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    UMass Isenberg vs Marist College online MBA for healthcare administration

    So glad I found this forum!
    I am looking for any information to help decide between these two online programs.

    I have been in healthcare for the last decade (I am not a physician) and publishing/ management for 10 years prior to that. I am looking to transition into a more administrative role in healthcare and policy.

    Should the rank of the program at this point in my career be a large consideration? I understand the advantage of Isenberg having a larger class and alumni network. Marist would be less expensive and the program not take as long, but I don't want to shortchange my education and put myself at a disadvantage.

    Thank you!

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    I'd go with UMass, some pretty good students there and a good network, decent name recognition. I am biased, though, as one of my grad degrees came from that program. You'll have some classmates who'll really push you, e.g., one of my classmates on a team project was an MD and VP of a network of hospitals in the northeast, taking courses in the healthcare admin program. I've been in the higher ed gig for 14 years, don't know if I've ever seen a more outstanding student.

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    Thank you for your reply! I am leaning towards their program.

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    I am a fan of UMass. Not just the MBA program but the whole school in general. Maybe because I live nearby. It's highly rated (for what it's worth) and the price is not great. Beyond that, with so many other programs to choose from, I'd be curious how you narrowed it down to those two programs.
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    My undergraduate degree (earned more than 20 years ago) and certificates are not in business. I currently work in healthcare, but want to transition from clinical to administration and need to add that skill set to advance particularly in light of changing state regulations in my industry. I checked local programs for an executive or part-time program and nothing fit my definition of affordable or had the right concentration. So:

    - needed to be part-time, online so I can continue working with a family and kids
    - not require +12months of prerequisites in business
    - not require more than 4 years to complete
    - have a healthcare concentration
    - ranked by the AACSB
    - be under $40K (I realize Isenberg's program now hits right at that with their fall price increase)

    My GMAT score (680) and undergrad GPA definitely helped. I would prefer a program that integrates recorded lectures into their format rather than just forums and boards. I talked with a grad today (2015) who said Marist does not have recorded lectures and certain classes were difficult with their methodologies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WintersBlue View Post
    My undergraduate degree (earned more than 20 years ago) and certificates are not in business. I currently work in healthcare, but want to transition from clinical to administration and need to add that skill set to advance particularly in light of changing state regulations in my industry. I checked local programs for an executive or part-time program and nothing fit my definition of affordable or had the right concentration. So:

    - needed to be part-time, online so I can continue working with a family and kids
    - not require +12months of prerequisites in business
    - not require more than 4 years to complete
    - have a healthcare concentration
    - ranked by the AACSB
    - be under $40K (I realize Isenberg's program now hits right at that with their fall price increase)

    My GMAT score (680) and undergrad GPA definitely helped. I would prefer a program that integrates recorded lectures into their format rather than just forums and boards. I talked with a grad today (2015) who said Marist does not have recorded lectures and certain classes were difficult with their methodologies.
    In my experience, UMass didn't have recorded lectures either, but I finished almost 10 years ago, so that may have changed.

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    Other Alternatives

    Here are some other affordable options for AACSB accredited Healthcare MBAs:

    University of Southern Indiana
    Online MBA Degree in Healthcare Administration - USI Online

    Valdosta State University
    MBA in Healthcare Administration - Valdosta State University

    Louisiana State University, Shreveport (Master of Health Administration)
    ONLINE Master of Health Administration
    Joe

    Waldorf University, B.A., Health Care Management 2016
    Indiana University, M.S., Data Science (In Progress)

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    There are so many MBA programs, many with concentration choices, different delivery systems, professional accreditations, etc. that it's too much to actually know all these details without substantial effort. Someone might create that spreadsheet but then you have to maintain it, keeping up with all the little changes. There's no payoff for doing all that work. Johnnie's DL Pages continues to be the best single list of online MBA programs but you will see that even this simple list has fallen into disrepair with some errors broken links, etc. 200+ MBA programs worldwide.

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