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Many highly regarded colleges and universities now offer their healthcare administration programs in a convenient online format. In our annual rankings, we’ve highlighted some of the best online programs currently available. We’ve listed comprehensive programs with the accreditation, curriculum, and flexibility needed to earn a valuable academic credential and begin down the path to a career in healthcare administration. Read on to learn about the schools that stand out for the ’23-’24 school year.

Profiling Popular Online Healthcare Administration Programs

Before choosing an online program in healthcare administration, it’s important to research. What am I getting into? How much will it cost? Is it fully or partially online? To help answer these questions and others, we’ve profiled three of today’s most popular online programs in the field. Learn what you need to know before applying.

Manor College

Manor College

Located in Jenkintown, Pennsylvania, Manor is a private institution that features a fully-online associate degree in healthcare administration. This program prides itself on preparing learners to become effective leaders in medical care settings and serve as community health educators or health advocates. Online healthcare administration students need 61 credits for graduation. Most learners finish their degree in two years.

Students from other colleges or universities may be able to transfer credits toward the degree, provided they have a “C” grade or higher. Competitive applicants possess a 2.0 or higher GPA and at least a 720 on the SAT. The school subscribes to a rolling admissions policy, so applicants should apply sooner than later. Online students can apply for internal merit- or need-based scholarships through Manor to help offset the cost of tuition and expenses.

University of Central Florida

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Located in Orlando, Florida, UCF is a public state university with nearly 70,000 students. Remote learners can pursue an online bachelor’s degree in health services administration through its college of community innovation and education. Students need 120 credits for graduation, which takes most full-time students four years to complete. While enrolled, students in the health services administration program can take advantage of dozens of internal scholarship opportunities.

Online students engage with rigorous coursework that helps them understand and manage the challenges presented by the ever-changing healthcare industry. Bachelor’s students study a variety of topics in the field, including organizational behavior and health information technology, to prepare for entry- and mid-level careers in the field. This curriculum prepares online students for administrative roles in long-term care facilities, clinics, private practices, ambulatory care centers, and more. UCF graduates typically move on to careers as health information managers, health services administrators, community service managers, training and development managers, and similar positions.

UCF also offers an online Executive Master of Health Administration (EMHA). this program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education and is designed for healthcare management professionals with at least three years of experience who are looking to further advance in the field.

Drexel University

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Drexel is a private research institution located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Drexel offers more than 100 graduate programs, including an online master’s degree in health administration. Online students complete 45 credits for graduation. Most online students need two or three years to complete the degree.

Drexel’s program features a problem-based learning curriculum that can be completed entirely online. Online students attend a mandatory five-day on-campus residency to meet graduation requirements. Classes are organized into four 10-week quarters per year and include courses such as fiscal accountability, professional accounting and advocacy, relationship-building and collaborative problem-solving, transformational leadership, and human resources and team management.

Competitive applicants possess a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution with a 3.0 or higher GPA. Applicants need at least three years of previous healthcare management experience with a documented history of increased responsibility. Applicants lacking healthcare management experience should consider Drexel’s online bachelor’s in healthcare administration program.

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Choosing the Right Online Healthcare Administration Degree Program

Choosing a college is a highly personal decision. Make sure to give yourself enough time to organize your thoughts, make a list of must-haves, and vet all of your options so you can make an educated decision about which schools you want to apply to. Here are a few important things you should look for in an online healthcare administration program.

Is within budget

It is important to know what kind of financial commitment you want to make when pursuing your education. Check a program’s tuition rates and other fees to make sure you’re comfortable with the total cost. You can also seek out financial assistance in the form of scholarships, grants, or loans to help cover the cost.

Holds proper accreditation

Institutions or programs with credentials from recognized accrediting bodies possess the resources, curriculum and instructors to provide a top-notch education to students. Accreditation standards differ based on the level of healthcare admin degree. Undergraduate programs are often accredited under an institutional umbrella credential, while the most prestigious accreditation for master’s programs is awarded by the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education.

Fits your schedule and learning style

Students should enroll in a program that accommodates their learning preferences and current time commitments. Students who want to finish their degree as quickly as possible should look into full-time online programs with real-time classes, for example, while busy professionals or parents will likely prefer part-time programs with evening classes or self-paced coursework – even if it means taking longer to earn their healthcare admin degree.

Curriculum matches your interests and learning goals

The curriculum a school offers reflects its faculty members’ specialty areas and the institution’s access to resources. Research course offerings of multiple healthcare administration programs to ensure they meet your academic goals and will hold your interest. This holds especially true for graduate students who typically work more directly with faculty members on highly specialized projects, including a master’s thesis.

Offers a strong student support system

Being an online student can feel isolating, especially when you do not take classes on campus or interact in-person with faculty or classmates regularly. When researching programs, consider schools that have strong communication resources for distance learners, online counseling services, distance tutoring, peer support groups, and online office hours with faculty members.

Earning Your Healthcare Administration Degree Online

The process of earning an online degree in healthcare administration can vary greatly between schools. For students who wish to pursue a degree with no on-campus obligations, the good news is that virtually every online program in healthcare administration can be completed entirely remotely. Students earning a doctoral degree, depending on their faculty or dissertation committee and departmental regulations, may need to attend in-person meetings on campus. Depending on the school, however, these advisory sessions may take place over video chat.

Healthcare Administration Degree

Online healthcare administration students may take classes presented in either a synchronous or asynchronous learning format. Synchronous coursework requires learners to attend class on a regular schedule, oftentimes alongside other online students, at specific times during the day or evening. In these cases, students can participate in online group activities such as message boards, chat rooms, and live video lectures. Asynchronous learning, on the other hand, allows students to work more independently on a schedule of their choosing. In most healthcare administration programs that feature asynchronous classes, students can access course materials, including lectures, assignments, and exams, at any time, although specific deadlines for homework and projects are still common. Regardless of the format, either fully-online or hybrid (a blend of on-campus and online classes), healthcare administration online students need to be proactive and organized self-starters.

Top Online Healthcare Administration Degrees in 2024

We’ve analyzed and compared accredited online healthcare administration degrees for this year to help you find top programs. Regardless of what you’re looking for in a school, one of those schools featured below is guaranteed to meet your needs.

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About the ranking

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Base Methodology for EduMed’s Best Online College Rankings for the ’23-’24 school year.

One: Create list of Eligible Schools and Programs

To be eligible, schools were required to meet the following criteria based on data pulled from The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), which was self-reported by the schools themselves.

  • Institutional accreditation from an organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
  • At least 1 online component in a program within the ranking-subject area.

Two: Assign Weighting

After creating the list of eligible schools, EduMed data scientists assigned weights and ranked schools based on a mix of metrics, which were all self-reported by the schools themselves to the U.S. Department of Education and IPEDS. 

The metrics are listed below in order of most- to least-heavily weighted. 

Online Programs – Number of online programs in the relevant subject area.

Online Student % – Number of total students who are enrolled in at least 1 distance-learning course in the relevant subject area.

Tuition – The average in-state tuition for undergraduate students studying full-time, as self-reported by the school.

Institutional Aid – Percent of full-time undergraduate students who are awarded institutional grant aid, as self-reported by the school.

Academic Counseling – Existence of this service on campus or online.

Career Placement Services – Existence of this service on campus or online.

Student/Faculty Ratio

About Our DataEduMed’s rankings use the latest official data available from The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS). Most recent data pull: July 2023

# School Name Type Tuition Online Programs More Details School Information Online Students Academic Counseling Career Placement Students w/Institutional Aid Median Earnings 10yrs After Entry Accreditation
1 Colorado Christian UniversityLakewood, CO Private not-for-profit $$$$ 4

Learners interested in getting their bachelor's degree in healthcare administration should consider the program from Colorado Christian University. Designed to be completed in about four years, the program consists of 36 credit hours of core healthcare administration classes, electives in healthcare administration, and a final semester-long capstone project. Students also must take some courses on biblical studies. The way the program is set up is ideal for working adults; classes are online and each class lasts five weeks.

Program Highlights:

Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration

  • Credits: 120 (36 in major)
  • Length: About 4 years
  • Cost: $494/credit
  • Mode: Online
  • Accreditation: Higher Learning Commission
Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Student/
Faculty Ratio
15/1
Online
Student %
56%
2 Wichita State UniversityWichita, KS Public $ 3

Wichita State University offers a robust master's degree in healthcare administration. In this two year program, students take foundational healthcare administration courses and electives. The core major courses cover topics like effective management and human resource management in healthcare. Electives can be in subjects like rural healthcare leadership, senior living management, and employment law. Before graduating, they also complete a healthcare administration practicum. For added flexibility, all courses are offered online.

Program Highlights:

Master of Science in Healthcare Administration

  • Credits: 42
  • Length: About 2 years
  • Cost: $241.55/online credit (resident); $572.15/online credit (non-resident)
  • Mode: Online
  • Accreditation: Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Student/
Faculty Ratio
19/1
Online
Student %
57%
3 University of North FloridaJacksonville, FL Public $ 2

The University of North Florida offers a Bachelor of Health Administration with two tracks. The first is a more general track comprising business, public health, and technology classes. The second offers this same curriculum, but with a specialization in aging. For both tracks, the entire program can be completed virtually, without students ever stepping on campus. Students who wish to continue their education can move into the university's Mater's in Health Administration program upon graduating.

Program Highlights:

Bachelor of Health Administration

  • Credits: 78
  • Length: About 3-4 years
  • Cost: $212.98/credit in-state | $693.11/credit out-of-state
  • Mode: Online
  • Accreditation: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges
Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Student/
Faculty Ratio
19/1
Online
Student %
76%
4 Ohio University-Main CampusAthens, OH Public $$ 2 Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Student/
Faculty Ratio
17/1
Online
Student %
78%
5 Park UniversityParkville, MO Private not-for-profit $ 3 Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Student/
Faculty Ratio
14/1
Online
Student %
90%
6 DeVry University-ColoradoWestminster, CO Private for-profit $$ 1 Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Student/
Faculty Ratio
7/1
Online
Student %
100%
7 Idaho State UniversityPocatello, ID Public $ 2 Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Student/
Faculty Ratio
13/1
Online
Student %
59%
8 Minnesota State University MoorheadMoorhead, MN Public $ 4 Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Student/
Faculty Ratio
18/1
Online
Student %
76%
9 Lindenwood UniversitySaint Charles, MO Private not-for-profit $$$ 2 Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Student/
Faculty Ratio
13/1
Online
Student %
78%
10 DeVry University-TexasIrving, TX Private for-profit $$ 1 Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Student/
Faculty Ratio
6/1
Online
Student %
97%
11 SUNY College at OswegoOswego, NY Public $$ 2 Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Student/
Faculty Ratio
16/1
Online
Student %
55%
12 Arizona State University-OnlineTempe, AZ Public $ 5 Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Student/
Faculty Ratio
25/1
Online
Student %
100%
13 Bryant & Stratton College-OnlineOrchard Park, NY Private for-profit $$$ 4 Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Student/
Faculty Ratio
41/1
Online
Student %
100%
14 Indiana Wesleyan University-National & GlobalMarion, IN Private not-for-profit $ 2 Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Student/
Faculty Ratio
17/1
Online
Student %
93%
15 Liberty UniversityLynchburg, VA Private not-for-profit $ 3 Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Student/
Faculty Ratio
17/1
Online
Student %
91%
16 California State University-East BayHayward, CA Public $ 1 Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Student/
Faculty Ratio
24/1
Online
Student %
85%
17 University of Cincinnati-Main CampusCincinnati, OH Public $$ 2 Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Student/
Faculty Ratio
19/1
Online
Student %
65%
18 Southern New Hampshire UniversityManchester, NH Private not-for-profit $$ 4 Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Student/
Faculty Ratio
24/1
Online
Student %
96%
19 Purdue University GlobalWest Lafayette, IN Public $ 4 Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Student/
Faculty Ratio
27/1
Online
Student %
100%
20 Weber State UniversityOgden, UT Public $ 2 Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Student/
Faculty Ratio
21/1
Online
Student %
48%
21 DeVry University-FloridaMiramar, FL Private for-profit $$ 1 Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Student/
Faculty Ratio
21/1
Online
Student %
100%
22 New England CollegeHenniker, NH Private not-for-profit $$$$ 3 Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Student/
Faculty Ratio
9/1
Online
Student %
44%
23 Davenport UniversityGrand Rapids, MI Private not-for-profit $$$$ 3 Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Student/
Faculty Ratio
15/1
Online
Student %
81%
24 Baker CollegeOwosso, MI Private not-for-profit $$ 3 Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Student/
Faculty Ratio
8/1
Online
Student %
72%
25 University of Nevada-Las VegasLas Vegas, NV Public $ 2 Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Student/
Faculty Ratio
18/1
Online
Student %
59%
26 Lakewood UniversityCleveland Heights, OH Private not-for-profit $$ 2 Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Student/
Faculty Ratio
7/1
Online
Student %
100%
27 DeVry University-CaliforniaOntario, CA Private for-profit $$ 1 Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Student/
Faculty Ratio
16/1
Online
Student %
94%
28 The University of West FloridaPensacola, FL Public $ 1 Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Student/
Faculty Ratio
21/1
Online
Student %
88%
29 Radford UniversityRadford, VA Public $ 2 Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Student/
Faculty Ratio
13/1
Online
Student %
70%
30 American InterContinental UniversityChandler, AZ Private for-profit $$ 4 Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Student/
Faculty Ratio
38/1
Online
Student %
100%
31 Auburn University at MontgomeryMontgomery, AL Public $ 1 Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Student/
Faculty Ratio
15/1
Online
Student %
60%
32 Clarkson CollegeOmaha, NE Private not-for-profit $$ 2 Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Student/
Faculty Ratio
18/1
Online
Student %
95%
33 Texas A & M University-CommerceCommerce, TX Public $ 1 Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Student/
Faculty Ratio
18/1
Online
Student %
74%
34 Montana State University BillingsBillings, MT Public $ 2 Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Student/
Faculty Ratio
15/1
Online
Student %
63%
35 Jackson State UniversityJackson, MS Public $ 1 Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Student/
Faculty Ratio
15/1
Online
Student %
89%
36 Columbia CollegeColumbia, SC Private not-for-profit $$$ 2 Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Student/
Faculty Ratio
11/1
Online
Student %
79%
37 Louisiana State University-ShreveportShreveport, LA Public $ 1 Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Student/
Faculty Ratio
24/1
Online
Student %
90%
38 Portland State UniversityPortland, OR Public $ 2 Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Student/
Faculty Ratio
19/1
Online
Student %
43%
39 Florida National University-Main CampusHialeah, FL Private for-profit $$ 4 Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Student/
Faculty Ratio
19/1
Online
Student %
64%
40 Santa Fe CollegeGainesville, FL Public $ 2 Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Student/
Faculty Ratio
20/1
Online
Student %
55%
41 Midwestern State UniversityWichita Falls, TX Public $ 1 Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Student/
Faculty Ratio
17/1
Online
Student %
65%
42 University of Wisconsin-MilwaukeeMilwaukee, WI Public $$ 1 Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Student/
Faculty Ratio
18/1
Online
Student %
66%
43 DeVry University-GeorgiaDecatur, GA Private for-profit $$ 1 Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Student/
Faculty Ratio
32/1
Online
Student %
97%
44 Florida Atlantic UniversityBoca Raton, FL Public $ 1 Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Student/
Faculty Ratio
21/1
Online
Student %
65%
45 Florida International UniversityMiami, FL Public $ 2 Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Student/
Faculty Ratio
24/1
Online
Student %
65%
46 Herzing University-MadisonMadison, WI Private not-for-profit $$ 2 Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Student/
Faculty Ratio
17/1
Online
Student %
99%
47 California State University-NorthridgeNorthridge, CA Public $ 1 Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Student/
Faculty Ratio
26/1
Online
Student %
95%
48 Herzing University-AtlantaAtlanta, GA Private not-for-profit $$ 2 Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Student/
Faculty Ratio
14/1
Online
Student %
90%
49 University of ToledoToledo, OH Public $ 1 Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Student/
Faculty Ratio
20/1
Online
Student %
66%
50 State College of Florida-Manatee-SarasotaBradenton, FL Public $ 1 Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Student/
Faculty Ratio
21/1
Online
Student %
72%
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About the ranking

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Base Methodology for EduMed’s Best Online College Rankings for the ’23-’24 school year.

One: Create list of Eligible Schools and Programs

To be eligible, schools were required to meet the following criteria based on data pulled from The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), which was self-reported by the schools themselves.

  • Institutional accreditation from an organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
  • At least 1 online component in a program within the ranking-subject area.

Two: Assign Weighting

After creating the list of eligible schools, EduMed data scientists assigned weights and ranked schools based on a mix of metrics, which were all self-reported by the schools themselves to the U.S. Department of Education and IPEDS. 

The metrics are listed below in order of most- to least-heavily weighted. 

Online Programs – Number of online programs in the relevant subject area.

Online Student % – Number of total students who are enrolled in at least 1 distance-learning course in the relevant subject area.

Tuition – The average in-state tuition for undergraduate students studying full-time, as self-reported by the school.

Institutional Aid – Percent of full-time undergraduate students who are awarded institutional grant aid, as self-reported by the school.

Academic Counseling – Existence of this service on campus or online.

Career Placement Services – Existence of this service on campus or online.

Student/Faculty Ratio

About Our DataEduMed’s rankings use the latest official data available from The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS). Most recent data pull: July 2023

# School Name Type Tuition Online Programs More Details School Information Online Students Academic Counseling Career Placement Students w/Institutional Aid Median Earnings 10yrs After Entry Accreditation
1 West Virginia Junior College-MorgantownMorgantown, WV Private for-profit $$ 1

West Virginia Junior College in Morgantown offers an associate degree in Healthcare Administration is the ideal option for those who desire a career in healthcare without delving into direct patient care. This online program can be completed in just 18 months, providing students with practical skills in medical office management, overseeing billing systems, and navigating HIPAA regulations. Though most of the coursework in this program can be completed online, students will be required to participate in in-person job training through externships.

Program Highlights:

Associate's Degree in Healthcare Administration

  • Credits: 60
  • Length: 18 months
  • Cost: $11,985
  • Mode: Fully Online
  • Accreditation: ABHES
Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Student/
Faculty Ratio
14/1
Online
Student %
81%
2 Terra State Community CollegeFremont, OH Public $ 1

People interested in pursuing the path to management in the healthcare industry should consider Terra State Community College's Health Care Administration associate degree program. This fully online program makes it a flexible and convenient option for working individuals. After completing their degrees, students are prepared to continue to a bachelor's degree program or take on leadership roles in healthcare settings, including hospitals, long-term care facilities, and physician offices.

Program Highlights:

Health Care Administration Associate Degree Program

  • Credits: 62
  • Length: 2 years
  • Cost: $221-410/credit
  • Mode: Fully Online
  • Accreditation: CAAHEP
Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Student/
Faculty Ratio
12/1
Online
Student %
54%
3 Iowa Central Community CollegeFort Dodge, IA Public $ 1

Whether a student is entirely new to the field of healthcare or looking to advance in their existing career, the Associate in Professional Studies degree in Health Care Administration at Iowa Central Community College provides the education and training to achieve their goal. This 100%-online program can be completed in as little as two years, preparing students to fulfill entry-level roles in the medical field, including healthcare administration, medical coding, or community health work.

Program Highlights:

Associate in Professional Studies in Health Care Administration

  • Credits: 60
  • Length: 2 years
  • Cost: $224-319/credit
  • Mode: Fully Online
  • Accreditation: HLC
Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Student/
Faculty Ratio
17/1
Online
Student %
26%

Comparing Online Healthcare Administration Degree Options

The section below highlights program requirements, duration, and potential career options for associate, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs in healthcare administration. With this information, prospective students can quickly assess the time commitment and potential employment opportunities upon graduating with their degree.

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Online Associate Degree in Healthcare Administration

Students in associate degree programs explore the different types of roles carried out by healthcare administrators and hospitals, nursing facilities, physician offices, and insurance companies. Associate students often enter a program to prepare for further study in a bachelor’s program or pursue entry-level positions in their field. Programs include introductory courses in business management, organizational behavior, principles of marketing, foundations of healthcare management, and business communications.

Program-Requirements

Program Requirements

Total Credits: 60

Other Common Requirements: N/A

Time-to-Complete

Time to Complete

Part-Time Program: 3 years

Full-Time Program: 1.5 to 2 years

career

Popular Career Options

Medical Records and Health Information Technician

National Median Salary (2023)

$48,780

National Job Growth (2022 to 2032)

8%

Job Level

Entry-Level

Secretary or Administrative Assistant

National Median Salary (2023)

$46,010

National Job Growth (2022 to 2032)

-10%

Job Level

Entry-Level

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Online Bachelor’s Degrees in Healthcare Administration

Bachelor’s degree students study similar topics as associate degree learners but on a deeper level. Bachelor’s students study real-world situations in case studies to understand and learn how to uphold the highest professional standards in the field. Additionally, bachelor’s degree seekers complete general education courses in the humanities, computer sciences, social sciences, history, science, and more. A bachelor’s degree in healthcare administration best serves learners interested in pursuing entry- and mid-level work in the field. Alternatively, this degree prepares undergraduates for further education at the graduate level.

Program-Requirements

Program Requirements

Total Credits: 120

Other Common Requirements: Capstone project or final paper

Time-to-Complete

Time to Complete

Part-Time Program: 4 to 5 years

Full-Time Program: 3 to 4 years

career

Popular Career Options

Medical and Health Services Manager

National Median Salary (2023)

$110,680

National Job Growth (2022 to 2032)

28%

Job Level

Entry-Level / Mid-Level

Administrative Service Managers

National Median Salary (2023)

$104,900

National Job Growth (2022 to 2032)

5%

Job Level

Mid-Level / Late Career

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Online Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA) Degree

A master’s degree in healthcare administration allows learners to further explore a concentration or specialization in the field. Most colleges and universities expect incoming master’s students to possess a history of related undergraduate coursework or an undergraduate degree in healthcare administration. Some programs also require students to have at least three years of healthcare admin work experience. Master’s learners often move on to advanced careers in the field, including positions in hospitals, research facilities, and educational institutions. This degree is best for remote students interested in developing a specialization in the field and pursuing higher-level administrative and management positions. A master’s degree may also qualify healthcare administration graduates for some teaching positions at the college or university level.

Program-Requirements

Program Requirements

Total Credits: 60

Other Common Requirements: Master’s thesis or final research project

Time-to-Complete

Time to Complete

Part-Time Program: 3 to 4 years

Full-Time Program: 2 years

career

Popular Career Options

Administration Executive

National Median Salary (2023)

$103,840

National Job Growth (2022 to 2032)

3%

Job Level

Mid-Level / Late Career

Postsecondary Education Administrators

National Median Salary (2023)

$102,610

National Job Growth (2022 to 2032)

4%

Job Level

Mid-Level / Late Career

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Online Doctoral Degrees in Healthcare Administration

Students interested in pursuing a doctoral degree in healthcare administration choose between two degrees: a Doctor of Healthcare Administration (DHA) or a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD). While both degrees prepare learners for the highest-level jobs in the field, the DHA is best for those interested in direct administrative leadership positions. The PhD is a research-focused degree that readies learners for college and university teaching positions and academic research pursuits.

Online Doctor of Healthcare Administration (DHA)

The DHA is best for students who foresee a career as administrators, high-level managers, and healthcare executives. Students in online DHA programs train for these positions by studying areas such as health policy and regulations, economics, finance, and informatics. Required courses for DHA students typically include quantitative and qualitative research methods, research design methods, organization innovation and business strategies, and leadership theory. Most programs include multiple dissertation-focused classes to help walk remote students through the process, including coursework focused on academic writing and research methods, writing an annotated bibliography, and writing a literature review.

Program-Requirements

Program Requirements

Total Credits: 90-120

Other Common Requirements: Write a doctoral dissertation, pass qualifying exams, pass dissertation defense.

Time-to-Complete

Time to Complete

Part-Time Program: 5 to 7 years

Full-Time Program: 3 to 5 years

career

Popular Career Options

Clinical Manager

National Median Salary (2023)

$110,684

National Job Growth (2022 to 2032)

28%

Job Level

Mid-Level / Late Career

Compliance Officer

National Median Salary (2023)

$69,050

National Job Growth (2022 to 2032)

18%

Job Level

Mid-Level / Late Career

Online PhD in Healthcare Administration

The PhD is a research degree that prepares learners to contribute to and advance the body of knowledge that currently exists in their field. It’s best for online learners who wish to pursue high-level teaching or research careers at colleges, universities, or research organizations. PhD graduates can also find fulfilling work at nonprofit and governmental organizations.

PhD programs in healthcare administration allow learners to develop a specialization in the field. Depending on the program, doctoral degree holders can pursue concentrations in areas such as quality management, financial management, and healthcare policy. Required coursework and areas of study typically include research methodologies, quality improvements, finance, and organizational analysis.

Program-Requirements

Program Requirements

Total Credits: 60

Other Common Requirements: Write a doctoral dissertation, pass qualifying exams, pass dissertation defense, attend several on-campus residencies.

Time-to-Complete

Time to Complete

Part-Time Program: 5 to 7+ years

Full-Time Program: 4 years

career

Popular Career Options

College or University Professor

National Median Salary (2023)

$84,340

National Job Growth (2022 to 2032)

8%

Job Level

Mid-Level / Late Career

Medical Sociologist

National Median Salary (2023)

$101,770

National Job Growth (2022 to 2032)

5%

Job Level

Late Career

Paying for Your Online Healthcare Administration Degree

 Help-Paying

While the total cost of a healthcare administration degree can seem overwhelming at first, there are many ways to save money, especially by securing scholarships and grants. Students should consider all potential avenues to garner funding assistance, including awards from inside their department or school and those awarded by outside organizations or individuals. Scholarships can be need- or merit-based. Additionally, some awards are reserved for students from particular ethnic backgrounds or those pursuing a certain field of study. Students should apply for as many scholarships or grants for which they qualify in order to maximize their funding opportunities.

Find scholarships and other financial aid for your healthcare administration degree.

Recommended Healthcare Administration Degree and Career Resources

Check out our dedicated student resources page for healthcare administration students, where we’ve listed a variety of online resources that are helpful for both new learners to the field and seasoned professionals. You’ll find healthcare admin professional organizations that provide valuable resources for members (especially those who are students or new graduates), helpful online communities you can join, support resources specifically designed for online healthcare admin students, and much more.