competitive with about 58% of applicants accepted for admission.

5. Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences-Tulsa, Oklahoma

Master of Science in Health Care Administration

Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences

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Average Graduate Student Tuition: $4,019/year in-state and $15,286/year out-of-state
The OSU School of Health Care Administration offers a master’s in health care administration program for students with no prior health care experience. This 32 credit hour program can be completed fully online or in-person. Concentrations are available in Leadership/Entrepreneurship or Administration. Most students can earn their degree in about two years of study.

4. Winston-Salem State University-Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Master of Healthcare Administration

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Average Graduate Student Tuition: $3,872/year in-state and $13,987/year out-of-state
Winston-Salem State University offers a flexible master of healthcare administration program delivered in a hybrid format. Students complete coursework online and attend class in the evening or over the weekend to accommodate busy work schedules. This 40 credit hour program can be completed in four semesters of study. New cohorts begin each fall. The program is student-centered with low student/faculty ratios for greater interaction.

3. Midwestern State University-Wichita Falls, Texas

Master of Health Administration

Midwestern State University

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Average Graduate Student Tuition: $3,849/year in-state and $5,019/year out-of-state
Midwestern State University features an affordable master of health administration with concentration areas in:

-Health Information Management
-Medical Practice Management
-Public and Community Sector Health Care Management
-Rural and Urban Hospital Management.

Courses are offered online, but students have the opportunity to attend face-to-face workshops and seminars on campus if they choose.

2. Worcester State University-Worchester, Massachusetts

Master of Science in Health Care Administration

Worcester State University

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Average Graduate Student Tuition: $3,042/year
With an engaging mix of coursework and fieldwork, students in the affordable master’s in health care administration program learn from experience. The program is designed for working professionals. Part-time students can earn their degree in about two years. Students can complete an internship for additional work experience, or complete a capstone project at a site of their choice. Worcester State University encourages health care administration students to join the American College of Healthcare Executives society to extend their professional network.

1. Framingham State University-Framingham, Massachusetts

Master of Healthcare Administration

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Average Graduate Student Tuition: $1,675/year in-state and $7,050/year out-of-state
Framingham State University offers the most affordable master of healthcare administration to make our list. Students should have experience working in the field. They should have a desire to move into administration or earn their degree to refine their administrative skills. Courses cover areas such as:

-healthcare marketing

-economics

-finance

-management

-leadership

Graduates of the program are able to analyze complex problems and develop solutions within budget.

Sources:

https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/
https://www.bls.gov/ooh/management/medical-and-health-services-managers.htm

See also:

30 Top Healthcare Administration Degree Programs: Comparing the Top Affordable and Cost-No-Object Schools