What is a Healthcare Executive MBA (EMBA)?

Taught by award-winning faculty at The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA), the Healthcare Executive MBA at UTSA extends our Executive Master of Business Administration degree program into the healthcare industry, with the goal of complementing specialized healthcare expertise with general business knowledge and leadership skills. Participants will take general business courses with the full EMBA cohort and break out into smaller groups for healthcare specific courses.

Designed for health professionals, our five-semester (21-month program) starts in August and features cohort classes and Saturday classes. Your learning will weave quantitative, analytical and managerial learning threads throughout the program to advance the skills and knowledge you need to solve the evolving challenges in the business of health. Participants will engage in an integrative team-based project to reinforce classroom learning and will also take part in an international field experience to gain exposure to the growing role of globalization in healthcare.

Also included in the EMBA experience is executive coaching, with the goal of helping participants define their career vision and develop a personal plan to make their vision a reality.

Blending In-Class and Online Learning

The EMBA blends self-paced online modules with in-class sessions. This approach allows you to control when, where and how you learn foundational materials through interactive online modules. It also means your in-class sessions will focus less on lecture, and more on discussion and application.

Rankings badge from CEO Magazine #13 Global EMBA in 2023

The EMBA program ranked No. 13 out of 69 programs in CEO Magazine’s 2023 Global MBA Rankings.

Our program is accredited by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), which places our college in the 5% of business schools worldwide.

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Please note: Due to the format of our program, we are unable to accommodate transfer students and you must be prepared to start in August.

Program Return on Investment (ROI)
3 years

Average break even on program investment


Average change in salary from start of program to graduation


Average salary increase three years after graduation

Healthcare Executive MBA Program at a Glance
  • Program Length: 15 required courses (43 credit hours) over 21 months
  • Program Start: Annually in August (due to cohort model)
  • Cohort Size: 30
  • Composition of Cohort: Each class consists of a diverse group of individuals from the for-profit and not-for-profit sectors, large and small companies, entrepreneurs and corporate professionals
  • Schedule: Each class session is 2.5 hours. Classes will typically meet on designated Saturdays from 8 a.m.–5 p.m.
  • Class Preparation: Participants should plan on 1.5 hours of preparation to complete self-paced materials including online modules, media, readings and practice problems for each 2.5 hour class. In addition, faculty may assign additional readings, projects, online discussions, or exams – requiring approximately 10-20 additional hours per week.

2024-2026 Tentative Program Calendar

  • The UTSA EMBA is a phenomenal experience that is taught by a world-class faculty. It is full of critical information for anyone in a position of leadership.

    Daniel A. Johnson, M.D.
    EMBA for Health Professionals, Class of 2020


Semester 1

  1. Business Analytics (Analytical Track)
  2. Financial Accounting (Quantitative Track)
  3. Organizational Behavior (Managerial Track)
  4. Professional Development (Integrated Course)

Semester 2

  1. Data Analytics and Cyber Security (Analytical Track)
  2. Accounting for Healthcare Organizations (Quantitative Track)
  3. Marketing Management (Analytical Track)
  4. Strategic Analysis (Integrated Project)

Semester 3

  1. Special Topics (Managerial Track)
  2. Legal, Ethical and Social Issues in Healthcare Management (Managerial Track)
  3. Professional Development (Integrated Course)

Semester 4

  1. Financial Management (Quantitative Track)
  2. Innovation and Entrepreneurship (Managerial Track)
  3. Effective Negotiating (Managerial Track)
  4. Healthcare Economics and Policy (Analytical Track)
  5. Strategic Planning (Integrated Project)

Semester 5

  1. Organizational and Managerial Issues in Healthcare (Quantitative Track)
  2. International Seminar (Managerial Track)
  3. Leadership (Managerial Track)
  4. Strategy Implementation (Integrative Project)
  5. Professional Development (Integrated Course)

*Schedule and courses are subject to change.

2024-2026 Tentative Program Calendar

Included in your Healthcare Executive MBA program cost:
  • Tuition
  • Course registration
  • Access to individual sessions with an executive coach
  • E-books and textbooks
  • Online course materials (course packs and case studies)
  • Parking pass
  • Breakfast and lunch (on full-class days)
  • Refreshments and light snack available during class meetings
  • Technology package (i.e. tablet)
  • Two-day orientation
  • Eight to 10-day sponsored international trip including hotel, flight, food, and cultural experiences

Our Executives-in-Residence bring years of experience and a deep knowledge of successful organizations into the classroom to elevate your EMBA experience to the C-Suite. As a Healthcare Executive MBA student, you will interact with our executives each semester through:

  • Hands-on classroom instruction, as executives serve as co-facilitators in designated courses
  • Scheduled group mentoring sessions led by our executives

These personal interactions will help connect your course knowledge with real world application, and enhance your program experience.

  • I joined the UTSA EMBA program to ‘know what I did not know’ in healthcare leadership, and I can truly say that the program’s faculty and experiences are exceptional. The unique amalgam of business and leadership skills I learn here will best equip me to address evolving challenges in healthcare.

    Rajeev Suri, M.D.
    EMBA for Health Professionals, Class of 2020

Ready to join our EMBA Class of 2026?

If you are ready to join a diverse group of health professionals as part of the next Executive MBA (EMBA) cohort, please contact us to learn more.

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