Masters of Business Administration - Rural Healthcare

Rural Healthcare MBA

The School of Business & Technology graduate management programs are dedicated to developing leaders who demonstrate the highest levels of ethical decision-making, social responsibility, global awareness, and professional excellence. These values-as reflected in the Benedictine heritage-include:

  • Respect by valuing the dignity and worth of all people and utilize all resources responsibly;
  • Fairness in treating all justly and equitably; 
  • Courage by acting in accordance with one's beliefs;
  • Love of Learning through investigating and integrating the broad spectrum of human experience to the enrichment of life;
  • Innovation to create and implement new ideas; and,
  • Community through shared responsibility and developing a sense of unity while valuing the uniqueness of the individual.

The graduate management programs are designed to produce the following general outcomes in graduates:1) communicate effectively and professionally in business situations through writing, speaking, listening, and electronic media; 2) appreciate globalization and its impacts on people, businesses, and the economy; 3) conceptualize organizational dynamics including structure, functions, and systems; 4) integrate personal values with professional ethical standards and their application to real world issues; and, 5) identify, analyze, and solve strategic business problems by reflecting, creating, innovating, and acting.

The Rural Healthcare Master of Business Administration (MBA) program is designed for students who want a broad knowledge base in all areas of rural healthcare management and organizational behavior; strong technical and analytical business skills; to become an effective leader and exhibit proficiency in finance, marketing, human resources, information technology, change management, and other key areas which impact healthcare facilities, staff and patients; to enhance their professional and personal effectiveness; and, to possess a keen understanding of the cultural and ethical aspects of the business environment.

Detailed Program Description


The 40-semester-credit program is offered in an online format that allows professionals to maintain their current work schedules while enhancing their knowledge and skills. The Rural Healthcare MBA can be completed in 27 months by completing one course per eight-week term.

Program Outcomes

Upon completion of the Rural Healthcare MBA program, students will be able to:

  1. Utilize analytics and technology to formulate and implement strategy;
  2. Apply knowledge of organizational management to accomplish business and organizational goals;
  3. Demonstrate change leadership skills that contribute to the profitability, strategic health and vitality of a commercial enterprise; and,
  4. Utilize analytic management skills to create value for stakeholders.  

Admission Requirements for the Rural Healthcare MBA program

The Rural Healthcare MBA program considers applicants who:

  1. Submit a completed Graduate Admission Application form;
  2. Have an earned baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university;
  3. Submit all official transcripts of baccalaureate and graduate coursework that is relevant to consideration for admission to this program;
  4. Have an earned minimum undergraduate cumulative GPA of 2.8;
  5. Submit a Graduate Management Programs Written Essay per the instructions that are shown below; and,
  6. Submit two Graduate Recommendation forms.


  • Applicants are expected to be ready for MBA-level work by having strong writing and quantitative thinking skills;
  • Completed coursework in macroeconomics and microeconomics at the undergraduate level with a grade of B or better within seven years per Graduate Council policy;

International applicants will need to complete additional admission requirements.

Note: Meeting minimal entrance requirements does not necessarily guarantee admission.

Topical Essay

Please prepare a 600-word (minimum) essay, typed and double spaced, using 12-point Times New Roman font and one-inch margins.  Essays should address the following questions:

  • What experiences have led you to consider an online Rural Healthcare MBA program?
  • What are your career goals and how will this program assist you toward these goals?
  • What personal qualities and skills have you development that will help you to be successful in an online learning environment?

The essay should represent your highest level of academic writing and demonstrate an ability to participate in a rigorous, fast-paced academic program.

Degree Requirements

A total of 40 semester credits are required for graduation. Credit toward the degree will be given for courses with a grade of "C" or better; students are required to maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0. A maximum of six graduate semester credits may be transferred from another accredited college or university if approved by The College of St. Scholastica. The Rural Healthcare MBA program must be completed within seven years, and students must make sufficient academic progress toward the degree during their enrollment. Credits more than seven years old as of the date of graduation will not count toward the degree. Evidence of regular progress in the program generally means registration in at least one course each semester during the academic year. Students will be allowed to register for courses only when they have met course prerequisites and have demonstrated sufficient academic progress toward the degree.

Every student must complete faculty-directed conceptual or applied project.


A student must complete a required program-specific curriculum (36 credits) and a final capstone project to meet the program's 40 credit hour graduation requirement.  A maximum of six graduate semester credits may be transferred from another accredited college or university if approved by The College of St. Scholastica.

Summary of Curriculum

MGT 6420: Organizational Behavior 3 cr.
MGT 6412: Management Writing & Resources 3 cr.
MGT 6450: Marketing: Consumer Behavior 3 cr.
MGT 6431: Research Methods 3 cr.
MGT 6307: Economics for Decision-making 3 cr.
MGT 6430: Organization Development 3 cr.
MGT 6445: Human Resources Management 3 cr.
MGT 6351: Healthcare Administration 3 cr.
MGT 6355: Healthcare Finance 3 cr.
MGT 6352: Performance Improvement in Healthcare Organizations 3 cr.
MGT 6532: Monitoring and Evaluating Health Programs
MGT 6455: Strategic Leadership for Change 3 cr.
MGT 6800: Faculty-directed Conceptual or Applied Project 4 cr.