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Health Systems Administration
Master of Science
College of Health Sciences and Technology
Graduate Program Contact Kristen Waterstam-Rich

The Master of Science in health systems administration provides strategic skills for today’s healthcare management professionals. Now, as never before, health care is rapidly transforming. The pace of technology and innovation are changing how, when, and where healthcare is provided, and who is providing it. Concurrently, healthcare consumers have high expectations for quality and responsiveness to their needs—delivered in a cost-effective manner. To provide these strategic skills, this post-graduate degree builds on a foundation of courses in policy and law formation, healthcare economics, finance, insurance reform, innovation, information technology, systems, operations and leadership. The course work is built on a foundation of skills and knowledge sets identified and endorsed by national healthcare leadership organizations. Graduates of the program are prepared to assume clinical and business leadership roles across the diverse healthcare industry.

The healthcare industry is changing rapidly due to healthcare reform and the Affordable Care Act. The MS degree encompasses course work that provides the graduate with a breadth of knowledge in areas key required for effective management of healthcare organizations: research, governance and economics, finance, health insurance, process improvement, project management and informatics. The MS curriculum also provides graduates a broad view of healthcare 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 curriculum prepares the graduate to develop and implement plans designed to create and steer healthcare organizations of the future. Health Systems Administration graduates will not only lead today’s healthcare organizations, they will create patient-centered facilities of the future.

The program is offered online, allowing students to pursue their degree while maintaining full-time employment in locations around the world. A distinct advantage of the program is the diversity of its student population, allowing for creative discussion and comprehension of global health care issues and how they relate to the standards and practices of the American health care system. The ability to share information and ideas, and to compare and contrast strategies, allows students a level of creativity and scope of practice not found in the traditional classroom.

A new accelerated format reduces the length of the program's courses to eight-week sessions, permitting students to complete their program in half the time of traditional semester-based programs.

  • Price $993 per credit hour (2016/17 AY)
  • Duration

    39 credit hours required

    A full-time student could finish the program in 1 year, and a part-time student could complete the program in less than 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 8 week courses
    • 95% of RIT graduates enter the workforce or continue to go on for further education
    • RIT alums hail from more than 101 countries and work for more than 3,000 employers
    • Upon graduation, you’ll become a member of the 114,000-strong RIT alumni community
    • We build programs based on real-time employer demand
    • The same faculty that teach on-campus, teach online
    • RIT faculty have extensive experience in the classroom, in research, and in their professional fields
    • 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 all application materials a minimum of 6 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. Students must achieve the following minimum scores prior to consideration for admission: 550 paper-based or 79 internet-based on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), or 6.5 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or 58 on the Pearson Test of English-Academic (PTE). Applicants are exempt from submitting the TOEFL, PTE-Academic, or IELTS 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

    It is recommended that applicants have a minimum of three years of experience in a health care or health-related organization as either a practitioner or manager. Applicants who do not meet this requirement may be asked to complete certain undergraduate courses as a bridge for the content knowledge required for the graduate program. They may also be required to complete a graduate level internship in health care prior to graduation.

    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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