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Master of Business Administration
in Health Care Administration

Baker University’s MBA in Health Care Administration is a 36-credit-hour program that prepares you for a leadership or management role in one of the nation’s fastest growing and most challenging industries: health care. The program develops leaders who employ technical, analytical, and decision-making skills to solve complex organizational challenges in the American health care industry.

  • Assess the challenges transforming the health care administration landscape.

  • Apply management theories and practices to the health care industry.

  • Enhance your skills in critical thinking, oral and written communication, and progressive technology applications.

Earn your MBA in Health Care Administration in 18 to 24 months. Some students finish in 12*.

Take MBA core courses in Overland Park or Topeka or online. Health care administration courses are offered online only.

*After taking the first course, graduate students may take two courses at a time if they have a 3.5 GPA and the courses are available. Students will work closely with their academic advisor to develop a plan.

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You can fit graduate courses into your existing schedule by taking classes one night a week or online. Classes are held year-round, and new classes start every seven weeks.


Baker students consistently report that the knowledge they gained in class was immediately transferable to their daily professional lives. Students learn from both their instructors and classmates, who come from diverse professional backgrounds.


Instructors in Baker University’s MBA-HCA program are working professionals from a variety of health care settings. They will share their experiences and knowledge with you while challenging you to reflect and critically examine the world in which you live.


A degree from Baker commands respect in the business community – particularly in the Kansas City market. It signifies that you have met Baker’s rigorous standards and have acquired the knowledge and skills to excel in your career.


Each concentration is a collection of four courses; three of these courses may be taken concurrently with or following the core program. Each course lasts seven weeks.


  • Current enrollment in good standing, or successful completion of the master's program
  • Payment of all tuition and fees
  • Access to email and Internet capabilities
  • Completion of the first course in the core program is recommended with a grade of B or better.
  • Concentration courses must be completed with grade of B or better.

The concentration focuses on financial decision-making skills in organizational systems thinking. Students will examine corporate finance, investment decision making, the role of financial institutions, and complexities of international financial markets through practical application.

MBA 554 Managerial Finance (offered within core program) 4 credit hours

MGE 5400 North America and the European Union: London, England* 3 credit hours

FIN 510 Investments 3 credit hours

FIN 520 International Finance 3 credit hours

FIN 530 Financial Institutions 3 credit hours

FIN 540 Corporate Finance 3 credit hours

FIN 550 Advanced Financial Planning 3 credit hours

FIN 560 Government Finance 3 credit hours

Total Graduate Credit Hour Requirement: 12

Health Care Administration

The concentration focuses on the critical role of health care administration in one of the nation’s fastest growing and most challenging industries, health care. Students will develop foundational knowledge, skills, and abilities related to leadership and management roles in the American health care industry.

HCA 510 The American Health Care System (required) 3 credit hours

HCA 520 Fundamentals of Health Care Administration (required) 3 credit hours

HCA 530 Health Care Policy and Politics 3 credit hours

HCA 540 Health Care Ethics 3 credit hours

HCA 550 Information Systems for Health Care Management 3 credit hours

HCA 560 Hospital Management 3 credit hours

Total Graduate Credit Hour Requirement: 12

Human Resources

The concentration offers a deep exploration of issues related to effective management of human resources in an increasingly competitive business environment. Students will examine the role of the manager through staffing, employee development and retention, employee relations, and global HR management courses.

MBA 535 Human Resources Management (offered within core program) 3 credit hours

HRM 510 Employment Law 3 credit hours

HRM 520 Employee Development and Retention 3 credit hours

HRM 530 Staffing 3 credit hours

HRM 540 Global Human Resources 3 credit hours

HRM 550 Employee Relations 3 credit hours

Total Graduate Credit Hour Requirement: 12

Leadership & Organizational Change

The concentration focuses on the development of organizational leadership skills that employers often expect from upper-level managers. Students will develop an appreciation for social responsibility within nonprofit and corporate environments, group problem-solving strategies, ethical business practices, and the importance of organizational diversity.

MBA 580 Executive Leadership 3 credit hours

MAOL 520 Leadership and Organizational Behavior 3 credit hours

MAOL 530 Corporate Social Responsibility and Accountability  3 credit hours

MAOL 580 Sustainability for Future Success 3 credit hours

MAOL 585 Winds of Change3 credit hours

MAOL 590 Strategic Leadership: Vision to Implementation 3 credit hours

Total Graduate Credit Hour Requirement: 12

Requirements & Courses

 What We Need From You

  • Completed application form
  • A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university documented by receipt of an official transcript
  • For applicants whose native language is not English, a minimum TOEFL test score of 600 on the paper-based test, a score of 250 on the computer-based test, or score of 100 on the internet-based test for international applicants, or a minimum IELTS score of 6.5

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Based on reasonable projections of faculty availability and appropriate curriculum considerations, the following courses can change as deemed necessary by Baker University to fulfill its role and mission. Students can finish the curriculum requirements in 18 to 24 months. Some students finish in 12. Students may take one or two courses at a time, but must maintain a 3.50 grade point average if doubling up.

Courses Offered On Campus or Online

MBA 535 Human Resource Management

This course deals with recruitment, training, evaluation, and promotion of today’s increasingly diverse employees. Students will study how to attract, secure, enable, and retain productive employees as part of a multicultural workforce. The course also covers issues related to compliance with employment laws and regulations. (3 credits) MBA 580 Executive Leadership This course focuses on the development of leadership potential to meet the challenges and opportunities of today’s dynamic environment. Students learn about values alignment, knowledge, and skills that foster positive relationships and promote organizational progress. (3 credits)

MBA 542 Business Data and Analytics

This course focuses upon business analytics as an integral part of modern management by offering insights into the ways in which businesses, non-profits, and government can use data to make better decisions in operations, marketing, finance, and strategic planning among other functions. The course emphasizes the concept that business analytics is more than a theoretical discipline via the examination of real-world examples to improve the speed, reliability, and quality of decisions. Furthermore, students will examine ways that analytics can be used and misused within an organization. Course activities will invite critical analyses based on data, identification of opportunities for creating value using business analytics, and estimation of value created by doing so. (3 credits)

MBA 514 Legal Environment of Business

This course examines the legal environment and its effects on business decisions. Students will study contracts, commercial law, consumer law, business regulation, and ethics. (3 credits)

MBA 562 Economic Aspects of Business Decisions

Managers and aspiring managers learn to use economic concepts to make sound business decisions. The course focuses on determining product prices, minimizing organizational costs, and maximizing company profits. (3 credits)

MBA 580 Executive Leadership

This course focuses on the development of leadership potential to meet the challenges and opportunities of today’s dynamic environment. Students learn about values alignment, knowledge, and skills that foster positive relationships and promote organizational progress. (3 credits)

MBA 595 Strategic Planning for Competitive Organizations

This capstone course teaches students to develop long-range strategies for an organization. Applying the skills and knowledge they have gained in MBA courses, students identify an organization’s competitive advantages and apply them in designing and implementing strategic plans. The course uses case studies and simulation exercises to support and illustrate the decision-making process. This course is designed to be the capstone course of the MBA core/major. (3 credits)

Courses Offered Online Only

HCA 510 The American Health Care System

This course is a comprehensive overview of one of the largest industries in the United States: health care. Students explore the effects of social, political, organizational, cultural, economic, and historical forces on this industry. Features and contours of this evolving and highly complex system are explored, including levels of care, technology, and health outcomes. Current trends related to regulation, cost, quality, and access are analyzed, with particular emphasis on the complexities and inherent counter purposes of commerce and ethical obligations manifest in health care. (3 credit hours)

HCA 520 Fundamentals of Health Care Administration

Students analyze organizational dynamics and complex operational and regulatory factors that must be aligned to ensure the highest-quality care, greatest efficiency, and cost effectiveness. Operational divisions, functions, and groups including professional providers, care givers, and support services such as finance management, information services, human resources, plant services, and marketing are explored in relation to their integral value, purpose, and function and their unique perspectives. Emphasis on the creation of an environment of continuous improvement and organizational adaptability and success are explored. Measures and benchmarks of success are integrated throughout the course. (3 credit hours)

HCA 530 Health Care Policy and Politics

In this course, students examine current public, health profession, and organizational policy at macro and micro levels, as well as trends for the future related to or affecting health care organizations and its consumers. Health industry manager/leader responsibility for organizational assessment, application, and operational change related to policy and politics is explored. Relevant public, professional, and organizational politics are examined within various types of health organization and support industry contexts. Distinction between policy and politics are elucidated throughout. (3 credit hours)

HCA 540 Health Care Ethic

Students explore the ethical components, dilemmas, and obligations in American health care organizations and systems. Specifically, ethical issues related to care giving and bioethics, demographic trends, relationships among organizational professionals and staff, delivery models, securing and allocating scarce resources, and technology are examined. Health care organizational ethics and obligations are analyzed, emphasizing the role of manager/leader in creating an ethical culture of care delivery and cost effectiveness. Various ethical decision-making models are compared and applied to case scenarios. (3 credit hours)

HCA 550 Information Systems for Health Care Management

Students focus on the increasing presence and reliance on information technology and information systems in health care organizations and systems of all sizes and purposes. Today’s health care manager/leader must understand the use, types, benefits and limitations of information technology on structure, processes, and work design. Infrastructure requirements and cost, security, and related regulation and law are reviewed. Selection and alignment of information management with organizational strategic planning to achieve high levels of performance are emphasized throughout. (3 credit hours)

HCA 560 Hospital Management

Hospital Management provides a framework for addressing management problems in hospitals and other health care organizations. By the end of the course students will have been exposed to many management ideas, theories, and applications. Students will learn concepts and theories in hospital management; develop skills in using materials tools and/or technology central to hospital management; learn to understand perspectives and values of hospital management; develop the basic management skills and ability to work productively with others; learn to select, use, and critically analyze current research and literature; learn to integrate health care management theory with real world situations; and develop the ability to work productively with others in diverse teams. (3 credit hours)

Graduation Requirements

  • Successful completion of the specified Master of Business Administration in Health Care Administration curriculum
  • A 3.0 overall grade point average with no more than one course completed with a C grade
  • An MBA core grade point average of at least 3.0
  • Completion of all course work within six years of the date of initial enrollment
  • Payment of all tuition and fees
  • Submission of intent to graduate form six months before anticipated degree completion
  • Approval by the faculty and Board of Trustees



Tuition $600/credit hour
Business certificate courses $600/credit hour
One-time nonrefundable registration deposit (applied to first-course tuition) $60
Educational resource fee (includes all required books and course materials,
Microsoft Office Suite, library services)
Graduation fee $125



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