The master of science in health systems administration is designed to provide strategic skills for today’s health care management. Now, as never before, health care is rapidly transforming. The pace of technology and innovation are changing how, when, and where health care is provided, and who is providing it. Concurrently, health care customers have high expectations for quality and responsiveness to their needs—delivered in a cost-effective manner. To provide these strategic skills, the master of science in health systems administration builds on a foundation of courses in policy and law formation, health care economics, innovation, and leadership. Additional options are provided through course selections, building an integrated program that meets the individual challenges of participating students.
This online program allows students to pursue their degree while maintaining full-time employment in locations around the world. A distinct advantage is the diversity of the student population, allowing for creative discussion and comprehension of global health care issues and how these relate to the standards and practices of the American health care system. The ability to share information and ideas, and to compare and contrast strategies, allows students a level of creativity and scope of practice not found in the traditional classroom.
To be considered for admission to the MS program in health systems administration, candidates must fulfill the following requirements:
- Hold a baccalaureate degree at a regionally accredited college or university
- Have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above (or superior endorsement)
- Submit two letters of reference from individuals who have the opportunity to observe the applicant’s work output
- Submit official transcripts (in English) of all previously completed undergraduate and graduate course work
- Complete an interview with the program chair (for those without health care experience)
- Complete a graduate application
- A test of English Language aptitude is required of all applicants and course registrants whose native language is not English. RIT accepts TOEFL, IELTS, and PTE exams.
It is recommended that applicants have a minimum of three years of experience in a health care or health-related organization as either a practitioner or manager. Applicants who do not meet this requirement may be asked to complete certain undergraduate courses as a bridge for the content knowledge required for the graduate program. They may also be required to complete a graduate level internship in health care prior to graduation.
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