MBA – Health Care

Gain the skills and knowledge you need to be a leader within the healthcare industry with an MBA-Health Care. The degree applies advanced concepts in business to the practical reality of the healthcare world to ensure you are trained for strategic planning, skillful execution, and critical analysis in your current and future career. Healthcare is undoubtedly the fastest growing industry within the U.S., and graduates of this program have the opportunity to make their mark as professionals skilled in business, human resources, and leadership.

This degree designed for adult students will allow you to invest in your career without sacrificing your existing lifestyle. Many adults have graduated from SNU with an MBA-Health Care while balancing full-time jobs, families, and other obligations. With the tutelage of experts in the field, classes taking place one night a week or completely online, and the ability to study one subject at a time, you will find yourself reaching your goals faster than you ever expected. We are here to help you on your journey. 

What Makes This Program Unique?
Earning a degree while working full time or raising a family has never been more possible. Here’s why adult students are thriving and reaching their goals with accelerated coursework at SNU:

  • Classes take place one night a week or entirely online.
  • Students focus on one class at a time
  • Students study alongside other adults in similar stages of life.
  • Instructors with vast amounts of industry experience guide students through courses.
  • Textbooks are delivered directly to your door at the beginning of each class.
  • A dedicated student success advisor guides students through the duration of your studies.

Career Outcomes
The career outlook for healthcare careers is positive. Employment for healthcare positions is growing more than any other industry, and now is the time to make your mark. Earning an MBA-Health Care will help you grow within your existing role or begin a new career path with advancement opportunities.

Potential career paths:

  • Healthcare Administrator
  • Charge Nurse
  • Insurance Agent
  • Pharmaceutical Project Manager
  • Policy Analyst or Researcher
  • Pharmaceutical Brand Manager
  • Medical Manager
  • Health Information Manager
  • Healthcare Practice Manager
  • Clinical Manager
  • Healthcare Human Resources Manager

Connect with an advisor today to learn how you can get started in this life-changing program.

Bethany, Tulsa, Del City, Online

MBA-Health Care Certificate

Want to prove your business savvy in healthcare? Professionals with master’s degrees in business or health-related fields may add a certificate in Health Care Administration that includes 13 credit hours of Health Care Administration courses.

These courses include:

  • Four MBA-Health Care courses (12 credit hours) designed specifically to address health care issues and problems
  • Leadership in Health Care (1 credit hour)

Courses are taken consecutively and the certificate program cost includes tuition and books.

Learn advanced concepts in business applied to the world of healthcare through 40 credit hours of meaningful coursework. You’ll learn how to communicate clearly within the healthcare system, understand organizational behavior, lead as a healthcare administrator, and more. Keep reading for a list of courses and concepts you’ll cover during your studies in the MBA-Health Care program at SNU.

This course examines organizational communication theory and process.  Special emphasis is given to common and special problems associated with interpersonal and intergroup organizational communication affecting business decisions and operations.

ECO 5003 – THE ECONOMIC ENVIRONMENT (3 credit hours)
This course examines economics from a historical perspective.  Economic principles are discussed from a management perspective, including production, costs, exchange, distribution, and consumption.  Students apply economic concepts such as scarcity and opportunity costs, relationship between aggregate supply and demand, profit maximization, foreign trade and banking systems.

This course deals with behavioral social systems in work organizations. Topics include individual and group behavior, leadership, organization change and development, behavioral research, decision processes and motivation processes.

This course provides the health care administration student with a sound understanding of today’s legal environment.  Lectures, reading, group activities, and actual case studies are incorporated to assist the student in complying with the appropriate laws governing today’s health care environment.

Accounting is the language of business; thus, this course incorporates principles of accounting and finance to provide a foundational understanding of these areas in preparation for other management courses and success in the business environment.  A primary focus of this course is financial statement preparation and analysis.

MKT 5113 – MARKETING MANAGEMENT (3 credit hours)
This course is an advanced marketing course that incorporates the techniques and functions of management and marketing as they relate to product, place, price and promotion. Extensive readings, case analysis and marketing plan development are used throughout the course.

The focus of this module is to examine functional areas of human resource management, including acquisition and placement, job analysis and design, training and development, performance management and rewarding of human resources.  Extensive reading, writing, group discussions and case studies are utilized.

MGT 5153 – ETHICS IN MANAGEMENT (3 credit hours)
This course presents a rational, ethical framework, consistent with Christian values, by which decisions and actions undertaken by business people can be evaluated.  Ethics will be examined through case studies, class discussions and position papers related to the students’ experiences.

This course examines the various systems and uses of accounting by managers with emphasis on the management accountant’s role in the planning and control function.  The organization of data for decision-making, and the influence of quantitative techniques on management accounting are the major topics for this course.  Prerequisite: ACC 5003 or equivalent undergraduate coursework.

MGT 6173 – STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT (3 credit hours)
This is the capstone course for all the Graduate Studies in Management programs. This course integrates the functional business disciplines (Marketing, Accounting, Human Resources, Operations, Economics and Finance) within the strategic management process. A management simulation component is utilized to demonstrate the strategic linkage of these functional areas.

MGT 5163 – HEALTH CARE ADMINISTRATION (3 credit hours)
This course is designed to give students an opportunity to develop conceptual skills needed by top-level health care managers.  Emphasis is given to the integration of subject matter from industry best practices and business administration/management courses.   Topics include development of organizational strategy in health care organizations, the strategic planning process, formulation of objectives and policies, and the management of change in the health care industry.

FIN 5113 – FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT (3 credit hours)
This course presents an intensive study of the finance function in the corporate world.  The financial environment, time-value, capital budgeting, cost of capital, working capital management, debt-equity structure and international finance are examined.

This course applies economic theory to the health care sector.  Demand and supply, elasticity, health insurance regulation, competition and cost effectiveness will be areas of emphasis.  Attention is devoted to planning, implementation and operation of health care organizations from the perspective of providers, payers and the population.

This course consists of a two-night seminar, which emphasizes working with various stakeholders (employees, councils, boards, volunteers, donors and taxpayers). Strategic issues include alignment of mission, goals and objectives, record systems and building alliances.  The effective use of limited resources, conflict resolution and proactive teamwork are also addressed.

MGT 6173 – STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT (3 credit hours)
This is the capstone course for the MBA, MBA-Health Care, and MSM programs.  This course integrates the functional business disciplines (Marketing, Accounting, Human Resources Management, Operations, Economics, and Finance) within the strategic management process.  A management gaming component is utilized to demonstrate the strategic linkage of these functional areas.

Note: Courses that are not specially designated as having a healthcare emphasis (core MBA courses) will incorporate health care concepts via case studies, readings, and other types of assignments that will allow the student to apply the course topics to the healthcare environment.

*Curriculum subject to change based on program review.

Enrolling at SNU is a simple process. With rolling start dates, there’s no need to wait months at a time to begin your educational journey. Once you have earned your bachelor’s degree from an accredited university, take the following steps:

Step 1. Apply online at

Step 2. Complete your FAFSA at using school code 003149

Step 3. Send official transcripts to SNU at or ATTN: SNU PGS Admissions, Southern Nazarene University, 6729 NW 39th Expressway, Bethany, OK 73008.

You will be contacted regarding any supporting materials we may need. Upon acceptance, your student success advisor will help you enroll and prepare for success as an adult student at SNU.

Official transcripts may be emailed to or mailed to:

Southern Nazarene University
Professional and Graduate Studies
6729 NW 39th Expressway
Bethany, OK 73008

Contact or call 405.491.6332 with any questions.

Don’t wait to make your dreams happen. Begin working toward your degree as soon as possible with start dates occurring throughout the year! Once accepted, you will be able to set your start for the soonest start date, as space allows, or plan for future enrollment.

Tuesday, March 31, 2020 – Tulsa
Monday, May 11, 2020 – Online
Tuesday, May 19, 2020 – Bethany


Program Cost

We strive to deliver valuable programs to you at an affordable price, with help from financial aid options such as grants, scholarships, tuition assistance, loans, and more. All tuition and fees are listed below so you can feel confident in your decision to enroll at SNU without unexpected expenses. To learn about resources available to you, visit our financial aid page and connect with a representative to discuss your unique needs.

Program Length: 40 Credit Hours
Tuition: $675 per Credit Hour*
Fees: N/A
Textbooks: Students are automatically opted into a program that will deliver books to their home address before each course. If desired, students have the option to choose a different plan offered through Tree of Life or opt out of all Tree of Life textbook plans and order books elsewhere.

Going back to school for your master’s degree is a huge investment in your future. Be sure you have all the tools you need to ensure you’re making the right decision and that you will be successful on your educational journey.

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