MASTER OF SCIENCE IN healthcare administration


Healthcare is a dynamic field that requires strong, compassionate leadership. Whether you're skilled in patient care or management, your hands-on experience combined with the UW Master of Science in Healthcare Administration, will enhance your knowledge, and prepare you for a dynamic role in healthcare management. Take charge and become a leader in your healthcare community!


Learn to focus on high-level decisions that will drive organizational strategies and processes with a Master's in degree in Healthcare Administration. Provide a positive impact on your organization, employees and the patients they treat with high level competencies such as strategic decision making, workforce retention, and financial strategy. 

13 courses. 37 credits.
Provided in a convenient 100% online format, you can complete this degree at your own pace, during a time that is convenient for you. 

Speak to an enrollment advisor today to ensure the smoothest admission and enrollment process. We recommend sending your application materials no later than one month before courses begin.



Aptitude tests such as the GMAT and GRE are not required for admission.

You may be eligible for admission to this program if you have completed a bachelor’s degree with a 3.0 or better grade point average (GPA) and prerequisite courses in elementary statistics, medical terminology, and oral communications or public speaking. (Students with a GPA of less than 3.0 may be considered for a provisional admission.) 


Recent, relevant coursework in the following three areas:

  • Elementary statistics
  • Medical terminology
  • Oral communications/public speaking

Students must satisfy all prerequisites before starting program coursework and will not be allowed to take outstanding prerequisite courses concurrently with introductory program courses.


Communications and Marketing in Healthcare  |  HCA 710
This course focuses on the use and analysis of communication strategies to inform and influence individual and community decisions that impact health. 

Healthcare Technology, Data Analytics, and Information Governance  |  HCA 715
This course covers tech- and data-related topics in healthcare including electronic health records, health IT privacy and security, health information exchanges, IT for revenue cycle management, healthcare data analytics, technologies for diagnosis and treatment, and big data applications in healthcare.

Current and Emerging Topics in Healthcare  |  HCA 780
This course investigates current and emerging trends influencing healthcare today, including policies and politics, ethics, emerging technologies, healthcare population and disease demographics, and reimbursement models.  You will explore and understand the differences between rural, urban, and global settings.

Other courses you will take.

Admission to the UW Master of Science in Healthcare Administration requires

  • A bachelor’s degree in any discipline from an accredited university and a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0. Students with a GPA less than 3.0 may be considered for a provisional admission and should contact an enrollment adviser for more information.
  • Official college transcripts
  • Prerequisite coursework in elementary statistics, medical terminology, and oral communication/public speaking
  • Your resume
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • A personal statement of up to 1,000 words describing your professional goals and how you envision the Master of Science in Healthcare Administration program at UW-Parkside will help you to reach those goals.  Also describe your interest in Healthcare Administration and how your experiences – academic, work, volunteer and/or personal – have led you to apply for this graduate program.


The UW Master of Science in Healthcare Administration program is approved by the University of Wisconsin Board of Regents and approved by the Higher Learning Commission.

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UW-Parkside is your local connection to the UW Master of Science in Healthcare Administration. Conveniently located in the vibrant and growing corridor between Milwaukee and Chicago, Parkside gives you access to the same resources and connections  as on-campus students. Providing you with successful networking opportunities with local partners in our thriving healthcare community.  






Bryan Lewis, Ph.D. 
262-595-2330  |


Jeanne Suda
262-595-2980  |


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