Master of Business Administration
in Health Care Administration

Baker University’s MBA-HCA is a 39-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-HCA in approximately two years. Take MBA core courses in Overland Park or online. Health care administration courses are offered online only.

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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 MBA-HCA core program.


  • Current enrollment in good standing, or successful completion of the MBA-HCA program
  • Payment of all tuition and fees
  • Access to email and Internet capabilities
  • Completion of the first course in the MBA-HCA 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

MGE 8720 Investments 3 credit hours

MGE 8721 International Finance* 3 credit hours

MGE 8722 Financial Institutions 3 credit hours

MGE 8723 Corporate Finance 3 credit hours

MGE 8724 Advanced Financial Planning 3 credit hours

MGE 8725 Government Finance 3 credit hours

*A course cross-listed with another concentration

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

MGE 6023 Employment Law 3 credit hours

MGE 8740 Employee Development and Retention 3 credit hours

MGE 8741 Staffing 3 credit hours

MGE 8742 Global Human Resources* 3 credit hours

MGE 8743 Employee Relations 3 credit hours

*A course cross-listed with another concentration

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
  • One year of full-time work experience
  • 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. It takes approximately two years to fulfill the curriculum requirements. Courses must be completed in the order recommended by the university.

Courses Offered in Overland Park or Online

GRAD 510 Organizational Teams and Effective Leadership

This course makes students aware of graduate education expectations and responsibilities. It focuses on understanding individual and team requirements and resources that students need to be successful in a graduate degree program. (3 credits)

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

MBA 5251 The American Health Care System 3 credit hours

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.

MBA 5252 Fundamentals of Health Care Administration 3 credit hours

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.

MBA 5254 Health Care Policy and Politics 3 credit hours

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.

MBA 5256 Health Care Ethics 3 credit hours

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.

MBA 5258 Information Systems for Health Care Management 3 credit hours

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.

MBA 5259 Hospital Management 3 credit hours

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.

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 $670/credit hour
Finance and human resources concentration courses and graduate business certificate courses $480/credit hour
One-time nonrefundable registration and materials fee (applied to first-course tuition): $60
Technology fee $30/course
Graduation fee $100


School of Professional and Graduate Studies
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