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Executive Healthcare MBA (Master of Business Administration)

Specifically tailored to busy, working physicians, clinicians, hospital administrators and healthcare executives, the Executive Healthcare MBA (EMBA) 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 MBA in healthcare management program, you’ll join a rich, multidisciplinary cohort in a learning environment that combines online and residency-based experiences and coursework. The program is a hybrid of both on-campus and online instruction to allow maximum flexibility for professional schedules.

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Set yourself apart with an MBA in healthcare.

Earn your healthcare management MBA and prepare to advance in the growing and competitive field of healthcare administration. This is an MBA for physicians and mid-career healthcare professionals. Earn your graduate degree in healthcare administration and take your career to the next level.

Healthcare MBA Program Details

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

Creighton’s healthcare MBA program 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.

Executive Healthcare MBA Values, Vision and Mission

The program is committed to providing excellent clinical, managerial, and leadership focused healthcare business content and applications in addition to providing strategic perspectives in forming of the whole person through a practitioner-teacher model. The program offers a flexible, cohort-based, Jesuit values-centered, hybrid learning environment that combines online, residential, experiential, and simulative experiences to advance in management and leadership of health systems, hospitals, physician practices, and clinical departments.

Creighton University’s EMBA Program aspires to be a regional and a national leader in empowering and advancing healthcare professionals to become healthcare leaders. Our program is based on:

  • Excellence
  • Integrity
  • Leadership
  • Service to Others

An Accredited Executive Healthcare Leadership Program

Creighton's Executive MBA (EMBA) in Healthcare Management is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME). It is the first in Nebraska to be accredited by CAHME and one of only a handful in the world to secure dual accreditation from CAHME and the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).

CHEE is CAHME and AACSB accredited

Executive Healthcare MBA 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 admissionsemail@creighton for personalized assistance.

This hybrid program begins each October.

Applications are due by August 31.


ResidencyOctober 16–19, 2023
A CoursesOctober 23, 2023 to January 7, 2024
BreakJanuary 8, 2024 to January 21, 2024
B CoursesJanuary 22, 2024 to April 7, 2024
BreakApril 8, 2024 to April 14, 2024
ResidencyApril 15–18, 2024
A CoursesApril 22, 2024 to July 7, 2024
BreakJuly 8, 2024 to July 21, 2024
B CoursesJuly 22, 2024 to October 6, 2024
BreakOctober 7, 2024 to October 13, 2024
ResidencyOctober 14-17, 2024
A CoursesOctober 21, 2024 to January 5, 2025
BreakJanuary 6, 2025 to January 19, 2025
B CoursesJanuary 20, 2025 to April 6, 2025
BreakApril 7, 2025 to April 13, 2025
ResidencyApril 14–17, 2025

Admission 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. Read more about sending transcripts here
  • 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.

Due to residency requirements, international students may face difficulties in this program, but are welcome to apply. Please work directly with your enrollment specialist to discuss your situation and how Creighton can support you.

International applicants must:

Tuition & Financial Aid

Tuition rates change in the fall of each year. Visit our financial aid site 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.

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

What Students are Saying

“The unique, hybrid format of the program allows me to maintain my demanding work schedule.” Donny W. Suh, MD, FAAP Chief of Pediatric Ophthalmology and Adult Strabismus Director of Fellowship Children's Hospital and Medical Center

Still exploring healthcare business degrees?

If you're still exploring your path, consider the 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.

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