Insight: The Wharton MBA in Healthcare Management

For business professionals who want to develop a wide range of managerial and technical expertise in health care management, the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania is one of the premier MBA options in the country.

The field of healthcare management is growing rapidly, and appeals to people who want a thriving career in pharmaceuticals, biotech health services, government agencies, insurance companies, HMOs and more. Those who graduate with a Wharton MBA in Healthcare Management will be very well prepared to play leadership roles in many diverse healthcare organizations and specialties that comprise this industry.

Health care management MBA majors have the opportunity to select from a rich variety of electives, including classes in the applied social sciences, biomedical sciences and social policy.

The Health Care Management MBA at Wharton is somewhat different from other fields at the business school. Students must select their major at the time they apply, and the program integrates both academic and professional development. This helps students to gain both part time and full time jobs in many areas of the health care sector.

Alumni from this MBA program have gone on to have dynamic careers in many industries, from pharmaceuticals to financial services to hospitals.


Some of the classes that you are required to take include:

  • The Health Services System

  • Health Care Field Application Project

  • Financial Management of Health Institutions

  • Legal Aspects of Health Care

  • Health Care Marketing

  • Business Models and Impact

  • Private Sector Development in Global Health Development

  • Comparative Health Care Systems

  • Health Care Services Delivery


Admission to Wharton is highly selective. Applications requirements for the Wharton MBA program are as follows:

  • Application fee: $265

  • Personal and professional essay

  • Undergraduate and graduate transcripts

  • Two letters of recommendations, from supervisors preferred

  • GMAT or GRE scores no more than five years old

  • Interview – by invitation only for candidates whose applications have been thoroughly reviewed by the admissions committee

  • Updated, one page resume

2015 Class Profile

  • 6036 applications, 837 enrolled

  • 68 in Health Management MBA program

  • 42% female

  • 35% international

  • 30% are students of color

  • Mean years of work experience: 5

  • GMAT range: 630-790

Cost of Attendance

The total cost of tuition for this two year MBA program is $68,210. On campus housing for the two years costs $20,626, and includes a food plan.

Financial Aid

Financial assistance is available at Wharton through grants, fellowships and scholarship programs. Outside scholarships also are available. Also are available are Federal Direct and Direct Grad PLUS Loans. Up to the full amount of the cost of attendance may be borrowed, less any fellowship or scholarship funds.