Graduate Healthcare Management Programs from GCU

As the population ages, the demand for professionals with healthcare management skills continues to rise. Grand Canyon University looks to address the needs of for-profit and nonprofit hospitals and other organizations by offering a variety of healthcare leadership degree programs that are designed to give you the skills you need to effectively manage and lead contemporary healthcare systems.

Among our healthcare master’s degrees are programs from the College of Nursing and Health Care Professions and the Colangelo College of Business. These healthcare management programs help build a foundation in healthcare management as well as skills in areas like leadership, critical thinking, problem-solving and more. Discover your many options for becoming a dynamic healthcare leader.

Accredited Healthcare Management Programs — Online and Campus

At GCU, we have several graduate degrees in healthcare management for you to choose from, providing you with a course of study that adheres to your advanced career goals in management.

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Those seeking to grow their healthcare management skills in both business and nursing may wish to pursue a Master of Business Administration & Master of Science in Nursing: Nursing Leadership in Health Care Systems. This MSN-MBA dual degree prepares you to move into a leadership role within a healthcare organization by helping you refine skills in management, leadership theory and application, accounting, marketing management, ethics and more.

The Master of Science in Nursing with an Emphasis in Leadership in Health Care Systems is designed for registered nurses who want to move into a healthcare management role. The curriculum focuses on building a strong foundation in healthcare skills while emphasizing leadership styles and how organizations function. With this nursing leadership degree, you may be able to pursue a career as a director of nursing or chief nursing officer, among other leadership roles.

Those with an interest in patient care and management positions within healthcare organizations may be drawn toward to the Master of Science in Health Administration with an Emphasis in Health Care Quality and Patient Safety degree. This program provides you with a skillset designed to analyze, improve and impact healthcare quality measures and standards within organizations. In this degree, you will study policies, research methods and technologies, along with organizational structures and project management models essential to being a leader in the healthcare field.

If you are a proponent of mental health and aim to create change in health of your community, the MS in Community Mental Health Administration degree may be a great fit for you. This degree prepares you to lead and inspire others through integrating mental, physical, cognitive and spiritual health practices into your community through communications with stakeholders, policies and program planning.

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If you’re looking to enhance your knowledge of modern-day healthcare organizations and develop your understanding of operational and business models, consider the Master of Public Administration (MPA) in Health Care Management degree. This program focuses on analyzing aspects of a healthcare organization that affect patients and staff. This includes looking at various contemporary models, reviewing ethical dilemmas and understanding compliance, legal and safety implications in the workplace.

A Master of Science in Health Administration degree prepares you to effectively lead others in a variety of healthcare organizations and facilities. While in this program, you will explore topics including legal and ethical healthcare practices, research, methods, organizational structures, leadership styles and healthcare business analysis.

If you’re interested in studying ethical leadership and optimizing healthcare systems, an MBA in Health Systems Management may be a good choice for you. In this program, you will learn about strategic operations management while gaining business, finance and management skills. With this knowledge, you’ll be prepared to lead others and make ethical managerial decisions as they pertain to the patient population in your organization.

If you hope to create a better future for the American healthcare system by meeting demands in public health, then consider GCU’s Master of Public Health (MPH). The MPH degree prepares you to help solve challenges such as environmental health issues, diseases, the evolving state of healthcare and more.


EdD Degree in Healthcare Administration – Qualitative Degree

For advanced professionals who are looking to develop researched-based healthcare administration leadership and management practices, consider the EdD Degree in Healthcare Administration – Qualitative degree. This degree program focuses on obtaining organizational excellence through scholarly research, intricate analyses and discussion of various measures in healthcare settings.

DHA in Operational Leadership – Qualitative Research Degree

This doctorate program aims to develop knowledgeable leaders in healthcare industry that work to improve healthcare practices through the development and application of theoretical knowledge. In this program, you will complete qualitative studies and coursework, developing skills that will help you address various areas of healthcare organizations, including quality, safety, technology and efficiency.

Graduate Healthcare Management Degree Program FAQs

If you feel called to pursue a healthcare management program, read through our frequently asked questions to learn more about this field and pursue a career in healthcare management. 

The best healthcare management degree for you will depend on your career aspirations and job goals. Master’s degrees in healthcare management vary widely, offering many opportunities in areas such as public health, business and nursing, which can help you gear your degree studies toward your preferred career path and interests.

Pursuing a career in healthcare management can lead to a range of exciting job opportunities and a financially stable future. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, medical and health services managers have a median annual wage of $104,280 as of May 2020,1 — one of the many job opportunities that can come of this career.

Both an MBA and MHA can open the door to various leadership and management roles. The main difference between the two is that an MBA prepares graduates for multiple career fields with a broad set of skills and trainings, while an MHA is more specific to obtaining management and leadership positions within the healthcare field.

1 The earnings referenced were reported by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (“BLS”), Medical and Health Services Managers as of May 2020. Due to COVID-19, data from 2020 may be atypical compared to prior years. The pandemic may also impact the predicted future workforce outcomes indicated by the BLS. BLS calculates the median using salaries of workers from across the country with varying levels of education and experience and does not reflect the earnings of GCU graduates as Medical and Health Service Managers. It does not reflect earnings of workers in one city or region of the country. It also does not reflect a typical entry-level salary. Median income is the statistical midpoint for the range of salaries in a specific occupation. It represents what you would earn if you were paid more money than half the workers in an occupation, and less than half the workers in an occupation. It may give you a basis to estimate what you might earn at some point if you enter this career. You may also wish to compare median salaries if you are considering more than one career path.

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