MA, Leadership: Health Care Specialization

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Prepare for the Challenges of Healthcare Management with an MA in Leadership: Health Care Specialization

Today’s health care leaders face many challenges. They are expected to improve both the efficiency and quality of health care, while also addressing the integration of new technology and the uncertainty surrounding laws and regulations that impact the industry.

The online Masters of Arts in Leadership: Health Care Specialization program from Concordia University Chicago prepares tomorrow’s health care managers to take on these challenges. Graduates from this program are equipped to hold positions of authority and influence, offering the type of innovative, ethical and socially responsible leadership needed in the 21st century health care environment.

This 100% online health care management degree program is designed with the conviction that leaders must master change management so that services are effectively and efficiently delivered to a diverse population.

The online health care management master’s program covers:

  • Effective strategies in healthcare leadership and administration
  • Best practices for human resources management
  • Public policies and regulations impacting healthcare
  • Laws and ethics in a healthcare context

Qualified health care leaders are more valuable than ever. Understanding the technology that is increasingly a part of medical operations is a key component of a management job, as are implementing strategies for streamlining operations and improving patient outcomes. Earning a MA in Leadership with a Health Care Specialization prepares graduates for this challenging and rewarding role.

Elevate Your Career with an Online Healthcare Management Master’s Degree

Concordia University Chicago offers a variety of specialized degrees in many industries, including health care, business, education and human services. The online health care management MA program is designed for working health care professionals who are ready to step up to the next level in their career.

Students enrolled in the MA in Leadership: Health Care Specialization program will have an opportunity to explore and master:

  • Leadership and excellence in health care
  • Strategic leadership planning and implementation
  • Public policies that impact health care
  • Foundational principles behind health care research
  • Health care economics and finance
  • Legal and ethical considerations in health care
Degree Program Specifications

The MA in Leadership: Health Care Specialization program includes 33 credit hours of online coursework, with a leadership capstone experience in the final semester. With one course per eight-week term, students will complete the degree program within two years. Students have the option to enroll in an accelerated plan to complete their degree sooner.

Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission into the online healthcare management master’s degree program at Concordia University Chicago, students must have earned a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution. Prospective students are required to complete the free online application and submit all required admissions materials:

  • Objective Statement– Write a brief essay outlining your education and career goals and explain how an online healthcare management degree from Concordia University Chicago will help you fulfill those objectives.
  • Official Transcripts– Provide one official, sealed transcript from each institution that has granted you a degree. Full admission requires a cumulative grade point average of 2.85 or better for bachelor’s degrees and 3.0 or higher for master’s degrees.
  • Letters of Recommendation– Send two letters of recommendation from individuals who are able to comment on your academic proficiency, professional competencies and personal character.

International applicants may be required to submit additional supporting materials, such as proof of English language proficiency and a foreign transcript evaluation from an approved credentialing service.

There is no application fee and no GRE requirement to apply for the online healthcare management MA program at Concordia University Chicago.

MA, Leadership: Health Care Specialization: 33 Credit Degree Program

Course name

Credit hours



Leadership and Excellence


Strategic Leadership and Planning


Ethical and Social Leadership


Introduction to Research


Specialization Course


Health Care Systems I


Health Care Systems II


Leading People in Health Care Organizations


Legal and Ethical Considerations in Health Care


Health Care Finance and Economics


Public Policy in Health Care


Capstone Experience


Leadership Capstone


Career Outlook for Healthcare Leaders

Administrative and managerial positions in healthcare rank among the fastest growing professions in the country. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projects a 20% increase in employment of medical and health services managers by 2026.

Earning an MA in Leadership: Health Care Specialization prepares graduates to take on many different leadership and management roles, including:

  • Clinical Manager
  • Director of Nursing
  • Hospital Administrator
  • Insurance Specialist
  • Medical Records Coordinator

Salaries in this field vary depending on the position and location of the job. As of May 2017, the BLS reports that the median annual salary for a medical and health services manager was $98,350, with the top 10% in the profession earning more than $176,000 per year.

Healthcare faces many challenges but remains a rewarding profession. Leaders who are equipped to take on those challenges now, and in the decades ahead are highly valued. Earning a MA in Leadership: Health Care Specialization can give you an edge over the competition and prepare you for a rewarding and influential healthcare management role.

Tuition & Financial Aid

If there is no interruption in your course of study at Concordia University Chicago, you are guaranteed there will be no increase in tuition rates. Contact us to confirm the current tuition and fees for the online health care management master’s degree program. Students who enroll in the program as a degree candidate are eligible to apply for federal financial aid.

Active-duty military service members, veterans and eligible dependents can take advantage of financial programs available to assist in paying for a college education. For more information, please visit our website

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