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Online Master’s Degree: Healthcare Administration

Healthcare Administration
Master of Science
  • 42 credits
  • Transfer up to 12 credits
  • All courses available online
  • Select hybrid courses available
  • $534 per credit (in-state)
  • $659 per credit (out-of-state)
  • $336 per credit (military)
  • Other fees may apply
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Gain real-world knowledge and skills to advance your career in the dynamic and fast-paced healthcare field with an online master’s degree in healthcare administration from University of Maryland Global Campus. Learn from our experienced faculty members and practitioners as you prepare for leadership roles in department management, health systems analysis, and legislative work. With online courses built for the working professional, UMGC also offers scholarships, financial aid, and an interest-free monthly payment plan to help make your education as affordable as possible. Plus, this program uses textbooks from the UMGC Library supplemented with no-cost digital materials, so you can save on textbook costs.

Earn a Well-Respected Healthcare Administration Degree

The innovative, cutting-edge curriculum of this online master’s degree program is designed to develop transformational healthcare leaders of the future. Student-centered and agile coursework promotes autonomy and helps create a pathway toward professional growth. This online program, which is built for mid-career professionals looking to advance and make an impact, will not only help you develop entrepreneurial business acumen, but also the skills necessary to advocate for change.

By completing this online program, you will be able to take advantage of the following benefits:

  • You may be eligible to join Upsilon Phi Delta, the national academic honor society of the Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA).
  • UMGC is a registered member of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) Higher Education Network.
  • Some courses in the program include a “portfolio” assignment to help students create a lifelong learning plan, practice presentation skills, develop long-term career goals, and more.

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Gain Career-Focused Experience in Healthcare

Employers in today’s evolving healthcare industry want leaders who are ready to contribute. This program is designed to prepare you to make an impact in health policy, security and governance; manage complex and innovative systems; seek a variety of opportunities; and work in quickly changing environments. Our courses are designed to help you walk away with vital skills in communication, leadership, risk management, value-based healthcare advocacy, and more.  

Our top-notch faculty update the curriculum regularly with a focus on helping students achieve these learning goals:

Prepare for a Career in Healthcare Administration

This program is designed to help you prepare for an important professional role in a healthcare organization, like program director, director of operations, practice manager, administrator, assisted living community manager, compliance manager, healthcare account manager, patient advocate, and more. UMGC courses are taught by experienced faculty members, and address skills and competencies that today’s employers seek.

Jennifer R. (left), Catonsville, MD

Jobs Increase
Employment for medical and health services managers is expected to grow by 28% from 2021 to 2031, much faster than the national average.
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics | “Occupational Outlook Handbook” | 2023
Annual Job Openings
About 56,600 openings for medical and health services managers are projected each year over the next decade.
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics | “Occupational Outlook Handbook” | 2023

Practice Real-World Skills in Your Healthcare Courses 

Throughout the curriculum, your instructors will assign coursework that is designed to help you hone real-world skills and gain experience relevant to healthcare professionals. In past courses, students have been able to complete the following projects:  

  • Develop a disaster response plan that includes various aspects of operations for disaster and emergency management phases.  
  • Complete a “take-home portfolio” that includes a lifelong learning plan and a detailed outline of your career goals.  
  • Develop a proposal for a community health outreach program, applying a current public health issue that is impacting a distinct vulnerable population. 
  • Design a strategic plan, playing the role of a healthcare executive leader for a healthcare setting of your choice. 
  • Construct a mock survey and develop a regulatory-readiness plan for a healthcare facility.  

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