Top College in Tulsa for a Health Care Administration Degree

School and Ranking Information

Students interested in earning a degree in health services management at a school near Tulsa, OK, have seven options, but some travel may be required. Based on U.S. News & World Report rankings, degrees offered and proximity to Tulsa, the top three schools are:

  • Winner: University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center (OUHSC) is highly ranked on the national level for universities and public schools. Its graduate school in healthcare management is also highly ranked nationally. OUHSC also offers one of its health services management programs at its Tulsa campus.
  • Runner-Up #1: Oklahoma Christian University (OC) has a high ranking for regional universities.
  • Runner-Up #2: Northeastern State University (NSU) is rated third because its rank for regional universities is not published. In general, this indicates that a school is in the bottom 25%.

School Comparison Chart

Category University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center Oklahoma Christian University Northeastern State University
Rankings #46 in Top National Graduate Schools for Health Care Management*, #46 in Top National Public Schools*, #101 In Top National Universities* #43 in Top Regional Universities - West* Rank Not Published in Top Regional Schools - West*
Location Tulsa and Oklahoma City, OK (96.9 miles from Tulsa) Edmond, OK (90.6 miles from Tulsa) Tahlequah, OK (59.7 miles from Tulsa)
School Type 4-year, public** 4-year, private, not-for-profit** 4-year, public**
Tuition & Fees (2012-2013) $5,946 (in-state, graduate)**, $17,408 (out-of-state, graduate)** $216,560 (undergraduate)** $4,857 (in-state, undergraduate)**, $11,607 (out-of-state, undergraduate)**
Health Services Management Degree Levels Offered Master's degree ** Master's degree** Bachelor's degree**
Health Services Management Degrees Awarded (All Levels) in (2011-2012) 18 ( in health/healthcare administration/management)** 12 ( in health/healthcare administration/management)** 14 (in health services administration)**
Most Popular Health Services Management Program (2011-2012) Master of Public Health and Master of Health Administration*** (18 awarded total)** Master of Business Administration in Health Services Management*** (12 awarded)** Bachelor of Science in Health Care Administration*** (14 awarded)**
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal program time)for 2005Entering Class N/A 45%** 26%**
Noteworthy In 2011-2012, grad students were involved in research projects totaling $30 million in extramural grants Health services management program can be completed online Offers a degree-completion program

Sources: *U.S. News & World Report, **NCES College Navigator,***Schools' websites

Winner: University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center

  • According to NCES, student-faculty ratio is 7:1
  • All faculty members at College of Public Health hold terminal degrees: Ph.D., M.D. or J.D.
  • Dual degree programs are available

Through its College of Public Health, the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center awards master's degrees in health services management. The College of Public Health is one of only 38 accredited schools of public health in the United States. Students can pursue a 44-credit hour program leading to a Master of Public Health (MPH) with a concentration in health administration and policy or a 60-credit hour program leading to a Master of Health Administration (MHA).

MPH candidates must complete a practicum in public health, submit a master's thesis and sit for a comprehensive examination. The MPH program is offered at the school's Oklahoma City campus and also at the Schusterman Center at the school's campus in Tulsa. MHA candidates must complete a non-credit internship in healthcare administration, submit and defend a written report on the experience and sit for a comprehensive examination. In order to gain practical experience, graduates of both programs are often placed in fellowships. MPH graduates may also be appointed to administrative positions at public sector healthcare agencies.

Qualified students may decide to pursue a dual degree. The school offers a 5-year program leading to an MPH in Health Administration and Policy and a Doctor of Medicine (M.D.). There is also a 4- year program leading to an MPH in Health Administration and Policy and a Juris Doctor (J.D.) and a 4-year program leading to an MHA and J.D.

Runner-Up #1: Oklahoma Christian University

  • Program geared toward working adults
  • Classes held in the evening
  • Undergraduate degree in business is not a prerequisite

Health Services Management is one of the nine specializations available in the Master of Business Administration (MBA) program offered by Oklahoma Christian University, through its graduate school of business. In order to be admitted to the program, students must hold a bachelor's degree, though it's not required that the degree be in business or business administration. However, students with undergraduate degrees in areas other than business may be required to complete preparatory courses to bring them up to speed for the graduate curriculum.

The program is designed so that it may be able to fit into the schedules of working adults. Classes are held for 3.5 hours one or two evenings a week. Depending on whether they enroll in the normal program or accelerated program, it can take 1-2 years for students to complete all requirements. In addition to preparatory courses if necessary, and nine core courses, students complete one course each in the foundations of health care management, hospital operations management and practice management in health care systems. In order to graduate, students must maintain a 3.0 GPA.

Runner-Up #2: Northeastern State University

  • Originally Cherokee National Female Seminary
  • Bachelor of Science in Health Care Administration is on of 68 undergraduate degrees offered at the school
  • School offers the only health care administration degree-completion program in the area

Though there are campuses of Northeastern State University in Broken Arrow and Muskogee, OK, the program leading to a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Health Care Management is only offered through the Department of Business Administration of the College of Business and Technology at the university's main campus in Tahlequah, OK. It's one of 13 majors available at the College of Business and Technology.

In addition to core courses, all candidates for a B.S. in Health Care Administration must complete 57 credit hours of courses in the major and earn at least a C in each course. Some courses are available online. All students are required to participate in a health care administration seminar and a health care administration practicum. The school also offers a minor in health care administration.

The university's College of Extended Learning offers a degree-completion program leading to a B.S. in Health Care Administration. Applicants must have completed 60 hours of undergraduate work or hold an associate's degree. The program consists of blended courses that meet one night each week.

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