Applications Are Now Being Accepted for Online University of Wisconsin MS in Healthcare Administration

In an effort to provide degree programs that are aligned with the projected highest growth occupations in Wisconsin, five UW campuses will offer an online Master of Science in Healthcare Administration. The new degree is available through UW-La Crosse, UW-Parkside, UW-Platteville, UW-Stevens Point, and UW-Stout. Applications are now being accepted for the 37-credit online degree, launching this January.

“Industry support for the new Master of Science in Healthcare Administration is strong,” said David Schejbal, former dean of the UW System Division of Continuing Education, Outreach and E-Learning. “This program provides the flexibility and quality that students with busy lives require, and it addresses the significant job opportunities that are available. Without an online option, it would be difficult to meet the growing demand for healthcare administrators.”

A Curriculum That Prepares Candidates For a Growing Field

University of Wisconsin online collaborative degree programs are designed to fill a recognized need in the workforce by providing an accessible option for nontraditional and adult students to earn the education required to help close the skills gap. Healthcare has been the top growth industry in Wisconsin over the last ten years and is expected to experience the most annual growth nationwide in the coming decade, according to the University Professional and Continuing Education Association. Much of this growth stems from a healthcare system that will see increased demand from an aging baby boomer population, as well as technology that allows patients to live longer lives. The greatest demand will be in the nursing homes, physician offices, hospitals, managed care organizations and rural healthcare settings.

Wisconsin’s healthcare growth aligns with trends nationally. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics forecasts 1.9% annual growth in the healthcare sector nationally through 2024, more than twice the projected rate for almost every other industry, and most positions require a master’s degree in healthcare management or administration to qualify for leadership roles. When looking at the projected job growth in the region (Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, and Iowa), the greatest opportunities will go to those with postgraduate degrees.

UW Healthcare Administration Program Manager William Limp said, “We work with a number of exceptional healthcare leaders representing a variety of settings from across the state and the region. The curriculum—from process improvement, talent management, and population health to financial management—is designed to produce well-rounded leaders. We believe the master’s degree that we have developed will help our students succeed in management careers ranging from administrative roles to directors to nursing leadership roles.”

The Master of Science in Healthcare Administration program is intended for students with education and experience in areas including (but not limited to) nursing, direct patient care, clinical supervision, human resources, project management, business analysis, and health information, and who may have limited education and training in the management field.

Students in the program will enjoy affordable tuition that compares favorably to competing graduate programs from other institutions. Like other collaborative online University of Wisconsin programs, students will pay the same tuition whether they live in Wisconsin or out of state.

For More Information

The UW Master of Science in Healthcare Administration joins a growing list of online degree and certificate programs offered by UW System campus partners, including the bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Health and Wellness Management; bachelor’s, master’s, and certificate programs in Sustainable Management; a master’s degree in Data Science; a bachelor’s degree in Health Information Management and Technology; a bachelor’s degree in Applied Computing; bachelor of science in Nursing (RN to BSN) programs for Wisconsin and out-of-state residents; and nine additional degree and certificate programs offered in the self-paced, competency-based UW Flexible Option format.

Prospective students seeking more information about the University of Wisconsin Healthcare Administration program are encouraged to download a degree guide, call 1-877-895-3276, or email If you’re ready to take the next step into a healthcare administration career, you can apply now.

UW Healthcare Administration Degree Guide

Healthcare is a dynamic field that requires strong, compassionate leadership. You have the hands-on experience needed to improve hospital processes and patient care. With the online University of Wisconsin Master of Science in Healthcare Administration, you’ll enhance your skills with the knowledge required to become a healthcare leader.

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