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

Successfully managing strategy, finance, patient experience, and operations in the highly regulated and unique health care sector requires specialized competencies and expertise beyond a traditional MBA. The master of science in health systems management is the currency needed to advance and perform in health care systems today.

Plan of study

This health administration master’s degree is a 39-credit applied, competency-based, and industry-focused online degree. You will take case-based, dynamic, and interactive courses focused on key health care topics including economics and policy, health IT and decision support, ethics, systems quality, and organizational learning.

Business and leadership courses prepare you to tackle issues involving financial management, quality improvement, operations, and strategy formulation—all within the context of real-world health care trends and challenges. You’ll be well prepared to develop, direct, and implement strategy and tactics that will shape the health care organizations of the future.

On-campus leadership immersion

To best profer highly developed leadership skills, you will have the valuable opportunity to attend two on-campus, hands-on, application-based learning and networking experiences. You will work closely with your classmates and faculty on case analysis, problem-solving, critical thinking, teamwork, and leadership skills during these 4-day sessions. This face-to-face training delivers skills and competencies which will continue to be developed in a virtual environment within the online courses to maximize your return on investment in skill development and practice.

Travel course

One of the most distinguishing and attractive benefits of this health administration degree is the culminating travel course. During the final summer term, you will have the opportunity for a faculty-led travel experience in which you will conduct an intensive study of the locale’s health system in comparison to your native system. As your final project, you will use that experience to innovate a product or service. For those unable to travel, an alternative study option will be provided.


Upon completing the MS in health systems management, you’ll be proficient in:

  • Knowledge of health care systems in the U.S.
  • Communications and interpersonal effectiveness
  • Critical thinking, analysis, and problem-solving skills
  • Management and leadership skills
  • Professionalism and ethics theory and practice
  • Price

    $1,191 per credit hour (2020-21)

  • Duration

    39 credit hours required

    A full-time student could complete this degree in 12 months.

    A part-time student could complete this degree in 24 months.

  • 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)
    • International students are permitted to participate in the US-based courses of this program only if they have and maintain a valid immigration status which permits part-time study (examples: J-2, H-4). This program does not qualify for F-1 visa status. B-1/B-2 (or the Visa Waiver Program equivalent statuses) should not be used to engage in these courses, as taking credit-bearing courses towards a degree would violate the terms of the visitor visa status.
    • 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.