Executive MS in Healthcare Management

Grow as a leader in your industry with the Executive MS in Healthcare Management.

Just like the healthcare industry itself, the skills and knowledge you need to succeed in your career keep evolving. Do you have the business acumen to match your scientific or technical knowledge? Gain a competitive edge for career advancement with the Executive Master of Science in Healthcare Management.

With the Executive MS in Healthcare Management, you’ll earn a degree jointly supported by two world-renowned schools—the Kelley School of Business and the O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs. You’ll also join a small, supportive learning team, where you won’t be alone in balancing work, school, and your personal life.

Online courses enable you to keep your career on track as you learn the complex business of healthcare—from accounting, to strategic finance and marketing, to managing people and organizations.

Consider the benefits:

Cutting-edge knowledge

Life-sciences business acumen that will support company growth in a changing environment.

Limited time away

With the exception of a one-week in-residence course and a two-day capstone experience, all work is conducted online in faculty-led synchronous and asynchronous sessions.

Immediate application

Participants will apply their new knowledge to business challenges immediately.

Fourteen national certifications

Students earn the Executive Certificate in the Business of Life Sciences, as well as certifications in green awareness, A3 thinking, agile project management, and more.


Complete the degree program at your own pace.


Students will complete 18 credit hours of Kelley courses. Of these credits, 14.5 are delivered as part of the Kelley Executive Certificate in the Business of Life Sciences (ECBLS). Students will also take 18 credit hours of courses through the O’Neill School.

Kelley Courses

Kelley Executive Certificate in the Business of Life Sciences courses are delivered in a unique blended format that uses both in-residence and online learning modes. The program begins with a combined six-day in-residence course and program orientation. Students form teams, meet the faculty, and receive a tutorial on the Kelley Direct online system. Four online courses follow. The program concludes with a two-day capstone experience.

The following five courses make up the Executive Certificate in the Business of Life Sciences. Students take these courses sequentially:

  1. BA601 Management of Organizations & Human Resources (6 days in-residence)
  2. MGT626 The Value Chain in Healthcare (10 weeks online)
  3. ACCTG696 Accounting for Executives in Life Sciences (10 weeks online)
  4. BA615 Strategic Financial Management (10 weeks online)
  5. BA655 Marketing Management and Strategy in Life Sciences (10 weeks online)

In the concluding capstone experience (two days in-residence), student teams demonstrate the skills they have learned in a case analysis to the ECBLS faculty.

O’Neill Courses

The following courses are examples of O’Neill classes offered to executives. Courses will be customized to fit the unique learning needs of the students. 

  • SPEA-H525 Health Economics for Policy and Management (online)
  • SPEA-V549 Health Policy (online)
  • SPEA-V600 Capstone (online)
  • SPEA-H524 Healthcare Industry Regulation (online)
  • SPEA-V550 Building Your Personal Leadership Practice (online)

Join a diverse cohort of ECBLS students.

Students bring a wide range of life sciences experience to the program. While the majority hold technical roles in research and development, manufacturing, quality assurance, engineering, and clinical or regulatory affairs, many of our students come from IT, business development, marketing, medicine, human resources, and finance. A number have participated from offshore locations. Regardless of background, participants increase their acumen in the business side of the life sciences with the ECBLS program.

ECBLS Student Profile, 2008 through 2018

  • More than 200 students from 47 companies
  • Professional backgrounds: pharmaceuticals, disposable medical devices, contract research, diagnostics, animal health, biotech, orthopedics, distribution, and healthcare insurers
  • Company size: industry leaders as well as start-ups and smaller firms
  • Work experience: 3 to 30 years
  • 15% joined the industry within the past three years