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Master of Business Administration in Healthcare Administration online

More than ever before, healthcare needs business leadership for the new and rapidly evolving demands of the 21st century. In Lamar University's MBA in Healthcare Administration online degree program you'll learn the principles of global business leadership and understand how to manage the complexities of leading the business-related aspects of the constantly changing healthcare sector.

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Complete coursework
in as few as 16 months
36 credit hours
Total program cost $13,608*

Due to an aging population and healthcare reform, healthcare is the fastest-growing sector in the U.S. economy. Much has changed in the way healthcare-related businesses and facilities interact with care providers, patients and the government in the past several years, and more changes are on the way. Lamar University's MBA in Healthcare Administration online program offers the core leadership skills and business knowledge, along with specialized knowledge of healthcare-specific business topics to help you navigate those changes and lead healthcare facilities and businesses into the future.

Lamar University's College of Business is fully accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International). Due in large part to Lamar University's commitment to quality and nationally recognized faculty, the Lamar University MBA has been ranked in the Top 10 in the State of Texas, and The Princeton Review ranked Lamar University's College of Business as one of its Top 294 Business Schools in the nation. Beyond Grey Pinstripes ranked Lamar University 81 in its "Global 100" list for 2011-2012.

Program Advantages

  • 100% online courses allow you to study and attend lectures around your busy schedule with accelerated 8-week course format that allows you to graduate faster than in a traditional campus-based program. MBA students with an undergraduate business degree can earn their MBA in as few as 16 months.
  • Same nationally recognized faculty who teach on campus
  • Lamar University is a recognized leader in online education, providing students with opportunities to grow their careers through high-quality, affordable online degree programs
  • Lamar University's College of Business is accredited by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International) – the international gold standard of business school accreditation

Related Degrees

*Price does not include leveling courses (if required). Distance learning fee is included in the tuition listed.

Online Courses

The MBA in Healthcare Administration online features graduate-level business coursework to give you specialized knowledge and skills to manage people from a wide range of backgrounds, along with courses relating specifically to the management, marketing, information management and operations of healthcare facilities. It also features in-depth study of how healthcare is delivered, administered and funded. Students with non-business undergraduate degrees may be required to take additional leveling courses.

Leveling Courses

Students with non-business undergraduate degrees may be required to take three leveling courses – ACCT 5315, ECON 5300 and FINC 5300. An optional self-paced leveling course, BULW 5300, is also available. All international students are required to take BCOM 5300.

ACCT 5315 Financial Accounting

Concepts of financial accounting. Emphasis is on the conceptual framework of accounting and preparation and uses of financial statements. Additional topics include, Managerial Accounting and Cost Concepts, Cost Volume Profit Analysis, Flexible Budgets and Standard Costs and Variance Analysis.

Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
ECON 5300 Microeconomic Principles

Introduction to economic principles, allocation of resources, determination of output and prices, distribution and managerial economics. Prerequisite: Graduate standing. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
FINC 5300 Foundations of Finance

A survey of the financial management function in private business firms, with emphasis on major financial policy decision issues and the analytical techniques used to assist management in making those decisions. Prerequisite: Graduate standing, ACCT 5315, ECON 5300 or undergraduate equivalent.

Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
BULW 5300 Legal Environment of Business

A survey of the legal environment of business including concepts of legal rules, the legal framework to resolve disputes, a study of the concept of property rights, contracts, commercial paper, agency and employment laws, government regulation of business through administrative agencies, and introduction to international law. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
BCOM 5300 Business Communication

Communication theory and practice with emphasis on variables affecting organizational communications. Intrapersonal, organization, and technological dimensions of communications. Specific areas include cultural and international differences in communication; one-to-one, small group and large group communications; formal and informal networks; electronic transmission; business letters and memoranda; and research papers and formal reports.

Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
MBA Core Courses
ACCT 5370 Managerial Accounting

Application of accounting data in decision making; cost analysis as applied in the development of budgets and standards; accounting as a tool for cost and pricing; case problems, using the microcomputer as a decision-making tool, which require students to interpret and discuss their analysis in the context of managerial decision-making. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and ACCT 5315 or equivalent.

Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
BUAL 5380 Managerial Decision Making

This course provides a study of statistical concepts and methods to facilitate decision making. The course provide students with an understanding of concepts and quantitative tools required in the decision making process. It also helps the students devolve the ability to understand and apply several statistical tools and procedures to several decision making situation I the business world. Students will be familiar to several business research process and tools which require thinking like a researcher. Students will be familiar to several statistical analyses from data collection, analyzing data, interpretation, and research reporting and management decision. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and BUAL 2310 and approval of advisor.

Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
ECON 5370 Managerial Economics

A study in the depth of the principles and techniques of economics analysis applicable to the problems of business management. Prerequisite: Graduate standing, ECON 5300.

Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
FINC 5310 Financial Management

A study of the financial policy of business firms along with the theory supporting that policy. Topics include capital budgeting, capital structure, cost of capital, dividend policy, and management of working capital, as well. Prerequisite: Graduate standing, FINC 5300 or equivalent.

Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
MKTG 5310 Marketing Management

An intensive study of specific marketing concepts and theories. Marketing strategies for the national and multinational firms are surveyed. Emphasis is placed on reading from current journals and other related publications. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
MGMT 5340 International Business

This course will be taught as a combination of lecture and interactive seminar at a master’s level. The primary goal of this course is to develop effective management techniques and practices in the international and/or cross-cultural business context. At the same time, this course will strengthen students’ abilities to summarize, critique, and evaluate current managerial practices and issues relevant to international management. Each student will have the opportunity to communicate his/her ideas and thoughts about the assigned readings to others. Likewise, every one will be expected to listen both critically and positively to other students’ thoughts and ideas. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
MGMT 5380 Strategic Management

The capstone course for the MBA. The course assumes that the company success depends upon formulation of an astute "game plan" and the ability to implement and execute that game pan proficiently. The purpose of the class is to enable students to “think strategically,” consider the total enterprise, and to make long-term decisions in a global market environment. A prerequisite for the integrative case study. Prerequisite: Must be in last semester of course work and have approval of advisor.

Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
MISY 5340 ERP Overview

This course will provide students an overview of the fundamental business processes and enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems used to run organizations. The course will begin with an overview of business processes across the supply chain, and then will show how integrated processes create value, and finally the last third of the semester will be spent to demonstrate how these integrated processes fit into ERP systems by assigning students to participate in an ERP simulation system (ERPsim) strategy game.

Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
MBA in Healthcare Administration Courses

You can choose the 4 courses below or 3 from below and any one of the following: MGMT 5360, MGMT 5312, BULW 5330, MGMT 5313, MSNA 5321 or MSNA 5331. Please contact your advisor for details on the additional options.

ECON 5360 Healthcare Economics

This course is designed to familiarize the Future Healthcare Entrepreneur with the economic theories and policies that will drive public and business decisions in regards to the provisions of and payment for Healthcare and Health Services. The Future Healthcare Entrepreneur will learn how healthcare economic theory differs from standard commodities of consumer goods and services and how this difference must be addressed when assessing business ventures in healthcare.

Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
MGMT 5320 Healthcare Entrepreneurship

This course will present to the future healthcare entrepreneur the different organizations and professions involved in the business and practice of healthcare, that is, the providers and payers for health care services. The course begins with an in depth look at Agency and Stewardship Theory of Man and how each theory is part of the present organizations and players in the health service business. The course will involve an in depth discussion of the organization of healthcare insurance markets, managed care organizations and economics, not- for-profit healthcare firm models and efficiencies versus for profit organizations, hospital and long term care facility (nursing home/long term care/hospice) organization and various business models of the physician's practice, pharmaceutical and biotech industry, and the makeup of the health services salaried and hourly wage work force.

Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
MGMT 5330 Healthcare Strategy

This course will concentrate on the social issues concerning the Healthcare industry. Is healthcare a right or a privilege? The answer to this question will define how health services will be compensated, how capital for healthcare facilities and technologies will be acquired, and who will be responsible for the cost of healthcare. Students will familiarize themselves with the differences concerning the efficiencies, costs, and values of fee for service versus managed care and private insurance versus government controlled single payer (universal) health care. A significant portion of this course will be directed towards the present model of healthcare process outcomes and the value chain model of patient satisfaction.

Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
MISY 5330 Healthcare Information Systems

This course addresses issues in the development, integration, and management of health care information systems. Specifically, topics in patient care systems, health care delivery applications, advances in health informatics and telematics, and health information resources management will be discussed.

Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3


There are several opportunities to begin Lamar University's online MBA in Healthcare Administration online degree program. Find the start date below that works best for you and apply before the application deadline associated with it.

Upcoming Start Dates:

August 27, 2018

Apply by July 30, 2018

October 19, 2018

Apply by September 24, 2018

January 22, 2019

Apply by January 6, 2019

Tuition & Financial Aid

For nearly a century, Lamar University has been committed to offering a high quality education that is also accessible to students at all levels of financial need.



Total program cost without leveling courses


Total program cost with leveling courses

In addition to the textbook, some courses may require ancillary course materials that may range up to $150 each. Use of additional resources are at the discretion of each professor.

*Total program cost with leveling courses is $16,470. Price shown includes the $900 Career Changer scholarship.

Financial Aid

Ready to get started on your degree program online, but need help finding ways to fund your education? We can help you discover student financing sources that include grants, loans and other payment options. Learn more about financial aid here.


Lamar University's online programs have specific requirements that applicants must meet to enroll. Please review the admission guidelines carefully. For specific questions or more details, view our admission FAQs.

* All applicants must submit official, sealed, transcripts from each institution attended to the Admissions Office. All degrees must be from a regionally accredited institution. Send transcripts to: Lamar University Online Admissions, P.O. Box 10017, Beaumont, Texas 77710
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