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The College of St. Scholastica

As the Healthcare Industry Evolves, so too Should its Leaders

As administrators rise from healthcare professions such as medicine, nursing, pharmacists and physical and occupational therapy into leadership positions within business and management, there is an entirely new set of challenges to face.

Fast Facts

  • Curriculum focused on the skills and knowledge necessary to meet the unique challenges faced by hospitals and clinics in rural areas
  • Built on a history of excellence in healthcare with faculty and advisory board members that are leaders in their professions
  • Online, accelerated eight-week term
  • Attend part-time and finish in two years*
  • 36 total program credits

The online format was perfect for my busy family and work life, the knowledge I gained is invaluable, and I’m grateful to be a stronger professional.

Jessica Stauber, MBA

Degree Details


Tuition: $565/credit*

* Tuition rates are for the 2021-22 academic year. Additional fees and costs for course materials may apply. Total program cost and completion time varies depending on transfer credits and individual program plans. Tuition rates are subject to change.

Program Overview

Building on a History of Healthcare Education

Since emerging as a national presence on the healthcare scene in the 1930s, St. Scholastica has earned a reputation for its history of innovation and expertise.  The College’s interdisciplinary approach combines the strengths of the School of Health Sciences and the Stender School of Business and Technology.  St. Scholastica faculty and staff are leaders in their professions and provide national thought leadership, consulting services, education and technology solutions designed to prepare future healthcare professionals and advance healthcare practices for the growing demands of the nation’s rapidly changing healthcare industry.

Program Outcomes

Our graduate program provides current information and skills in leadership, finance, marketing, human resources, managing change, information technology, and other key areas. The courses focus on practical skills and cases that can be transferred back to your facilities, staff and patients. We emphasize the use of teamwork, critical thinking and communication, networking, and personal interactions with our experienced faculty.


The MBA in Rural Healthcare consists of a core management curriculum, a core healthcare curriculum and a capstone program.

Total minimum credits required for program completion is 36 credits.

How long will it take to earn my degree?

Attend part-time and finish in just under two years (one course per term).

Required Courses

MGT 6307 – Economics for Decision Making

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. Economics 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 microeconomic theories is a prerequisite before taking this class. (Common Core Curriculum)

MGT 6352 – Performance Improve Hlth Care

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 well-managed health care organizations will survive. (Healthcare Leadership Concentration)

MGT 6420 – Organizational Behavior

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 6430 – Organization Development

Serves as an introduction to the theory and practice of organization development (OD), also referred to as “planned change.” It emphasizes the historic evolution of OD, models of planned change, the dynamics of resistance to change, organizational culture, and the role of the OD consultant. The course also seeks to compare and contrast OD with other approaches to “change management” and to assess their relevance in organizations today.

MGT 6445 – Human Resource Management

Explores how decisions about human resources (HR) contribute to an organization’s overall effectiveness. Integrates HR activities with the organization’s strategic planning objectives. Students study both traditional and contemporary HR issues from a practitioner’s perspective. (Program Core Curriculum)

MGT 6450 – Marketing: Consumer Behavior

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. (Common Core Curriculum)

MGT 6530 – Managerial Applications of Tec

Provides an overview of the technological responsibilities of a manager in the area of finding strategic solution, business process solutions, project management solutions and technology solutions to daily business problems. The use of technology in decision making, strategy and attainment of competitive advantage is discussed. Other topics include aligning technology with organizational goals metrics and accountability development, vendor selection, needs assessment, project planning and facilitating and technology enhanced/enabled communications. (Program Core Curriculum)

MGT 6810 – Thesis/Final Research Project

Students will design and carry out a significant research project that includes: reviewing the literature, formulating a problem statement or hypothesis, and producing an application that is appropriate to the topic of inquiry. They will write an academic paper that includes a description of their 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.

Admission Information

Visit our admissions page for information about transcripts, online application, international admissions and financing.

Application Deadlines

Aug 15


New Students
  • BA/BS degree from an accredited college or university
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.8
Note: Meeting minimum entrance requirements does not guarantee admission.
Returning Students

A returning student is a student who was admitted and enrolled in a program at St. Scholastica but has been absent from the program for at least three continuous semesters, including summer. To return to the same program at St. Scholastica, a returning student must be in good academic standing and must apply for readmission to the College.


  • No GMAT or GRE required
  • No prerequisite coursework is required, however students who enter the MBA in Rural Healthcare program should:
    • Demonstrate strong writing and quantitative thinking skills.
    • Have prior education in economics and accounting. A student without this background may be challenged by some of the MBA in Rural Healthcare courses and should discuss his or her situation with the program advisor to determine if preparatory courses are advisable.