MS in Healthcare Management


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Offered: On campus or Online

The Master of Science in Healthcare Management (MSHM) provides you with the knowledge and tools to help improve the quality and efficiency of healthcare delivery and become an agent for positive change. Learn how to save time and money, improve quality of care, redesign organizational processes and reduce implementation errors.

Throughout the program, you’ll enhance your managerial skills, which can be applied immediately in the workplace. You’ll learn how to formulate and implement administrative policies and plans that support organizational goals. Graduates are well prepared to lead their organizations, and advance their careers.

UMass Dartmouth advantages

• Complete the 30-credit hour curriculum on a full-time or part-time basis
• Maximal flexibility with online, blended, and face-to-face delivery formats
• Focuses on business disciplines most relevant to technical and behavioral change management skills
• Provides high value and high quality
• Taught by leading scholars supplemented by a cadre of seasoned practitioners
• Networking and dialogue opportunities with other working professionals and faculty

Program requirements

The curriculum develops the operational and behavioral skills necessary for transforming the health care workplace into an efficient, effective, error-free, and empowered organization. The MSHM curriculum consists of a total of 30 credit hours:
• 8 required courses
• 2 elective courses or a Master’s Project or Master’s Thesis

Core courses focus on two areas:
• management of costs, quality, and error reduction
• development of leadership, motivation and collaborative skills

Required courses

ACT 671 Strategic Cost Management or NUR 508 Healthcare Economics and Managing Healthcare Finances

MGT 671 Management of Organizational Change or MGT 650 Advanced Organizational Behavior

NUR 515 Organizational Behavior and Leadership in Healthcare Organizations or MGT 677 Leading, Motivating, and Empowering Others 

POM 679 Management of Health Care Operations or NUR 520 U.S. Healthcare Delivery System

MIS 650 Information Technology Management

MIS 675 Advanced Project Management

POM 684 Lean Health Care Operations

ACT 650 Accounting for Decision Making

Elective Courses
Students may choose two elective courses from the following or alternatively, write a Master’s Project of Master’s Thesis on a healthcare management topic of their choosing.

FIN 650 Finance for Decision Making
MGT 659 Strategic Management
MIS 671 Managing Systems
POM 651 Advanced Operations Analysis
POM 697 Business Analytics and Data Mining
POM 698 Master’s Project
POM 699 Master’s Thesis

Selected faculty

Laura Forker, PhD, Arizona State University: healthcare management and policy, process management, supply
chain management.

Kellyann Kowalski, PhD, University of Rhode Island: role theory, with specific interests in balancing work and family roles, managing diversity, and telecommuting.

Yuzhu (Julia) Li, PhD, University of Central Florida: project management, particularly project team work processes, technology-mediated learning, and the use of IT in organizations.

Christopher Papenhausen, PhD, University of Minnesota: effects of managerial behaviors and personality on strategic decision-making.

Satya Parayitam, PhD, Oklahoma State University: cognitive, affective conflict and interpersonal trust in strategic decision making process.

Bharatendra Rai, PhD, Wayne State University: business analytics & data/text mining, applied statistics, quality and reliability engineering, analyzing big data, multivariate applications.

Gail Russell, EdD, NEA-BC, Columbia University: Leadership in health systems.

Timothy Shea, DBA, Boston University: knowledge sharing, the global divide, implementation issues around ERP’s, and the delivery and management of web-based learning and teaching technologies.

Soheil Sibdari, PhD, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University: stochastic modeling in operations, economics, and statistics; modeling and analysis of logistics systems; airline-industry problems; using simulation, mathematical programming, and statistical analysis.

Pinyarat Sirisomboonsuk, PhD, Texas Tech University. Specializations: operations and project management capabilities using theories from strategic management and organization theory

Gopala Vasudevan, PhD, New York University: corporate finance, mergers, global and industrial diversification, corporate downsizing, equity capital, private equity, and bankruptcy and financial distress.

Barbara Weatherford, PhD, University of Massachusetts Worcester: Organizational culture and patient care safety, leadership.
Jia Wu, PhD, Rutgers University; accounting information systems and auditing, and analytical controls in continuous auditing.

For more information:
Dr. Laura Forker
Program Coordinator

Application requirements

Candidates must submit the required application materials and application fee to the Graduate School. Applications are reviewed and judged on the following criteria:

1. Undergraduate degree: Official transcripts from all institutions of higher learning attended.

2. GMAT exam or equivalent: The GMAT requirement for graduate program admission at UMass Dartmouth is waived* if the applicant proves, to UMass Dartmouth's satisfaction, any of the following:

  • An earned baccalaureate business degree from an institution accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) with a cumulative undergraduate GPA of at least 3.5.
  • An earned baccalaureate degree in any major from an accredited institution with a cumulative undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 and a minimum of five (5) years of post-baccalaureate professional work experience, including supervisory roles with increased responsibility.
  • An earned terminal graduate degree (PhD, MD, JD, DNP, DBA, etc.) from an accredited institution.
  • Licensure in the United States as a Certified Public Accountant or Certified Financial Planner. Other certification programs may also qualify for this waiver at the discretion of UMass Dartmouth. The applicant can fulfill the documentation requirement by submitting official transcripts and a description of the work experience, signed and dated by the applicant/employee and his/her supervisor.

3. Two letters of recommendation, preferably one from a faculty member and one from an employer.

4. A personal statement (minimum 300 words) explaining the applicant's career goals and motivation for the degree.

5. Current Resume.

6. Candidates whose Bachelor’s degree was not earned in an approved English language country must submit either the TOEFL exam (minimum score of 72 internet-based or 533 paper-based) or IELTS exam (minimum band score of 6.0).

* Applicants whose GMAT requirement is waived may still be required to take Foundation courses prior to beginning the graduate coursework. Exceptions and waivers will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Download the GMAT Waiver Request form.

Please forward all credentials to:

Office of Graduate Studies
UMass Dartmouth
285 Old Westport Road
Dartmouth, MA 02747-2300

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