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Top 3 Reasons To Consider a Health Care MBA

Are you thinking about next steps in your career? Our Health Care MBA teaches critical thinking skills to help you become a leader in health care. St. Thomas graduates share the top three pieces of advice on why you should consider an MBA.

#1: Cohort learning model

The cohort model is consistently rated as one of the school's major strengths. Students move through the 21-month program with the same group of 25-30 health care professionals. Online classes and campus visits are conducted as a group, helping students form strong personal and intellectual connections.

The Health Care MBA cohorts are also exceptionally diverse. “You create lasting relationships in almost every health care company you can ask for across the Twin Cities,” said Andy Kelly ‘18.

#2: Flexible, blended schedule

The three-day sessions on our Minneapolis campus provide concentrated, face-to-face work with faculty and fellow students.

On-campus sessions introduce each course and provide opportunities for interactive group exercises, case studies, guest speakers and special programs that focus on professional development and current topics in health care.

Between campus visits, all coursework and class meetings are conducted online. There’s no set class times, so students can accomplish coursework according to their own schedule. Faculty use a variety of tools to provide opportunities for direct interaction and group discussion.

“I was most concerned with the time it would take to do the coursework with my clinical practice and other duties at work,” said Gary Collins, MD ‘11. "It’s all worked out way better than expected.”

#3: Actionable practical learning

The skills learned in class can be applied immediately at work. In a statistics class, Kait Semon ’19, had completed a real-life project on her employer's patient satisfaction survey and presented her findings to her company’s board.

“Most of us bring our work to supervisors and talk about how we can apply it. It’s created really great conversations within the workplace.”