A handful of cities in Illinois, including several around Chicago, have on-campus and/or online MBA programs available in the field of healthcare. These programs train students and working professionals for the unique business and leadership challenges in the field. Here we discuss details of a few of the programs and their distinguishing characteristics.
Illinois Schools with MBA Programs in Healthcare
Concordia University Chicago
Concordia University Chicago in River Forest has an online MBA with a specialization in healthcare management. The specialization portion of the MBA can be completed in 2 semesters with a total of 4 classes. Each course is 8-weeks long and covers topics in healthcare systems, public policy, and finance and economics in healthcare. Students in the specialization should also gain skills in current technologies in the field that help evaluate and make decisions based on data.
Loyola University Chicago
Loyola University Chicago offers a part-time MBA in Healthcare Management that is taken on-campus. The program can be completed in 2 years, and classes meet 1 day a week on a Friday afternoon or Saturday. Cohorts take a total of 51 credits, taking 2 courses at a time over the span of 8 quarters. The program also includes an international immersion experience where students spend 1 week abroad with international healthcare leaders.
Evanston's Northwestern University provides a full-time MBA program with a pathway in healthcare management that offers a variety of hands-on learning experiences. The curriculum is divided into the subjects of foundation, depth, and experience with the depth portion of the program allowing students to choose from a track in life sciences/products or payer/provider to further focus their studies. The experience portion of the program is a capstone experience that requires a field or experiential course and a field project. Students in the program may also benefit from the school's Speaker Series, Healthcare Club, and/or Biotech and Healthcare Case competition.
University of Illinois
The University of Illinois in Champaign has a full-time MBA program with a concentration in healthcare management. The program can be completed in 2 years and also allows interested students to earn dual degrees in areas such as engineering, law, and architecture. Each semester students work on client-based projects to receive hands-on training in the field. Students in the program can also compete in case competitions and take advantage of the school's career services to pursue internships and employment.
Lewis University in Romeoville offers an on-campus, online, or hybrid MBA program that has an available concentration in healthcare management or healthcare informatics. Each concentration requires 9 credits, and students in the healthcare management concentration take courses in quality management, healthcare finance, and healthcare marketing, while students in healthcare informatics take courses in healthcare data security, analysis, and design. Courses are 8 weeks long and meet once a week in the evening for flexibility. As a part of their core courses prior to graduation, students in the program must take a major field exam.
Common Entrance Requirements
Applicants to healthcare MBA programs in Illinois must have a bachelor's degree and, depending on the program, may need to meet a minimum GPA. Several of these degree programs require GMAT or GRE test scores, but there are also several programs in the state that do not require these exams. Generally, students are not required to have a business background, but some programs may suggest that students have some experience in areas like statistics or calculus. Applicants usually need to include their transcripts, letters of recommendation, resume or CV, personal statement, and/or essay responses with their application and may need to undergo an interview process. Most programs have multiple start dates for flexibility, but there is also at least 1 program with open enrollment.
Students in Illinois can pursue an MBA in Healthcare Management or Healthcare Informatics. Many of these programs are available on-campus, online, or in flexible formats and may take around 2 years to complete.