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University of Colorado – Denver Business School - Executive MBA in Healthcare Administration

CU Denver Business School Executive MBA in Healthcare Administration Program Structure

The two-year Executive MBA in Health Administration is designed for working health professionals who seek a business edge to lead the field in healthcare management. The program is designed for professionals with at least three years of experience in the industry, and they are able to complete the two-year program while continuing to work full-time, without any career disruption.

The program begins in July of each year and starts with a one-week, on-campus component to introduce the designated courses. After the one-week introduction, students return home to complete the rest of their instruction online over the course of the next nine weeks. This process repeats each July and January over two years.


The hybrid on-campus, online program follows a strict curriculum over the course of two years. To graduate, students must complete 48 credit hours, comprised of 18 courses. The program begins with the fundamentals of business healthcare and courses evolve to teach students how to effectively become leaders in their field. Students can choose elective courses as soon as the end of the first year. Courses include Management Accounting in Healthcare Organizations, Health Sector Supply Chain Management, Healthcare Strategic Management, Managing Physician Relationships, International Health, and Ethics and Health Law.

Class Profile

Students in the Executive MBA in Health Administration have approximately six to 10 years of high-level managerial work experience.


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.

Tuition, Scholarships, and Financial Aid

Tuition is currently $59,000 for the entire program. This fee covers tuition, textbooks and course materials, lunches during on-campus sessions, and continental breakfast. Students are automatically considered for scholarships from groups like the American College of Medical Group Administrators, upon application.


Applicants to the Executive MBA in Health Administration must submit a completed online application form, two official transcripts from all institutions attended, a professional résumé, a self-evaluation essay, three letters of recommendation, and a TOEFL or IELTS, if applicable. Telephone interviews are required of applicants, and the admissions staff will contact students to arrange.

No GMAT scores are needed to apply to the program, but a minimum of five years of work experience in a healthcare industry profession is needed.

Applications are due May 30 for that year’s July start and October 31 for a January start.

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