Masters of Business Administration - Rural Healthcare

Rural Healthcare MBA

Department of Graduate Programs - Overview

The Department is dedicated to developing leaders who embody the values of the School of Business and Technology and demonstrate consistently the highest levels of ethical decision-making, social responsibility, global awareness, and professional excellence.  These values-as reflected in the Benedictine heritage-include:

  • Respect by valuing the dignity and worth of all people and utilize all resources responsibly;
  • Fairness in treating all justly and equitably; 
  • Courage by acting in accordance with one's beliefs;
  • Love of Learning through investigating and integrating the broad spectrum of human experience to the enrichment of life;
  • Innovation to create and implement new ideas; and,
  • Community through shared responsibility and developing a sense of unity while valuing the uniqueness of the individual.

The graduate management programs are designed to produce the following general outcomes in graduates:1) communicate effectively and professionally in business situations through writing, speaking, listening and electronic media; 2) appreciate globalization and its impacts on people, businesses and the economy; 3) conceptualize organizational dynamics including structure, functions and systems; 4) integrate personal values with professional ethical standards and their application to real world issues; and, 5) identify, analyze and solve strategic business problems by reflecting, creating, innovating and acting.

The online Healthcare MBA program is designed for students who want a broad knowledge base in all areas of rural healthcare management and organizational behavior; strong technical and analytical business skills; to become an effective leader and exhibit proficiency in finance, marketing, human resources, information technology, change management and other key areas which impact healthcare facilities, staff and patients; to enhance their professional and personal effectiveness; and, to posses a keen understanding of the cultural and ethical aspects of the business environment.

Detailed Program Description

Format

The 40-semester-credit program is offered in an online format that allows professionals to maintain their current work schedules while enhancing their knowledge and skills. The Healthcare MBA can be completed in 27 months by completing one course per eight-week term. The nature of graduate studies is such that a significant amount of out of class assignments, research and team work will complement online class instruction and, therefore, the number of contact hours is justified by the more responsible, self-directed nature of adult learners.

Program Outcomes

Upon completion of the MBA program, students should be able to:

  1. Utilize analytics and technology to formulate and implement strategy;
  2. Apply knowledge of organizational management to accomplish business and organizational goals;
  3. Demonstrate change leadership skills that contribute to the profitability, strategic health and vitality of a commercial enterprise; and,
  4. Utilize analytic management skills to create value for stakeholders.  

Admission Requirements for the Master of Business Administration (MBA)

The Master of Business Administration program considers applicants who:

  1. Submit a completed Graduate Admission Application form;
  2. Have an earned baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university;
  3. Submit all official transcripts of baccalaureate and graduate coursework that is relevant to consideration for admission to this program;
  4. Have an earned minimum undergraduate cumulative GPA of 2.8;
  5. Submit a Graduate Management Programs Written Essay per the instructions that are shown below; and,
  6. Submit two Graduate Recommendation forms.

PLEASE NOTE:

  • Applicants are expected to be ready for MBA-level work by having strong writing and quantitative thinking skills;
  • Completed coursework in macroeconomics and microeconomics at the undergraduate level with a grade of B or better within seven years per Graduate Council policy;

International applicants will need to complete additional admission requirements.

Note: Meeting minimal entrance requirements does not necessarily guarantee admission.

Topical Essay

Please prepare a 600-word (minimum) essay, typed and double spaced, using 12-point Times New Roman font and one-inch margins.  Essays should address the following questions:

  • What experiences have led you to consider an online MBA for rural healthcare management?
  • What are your career goals and how will this program assist you toward these goals?
  • What personal qualities and skills have you development that will help you to be successful in an online learning environment?

The essay should represent your highest level of academic writing and demonstrate an ability to participate in a rigorous, fast-paced academic program.

Degree Requirements

A total of 40 semester credits are required for graduation. Credit toward the degree will be given for courses with a grade of "C" or better; students are required to maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0. A maximum of six graduate semester credits may be transferred from another accredited college or university if approved by The College of St. Scholastica. The MBA program must be completed within seven years, and students must make sufficient academic progress toward the degree during their enrollment. (Credits more than seven years old as of the date of graduation will not count toward the degree.) Evidence of regular progress in the program generally means registration in at least one course each semester during the academic year. Students will be allowed to register for courses only when they have met course prerequisites and have demonstrated sufficient academic progress toward the degree.

Every student must complete faculty-directed conceptual or applied project.

Curriculum

A student must complete a required program-specific curriculum (36 credits) and a final capstone project to meet the program's 40 credit hour graduation requirement.  A maximum of six graduate semester credits may be transferred from another accredited college or university if approved by The College of St. Scholastica.

Summary of Curriculum

MGT 6420: Organizational Behavior 3 cr.
MGT 6412: Management Writing & Resources 3 cr.
MGT 6450: Marketing: Consumer Behavior 3 cr.
MGT 6431: Research Methods 3 cr.
MGT 6307: Economics for Decision-making 3 cr.
MGT 6430: Organization Development 3 cr.
MGT 6445: Human Resources Management 3 cr.
MGT 6351: Healthcare Administration 3 cr.
MGT 6355: Healthcare Finance 3 cr.
MGT 6352: Performance Improvement in Healthcare Organizations 3 cr.
MGT 6532: Monitoring and Evaluating Health Programs
MGT 6455: Strategic Leadership for Change 3 cr.
MGT 6800: Faculty-directed Conceptual or Applied Project 4 cr.

Course Descriptions for the MBA Program

MGT 6307: Economics for Decision-making
3 credits
This course focuses on economic decision making in business, where the application of economic theory guides an organization in achieving its aims or strategic objectives. The tools and applications are used to make decisions, assess outcomes and adjust strategy in a global context. The importance of information, competing with a market structure, pricing strategies for firms with varying market power and the nature of industries are covered. A global competitive analysis of a firm in a global market is conducted. A previous course that covers macro- and micro-economic theories is a pre-requisite before taking this class.

MGT 6431: Research Methods
3 credits
Studies the basic principles of descriptive and inferential statistics, focusing on their application in conducting business research and understanding the research of others. Topics will include: Probability, frequency distributions and graphs, measures of central tendency, measures of variance, correlations, linear and multiple regression, and hypothesis testing (t-test, analysis of variance, and chi square).

MGT 6351: Health Care Administration
3 credits
Provides an orientation to the current healthcare business environment and service delivery systems. The course presents students with a broad based perspective of key environmental factors influencing current and future trends in healthcare. This approach helps students develop a context for synthesis, discussion and analysis of contemporary issues and trends.  

MGT 6352: Performance Improvement in Health Care Organizations
3 credits
Examines the concept of performance management and its application to the health care industry. With health care under extreme pressure from both purchasers and regulatory agencies to improve its performance, many experts predict that only the best managed health care organizations will survive.  

MGT 6355: Health Care Finance
3 credits
The course will cover finance issues related to healthcare organizations. Topics include: reimbursement analysis, understanding the nature of costs, profitability analysis and preparation of budgets. The class will learn how to analyze financial statements.  


MGT 6412: Management Writing & Resources
3 credits
Provides students an opportunity to develop and practice their writing skills for graduate coursework. Differences between academic and business writing are examined in terms of audience, purpose, format, and demands. Course includes examples of good academic writing and previews the final project and final project proposal.  

MGT 6420: Organizational Behavior
3 credits
Explores the behavior of people within organizations in terms of the factors that most influence it. Those include factors related to individuals, groups, and the larger organization system. The course utilizes an experiential learning process that helps students understand their strengths and weaknesses as learners.

MGT 6431: Research Methods
3 credits
Studies the principles of descriptive and inferential statistics, focusing on their application in conducting business research and understanding the research of others. Topics will include: Probability, frequency distributions and graphs, measures of central tendency, measures of variance, correlations, linear and multiple regression, and hypothesis testing (t-test, analysis of variance, and chi square).

MGT 6445: Human Resource Management
3 credits
Explores how decisions about human resources (HR) contribute to an organization's overall effectiveness. Integrates HR activities with an organization's strategic planning objectives. Students study both traditional and contemporary HR issues from a practitioner's perspective.

MGT 6450: Marketing: Consumer Behavior
3 credits
Provides an overview of marketing principles and practices with emphasis on applications for new managers. The course will emphasize marketing from a strategic perspective, with subsequent focus on key concepts such as consumer behavior and marketing mix. Although the focus will be on participant's application in their own organizations, consideration will also be given to international applications.  

MGT 6455: Strategic Leadership for Change
3 credits
Explores the complex connections among strategy, leadership, and change management. Set in a global environment characterized by rapid technological change, it emphasizes the importance of a leader's capacity to anticipate, envision, and work collaboratively toward a viable organizational future.  

MGT 6532: Monitoring and Evaluating Health Programs
3 credits
Explores methods and processes used to systematically collect and measure information for the purpose of program evaluation. The course integrates several knowledge and skill areas including: research methods, statistics, proposal writing, budget planning, project management, and program evaluation.

MGT 6800: Faculty-directed Conceptual or Applied Project
4 credits
Students have a choice of an Applied Project, a Conceptual Model Study, an Industry Analysis, or other applied projects with application to the students' interests, career employment or relevancy to individual goals. They carry out research that includes international or multi-cultural dimension in the gathering and analysis of data. Students write a final paper that describes their literature review and research methods, the results of their analysis, and a discussion of their conclusions.  Students are given 16 weeks to complete the project after proposals have been approved.  

MGT 6900: Continuing Enrollment: Final Capstone Project
0 credits
Required registration for continuing work on final projects. Students not completing the final project within the 16/32 week term in which that course is scheduled must register for MGT 6900.  Students may register only once for a continuing enrollment.