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Top School in Charlotte for a Healthcare Management Master's Degree

Students interested in studying for a healthcare management master's degree in the Charlotte, NC, area have a few schools to choose from. Read about the top local schools' degree programs, tuition and ranking info to find the right one for you.

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The Charlotte, North Carolina, area has few options for studying healthcare management. However, expanding the search radius to 100 miles of the city center increases the number of schools available, which includes public and private universities. For students who are interested in a master's degree in healthcare management, three top schools are listed below. Factors such as rankings in U.S. News and World Report, degrees awarded, tuition costs and graduation rates were some factors that made these institutions stand out.

  • Winner: University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNCC) is ranked among national universities and offers bachelor's and master's degree programs in healthcare management. This school awarded the highest number of master's degrees among the three schools profiled. Its location within the city and affordable in-state tuition also helped with this school's ranking as the winning institution.
  • Runner-Up #1: Winston-Salem State University is ranked among regional universities and offers master's as well as bachelor's degree programs. It offered the lowest tuition costs among the schools mentioned in this article.
  • Runner-Up #2: Gardner-Webb University, another top-ranked school, boasted the highest graduation rate among the three institutions. The university also offers bachelor's and master's degree programs but is the furthest away from Charlotte.

School Comparison Chart

Category University of North Carolina at Charlotte Winston - Salem State University Gardner - Webb University
Ranking Ranks #199 among national universities
#41 grad program in healthcare management in 2013**
#80 Regional University in the South** #46 Regional University in the South**
Location Charlotte, NC Winston-Salem, NC Boiling Springs, NC
School Type 4-year, public 4-year, public 4-year, private not-for-profit
Tuition (2013) $5,873 (undergraduate, in-state)
$18,402 (undergraduate, out-of-state)
$3,929 (graduate, in-state)
$16,216 (graduate, out-of-state)*
$4,941 (undergraduate, in-state)
$14,091 (undergraduate, out-of-state)
$3,384 (graduate, in-state)
$12,680 (graduate, out-of-state)*
$24,450 (undergraduate, in-state and out-of-state)
$9,000 (graduate, in-state and out-of-state)*
Healthcare Management Program Levels Offered Bachelor's and Master's degree Bachelor's and Master's degree Bachelor's and Master's degree
Healthcare Management Certificates and Degrees Awarded (All Levels) in 2011-2012 31* 45* 22*
Most Popular Program (2012) Master's in Healthcare Management* Bachelor's in Healthcare Management* Bachelor's in Healthcare Management
2011 Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) 53%* 41%* 55%*
Noteworthy The University of North Carolina at Charlotte is the urban research center of North Carolina Winston - Salem State University ranks third in North Carolina for the number of nurses produced Ranks #29 for Best Online Graduate Education Programs

Sources: *NCES College Navigator, **US News & World Report.

Winner: University of North Carolina at Charlotte

  • Was founded in 1946 to assist the educational needs of veterans returning from World War II.
  • UNCC is the only doctorate-granting university in North Carolina's public university system.
  • Based on studies by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), the three-year cohort default rate at UNCC was 2.8% for the 2009 fiscal year

The Master of Healthcare Administration program is a 51-hour program is designed for students with no work experience seeking to expand their career options and for students with experience in the healthcare field looking for advancement opportunities. A member of the Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA), the MHA degree program has also received accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME). The interdisciplinary program draws from behavioral and social sciences. Students are expected to complete an internship as part of their study. Interns have done projects as diverse as shadowing an executive to writing the business plan for building an operating room for trans catheter aortic valve replacements.

Graduates of this program may work in a variety of healthcare settings, including physician practices, pharmaceutical firms, hospitals, hospices, health insurance companies, consulting firms, community health centers, biotechnology firms and advocacy groups. Core courses include analysis of healthcare decisions, developing health policy, health economics, healthcare management accounting, healthcare marketing, healthcare organizational behavior, human resources management and the U.S. healthcare system.

Runner-Up #1: Winston - Salem State University

  • Based on reports by NCES, the university had a student-faculty ratio of 12:1 in 2012-2013
  • During the 2010-2011 school year, 72% of all undergraduate students were awarded a grant or scholarship according to NCES
  • The first Bachelor of Science degree program for motorsports management in the country started at the university

Winston - Salem State's Master of Healthcare Administration program allows students the opportunity to learn skills in management and business that apply to healthcare. The curriculum is part-time and graduates can look forward to careers in public health, long-term care facilities, non-profit health associations, hospitals, and outpatient clinics. In order to complete the program, students must maintain a 3.0 GPA and complete 45 graduate credit hours. Nine credits of graduate work with a grade of at least a B can be transferred from other graduate areas that are related to the program. Typically, it takes two and a half years to finish the curriculum.

Runner-Up #2: Gardner - Webb University

  • Ranks #72 for Best Online Graduate Business Programs
  • The university is a private, Christian institution
  • One of only 528 institutions in the United States to earn a place on the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll in 2012

Gardner - Webb University, in Boiling Springs, NC, features a 36 credit-hour Master's of Business Administration program with an emphasis in Healthcare Management. Within the curriculum, 30 hours of core courses along with six hours of electives have to be completed. Healthcare management electives in coursework will cover areas such as economics, organization, marketing, ethics, and administration. Students must complete the entire program within six years of beginning the curriculum.

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