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Master of Science in Health Care Management

Why The Master of Science in Health Care Management?

The programs in the Department have a superb reputation for helping graduates be effective leaders in many facets of health care.  This is made possible through the faculty’s’ content expertise and commitment to excellence in education.  Coupled with affordability of state university tuition, this translates into an outstanding value for health care professionals seeking to advance their careers.

Value-Added Features:

The programs in the department offers a variety of value-added features which distinguish it from other similar programs.  These include:

  • The convenience of entirely on-line course offerings
  • The flexibility of 8 - and fifteen - week course offerings
  • A highly regarded university reputation
  • A growing network of successful alumni
  • The potential to articulate into a doctoral degree program
  • The outstanding value inherent in the tuition of a state educational  institution
  • Wealth of faculty expertise in healthcare management & administration
  • The option of several specialized tracks in management/leadership, health
    informatics and psychiatric rehabilitation
  • Outstanding value of in-state tuition

Learning Goals

Prepares health care professionals with the value-added skills to help lead their organizations towards long-term success.

Learning Outcomes

Program learning outcomes are aligned with the School-wide Outcomes, specifically focusing on:

    • Demonstrate an understanding of  the evolution and key elements of US Healthcare System, roles of major organizations & stakeholders and key legislation.
    • Compare and contrast the major features of leadership styles, and how they apply to healthcare organizations to promote long-term success.   
    • Evaluate and apply strategies for effectively interfacing with organizational leaders and managing the day-to day operations of health care organizations to help them succeed.
    • Interpret key legislation, how that legislation impacts health care organizations, their employees and the communities they serve. 
    • Compare and contrast bioethical principles and give examples as to   how they apply to health care stakeholders.
    • Describe the key elements of strategic planning and demonstrate the ability to apply them in simulated cases.
    • Compare and contrast the various types of financial statements and demonstrate the ability to interpret them to depict of the financial condition of a health care organization.
    • Create and reconcile a business operational and capital budget. 
    • Demonstrate an understanding of key principles for recruiting, retaining, training and optimizing the performance of employees within health care organizations. 
    • Interpret key legislation related to employee relations, hiring, termination and terms of employment.
    • Describe key strategies and tools in quality assurance and give examples as to how they can be applied to optimize healthcare organizational outcomes.
    • Compare and contrast research study designs; analyze the strengths and weaknesses of each design and how they can be applied to answer research questions and investigate hypotheses.
    • Demonstrate proper techniques for gathering , formatting, storing and analyzing data, to help optimize organizational performance or investigate research questions and hypotheses.

Competency in these areas will be demonstrated by students in the form of selected outcomes, which include their academic performance in courses within the curriculum which are related to each of these subjects, as well as the integration, synthesis and application of these subjects within their capstone project known as Graduate Project. Other metrics used to evaluate the attainment of these goals and objectives will be student, course and graduate survey results.


Employment Outlook

According to the U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics, medical and health services managers are employed in settings such as hospitals, physician offices, nursing homes, residential care facilities, home healthcare, Federal Government healthcare facilities, outpatient facilities, insurance industry, and community healthcare agencies.  The Bureau states that employment in this field “is expected to grow 16 percent from 2008 to 2018, faster than average for all occupations”.  The “middle 50 percent [of medical and health services managers] earned between $62,170 and $104,120”.


Q: What is the Masters in Health Care Management (MSHM) program?

A:  This graduate program emphasizes health services management and is similar to many master in health administration (MHA) programs.  The program offers a variety of courses designed to provide students with the skills to effectively lead and manage within the complexities of the health care industry.

Q: What will the MSHM degree prepare you to do?

A: This program prepares graduates to assume rewarding and high-demand leadership careers within the health care industry.  Included among them are: clinical department directors and managers, hospital  administrators, as well as a variety of health care regulatory and governmental oversight positions.

Q:  What are the admission criteria for the program?

A: Applicants do not need to take any standardized test such as the GRE and an interview is not required.   However, applicants must have earned at least a bachelor’s degree, generally with an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher. 

Q: How do you apply to the MSHM program?

A:  Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis and you may apply online here or can submit a printed application.  Along with the application, the following should be submitted:

  • A personal statement/essay relating your desire to enter the MSHM program to your career goals; (click here for guidelines that all candidates MUST adhere to).
  • A current copy of your resume or curriculum vitae;
  • Two letters of recommendation, preferably from a professional colleague or faculty;
  • An official transcript from the institution where you received your bachelor’s degree.
  • Appropriate fees.

Q:  Can MSHM courses be taken on a non-matriculated basis?

A: Subject to approval,  up to 12 credits may be taken on a non-matriculated basis.  The non-matriculated application and courses can be found here.

Q:  Is financial aid available?

A: The best source for financial aid information is at the Rutgers Student Financial Aid Office.  They can be contacted 973-972-4376 or by clicking here.

Q:  Are there Scholarships available?

A: There are no scholarships available for MSHM Students through Rutgers University; however individuals should look for third party opportunities such as this scholarship offered through the ASHENJ.


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