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2013-2014 CU Denver Catalog 
2013-2014 CU Denver Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Business Administration – Health Administration MBA

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Program Director: Errol L. Biggs
Telephone: 303-315-8851
E-mail: errol.biggs@ucdenver.edu



Heidi Boerstler, PhD/JD, Yale University/University of Denver
Peter Bryant, PhD, Stanford University
C. Marlena Fiol, PhD, University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign
Bruce Neumann, PhD, University of Illinois
Edward O’Connor, PhD, University of Akron

Associate Professors:

Deborah Kellogg, PhD, University of Southern California
Stephen Ross, MD, University of North Carolina


Errol Biggs, PhD, Pennsylvania State University

Admission Process

Requirements for Admission

Selection of students is a multi-step process. When making application to the program for the MBA-HA, candidates should send their applications to:

Graduate Admissions
Graduate School of Business Administration
University of Colorado Denver
Campus Box 165, P.O. Box 173364
Denver, CO 80217-3364

Application Requirements

  • complete the application for graduate admission, parts I and II, and submit by published deadlines
  • send two (2) letters of recommendation from professional or academic acquaintances who are familiar with the applicant’s academic/professional competence
  • send required GMAT scores directly to the graduate office from the Educational Testing Service. When registering for the GMAT, use code MPB-OG-78. GRE scores will also be considered.
  • pay the appropriate application fee
  • send two (2) official transcripts directly from each school, college or university previously attended past high school. A minimum baccalaureate degree is required.
  • include answers to the four essay questions
  • document any experience in the field of health services administration (preferred but not required)
  • complete a personal interview with the health administration committee

Admission to the MBA-HA degree program is on a competitive basis. Therefore, these admission criteria represent minimum entrance qualifications expected of all students.

For further information, brochures and application materials, contact the Business School’s Graduate Program in Health Administration, University of Colorado Denver, 303-315-8200.

Graduate Program in Health Administration

The graduate program in health administration is consistently ranked as a top program in the United States and attracts students with a variety of backgrounds and experience levels, which further enriches the classroom experience. The HA program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education. The program is the only such program in the Rocky Mountain region and was started in 1968. Full-time faculty with distinguished research records and a select group of practicing managers provide students with the latest thinking on the most important health issues.

Degree Requirements

The curriculum of the MBA with an emphasis in Health Administration is a synthesis of management concepts and techniques that are applicable to any economic organization, and tools that can be specifically applied to health services systems. The program emphasizes skills that strengthen basic analytic and decision-making processes used by top level managers in selecting broad strategies and by junior managers in administering sub-units in healthcare organizations.

Students enrolled in the Master of Business Administration with an emphasis in Health Administration must complete a minimum of 51 semester hours of graduate-level course work to receive their degree. The curriculum is based on a series of structured learning sequences. Most of the courses are available in the evening to enable working students to pursue the degree on a part-time basis. The specific course requirements are as follows:

Health Administration Information Technology Elective (3 hours)

Specialized Tracks in the MBA with an Emphasis in Health Administration

Each track carries its own specific course requirements. To provide a variety of perspectives and experiences within a specific area of health administration, each track includes courses that span various departments within the Business School, other schools at  CU Denver, and other University of Colorado campuses.

  • International Health Management and Policy Track
  • Financial Management Track
  • Health Information Technology Management Track

Notes and Restrictions

Students admitted into the MBA with an emphasis in Health Administration must meet with a graduate advisor before they register for their first semester. Call 303-315-8200 to schedule an appointment.  This is important to increase awareness of the sequencing of course offerings.

Administrative Residency. An administrative residency is optional but recommended for students with limited healthcare experience. The program faculty provide assistance to students in securing the residency, as well as regular consultation during the residency period. The program has been very successful in placing graduates in administrative residencies.

Length of program. A maximum of five years and one semester is allowed to complete the Health Administration program.

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