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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 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 clinicians and mid-career healthcare professionals.

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:

  • 16 months
  • 42 credit hours
  • Four on-campus residencies

The 42-hour curriculum includes the following:

  • Introduction to Healthcare Management
  • Healthcare Policy and Economics
  • Healthcare Finance
  • Healthcare Strategy
  • Healthcare Quality, Safety, and Operations
  • Leading Healthcare Organizations
  • Healthcare Marketing
  • Healthcare Human Resource Management
  • Evidence Based Decision Making in Healthcare Management
  • Legal and Ethical Considerations in Healthcare Management
  • Health Economics and Population Health Management
  • Healthcare Accounting
  • Healthcare Information Systems
  • Informatics in Healthcare Management
  • Current Trends in Healthcare Management
  • Capstone

Creighton’s healthcare MBA program has a robust and credible curriculum, designed around the premier professional association in the healthcare industry: the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Program 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.

Program Vision

Creighton University’s EMBA Program aspires to be a regional and a national leader in empowering and advancing healthcare professionals to become healthcare leaders.

Program Values

  • Excellence
  • Integrity
  • Leadership
  • Service to Others

Grow with Peers and Increase Your Business Acumen


Program alumni Robbe Peetz, MMS, PA-C, MS, MT(ASCP), MBA, shares what the program has meant for her and her career.  

“The EMBA at Creighton University is the ideal program for busy professionals looking to increase their business acumen in healthcare settings. The hybrid format allows flexibility to complete coursework in a directed, yet self-paced manner while also engaging face to face twice a year with faculty and members of the cohort.

When considering MBA programs, what also set Creighton apart was their distinguished faculty. The faculty hail from institutions across the country with executive experience over multiple healthcare sectors: critical access, academic medical centers, private practice and for-profit entities. The faculty assessed the needs of my cohort and ensured accessibility to review content by working through problem-based scenarios. Throughout the program, I began to think differently and was better prepared for meetings with the executive healthcare team and confident in my ability to deliver a sound, well-thought-out recommendation for future projects. 

What surprised me about the Creighton program was the richness of the cohort and ability to network and develop relationships. The Creighton name is familiar across the country and attracts a strong alumni base and individuals seeking a Jesuit education. As such, resources and relationships were at our fingertips to be successful and grow as professionals in our journey.”

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 program begins each August.

Applications are due by July 15.


Residency 18/19-8/22/24 | Omaha 
Fall Term 1 Courses8/19-10/12/24
Fall Term 2 Courses10/21-12/14/24
Residency 21/13-1/16/25 | Phoenix
Spring Term 1 Courses1/13-3/8/25
Spring Term 2 Courses3/17-5/10/25
Summer Session Courses5/19-7/12/25
Residency 38/18-8/21/25 | Omaha
Fall Term 1 Courses8/18-10/11/25
Fall Term 2 Courses10/20-12/13/25
Residency 412/9-12/12/25

“I think it’s almost essential for physicians to get an understanding of the business of medicine.”

Mark Reisbig, MD’08, PhD’03, EMBA’22

Admission Requirements

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

  • Complete an application
  • Possess a bachelor’s degree with 3.0 GPA or higher
  • Official transcripts from institutions where a degree was earned (bachelor’s or higher)
  • Have at least three 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 two 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

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