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Health Systems Administration
Master of Science
College of Health Sciences and Technology
Graduate Program Contact Dr. Carla Stebbins

Innovative ways to deliver patient care, gathering and analyzing heath care data, enhancing the patient experience, and reducing costs are just a few of the challenges facing health care professionals in an industry that is complex and ever-changing.

Today’s health care leaders need to manage the business of health care all while improving the quality and responsiveness of patient care. To meet these challenges, you need an advanced degree that combines the leadership and organizational management curriculum of an MBA with the specialized knowledge that comes from managing within an intricate health care industry. RIT’s MS in Health Systems Administration program gives you the skills you need to excel in clinical and business leadership positions across a sophisticated, evolving industry.

Health care is the largest industry in the U.S. and the second largest employer, with more than 11 million jobs. Employment opportunities for health services managers and administrators will increase by 20% over the next 10 years, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. There’s never been a better time to pursue this degree which draws on the technical, analytical, management, and cross-disciplinary thought leadership for which RIT is known. Designed for working professionals, this online program offers five start dates and an accelerated course option to shorten time-to-degree.

The program’s curriculum covers topics key to the effective management of health care organizations, such as change and innovation, leadership theory and application, bioethics, and human resources. Students complete business and leadership courses preparing them for financial management, quality improvement, operations, and strategy formulation.

A diverse student population inspires creative discussion about global health care issues and the standards and practices of the American health care system. Students are encouraged to share information and ideas, compare and contrast strategies, enabling creativity and scope of practice not found in the traditional classroom.

  • Price

    $1,081 per credit hour (2018-19 AY)

  • Duration

    39 credit hours required

    A full-time student could finish the program in a little over a year, and a part-time student could complete the program in a little over 2 years. It all depends on how many courses a student takes in a session. 

  • Courses
  • Jobs
    • Hospital Administrator
    • Nursing Home Administrator
    • Clinical Manager
    • Consultant
  • Employers
    • Hospitals
    • Health Systems
    • Physician Practices
    • Insurers
    • Nursing Homes
    • Ambulatory Care Facilities
  • Program Differentiators
    • We offer accelerated programs with 7 week courses
    • 95% of RIT graduates enter the workforce or continue to go on for further education
    • RIT alums hail from more than 147 countries and work for more than 3,723 employers
    • Upon graduation, you’ll become a member of the 121,000-strong RIT alumni community
    • We build programs based on real-time employer demand
    • Faculty bring their experience in the field and in the classroom, and work with students to bridge theory to practice
    • We provide the same library services and resources, including a dedicated librarian, for online students
    • Our career specialists provide advisement to help you plan, prepare for, and meet your career goals
    • We provide enriched personalized academic advising
    • You receive the same RIT credential as traditional on-campus graduates
  • Application Requirements

    Applications may be submitted any time during the year. For priority consideration, please submit an application and required supplemental materials a minimum of 4 weeks prior to your intended start date.

    To be considered for admission to the master of science in health systems administration program, candidates must complete the online application form and fulfill the following requirements:

    • Hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution
    • Have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher preferred
    • Submit official transcripts (in English) of all previously completed undergraduate and graduate course work
    • Submit a current resume, personal statement, and two letters of recommendation
    • Complete an interview with the program chair (for those without health care experience)
    • A test of English Language aptitude is required of all applicants and course registrants whose native language is not English. RIT accepts TOEFL, IELTS, and PTE exams. Applicants are exempt from submitting the TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE-Academic exams if they have worked or studied in the U.S. for the last two years or they are from countries and attended universities whose native language is English. These countries include: American Samoa, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, British West Indies, Canada, England, Guam, Ireland, Mauritius, New Zealand, Scotland, South Africa, Virgin Islands and Wales.
    • Certain countries are subject to comprehensive embargoes under US Export Controls, which prohibit virtually ALL exports, imports and other transactions without a license or other US Government authorization. Learners from Syria, Sudan, North Korea, the Crimea region of the Ukraine, Iran and Cuba may not register for online courses at RIT. Nor may individuals on the United States Treasury Department’s list of Specially Designated Nationals or the United States Commerce Department’s table of Deny Orders. By registering for online courses at RIT, you represent and warrant that you are not located in, under the control of, or a national or resident of any such country or on any such list.

    All credentials must be submitted and reviewed by faculty prior to the completion of 12 semester credit hours of graduate work in the program.

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