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Master of Science in Healthcare Leadership and Management


The Master of Science in Healthcare Leadership and Management (MSHLM) is a 36 semester credit hours degree program (18-24 months) at the Naveen Jindal School of Management. The program prepares industry leaders with a solid foundation in business analysis exposure to real–world healthcare management and rewarding professional development opportunities.

UT Dallas’ nationally recognized business faculty, together with a select group of highly experienced healthcare industry executives, prepares graduates to assume increasingly responsible management and leadership roles in a wide range of healthcare settings, including health and hospital systems, service provider organizations, insurers and managed care companies, consulting firms, pharmaceutical companies, public health organizations, and medical device and biotechnology firms.

MS in Healthcare Leadership and Management at UT Dallas To apply for this degree program, an undergraduate degrees is required (all majors are considered).

All classes are offered in an on-campus setting, a blended on-campus and online format, and a totally online format. The totally online format may appeal to students living outside the North Texas area or to students already working in a healthcare field who do not require networking opportunities.

  • Connect with the Director
  • Degree Plan
  • Career Management
  • Lean Six Sigma Certificates
  • Healthcare IT Certificate

Connect with the Director

Looking for a business career that is challenging, dynamic, and rewarding? Consider the world of healthcare management which is the second largest employer in the DFW Metroplex. Job opportunities are as diverse as hospital administration, medical/dental clinic management, consulting, government agencies, pharmaceuticals, and biotechnology. Healthcare reform, an aging population, and increasing technology will all contribute to the need for well trained individuals wishing to take a leadership role in the healthcare management field.

The program allows students with full time jobs to complete their degree through evening and on-line courses. Suggested career tracks include information technology, internal audit, and operations.

Forney Fleming, MD Program Director, MS in Healthcare Leadership and Management

Degree Plan

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The MS in Healthcare Leadership and Management has specific core and concentration courses for developing in-depth knowledge in a specific area of leadership and management of the U.S. healthcare industry. Students are encouraged to review the UT Dallas Graduate Catalog for the most updated curriculum details.

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Core Courses

27 semester credit hours

Elective Courses

9 semester credit hours

4 Concentrations

3 elective courses from one of these specific areas:

  • Healthcare Informatics
  • Healthcare Internal Auditing
  • Healthcare Operations
  • Quality Improvement
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The nine hours of electives allow students to customize the degree to fulfill their specific career goals, such as proficiency in IT, quality improvement, supply chain or internal audit.

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Career Management

Healthcare is a challenging, rapidly–growing industry that employs one of every 10 working adults nationally. Healthcare employment has grown every year for the past 20 years, and in Texas is responsible for more than 15% of the state’s annual employment growth. Of the 30 projected fastest growing jobs in the US, 15 are in health–related fields, including six in the top 10.

The Master of Science in Healthcare Leadership and Management prepares graduates for management and leadership roles in a wide range of rapidly growing health–related organizations, including health and hospital systems, service provider organizations, insurers and managed care companies, consulting firms, pharmaceutical companies, public health organizations, and medical device and biotechnology firms.

Lean Six Sigma Certificates

Lean Six Sigma in Healthcare Quality Yellow Belt Certificate

Lean Six Sigma is a framework used in improving quality by focusing on re-engineering the processes involved in delivering a product or service. The Six Sigma concept was introduced in the mid-1980s to improve manufacturing processes and it has evolved over many decades. Lean Six Sigma has become popular in the service sector and increasingly being applied to improve the quality of healthcare processes and reducing the overall cost.

Admission Requirement

Students enrolled in the Master of Science in Healthcare Administration program or any other graduate programs have the opportunity to earn a Yellow Belt in Healthcare Lean Six Sigma by completing the following four course with a grad of (B) or higher. Please contact Dr Kannan Ramanathan for more information.

  • HMGT 6320 The American Healthcare System
  • HMGT 6321 Strategic Leadership of Healthcare Organizations
  • HMGT 6323 Healthcare Informatics in Healthcare
  • HMGT 6332 Quality Improvement in Healthcare – Six Sigma and Beyond

Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Certificate

Lean Six Sigma is a framework used in improving quality by focusing on re-engineering the processes involved in delivering a product or service. The Six Sigma concept was introduced in the mid-1980s to improve manufacturing processes and it has evolved over many decades. Lean Six Sigma has become popular in the service sector and increasingly being applied to improve the quality of healthcare processes and reducing the overall cost.

Admission Requirement

Students enrolled in the Master of Science in Healthcare Administration program have the opportunity to earn a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt in Healthcare Quality. This opportunity is also available to other graduate students to earn a Green Belt in Lean Six Sigma. All students must complete the required courses with a grade of (B ) or higher.

Lean Six Sigma Green Belt in Healthcare Quality:
HMGT 6332 Quality Improvement in Healthcare: Six Sigma and Beyond

Lean Six Sigma Green Belt:
OPRE 6364 Quality Control: Lean Six Sigma

Required Project

The student will work in a team with other students to complete a project under the guidance of a coach to address the quality improvement issue at a healthcare or healthcare related, organization (for the Green Belt in Healthcare Lean Six Sigma) or in any organization (healthcare or not) for the Green Belt certificate in Quality. Please contact Dr Kannan Ramanathan for more information.

Healthcare IT Certificate

The graduate Certificate in Healthcare IT emphasizes practical concepts and hands on experience gained using a electronic medical records (EMR) software such as Epic. The certificate requires the completion of three courses (with a grade of B or better). Please visit the Certificate in Healthcare IT for information and its course requirements.