M.S. Healthcare Administration

You’re confident in your ability to become an effective leader who drives healthcare process.
Degree Type Master of Science
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Delivery Online

Healthcare & Strategic Management Skills in One Degree.

In a dynamic, complex healthcare environment, strong leaders need the advanced knowledge and critical thinking skills that a master’s degree provides. The online UW Master of Science in Healthcare Administration is an ideal choice for busy adults who want to move into healthcare leadership but don’t have time for on-campus courses.

This healthcare administration master’s program will teach you the skills you need to make impactful decisions for your healthcare institution, such as recruitment and retention, financial management, and organizational development; as well as skills specific to the healthcare environment, like health law and policy, population health, and communicating healthcare trends.


100% Online; Earn Your Degree at Your Own Pace and Schedule.

Career-Focused Curriculum

Upon graduation, you will be well-prepared to become an influential decision maker in your healthcare organization. With a master’s degree in healthcare administration, you will find a wide array of fulfilling, rewarding job opportunities in every area of the country and in nearly any healthcare setting—ambulatory settings such as hospitals, physicians offices, surgical centers, long-term care, assisted living, skilled nursing facilities, veterinary offices, correctional facilities, insurance companies, veterans affairs systems, pharmaceutical companies, and medical supply vendors.


Program Overview

View program plans, credit requirements and course descriptions.



Fulfill Your Electives Earning a Professional Certificate

Enhance your knowledge, skills and career in critical areas related to healthcare. Whether you want to distinguish your education with specialized expertise or pursue a certificate before earning your master’s degree, the courses in these professional certificate and certification programs can be applied to the M.S. Healthcare Administration’s elective requirements. 

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Admission Requirements

Graduate School Application

All prospective graduate students at UW-Stout must follow a standard application process through our Graduate Studies. Beyond that, each graduate program has specific requirements that must be met to be successfully admitted to the program:

Admission Requirements

  • 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 of less than 3.0 may be considered for provisional admission and should contact an enrollment adviser for more information.
  • Prerequisite coursework in elementary statistics, medical terminology, and oral communication/public speaking.

This program has been developed for working adults and it is strongly encouraged that students have a minimum of 2 years of professional experience before applying to the program.

Program-Specific Application Requirements

To successfully apply for the program, first complete the UW System Application and receive your Application ID. Then, use this ID to fill out the UW-Stout Graduate Studies Collection Form, where you will provide the following:

  • Personal Statement (up to 1,000 words) describing the reasons behind your decision to pursue this degree and what you believe you will bring to the healthcare administration field. Space for the personal statement is included in the online application.
  • Resume
  • Two Letters of Recommendation 
Access Collection Form Site*
*The Collection Form Site requires an Application ID provided upon completion of the UW-System Application
Program Advisory Committee

Advisory Committee Members

JuliaChapmanProgram DirectorUW-Stout
KeelyReesAcademic DirectorUW-La Crosse
BryanLewisAcademic DirectorUW-Parkside
JodiOlmstedAcademic DirectorUW-Stevens Point
BeccaBartusewichAcademic DirectorUW-Platteville
PatriciaDevoyProgram ManagerUW Extended Campus


Courses are taught by diverse and distinguished faculty from across the University of Wisconsin System. Tuition for the program is a flat fee of $725 per credit, $26,825 total tuition, whether you live in Wisconsin or out of state, and financial aid is available for students who qualify.

Because the coursework in the program is entirely online, you can study and do homework whenever you like, wherever you have an Internet connection. Courses have no set meeting times and you never need to come to campus. At the same time, you will have ready access to success coaches and faculty by phone and email, and you may take advantage of on-campus resources such as career assistance and libraries.


UW-Stout Is Your Home Institution.

The UW Master of Science in Healthcare Administration is a collaboration of five University of Wisconsin institutions: UW-La Crosse, UW-Parkside, UW-Platteville, UW-Stevens Point, and UW-Stout, bringing you the best and brightest healthcare management instructors from across the UW System.

Although you will take courses taught by faculty from all five partner campuses and complete your program entirely online, you will be asked to apply to a “home” campus. Your home campus is the institution from which you will receive financial aid (if you qualify), advising, career services, and ultimately, your diploma.

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Program Information

Read UW Extension's guide to the program, complete with information on courses, careers, and tuition.