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Build your knowledge in the organization of healthcare administration

Designed exclusively for Loyola University Chicago, the Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration and Master of Business Administration (MBA) dual-degree program allows students the chance to earn both undergraduate and graduate degrees in a compressed timeframe. An MBA complements your healthcare administration studies, enabling you to become a more knowledgeable and evidence-based decision-maker and leader in the field. It also adds a stronger business element to your coursework, expands your business knowledge, and provides you with in-demand skills.

Career opportunities for individuals with these two degrees include:

  • Hospital administration
  • Healthcare data analytics
  • Project management
  • Human resource management
  • Policy analysis
  • Health services management
  • Long-term care administration
Our commitment to you

Graduates of the Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration (HCA) and MBA dual-degree program will graduate with the following knowledge, skills, and professional values:

Knowledge

  • Enhance writing and critical thinking skills and dispositions through class-based projects, internship, and capstone experiences
  • Integrate tools and concepts from multiple functional areas (i.e. operations, finance, marketing, etc.) to solve business problems
  • Incorporate diversity and multicultural perspectives when making business decisions

Skills

  • Identify problem-solving and quantitative methods to support business decision- making
  • Demonstrate and apply appropriate management science and statistical tools to analyze business conditions
  • Summarize and apply theories of effective leadership

Professional values

  • Integrate values, ethics, and social justice into the management and leadership of health care systems, services, and delivery, in keeping with the Jesuit Catholic tradition 

Curriculum

Students accepted into this program take two graduate-level MBA electives during their spring semester senior year. Students will work with the MBA Program Director to select and enroll in these courses. Additionally, up to three undergraduate course waivers can be earned (i.e. ACCT 201, ECON 201, and FINC 301); final grades of ‘B’ or higher required.

BSHCA/MBA students complete the remainder of their MBA curriculum within approximately 12 months after their senior year beginning during the summer term directly following graduation.

Admission

Seniors in good academic standing in the Healthcare Administration program may apply to the five-year BSHCA/MBA degree program. Students should apply using Graduate & Professional Enrollment Management (GPEM) during the Fall semester of their senior year. Applications are due in October and all graduate programs in the Quinlan School of Business are offered on a quarter schedule.

Eligibility

Eligible students will meet the following criteria:

  • Declared undergraduate major in Healthcare Administration
  • Junior based on credit hours earned
  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.2 for all course work at Loyola
  • Apply for acceptance to Quinlan Graduate Programs by application deadlines
  • Attend advising and orientation meetings with Quinlan Gradute Programs
  • Complete 64 undergraduate credit hours at Loyola before graduation

Note: the GRE examination is waived for students with a 3.2 or above cumulative GPA

Application process

  1. APPLICATION FORM
    Use our free online application system to get started. When applying, choose the year and "Business.” Please note, you will need to complete the “Biographical Information” section of the application first. Once that section is completed, you will be able to choose your program in the “Application Information” section.

  2. OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPTS
    Applicants must submit official transcripts for all undergraduate and/or graduate work. To be eligible for admission, your transcript must show an earned bachelor's degree or a bachelor's degree in progress. Certified copies of transcripts are acceptable; faxed copies of transcripts are not considered official. If you attended Loyola University Chicago previously, you do not need to request transcripts; we have them on record.

  3. PROFESSIONAL RESUME
    A professional resume may be uploaded via the online application form, or you may email it to us at gradapp@luc.edu.

  4. LETTER OF RECOMMENDATION
    Referrals may be academic or professional in nature. No more than one letter should be submitted.

  5. STATEMENT OF PURPOSE (optional)
    For applicants who believe one or more parts of their application is weak, a personal statement is highly recommended. The statement should provide context for area(s) of weakness, accomplishments to date, and how Loyola's Quinlan School of Business graduate degree program will prepare you to achieve your career goals. Limit personal essay to 2-3 pages, double-space.

  6. TEST SCORES
    Due to the continuing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are waiving the GMAT/GRE requirement until further notice.


If you have questions about the program, application requirements, or would like a transfer credit evaluation, contact Graduate & Professional Enrollment Management at gradinfo@luc.edu.

Tuition and fees

The Parkinson School of Health Sciences and Public Health and Loyola's Financial Aid Office are committed to helping students secure financial resources to make their education at Loyola affordable.