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Executive Healthcare Master of Business Administration

Specifically tailored to busy, working physicians, clinicians, hospital administrators and healthcare executives, the Executive Healthcare MBA program from Creighton University's Heider College of Business offers a flexible, credible and relevant graduate degree to build your leadership skills and help advance your career.

In this Executive Healthcare MBA (EMBA) program, you’ll join a rich, multidisciplinary cohort in a learning environment that combines online and residency-based experiences and coursework. The Executive Healthcare MBA program at Creighton has a robust and credible curriculum, designed around two of the most admired professional associations in the healthcare industry: the American College of Healthcare Executives and the American Association for Physician Leadership. With instruction from our respected faculty, you’ll be well-prepared to complete either organization’s respective certification exam processes if you choose to do so.

Set yourself apart from your peers with an MBA for executives in healthcare

The Executive Healthcare MBA is ideal for physicians and mid-career healthcare professionals who seek a graduate degree in healthcare administration and have the goal to perform at a higher level in a growing and competitive field. Ideal students for this program include clinicians who manage departments, physicians who aspire to departmental or organizational leadership, are serving on organizational leadership committees or manage private practices or other entrepreneurial ventures.

This program is a hybrid of both on-campus and online instruction to allow maximum flexibility for professional schedules.

Program At A Glance

Executive Healthcare Master of Business Administration

This program is offered as a hybrid program which combines elements of online learning with traditional on-campus learning. Instead of taking every class on-campus, you can earn up to half or more credits through online classes.

Application Deadline

September 30


  • Bachelor’s degree in related field and/or terminal degree with 3.0 GPA or higher
  • At least five years of management experience or clinical practice in a healthcare organization
  • Official transcripts from all educational institutions attended
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Resume or curriculum vitae
  • Personal statement
  • Application
  • $50 application fee
  • Additional requirements for international students

Still have questions?

Reach out to a Graduate EMBA Enrollment Specialist
Laurie Baedke
Laurie Baedke


Program Goals and Curriculum

A rigorous, accelerated program, the Executive Healthcare MBA is offered in a flexible, cohort-based, hybrid format designed in the following structure: 

  • 18 months
  • 45 credit hours
  • Four, four-day on-campus residencies

The 45-hour curriculum includes the following:

  • Executive Leadership and Organizational Behavior
  • Strategy for Healthcare Organizations
  • Introduction to Healthcare Management 
  • Quality and Performance Improvement in Healthcare
  • Finance for the Healthcare Manager
  • Healthcare Marketing
  • Management of Human Resources in Healthcare
  • Legal and Ethical Considerations in Healthcare Management
  • Healthcare Accounting
  • Health Policy and Economics
  • Information Systems and Data Analytics in Healthcare
  • Quantitative Methods and Evidence Based Decision Making in Healthcare Management 
  • Independent Study | Elective
  • Capstone

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Our respected faculty at Creighton strives to help students in the Executive Healthcare MBA program strengthen their skills, expand their knowledge and work to achieve their goals.

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Specific Application Requirements

To be considered for admission to the Executive Healthcare MBA program, applicants must:

  • Complete an application and submit a $50 application fee
  • Possess a bachelor’s degree with 3.0 GPA or higher
  • Provide official transcripts from all educational institutions attended
  • Have at least five years of management experience or clinical practice in a healthcare organization
  • Include a resume or curriculum vitae
  • Submit a personal statement (see application for specific requirements)
  • Submit three letters of recommendation from persons other than friends or family members

A personal interview may be requested in addition to the above requirements. The interview may be conducted in-person or virtually.

International applicants must:

Tuition and Financial Aid

Tuition rates change in the fall of each year. Visit the Tuition and Fees page for more details.

Financial Aid
To help make your graduate studies at Creighton University more affordable, we encourage you to file the FAFSA to apply for financial assistance. We also encourage you to apply for available graduate student scholarships and fellowships.

Learn more about funding your education

Have questions? Email or call a friendly financial specialist at 402.280.2731 for any additional questions you may have.

Dates and Deadlines

The information below details the enrollment deadline and starting date of courses for the current academic year. If you have any questions about dates, deadlines, or application materials, please email the program director for personalized assistance.


This hybrid program begins each October.
Applications are due by September 30.

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Fall 2020 Cohort Dates

Term I
Residency       October 12–15, 2020
A Courses      October 19, 2020–January 3, 2021
Break              January 4–10, 2021 
B Courses       January 11, 2021–March 28, 2021
Break              March 29, 2021–April 11, 2021
Term II
Residency       April 12–15, 2021
A Courses      April 19, 2021–July 4, 2021 
Break              July 5–18, 2021 (2 week break)
B Courses       July 19, 2021–October 3, 2021 
Break              October 4–17, 2021 (2 week break)
Term III
Residency       October 18–21, 2021 (NHA meeting Oct. 20–22)
A Courses      October 25, 2021–January 9, 2022
Break              January 10–16, 2022
B Courses       January 17, 2022–April 3, 2022
Break             April 4–10, 2022
Term IV
Residency       April 11–14, 2022


If you're still exploring your path, start with our career development course, Executive Fellowship in Healthcare Management, designed for the experienced healthcare professional who desires a condensed, yet broad and comprehensive overview of the business of healthcare. In just six months, participants will come away with valuable tools and insights necessary to succeed as a leader in healthcare while earning six graduate credit hours and 72 accredited CME hours.

Tuition & Financial Aid

Learn about how to fund your investment in education at the Creighton Financial Aid Office.

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