Healthcare Management Master’s Programs in Illinois

Illinois is nicknamed the “Prairie State” and “Land of Lincoln.” It’s located in the Great Lakes region of the Midwestern United States. Illinois is well-known for being home to:

  • the “Windy City”
  • Sears Tower
  • the largest Native American city in Kahokia
  • the Chicago Cubs
  • the Fighting Illini
  • the Trail of Tears National Historic Trail
  • O’Hare International Airport, one of the world’s busiest

Illinois is the 5th most populous and 25th most extensive state in the nation. It has more than 12.8 million residents. Illinois is home to the following three CAHME-accredited Master’s level programs in Healthcare Management.

Governors State University

College of Health and Human Services

Founded in 1969, Governors State University now stands as the only public university in the Chicago Southland region. It serves about 7,788 undergraduate and graduate students. Although the main campus is in University Park, GSU has satellite campuses in:

  • Chicago
  • Kankakee
  • Naperville
  • online for students across the nation

Governors State University has been recognized as having the lowest undergraduate and graduate tuition rates in northern Illinois. The College of Health and Human Services is located on the magnificent 760-acre wooded landscaped campus with several lakes and natural trails. It’s dedicated to providing outstanding educational opportunities in various health professions with the greatest affordability in the area.

Master of Health Administration (MHA)

In the Department of Health Administration of the GSU College of Health and Human Services, students can earn a Master of Health Administration (MHA) degree through a comprehensive two-year program of 54 credit hours. The rigorous curriculum helps students gain expertise in:

  • Strategic Planning
  • Human Resources
  • Informatics
  • Economics
  • Research Methods
  • Community Health
  • Quantitative Decision-Making
  • Management
  • Health Policy

In addition to meeting the university’s admissions requirements, students must:

  • have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher for the last 60 hours of undergraduate coursework
  • submit three letters of recommendation
  • have a PAGG score of at least 885 for acceptance


  • Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME)
  • Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions (ASAHP)
  • Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools

Contact Information

1 University Parkway
University Park, Illinois 60484
(708) 235-2131

Rush University

College of Health Sciences

Rush University is a nationally recognized clinical and academic venue in downtown Chicago. It’s a private institution with an exclusive focus on health and medicine. The Rush University Medical Center has received the University Health System Consortium’s Quality Leadership Award. It has been ranked 5th among the top 101 academic medical centers in the nation. Rush has also been named among the top hospitals by the Leapfrog Group in the United States for:

  • quality of care
  • safety
  • efficiency in health services

The College of Health Sciences at Rush University has also been distinguished by the U.S. News and World Report as having the 9th best graduate healthcare management program in the country.

Master of Science (MS) in Health Systems Management

Designed with an innovative practitioner-teacher model, the Master of Science in Health Systems Management program at Rush University focuses on experiential learning through real-world clinical experience. In fact, students in the program get paid, hands-on work experience at Rush University Medical Center within the first year. The curriculum ensures that graduates are prepared for a wide range of health care settings by developing strong skills in:

  • financing
  • information systems
  • decision making
  • analytics
  • strategy planning
  • communication
  • leadership

It has an outstanding reputation in the field. More than 70 percent of program graduates secure full-time employment before graduation.


  • Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME)
  • Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)
  • Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools

Contact Information

Triangle Office Building
1700 W. Van Buren Street, Suite 126
Chicago, IL 60612
(312) 942-5402

University of Illinois at Chicago

School of Public Health

University of Illinois at Chicago is a major research university situated in the heart of one of the world’s greatest cities. It’s the largest academic institution in Chicago with 27,580 students and has the nation’s largest medical school. As one of the most diverse global institutions in the world, nearly one-third of students at UIC speak English as a second language. According to the 2014 survey from the U.S. News and World Report, UIC is ranked as the 128th best college and 63rd top public school in the country. The UIC School of Public Health has also been nationally recognized as the 16th best graduate school in the nation devoted to education in public health.

Master of Health Administration (MHA)

The UIC Master of Health Administration program prepares students for executive and leadership roles in a variety of health care fields as:

  • managers
  • administrators
  • supervisors
  • other health professionals

The MHA program requires students to complete a minimum of 60 semester hours within two years full-time or three years part-time. It’s a rigorous curriculum. Students are required to complete coursework in:

  • Managerial Accounting
  • Biostatistics
  • Epidemiology
  • Corporate Finance
  • Human Resource Management
  • Health Organizational Leadership
  • Healthcare Marketing
  • Health Law

In the final year, students must complete a MHA Preceptorship and Capstone Project to demonstrate readiness for the health administration workforce.


  • Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME)
  • Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH)
  • Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools

Contact Information

1603 W. Taylor Street MC 923
Chicago, IL 60612
(312) 996-6620