MBA Healthcare Administration
As the statistics below show, the health care industry is growing by leaps and bounds. Limestone College’s innovative Master’s in Business Administration program, with a concentration in Healthcare, can assist you in landing one of those highly coveted and lucrative positions.
Currently, one in every six jobs in America is in the health care industry. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of medical and health services managers is projected to grow at a rate of 17%, much faster than other employment fields. There will be over 56,000 more health care administration jobs added in this field by 2024.
Many employers are encouraging more middle managers to receive a master's degree in management or be in the process of seeking such a credential. Limestone College can help make that happen for you! Middle managers in healthcare are responsible for planning, directing, and coordinating medical and health services for an entire facility, a specific department, or a medical clinic/practice.
Formulation, adoption and implementation of health policies, key stakeholders, impact of policy on health care delivery, cultural/political influences, health administrator’s role in translating health policy mandates into organizational strategies, leading under changing health policy mandates (i.e. Affordable Care Act).
Legal issues with physicians, licensing laws, anti-trust, regulatory compliance, patient-related laws, workplace law, informed consent/mental competency, end of life, fraud/abuse, and ethical processes in health care management.
Develop effective leadership approaches to communicate a vision, motivate varying stakeholders, build consensus and lead organizational change efforts — specific to the dynamics in health care.
At Limestone College, we strive to equip graduates with the knowledge and skill set needed to thrive in a competitive business environment. Our innovative curriculum is comprised of targeted instruction delivered by a world-class faculty. Each of our faculty holds a Ph.D. in a business-related field, and has an average of 15+ years on-the-job experience. It also includes three strategic on- campus residency weekends, foundational learning opportunities to network face-to-face with fellow students and faculty.
Designed to minimize time off work, residency weekends run from 2:00 pm on Friday to 2:00 pm on Sunday and are offered at the beginning, middle and end of the program.
During the weekend, you not only have the opportunity to network but also secure critical knowledge that will be key to your success in our program, including:
- Fundamentals of writing a research paper in the APA format
- The case study methodology
- How to access core learning tools from an off-campus location
Residency weekends will add immeasurably to your learning experience. It will help you acquire highly sought-after skills of collaboration and teamwork while creating a strong network of connections with your faculty and peers as you advance through the program together. Each residency weekend counts for one credit hour towards our 36-hour program.
The MBA Career Advantage
- Skills: The Limestone online MBA program helps students build skills critical for advancing in today’s business world including strategic thinking, leadership, communication, entrepreneurship, and problem solving.
- Salary and Employment: Graduates of Limestone’s online MBA program have seen an average of 30 percent salary increase post MBA and have gone on to work in private, public and nonprofit sectors both in South Carolina or other cities across the US. Some employers include Wells Fargo, Walmart, QVC, Coca-Cola Company, United States Army, U.S. Postal Service, Disabled American Veterans and more.
- Career Resources: The MBA program students will gain access to Limestone College Career Services offering helpful career planning tools, resources, and job postings. Students can also watch the Interview Series, a set of online video tutorials on how to ace an interview, delivered by Limestone College Professor of Management, Michael Scharff.
How long will it take to complete Limestone’s online MBA program?
The current online MBA program is designed to take just 1 year and 10 months to complete.
Is Limestone’s online MBA program accredited?
Yes! Limestone College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award associate, baccalaureate, and master’s degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033 - 4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Limestone College. In addition to SACS accreditation, the MBA program is also accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). ACBSP (https://acbsp.site-ym.com) is a specialized global business accreditation body following the Baldrige model focused on teaching excellence and continuous improvement. ACBSP evaluates business programs in areas of leadership, strategic planning, stakeholder relationships, quality of academic programs, faculty credentials, and quality improvement.
Any other inquiries that do not pertain to accreditation, such as admission requirements, financial aid, and educational programs should be addressed directly to Limestone College by email at mba[at]limestone[dot]edu or by phone, (864) 488-4370. It is important when selecting any MBA program that you make sure the program is accredited by a regional accrediting body.
Why should I choose Limestone College?
The Limestone online MBA program is designed for working professionals. Flexible online classes give students the ability to learn day or night based around their personal preferences and schedules. Our innovative curriculum creates opportunities to interact with peers and faculty both online, in group work and through three residency weekends held at our main campus in Gaffney, South Carolina. We are dedicated to providing outstanding instruction for each class. Our full-time MBA faculty is accessible whenever you need them to address questions and assist with problem-solving. While many online colleges and universities teach courses with part-time adjuncts, Limestone is committed to using full-time faculty with doctoral degrees whether you are taking an online class or attending one of the residencies Limestone College’s online MBA program combines the flexibility of an online MBA with the foundational learning opportunities, full-time faculty and long-standing heritage you expect from a traditional MBA program. For more information, email mba[at]limestone[dot]edu or call (864) 488-4370
What if I’ve already taken some graduate courses, can I transfer that credit?
Yes, in general, students can transfer up to six (6) credit hours for courses completed with a grade of B or higher from another accredited graduate program. All transfer credits must be approved by Limestone College.
How do I apply for admission to Limestone’s online MBA program?
We offer an online application process. CLICK HERE to get started today!
How many classes will I need to take at a time?
The online MBA program is designed for students to focus on one course every eight weeks. In the event that you may not be able to take a course, the program is flexible to accommodate your needs and adjust accordingly.
Do I need to take the GMAT / GRE test to be accepted?
Most students do take the GMAT or GRE for admission; however, Limestone College does offer three distinct levels of acceptance – one of which does not require a score from either of these tests. For more information on Admission Requirements to our online MBA program, please CLICK HERE.
Will I need to be online at designated times?
No, Limestone College’s online MBA program is designed for working professionals who need flexibility in their schedule. There is no need to log-on to the internet at any specific time. The courses are flexible allowing you to complete the coursework at your convenience.
My company offers reimbursement for continuing education, can I use those funds to pay for my online MBA?
Yes, if your employer offers reimbursement for graduate course work, then you can use these funds to finance your MBA. For more information on company tuition reimbursement, CLICK HERE.
What if I don’t have an undergraduate business degree, can I still be accepted into the online MBA program at Limestone College?
Yes, you do not have to have a business degree to apply or be accepted into the program. Based on your undergraduate coursework, Limestone College may require you to take a selection of business-related undergraduate courses to give you a solid background in business prior to starting your graduate coursework. These courses will be identified to you as part of the admissions process. For more information on Admission Requirements to our online MBA program, please CLICK HERE.
Is a computer required for Limestone’s MBA program?
Yes. Most of the courses will be given in an online environment, accessible via the Internet. Students will also need access to a word processing program, preferably Microsoft Word. Some courses may be given via podcast, which allows you to download lectures and watch them using your PC or video iPod when you are not connected to the Internet.