Best School for a Master's in Health Care Management - Austin, TX

Oct 20, 2021

School and Ranking Information

Austin and the surrounding 100-mile area offer more than a dozen schools where students have the opportunity to obtain a master's degree in health care management. This article profiles three universities, including two public and one private not-for-profit. Based on such considerations as proximity, program offerings and ranking information, the top schools in the area are:

  • Winner: The University of Texas at Austin is ranked among national universities according to U.S. News & World Report, and it offers a master's degree concentration in health care administration.
  • Runner-Up #1: Texas State University - San Marcos is another top-ranked institution that offers bachelor's and master's degrees in the field. It also offers the lowest tuition prices among the three institutions.
  • Runner-Up #2: University of the Incarnate Word is a private school offering a master's degree program with a specialization in health care. Students here benefit from small class sizes.

School Comparison Chart

Category University of Texas at Austin Texas State University-San Marcos University of the Incarnate Word
Ranking #48 National University
#5 Best Undergraduate Business Program**
#293-#381 in National Universities in 2020** #272 in National Universities in 2020**
Location Austin, TX San Marcos, TX San Antonio, TX
School Type 4-year, public 4-year, public 4-year, Private not-for-profit
Tuition (2019-2020) $10,824 (undergraduate, in-state)
$38,326 (undergraduate, out-of-state)
$11,998 (graduate, in-state)
$22,966 (graduate, out-of-state)*
$10,581 (undergraduate, in-state)
$22,397 (undergraduate, out-of-state)
$8,664 (graduate, in-state)
$17,104 (graduate, out-of-state)*
$32,576 (undergraduate, in-state and out-of-state)
$19,122 (graduate, in-state and out-of-state)*
Health Care Management Program Levels Offered Master's degree Graduate and Bachelor's degrees Master's degree
Health Care Management Certificates and Degrees Awarded (All Levels) in 2018-2019 N/A 89 21*
Most Popular Program (2018-2019) N/A Bachelor's in Health/Health Care Administration/Management* Master's in Health/Health Care Administration/Management*
Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2013 Entering Class 86%* 54%* 51%*
Noteworthy The Center for World University Rankings rated the university 26th in 2013 Hispanic Outlook ranked the university 15th in the United States for the number of bachelor's degrees attained by Hispanic students The University of the Incarnate Word was the first American university who had approval to award accredited degrees in China's mainland

Sources: *NCES College Navigator, **US News & World Report.

Winner: University of Texas at Austin

  • Times Higher Education rated the university 38th in the world in 2020
  • According to U.S News & World Report, the university was ranked as the #1 institution for Accounting in the United States
  • Rated as the #6 school for Finance in the United States

The Master's of Business Administration degree at the University of Texas at Austin features a concentration in Health Care Administration. Students who choose this area will be prepared for a career in biotech, life science and health care. Specific positions graduates can pursue include being an account manager, product manager, pharmaceuticals project manager, health care consultant, and facilities administrator. As far as curriculum requirements, students can select to take courses that focus on complexity, high-tech products, law, innovation and policy, health information, finance, health services. A total of 12 credit hours need to be completed to finalize the curriculum.

Runner-Up #1: Texas State University-San Marcos

  • The university's 38,644 students can pick between 98 bachelor's, 93 master's and 14 doctoral degree programs.
  • According to U.S. News and World Report, Texas State ranked #55 in their 2019 grad school rankings for health care management
  • There were 4,550 full-time beginning undergraduate students who received a form of financial aid in 2018 based on studies by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)

The Master of Health Care Administration is open to both practicing health care professionals and those new to the field, this program prepares students for middle- or upper-level health administration jobs in hospitals, physician's offices and other health care facilities. The curriculum includes classes, field experience and the completion of a thesis. Topics are structured around administrative management strategies for dealing with the economic, legal, political and sociological influences on health care and health care systems.

Instruction typically begins with a comprehensive examination of the history and development of health care delivery systems and how they are managed and organized. Lessons go on to discuss financial theory and management, health care law, public health and policy development, along with an exploration of current health care system issues, such as ethics in managed care and rural health care systems. Participants should have a prior background in statistics, economics and accounting, but may take these courses during the first year of the program if necessary.

Runner-Up #2: University of the Incarnate Word

  • The University of Incarnate Word had a student-faculty ratio of 11:1 in 2018 according to studies by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)
  • Off-campus room and board expenses at Incarnate Word were $12,284 in 2019-2020
  • The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges is the accrediting organization of the university

The Master's of Arts in Administration curriculum normally takes two years for students to complete. Within the field, students have the opportunity to participate in a concentration for health care administration. There are 18 semester hours of core coursework that has to be completed as well as courses in areas such as planning, health care organizations, management, and finance. From there, 15 semester hours of courses in the health care concentration have to be taken. Students can expect to learn about ethics, health care organizations, and improvements in health care.

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