Health Care Master of Business Administration
Health Care services are the leading employer in Middle Georgia and are a vital economic driver.
The Mercer Health Care MBA provides students with essential tools to better understand the connections between health care and business in order to advance their careers as health care managers. The program is part of the wider academic and community aims of Mercer University and the Mercer Health Sciences Center. Mercer offers degree programs in medicine, pharmacy, nursing, physical therapy, and public health. The Health Care MBA creates new opportunities for students, preparing professionals for a higher level of performance to improve health care in Georgia and beyond.
The Health Care MBA, first implemented in the 2017-2018 academic year, developed out of a Mercer MBA cohort program with Macon’s Navicent Health. Since 2015, the Navicent program has graduated two cohorts, which consisted of clinical and non-clinical health care insurance managers, physicians, IT experts, nurses, and physician assistants. The Health Care MBA continues this tradition and also seeks to develop broader opportunities for health care business experts for Georgia.
The Health Care MBA is a one-year weekend cohort program. Classes meet in the business school on the Macon campus on Friday afternoons and Saturdays. The program begins in August and ends the following summer. The cohort system allows students to earn an AACSB-International accredited graduate business degree and develop network relationships with other students, faculty, and community leaders. The program also includes a university-funded one-week residency, which traditionally has been in Washington, DC. During the residency, students are given the opportunity to learn about health care policy where it is made.
The curriculum of the Macon Weekend Health Care Master of Business Administration Program consists of three required foundational prerequisites plus twelve MBA-level courses:
1. Before enrolling in MBA-level courses, the student must complete three prerequisite courses in economics, statistics, and finance and accounting. This ensures that the student is fully prepared to enter into and succeed in the program. One or more of these courses may be waived with appropriate prior college or university courses. Further details are provided in the MBA section of the current Mercer University Macon Catalog.
2. The remainder of the program consists of twelve three-credit-hour MBA-level courses. The first set of courses provide a thorough grounding in the essential disciplines of business: accounting, finance, economics, marketing, management, and business law and ethics. The second set of courses focus on health care business skills and concepts: health care economics and finance; ethical issues in health care management; a health care strategy capstone; and a one-week health care field residency. A complete description of each course is provided in the current Mercer University Macon Catalog. A brief “check-sheet” listing the courses is available here.
Submit each of the following items to complete your application:
1. Online Application for Admission
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2. Transcripts from All Previously Attended Institutions of Higher Education
Official transcripts from every college or university previously attended regardless of length of enrollment (including undergraduate, graduate, summer school, and study abroad coursework) must be sent to the Macon MBA Admissions Office. Mercer University graduates can apply for a transcript here.
3. Official GMAT or GRE Test Score
Applicants, unless exempted in the limited circumstances described below, must take the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), submit an official score to the Macon MBA Office, and achieve a qualifying score. Only scores earned within the five years prior to admission will be considered.
Applicants may waive the GMAT/GRE requirement if:
a. The applicant has already earned a graduate degree from a regionally accredited college or university or an equivalent international graduate degree; OR
b. The applicant qualifies for admission to the Macon Weekend Health Care MBA Program under the business school’s Special Consideration Program (SCP). The SCP is only for applicants who have received an undergraduate degree from Mercer University. Further details about the SCP are provided in the MBA section of the current Mercer University Macon Catalog.
4. $50 Non-refundable Application Fee ($100 for International Applicants)
An applicant must submit the required application fee in the form of a check or money order made payable to Mercer University. Do not send cash. The application fee is non-refundable and does not apply toward tuition or fees.
All transcripts, test scores, payments, and questions about the admissions process to the Macon Evening Program should be directed to:
Mr. Carl Collins
Director of Graduate Admissions and Advising Services
Stetson School of Business and Economics
250 Stetson Hall
1501 Mercer University Drive
Macon, Georgia 31207