Health Systems Administration MS

Graduate Admissions Counselor

Matt Stever

Department Contact

Carla Stebbins, Ph.D., Program Director

Online Program Available

This program may be completed online. Visit RIT Online for additional information.

Please contact the admissions counselor below for additional information about applying to the online program.

Matt Stever

Admission Deadlines & Requirements

Program Available Online? Yes
Application Deadline Rolling
Admit Term Fall/Spring/Summer - Online Only
Entrance Exam None
English Language Exams:
TOEFL (Internet) 88-89
PTE Academic 61


Priority deadline - COMPLETE applications that are received by this date are given priority consideration for admission and financial aid (if applicable). Applications received after the priority deadline will be considered on a space-available basis.

Rolling - There is no specific deadline for applications; applications will be accepted and reviewed throughout the year until the program reaches capacity.

Program overview

The MS degree in health systems administration provides strategic knowledge and skills for today’s health care management professionals. Health care is rapidly transforming. The pace of technology and innovation are changing how, when, and where health care is provided, and who is providing it. Concurrently, health care consumers have high expectations for quality and responsiveness to their needs—delivered in a cost-effective manner. The program's curriculum is built on a foundation of skills and knowledge sets identified and endorsed by national health care leadership organizations. Graduates are prepared to assume clinical and business leadership roles across a diverse health care industry.

Efforts to improve the patient care experience, improve the health of populations, and reduce the per capita cost of health care are creating rapid changes in health care. The program's course work provides student's with a breadth of knowledge in key areas required for effective management of health care organizations: research, governance and economics, finance, process improvement, project management, and informatics. Course work provides a broad view of health care issues that administrators and leaders must be prepared to deal with effectively: change and innovation, leadership theory and application, bioethics, and human resources. Finally, the program prepares students to develop and implement plans designed to create and steer health care organizations of the future. Graduates will not only lead today’s health care organizations, but create patient-centered facilities of the future.

Plan of study

The program requires 39 credit hours at the graduate level and can be completed in two years. The program may be completed on a part-time basis. Students must maintain a 3.0 grade point average. Toward the end of their program of study, students complete a capstone project consisting of a community research experience. Upon matriculation, each student works with the program director to develop a plan of study and a career plan.


Health systems administration, MS degree, typical course sequence

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
HLTH-700 Research Methods 3
HLTH-715 Reinventing Health Care 3
HLTH-736 Health Care Operations Management 3
HLTH-717 Bioethics 3
HLTH-737 Lean Sigma in Health Care (summer) 3
Second Year
HLTH-723 Human Resources in Health Care 3
HLTH-730 Health Care Financial Management I: Basic Principles and Practice 3
HLTH-731 Health Care Financial Management II: Concepts and Applications 3
HLTH-760 Health Care Informatics 3
  Elective (summer) 3
HLTH-740 Health Care Leadership (summer) 3
Third Year
HLTH-796 Health Care Strategy: Analysis and Formulation 3
HLTH-797 Capstone 3
Total Semester Credit Hours 39


Admission requirements

To be considered for admission to the MS program in health systems administration, candidates must fulfill the following requirements:

  • Complete a graduate application
  • Hold a baccalaureate degree (or equivalent) from an accredited university or college. 
  • Submit official transcripts (in English) of all previously completed undergraduate and graduate course work.
  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (or equivalent).
  • Submit two letters of recommendation from individuals who have the opportunity to observe the applicant’s work output.
  • Complete an interview with the program chair (for those without health care experience).
  • It is recommended that applicants have a minimum of three years of experience in a health care or health-related organization. Applicants who do not meet this requirement may be asked to complete a graduate level internship in health care prior to graduation.
  • International applicants whose native language is not English must submit scores from the TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE. A minimum TOEFL score of 88 (internet-based) is required. A minimum IELTS score of 6.5 is required. The English language test score requirement is waived for native speakers of English or for those submitting transcripts from degrees earned at American institutions.


Additional information

Maximum time limit

University policy requires that graduate programs be completed within seven years of the student's initial registration for courses in the program.

Career Outcomes

The RIT Office of Career Services and Cooperative Education website provides information pertaining to student skills and capabilities, salary data, career information, job outcomes, and contact information for the Career Services Coordinator by program.

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