UW Healthcare Administration Program Overview

Today’s dynamic, complex healthcare environments need effective leaders with the 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 are seeking advanced education that will allow them to move into a leadership position, but need the flexibility an online program offers.

13 Courses. 37 Credits. Online.

As a graduate of the program, you’ll acquire key competencies in healthcare administration, including financial management; strategic leadership; workforce development; communications and marketing; technology, data analytics, and information governance; and emerging trends in healthcare law and policy—empowering you to make sound decisions for your healthcare organization.

The online learning format offers working adults a flexible, convenient way to pursue an advanced degree. 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.

You’ll earn your degree from the University of Wisconsin, one of the largest and most widely respected public higher education systems in the country. And the multi-campus partnership means you’ll learn from expert faculty across the UW System with strong connections to the industry.

With a UW Master of Science in Healthcare Administration, you’ll find a range of rewarding job opportunities in every area of the country and in nearly any healthcare setting—hospitals, physician’s offices, surgical centers, assisted living and skilled nursing facilities, veterinary offices, correctional facilities, insurance companies, veterans affairs systems, pharmaceutical companies, and medical supply vendors. Learn more about healthcare administration careers and salaries.

The UW Master of Science in Healthcare Administration program also offers a new graduate-level certificate for long-term care professionals and nursing home administrators seeking to strengthen their leadership skills. Visit Senior Living and Services Leadership Certificate for more information.


Aptitude tests, such as the GMAT or GRE, are not required for admission.

You may be eligible for admission if you have:

  • a bachelor’s degree with a 3.0 or better grade point average (GPA)
  • prerequisite coursework in elementary statistics, medical terminology, and oral communications and/or public speaking

Students with a GPA of less than 3.0 may be considered for provisional admission and should contact an enrollment adviser for more information. Program academic directors have the option to waive one or more of the above prerequisites based on student work experience and background.

Need to complete a prerequisite course before applying? Online courses are available through UW Independent Learning.

If you are not sure whether you meet these requirements, or which courses you need to take to satisfy prerequisites, contact an enrollment adviser by phone, 1-877-895-3276, or email learn@uwex.edu.

Tuition and Financial Aid

Tuition for the program is a flat fee of $725 per credit whether you live in Wisconsin or out of state, and financial aid is available for students who qualify. Learn more about tuition and financial aid.


The UW Master of Science in Healthcare Administration program is approved by the University of Wisconsin Board of Regents and fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission

Program Membership

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Multi-Campus Partnership

The UW Master of Science in Healthcare Administration is a partnership of UW Extended Campus and UW-La Crosse, UW-Parkside, UW-Platteville, UW-Stevens Point, and UW-Stout.