Last updated: May 2020

When choosing a healthcare administration degree, students should weigh several critical factors to find the program that best suits their needs. We have created these rankings as a tool to help each degree-seeker find their ideal program.

Our rankings weigh factors, such as academic quality, online flexibility and availability, and affordability to objectively assess a school's overall merit. We input data from national databases into a unique formula to determine how each school ranks based on those factors.

We keep our rankings free of editorial influence for added reliability. Though not comprehensive or inclusive of every school that offers a specific program, our rankings offer a helpful resource for students as they research programs and compare schools.

Here, we break down our ranking process, including data sources and how we weigh different factors to provide the most accurate and objective rankings.

About Our Data

We aim to provide objective rankings that offer prospective students reliable and useful information. To create reliable rankings and ensure transparency, we pull data from reputable national resources. These resources are publicly available and accessible to anyone.

We primarily pull data from the National Center for Education Statistics. This source provides comprehensive data about higher education institutions, including admissions, enrollment, graduation rates, financial aid, and student outcomes. Our team assesses schools included in the datasets and excludes any institutions missing significant amounts of data. This allows us to keep our calculations as accurate as possible.

Prospective enrollees can freely access our data sources and further evaluate how we make our calculations. We pulled the data used in these rankings in December 2019.

A Breakdown of Our Ranking Factors and Subfactors

Our primary ranking factors include quality, affordability, and online flexibility and availability. The table below further explores how we weigh factors and subfactors to calculate a score for each school.

Metric Weight
Quality 35%
Affordability 50%
Online Flexibility 15%

Subfactors for Quality

  • Graduation rate
  • Transfer-Out rate
  • Enrollment rate
  • Student-to-faculty ratio

Subfactors for Affordability

  • Average net price
  • Percentage of students receiving financial aid
  • Loan default rate

Subfactors for Online Flexibility

  • Percent of graduate or undergraduate students enrolled partially or fully online