Master of Science in Healthcare Management
Healthcare is a challenging, rapidly growing industry that employs one of every 10 working adults nationally and is responsible for more than 15 percent of annual employment growth in Texas. The Master of Science in Healthcare Management prepares industry leaders with a solid foundation in business analysis and decision–making, a thorough 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, prepare healthcare management M.S. 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.
Note: To apply for this degree program, an undergrad business degrees is not required (all undergraduate majors welcome).
Evening classes and a flexible format are designed to meet the needs of working professionals, including healthcare administrators, clinicians and support personnel, as well as anyone planning a career move into healthcare. Students may enter the program three times per year: in January, May and August. By taking two classes per semester, students may expect to complete the degree in two years.
The 36–credit–hour MS in Healthcare Management is earned by completing 15 semester credit hours of business core, a minimum of 12 hours of healthcare core and nine hours of healthcare electives. All classes are offered in an on–campus setting, although up to 60 percent of the program may be taken online. See the Degree Plan below for the complete curriculum.
Looking for a business career that is challenging, dynamic, and rewarding? Consider the world of healthcare management. Healthcare is the second largest employer in the DFW Metroplex. While 8.4 million jobs have been lost since the economic slowdown began in 2007, the healthcare field has added one million new positions. Job opportunities are as diverse as hospital administration, medical/dental clinic management, consulting, government agencies, pharmaceuticals, and biotechnology.
The program allows students with full time jobs to complete their degree through evening and on-line courses. Nine hours of electives allow students to tailor courses to meet their individual needs. Suggested career tracks include information technology, internal audit, and operations. A Six Sigma green belt certificate is also available.
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.
Forney Fleming, MD
Business Management Core (15 hours)
Healthcare Management Core (12 hours)
Choose at least 2 courses from the followings
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 percent of the state’s annual employment growth. Of the 30 projected fastest growing jobs in the U.S., 15 are in health–related fields, including six in the top 10.
The Master of Science in Healthcare 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.
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- How long does it take to complete the program?
- Is the program accredited?
- Is a business background or a healthcare background necessary?
- Are courses offered on-line?
- Are there student organizations?
- Is an admission test required?
- What are the deadlines for admission?
- Are total admissions to the program limited?
- Whom to contact for financial aid and scholarship?
- Are internships available?
- A select number of positions are offered by healthcare organizations every semester to UTD graduate students. Contact the MS in Healthcare Management Program Director for details
- Students may establish their own internship with a healthcare organization
- Occasionally a healthcare organization desiring an intern for a specific project will contact the Program Director. These opportunities are sent to the Student Healthcare Club members
- The Career Center has internship positions listed
- Student must have completed 12 hours of the Master’s degree program
- Students will apply directly to the internship sponsor
- Up to 3 hours of degree credit may be earned
- Are jobs available for international students following graduation?
- What are the certificates offered?
- Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Information Technology
- Six Sigma Yellow and Green Belts
18 to 24 months. Since the majority of our students have full time jobs the courses are offered in the evenings. Students taking two courses per semester (including summer) finish in two years.
Yes. We are accredited by two organizations?AACSB and SACS. We are also members of AUPHA (Association of University Programs in Health Administration).
No. This is a self-contained course which will furnish the basic business and healthcare knowledge you need. Many students are using this degree for a career change into the healthcare field. Other students are entering the program directly out of undergraduate degree programs.
All of the core business courses (15 hours) are available on-line. Currently only two of the healthcare courses are offered on-line. Student interaction in the classroom is a valuable part of the educational experience, since many of the students are already working in the healthcare field.
There is a very active Healthcare Management Association which holds meetings designed to benefit students with networking and career information. We encourage students to join ACHE (American College of Healthcare Executives, which has a student membership category) and MGMA (Medical Group Managers Association).
Yes. Either the GMAT (average score 580) or the GRE (average score 315) is required. Preparatory courses for these exams are offered by UTD.
For domestic students: Fall: July 1; Spring: Nov 1; Summer: April 1
For international students: Fall: May 1; Spring: Sept 1; Summer: March 1
Students may enter at any semester
No. All academically qualified students are accepted for admission.
Contact the Advising Office in the JSOM for details
Internships are available for students desiring work experience in the healthcare field. There are four sources for internships:
Healthcare jobs are highly competitive. Successful job placement by an international student will require hard work and extensive networking. Several of our international graduates are currently working with large healthcare organizations in the Dallas area.