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
Program Director, MS in Healthcare Management

(972) 883-5812
Office – JSOM 4.229

Business Management Core (15 hours)


Course Name


OB 6301 Organizational Behavior 3
FIN 6301 Financial Management 3
ACCT 6305 Accounting for Managers 3
MKT 6301 Marketing Management 3
OPRE 6301 Quantitative Intro to Risk & Uncertainty 3

Healthcare Management Core (12 hours)


Course Name


HMGT 6320 * American Healthcare System 3
HMGT 6321 * Strategic Leadership of Healthcare Organizations 3
HMGT 6323 * Healthcare Informatics 3
HMGT 6330 * Healthcare Law, Policy & Regulation 3
* All required courses must be taken.

Choose at least 2 courses from the followings


Course Name


HMGT 6322 Healthcare Cost Management & Control 3
HMGT 6324 (OB 6332) Negotiation & Dispute Resolution 3
HMGT 6325 Healthcare Operations Management 3
HMGT 6327 Information and Knowledge Mgmt in Healthcare 3
HMGT 6329 Seminar in Healthcare Management 3
HMGT 6331 Healthcare Economics 3
HMGT 6332 Quality Improvement in HC – 6 Sigma and Beyond 3
HMGT 6333 Ethics in Healthcare Management 3
HMGT 6334 (MIS 6324) Healthcare Analytics (Business Intelligence Software and Techniques) 3
HMGT 6380 (ACCT 6380) Internal Audit 3
HMGT 6382 (ACCT 6382) Advanced Audit 3
HMGT 6336 (ACCT 6336) Information Technology Audit and Risk Management 3
HMGT 6V98 Healthcare Internship 3
OB 6307 Strategic Human Resources Management 3
OB 6331 Power and Politics in Organizations 3
MKT 6309 Marketing Research 3
OB 6321 Principles of Leadership 3

Electives (3 Hours)

The 3–hour Business Management elective requirement may be met by additional healthcare courses as well as by advanced courses in other management disciplines.

Professional Tracks

Healthcare informatics Healthcare internal auditing
For students desiring a strong background in the application of IT in the healthcare environment 
  • HMGT 6323—healthcare informatics (core course)
  • HMGT 6327—information and knowledge management in healthcare
  • HMGT 6334—business intelligence software and techniques
For students with a desire for an internal auditing career with a healthcare provider organization 
Operations track Healthcare quality improvement
For students desiring a broad-based background in management of healthcare organizations 
  • HMGT 6325—Healthcare Operations Management
  • HMGT 6332—Quality Improvement-Six Sigma and Beyond
  • HMGT 6322—Healthcare cost Management and Control or HMGT 6334—Healthcare Analytics (Business Intelligence Software and Techniques)
For students with a desire to concentrate on issues of quality improvement in a healthcare organization. These courses offer training in quality improvement methodology including Six Sigma and Toyota Lean. Students may earn Yellow and Green Belt certification in Six Sigma.
  • HMGT 6332 Quality Improvement in HC – Six Sigma and Beyond
  • MAS 8V00 Special study (use for the Six Sigma green belt project)
These are only suggestions for possible elective choices. Students are encouraged to choose their electives based upon their own career needs.

Admission Requirements

  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college with a “B” average in upper division (junior and senior level) studies
  • Satisfactory score on the GMAT or GRE exam
  • An English proficiency test score for international students (TOFEL, PTE or IELTS)
  • Three letters of reference
  • A one page narrative stating academic interests and goals
  • Resume detailing employment history since high school
  • Submission of a Graduate Application Form. For fees and deadlines:

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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    General Program Overview
  • How long does it take to complete the program?
  • 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.

  • Is the program accredited?
  • Yes. We are accredited by two organizations?AACSB and SACS. We are also members of AUPHA (Association of University Programs in Health Administration).

  • Is a business background or a healthcare background necessary?
  • 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.

  • Are courses offered on-line?
  • 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.

  • Are there student organizations?
  • 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).

    Admission Requirements/Procedures
  • Is an admission test required?
  • Yes. Either the GMAT (average score 580) or the GRE (average score 315) is required. Preparatory courses for these exams are offered by UTD.

  • What are the deadlines for admission?
  • 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

  • Are total admissions to the program limited?
  • No. All academically qualified students are accepted for admission.

    Financial Aid and Scholarships
  • Whom to contact for financial aid and scholarship?
  • Contact the Advising Office in the JSOM for details

    Career, Internship and Job Placements
  • Are internships available?
  • Internships are available for students desiring work experience in the healthcare field. There are four sources for internships:

    • 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
    Requirements for the internship:
    • 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

    International Students
  • Are jobs available for international students following graduation?
  • 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.

    Program Certificates
  • What are the certificates offered?
    • Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Information Technology
    • Six Sigma Yellow and Green Belts