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Program Overview

Michigan State University's Master of Science in Healthcare Management - Leadership program provides talented healthcare professionals vital leadership skills and critical thinking proficiencies with business acumen through the study and application of healthcare management within a solid business framework, including a four-course concentration in the field of Leadership.

Developed by the renowned faculty of MSU's Broad College of Business (a national leader in management education) in collaboration with healthcare industry experts, all courses are offered 100% online in five-week modules with weekly 70- to 90-minute synchronous live sessions with faculty and classmates in an interactive learning environment. No campus visits are required, so you can pursue your master's degree from an internationally recognized research university while maintaining your professional commitments and immediately apply course knowledge within your organization.

Program Outcomes

Through an interdisciplinary curriculum of healthcare-specific courses, the M.S. in Healthcare Management - Leadership program prepares participants to apply and champion the following within their organizations:

    • Critical thinking and innovation in healthcare
    • Communications and interpersonal effectiveness
    • Analysis and problem solving
    • Global healthcare and the impact of globalization
    • Analytics in healthcare 
    • Collaborative healthcare leadership
    • Evidence-based strategic decision making
    • Effective negotiations

Career Impact

The Master of Science in Healthcare Management - Leadership is designed to transform healthcare professionals into tomorrow's leaders and help provide a path for career advancement. Earning your master's in Healthcare Management can enhance your career potential and empower you to pursue your professional goals, including positions and salaries like these: 

    • Healthcare Chief Executive: $173,770*
    • Medical and Health Services Manager: $99,730*
    • Compliance Manager: $107,480*
    • Human Resources Manager: $113,300*
    • Administrative Services Manager: $96,180*

*Average annual salary, according to U.S. Department of Labor median pay figures as of 2018.



  • Program Orientation
  • Healthcare Management Capstone4 Credits
  • HCM 801Critical Thinking and Innovation in Healthcare2 Credits
  • HCM 802Cost Analysis in Healthcare2 Credits
  • HCM 803Financial Analysis in Healthcare2 Credits
  • HCM 804Financial Management in Healthcare2 Credits
  • HCM 805Quality, Risk and Performance Management 2 Credits
  • HCM 806Healthcare Information Systems2 Credits
  • HCM 807Law and Ethics in Healthcare2 Credits
  • HCM 808Healthcare Systems and Economic Policy2 Credits
  • HCM 809 Organizational Behavior in Healthcare2 Credits
  • HCM 810Human Resource Management in Healthcare2 Credits
  • HCM 811Healthcare Strategic Management2 Credits
  • HCM 812Supply Chain Management in Healthcare2 Credits
  • HCM 813Healthcare Services Marketing2 Credits
  • HCM 814Hospitality and the Patient Experience2 Credits
  • HCM 815Managerial Epidemiology and Population Health2 Credits
  • HCM 817Healthcare Leadership2 Credits
  • HCM 818Strategic Decision Making2 Credits
  • HCM 819Market Analysis and Planning2 Credits
  • HCM 820Negotiations2 Credits

Admissions and Requirements

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. A bachelor's degree

    Official four-year bachelor’s degree-bearing transcript from a regionally or nationally accredited institution that demonstrates a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 in the last two years of the program. Transcripts from Michigan State are not required.

  2. 3.0 GPA or above on a 4.0 scale
  3. Previous work experience

    Current résumé (with detailed work experience)

  4. A written personal statement

    Statement of purpose (250–1,000 words) describing relevant education, work experience and how you intend to apply the M.S. in Healthcare Management degree to your career and in achieving your professional goals

  5. 3 letters of recommendation

    Three letters of recommendation from professional, work-related references, preferably direct supervisors

  6. Official transcripts from all previous schools

To apply to this program:

  1. Complete the online application.
  2. Pay a one-time, nonrefundable $100 application and transcript fee.
  3. Provide a current résumé (with detailed work experience).
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Key Dates

Spring 2021

Application Deadline

December 4, 2020

Fall 2021

Application Deadline

August 6, 2021

Tuition & Fees

In State Tuition

  • $39,900
  • Total

Out of State Tuition

  • $39,900
  • Total


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