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Why study Health Care Administration online through OSU?

The MS in Health Care Administration is ranked in the top five programs in the United States. Healthcare is the fastest growing employment base today. This program prepares students for management or executive positions in health care. HCA students come from a variety of backgrounds including nursing, business, IT, human resources, and marketing. The program is designed to prepare someone with no background in health professions to develop the knowledge and skills needed to be a successful leader.



This degree program is 100 percent online. Courses are delivered through Canvas, OSU’s online learning platform. Program courses are offered using 8- and 16-week formats. Courses are taught asynchronously so students can fit them into their schedules. The Health Care Administration program also offers three graduate certificates that can be earned independently:

  • Health Care Administration
  • Health Care Administration: Finance 
  • Health Care Administration: Global Health


Ranked Top 5 Program in the U.S.


The curriculum is broadly designed to prepare students for management or leadership positions in any healthcare organization. Students who discover internship opportunities may receive credit for such opportunities.


Required core curriculum for this 32-hour program includes:

  • General Survey of Healthcare Industry 
  • Legal Issues and Compliance
  • Leadership Methods and Styles in Healthcare
  • Survey of Research and Evaluation in Health Care


Applications are accepted throughout the year. Applicants are encouraged to submit application materials at least six weeks prior to the start of the semester.


To apply to the Health Care Administration program, complete the following:

  • Graduate College application
  • Official transcripts from each college or university you have attended or are currently attending.
  • Provide a one- to two-paged typed, double-spaced goal statement that includes the following: 
  • Description of your current job
  • Description of current and past health care experience, if any.
  • What are your career goals?
  • How will the HCA program help you in achieving these goals?
  • Why are you applying to OSU’s HCA program?
  • What personal strengths will help you attain your goals?
  • What personal challenges do you face in achieving your goals?


Students enrolled in the Health Care Administration master's program will complete 32 credit hours during the course of their studies. Current cost estimates are calculated below. Additional cost details and OSU’s tuition and fee estimator are available on the HCA Tuition and Financial Aid.

Estimated Cost
  Resident Non-Resident
Total cost per credit hour $372.62 $488.48
Total cost per 3-credit hour course $1,117.86 $1,465.44
Total program cost based on 32 hours $11,923.84 $15,631.36
Total program cost based on 32 hours $11,360.00 $15,520.00
* This is only an estimate of costs, based on currently approved 2020–2021 rates. Cost estimates do not include textbooks or exam and course fees. Costs will vary if coursework is not fully completed online. Active-duty military may qualify for resident tuition rate. Tuition and fees are subject to change at any time without prior notice. Full disclaimer


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