Health Care Administration

Master of Business Administration

This specialization will provide you with valuable knowledge and skills training in the business side of health care. You will explore financial management, legal and ethical issues of health care, and the process of examining and developing health care policies. You will also complete a final written research project that demonstrates your ability to conduct an investigation on a workplace problem and recommend a plan of preventative action. As a Health Care Administration graduate, you may choose to apply for positions in hospitals, health maintenance organizations, health insurance companies, government and public health agencies and social service agencies.

MBA Degree Requirements


An MBA in Business Administration requires 30 credit hours beyond the bachelor degree level. The MBA program includes 15 credit hours of foundational courses. The foundational courses are taken by all students regardless of their undergraduate degree to form and strengthen their fundamental business skills. The remaining 15 credit hours encapsulate a specialization aligned with a student’s career goals. Students may also opt for a General Business specialization, electing 15 credit hours of cross-discipline courses. Elective courses must be appropriate to the student's degree program.

Students in the MBA program are required to demonstrate competency in the areas listed below:

  • Research - MBA students are required to show competency in writing skills for research purposes through their Northcentral University coursework.
  • Computer Competency - MBA students are required to use appropriate computer skills that are necessary in writing research papers. Students must be able to prepare documents using APA formatting and advanced word processing skills, such as the creation of title pages, abstracts, tables and figures, headers and footers, page breaks, tables of contents, and hanging indents.


Students assume full responsibility for understanding both the foundational and specialization requirements of each program. Switching programs after completing coursework may result in reevaluation, monetary loss, loss of credit hours and/or the need to take additional credit hours. Students' Academic Advisors can assist with any questions related to program requirements.

The University may accept a maximum of 6 semester credit hours in transfer toward the Master of Business Administration for graduate course work completed at an accredited college or university with a grade of "B" or better.

Completion Period for Master's Degrees

Northcentral University allows 5 years to complete all 30 credit hour master's programs. Normal time to complete varies depending upon course take rate and credits transferred.

MBA Required Foundational Courses - 15 credit hours

Course Code


Course Description

BTM5000 / BTM5000-8

Foundations for Graduate Study in Business

This course is an orientation to Northcentral University and to the essential skills needed to pursue a MBA degree in Business. Graduate level skills, such as academic integrity, time management, effective use of the Northcentral Library, comprehending complex scholarly texts and research articles, and APA form and style in professional communication are also introduced. Students will complete the course with a better understanding of personal goals, strengths, and challenges, and a roadmap to navigate their way to completion of their educational aspirations.

MGT5026 / MGT5026-8

Effective Managerial Communications

This course presents the basic theories, skills, and applications related to communications in an organizational setting from a manager's point of view. The course focuses on the consistent, logical process approach that can be used to solve many communication problems. The course also covers topics that are essential to contemporary business communications, including critical thinking, the Internet, the World Wide Web, email, and other technological communication tools. It also presents basic theories, skills, and applications required to effectively communicate in a complex organizational setting emphasizing a manager's point-of-view.

MGT5028 / MGT5028-8

Business Statistics

This course introduces the graduate student to the calculation, use, and interpretation of descriptive statistics and inferential statistical analysis. The emphasis of this course is on providing a working knowledge of basic statistical concepts and helping students to understand statistical methodologies used in business, and more generally, to develop a working knowledge of statistical usage in everyday life.

HRM5000 / HRM5000-8

Human Resource Management

Throughout this course, students will work to develop an understanding of and will focus on the management of human behavior in organizations for optimal organizational effectiveness as well as individual outcomes. Students will also examine human resource management in a global context. Theories of managing the dynamics of individual, group, and system relationships to achieve organizational goals are explored in detail.

MGT5019 / MGT5019-8

Ethics in Business

Ethics and social responsibility are terms frequently applied to businesses often in the context of describing the lack of them. Using a case study methodology, students in this course will explore the responsibilities of a business and the stakeholders to whom it is responsible. The course includes case study analyses of business law, labor laws, discrimination, and applications pertaining to affirmative action, conflicts of interest, honesty, and moral responsibility. Students will also investigate sexual harassment, social responsibility, government contracting, and workplace safety.

Specialization Courses - 12 credit hours, Select 4 from the following

Course Code


Course Description


Health Care Financial Management

This masters level course presents an in-depth review of the budget formulation process specific to health care delivery systems. Students will explore various funding sources and payment methods. Most managers are limited in terms of direct budget responsibility to working with a specialist with a full range of technical competencies. This usually means that the finance section is directed or managed by a CPA or fiscal specialist. One must still develop a competent understanding of the budget process and of the system of financial management utilized by a specific organization. In today's health care world, one needs to know how to maximize health care revenues from both private and public sources, work in a cost efficient and cost effective manner, and be knowledgeable of accounting standards to demonstrate both financial accountability and compliance with applicable standards.


Health Care Legal and Ethical Issues

This course explores the some of the legal and ethical issues affecting health care in America. The course includes an introduction and overview of key legal concepts and the exploration of selected issues including Financing Indigent Care, Patient Rights, Informed Consent/Refusal of Treatment,Tort Reform, End-of-Life Decision Making, Termination of Life Support, Do Not Resuscitate Orders and Patient and Provider Relations.


Health Care Policy Analysis and Development

This masters level course provides the student with an overview of the factors which govern and impact the development of health care policy in the United States. The student will learn how current and changing policies help shape the organizational structure of our health care system. The impact of these policies on services for the elderly and the disabled will also be explored.


Health Care Administration Principles and Practices

The course focuses on development of the skills necessary to administer a modern complex multi-faceted health care delivery system. The course will cover management theory and models, motivational theory, goal setting, organizational theory, and development of an effective management approach to resolve problems associated with administering a health care delivery system.


Total Quality Management in Health Care

This course is designed to provide students with a comprehensive study of total quality management and its philosophy of continuous quality improvement in all business and clinical functions, including problem-solving and patient satisfaction. The tools that are fundamental to TQM, the challenges that take place implementing quality care in health care settings, and the applications are addressed.


Comparative Health Care Systems

This course is designed to profile the health systems of 28 countries and, regardless of their level of wealth, explore their struggle to manage the multiple demands and pressures of delivering health care. The countries selected represent different regions of the world in various stages of economic development. Each country is presented not simply in terms of the population, health status indicators, and health system characteristics, but also in view of a critical appraisal of social and political trends and their implications for the health system.

Required Specialization Signature Course: 3 credit hours

Course Code


Course Description

HCA6010 / HCA6010-8

Health Care Administration Research Project

The student will conduct a research study of a topic within the academic discipline of Health Care Administration, and document the results in a formal project report. The student will demonstrate the ability to conduct an investigation on a work place problem, identify an area for intervention, critique, justify, recommend a strategic plan, organizational objectives, regulations, ethics, and threats and opportunities that can be used to make health care more efficient.

At Northcentral University, we pride ourselves in being completely transparent when it comes to tuition and fees. If a cost is not included in our Cost Per Course Tuition Rate, we let you know up front. Currently, the only additional cost above your program rate* is books. Learn more about the NCU’s MBA costs below:

  • Per credit cost: $743
  • Per 3 credit course cost: $2,229
  • Program cost: $22,290
  • Average book cost per course: $110
  • Application Fee: $0
  • Learning Management Fee (one-time per program): $250
  • Registration Fee: $0

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*Program rates are subject to change and generally increase at the start of each calendar year.

MBA Tuition Cost Comparison

Total Program Tuition was calculated by taking the degree program’s maximum credits x cost per credit.  Degree programs used for this comparison are: NCU – MBA; Capella – MBA-Business Administration; University of Phoenix – MBA; Walden – MBA; Keller Graduate School of Management of Devry University - MBA.  Institutions may charge additional degree program costs such as technology fees, resources fees and books.  NCU’s Total Program Tuition is inclusive of all fees and charges, except for books. All rates are subject to change. Total Program Tuition is based on information obtained from referenced institutions' websites on May 16th, 2014 and is believed to be accurate but is not guaranteed. 

Total program costs reflected are calculated based on standard degree program credits exclusive of the program’s potential evaluation track. The actual cost of a program is determined based upon the program and track the student enters, transfer credits if any, and other unique student factors. For more information: please contact Admissions or refer to the catalog.

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ACBSP Accredited Online MBA Degree Program

ACBSP Accredited

In addition to NCU’s regional accreditation from the HLC, our business programs in the School of Business and Technology Management have received programmatic accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). ACBSP promotes continuous improvement and recognizes excellence in the accreditation of business education programs around the world.