Develop advanced managerial skills in the graduate health care administration program to become an agile, adaptive leader.

As a healthcare administrator, you're constantly challenged to keep up with changes in your profession. The Master of Science in health care administration program at University of Maryland University College is designed for busy, midcareer healthcare professionals like you. We'll give you the expert knowledge, management skills, and strong professional development you need to seize career opportunities and maximize your potential in this era of rapid healthcare transformation.

UMUC is nationally recognized as a leader in online graduate healthcare programs. By actively participating in national-level discussions that shape healthcare education, we help to ensure that your UMUC degree is recognized, relevant, and respected.

About the Health Care Administration Master's Degree

The health care administration curriculum features emerging topics in the field. Our faculty lend their extensive field experience, and we build in opportunities for you to network with employers through your coursework.

What You'll Learn

Through your coursework, you will learn how to

  • Apply strong financial management skills, including techniques for responding to uncompensated care, cost increases, increased competition, and increased regulation
  • Use statistical tools to analyze health data and make effective business decisions
  • Demonstrate knowledge of different models in healthcare administration, including contemporary theories, critical perspectives, and best practices for performance excellence in a highly competitive healthcare environment
  • Use decision-making skills for institutional management, organizational development, and intercultural work environments
  • Strategically plan, implement, and evaluate information systems
  • Understand regulatory constraints, provider liability, patient rights, employment law and labor relations, and administrative law for healthcare organizations
  • Analyze public health issues and their impact on healthcare organizations
  • Solve ongoing problems in healthcare financing and delivery

Coursework Examples

In past projects, students have had the opportunity to

  • Interview key healthcare professionals about current and future trends in the healthcare marketplace
  • Develop a strategic plan and budget for improving the delivery of care
  • Analyze the implications of the Affordable Care Act on healthcare costs, access, and quality
  • Contact a public health agency to analyze and give a presentation on a public health program or policy

Industry Certification

This program can help prepare you for the following certification exams

Health Care Administration Master's Degree Requirements

Our curriculum is designed with input from employers, industry experts, and scholars. You'll learn theories combined with real-world applications and practical skills you can apply on the job right away.

Master's Courses

Introductory Course

  • UCSP 615
    (to be taken within the first 6 credits of study)

We also recommend UCSP 605 if you'd like to improve your graduate writing skills.

Core Courses

  • HCAD 600
  • MGMT 615
  • MGMT 640
  • HCAD 610
  • HCAD 620
  • HCAD 630
  • HCAD 635
  • HCAD 640
  • HIMS 650
  • HCAD 650
  • HCAD 660

Core Rules & Recommendations

  • You are strongly encouraged to take HCAD 600 and MGMT 615 as the first courses in the program.
  • MGMT 615 must be taken before HCAD 660.
  • MGMT 640 must be taken before HCAD 640.
  • MGMT 640 and HIMS 650 should not be taken at the same time
  • If you lack a recent background in finance or accounting, you should take UCSP 620 before MGMT 640.

Capstone Course

  • HCAD 670

Capstone Rules & Recommendations

  • You must complete 30 credits before enrolling in HCAD 670.

Other Requirements

  • You must maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher at all times.
  • All degree requirements must be fulfilled within five consecutive years.
  • Any transfer credits must have been earned within the five-year time frame to be applied toward a graduate degree.
 

Program Admission Requirements

You must have professional work experience and/or an educational background in the healthcare industry. If you do not have an undergraduate degree in healthcare administration or a related field or do not have professional healthcare industry work experience, you should choose the Master of Science in management with a specialization in healthcare administration.

Student Clubs and Organizations

Business and Management Club

Type: Academic club
Available To: Undergraduate and Graduate

This club allows students to network and discuss their shared interests with one another and their faculty members, enabling them to learn more about the field.

Upsilon Phi Delta

Type: Honor society
Available To: Undergraduate and Graduate

Upsilon Phi Delta is the national academic honor society of the Association of University Programs in Health Administration.

The purposes of Upsilon Phi Delta are to

  • Elevate the standards, ideals, competence, and ethics of professionally educated women and men in health administration and leadership

  • Recognize and encourage scholarship in healthcare administration

  • Recognize students who achieve distinction in healthcare administration studies in universities and colleges

  • Provide financial assistance through scholarships to outstanding students pursuing a degrees in healthcare administration

  • Motivate academic excellence in students studying healthcare administration

Quality Assurance Recognition

College Values Online Top Online DegreesUMUC's Master of Science in Health Care Administration has been recognized as one of 2016's best value colleges by College Values Online.