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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
  • The option of several specialized tracks
  • 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 pharmaceutical industry
  • Outstanding value of in-state tuition

Learning Outcomes:

The learning outcomes for the MSHM are aligned with the generic outcomes of the School of Health Professions. Some of the major learning outcomes for the MSHM are as follows:

  • Quality Improvement: Graduates strive to optimize overall quality outcomes in health care.
  • Professional Competencies: Graduates achieve professional competencies as currently defined by their respective profession.
  • Communication: Graduates effectively communicate in oral, written, and technical formats.
  • Collaboration: Graduates communicate and collaborate with health care team members and other stakeholders to facilitate the attainment of common goals.
  • Information Utilization: Graduates effectively access, store, evaluate and apply scientific, health care and/or patient/client information (while respecting the ownership and privacy of sources) to help solve real-word challenges of health care organizations.

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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