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University of Colorado – Denver Business School - Health Administration MBA

CU Denver Business School Health Administration MBA Program Structure

The Health Administration MBA is designed for health professionals looking to expand their skill set into the business world and distinguish themselves in their field. Completed at a student’s own pace, the program can be taken either part-time, online, or full-time. The program can be completed within two years, or as long as five years.

Classes are held either one or two evenings a week on campus, meant to allow students to continue working full-time. There is a selection of courses that can be taken online, minimizing students’ required travel time.


The 48-credit hour program is extremely structured, but students do meet with advisors at the start of the program to determine an individualized schedule to best fit with the demands of the program and the personal schedule of each student.

Twenty-seven credit hours are dedicated to core courses, 12 for health administration core course, three for a health administration information technology elective, and three for the healthcare administration electives.

Students take a mix of business, health, and information technology courses including Financial Management, Legal and Ethical Environment of Business, Health Care Systems, Fundamentals of Health Information Technology, and Quality and Process Improvement. Additionally, students have the option of tailoring their career by completing a specialization in one of three areas: International Health Management and Policy Specialization, Financial Management Specialization, or Health Information Technology Management Specialization.


Each student is assigned a dedicated career advisor at the beginning of their first year. Denver Business School notes that 80 percent of MBA students attend business school to make a significant career change of some kind, and the advisors are there to guide each student through that process. In addition, the school offers workshops throughout the duration of the 11-month program. Workshop topics include Targeted Networking, Negotiating Offers, Identifying & Articulating Your Skills, and many more.

The school takes advantage of its prime location in the heart of downtown Denver, just blocks from hundreds of thriving businesses. The Speaker Series brings industry professionals to campus to discuss industry-specific expertise, while business collaborations allow students to partner with local businesses to complete projects and practice solving real-world, current issues in their own city. Upon graduating, Denver Business School sees its students go on to hold positions in a variety of different industries, nearly evenly spread through sales & marketing, finance & accounting, information technology, start-ups & entrepreneurship, consulting, and nonprofit work.

While these services offered are the same as the One-Year MBA, Health Administration MBA students also receive more tailored advising that applies more directly to health-focused services.

Tuition, Scholarships, and Financial Aid

Denver Business School Healthcare Administration MBA tuition for Colorado residents is $626 per credit, and $1,378 per credit for non-Colorado residents. Out-of-state students only taking courses online pay $731 per credit. Over 48 credits, this total comes to:

• $30,048 for Colorado residents
• $66,144 for out-of-state residents
• $35,088 for out-of-state online-only students

Estimated total costs increase with additional fees, plus cost of books and other materials.

Students in the program may be eligible for the Dean’s Super Merit Scholarship, which is offered to students that score a 680 or higher on the GMAT, as well as the MBA Outstanding Scholarship.


Applicants to Denver Business School must submit a completed online application form, GMAT scores with a minimum of a 500, official transcripts from all institutions attended, a professional résumé, personal essays, two letters of recommendation, and a TOEFL or IELTS, if applicable. Personal interviews may be required of applicants, and the admissions staff will contact students if they are selected for an interview.

GMAT waivers are admitted for select applicants. There is no minimum work experience requirement in order to apply.

Admissions deadlines are as follows:

  • Fall: April 15

  • Spring: October 15

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