Master of Business Administration in Healthcare Leadership

Today’s health care environment demands more of its leaders than ever before: deep understanding of economics, health policy, information management systems, patient satisfaction, ethics and legal issues and interprofessional collaboration, as well as knowledge of how it all fits together while transitioning to evidence-based accountable care systems. Through the MBA in Healthcare Leadership, you will gain valuable skills and competencies for effective management and executive leadership. Students can also incorporate an advanced certificate into their degree program and earn a second credential.  

Ideal for: 

  • health care executives and senior managers who seek hospital leadership positions
  • physicians who aspire to hospital or medical practice leadership
  • senior managers in health care-related fields, such as health insurance, pharmaceuticals, HMOs and medical supply, seeking to advance their knowledge and competencies.


  • Finish more efficiently. Students can “test out” of courses through assessment of knowledge and prior learning. Accordingly, they learn precisely what they need to know for excellence in management.
  • Learn from distinguished faculty. The program’s designers co-authored the most up-to-date text on health care leadership. Our faculty includes a former hospital executive with consulting experience in strategic planning and market development, a former assistant New York state attorney general and a physician who chairs a large clinical program in one of New York City’s largest health care systems. All faculty members are actively engaged in real-world health care settings, as well as in the classroom.
  • Enjoy flexibility. Students take all courses online and participate in three executive retreats in New York City.
  • Specialize. Students can couple their MBA program with a graduate certificate program in areas in which they need in-depth expertise.
  • Graduate with a plan. In the capstone experience, students use what they have learned to develop a strategic plan for a vital initiative within their own organizations.

Program Details

The 42-credit program consists of three overlapping phases: 

  1. Students’ skills are assessed against the latest models of health care leadership to identify areas for further development.
  2. Students gain knowledge in critical areas of functional expertise.
  3. The capstone experience enables students to integrate functional knowledge with managerial competency in developing a plan of strategic value for their organizations.   

Online instruction is blended with three executive retreats in New York City, where students have exceptional opportunities for networking, problem solving and learning from industry experts. Qualified students may obtain up to 9 credits through independent direct assessment.


To be considered for admission, applicants must have undergraduate-level courses or their equivalent in statistics (3 credits), macroeconomics/microeconomics (3-6 credits) and accounting (3 credits).

Applicants should also possess an undergraduate degree in business or a related field, or experience in an organizational setting (business, nonprofit, public sector).

Required Courses

  • Mastering Leadership in Healthcare Organizations
  • Analysis of Healthcare Markets and Health Policy
  • Healthcare Financial Management
  • Healthcare Economics
  • Health Information Management and Informatics
  • Quantitative Methods and Healthcare Operations Management

Executive Retreats

Students in the MBA in Healthcare Leadership attend two executive retreats (usually two days) as part of their program. The retreats will be held in New York City at the Manhattan location of SUNY Empire State College and will include lectures, breakout sessions and industry experts as featured speakers. More information about the MBA in Healthcare Executive Retreat is available.

Elective Courses and Final Project

You choose six elective courses (18 credits) to reflect your interests and to reinforce the individual focus of your degree. The final project consists of two courses (6 credits): Evidence-based Decision Making and the capstone, Strategic Executive Leadership for Healthcare Organizations.

Students may choose to incorporate an appropriate advanced certificate into their master’s degree to support their focus area.


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