UW Healthcare Administration Program Overview

In a dynamic, complex healthcare environment, strong leaders need the advanced 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 want to move into healthcare leadership but don’t have time for on-campus courses.

12 courses. 37 credits. Online. Affordable.

This healthcare administration master’s program will teach you the skills you need to make impactful decisions for your healthcare institution, such as recruitment and retention, financial management, and organizational development; as well as skills specific to the healthcare environment, like health law and policy, population health, and communicating healthcare trends.

Courses are taught by diverse and distinguished faculty from across the University of Wisconsin System. Tuition for the program is a flat fee of $725 per credit, $26,825 total tuition, whether you live in Wisconsin or out of state, and financial aid is available for students who qualify.

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.

Upon graduation, you will be well-prepared to become an influential decision maker in your healthcare organization. With a master’s degree in healthcare administration, you will find a wide array of fulfilling, rewarding job opportunities in every area of the country and in nearly any healthcare setting—ambulatory settings such as hospitals, physicians offices, surgical centers, long term care, assisted living, skilled nursing facilities, veterinary offices, correctional facilities, insurance companies, veterans affairs systems, pharmaceutical companies, and medical supply vendors.


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

You may be eligible for admission to this program if you have completed a bachelor’s degree with a 3.0 or better grade point average (GPA) and prerequisite courses in elementary statistics, medical terminology, and oral communications or public speaking. (Students with a GPA of less than 3.0 may be considered for a provisional admission.) Not sure if you meet these requirements? Call 1-877-UW-LEARN (895-3276) or email learn@uwex.edu to discuss your options.


Recent, relevant coursework in the following three areas:

  • Elementary statistics
  • Medical terminology
  • Oral communications/public speaking

Students must satisfy all prerequisites before starting program coursework and will not be allowed to take outstanding prerequisite courses concurrently with introductory program courses. Need to complete a prerequisite course before applying? Check out applicable courses at UW Independent Learning or contact  your home campus for options.

Program academic directors have the option to waive one or more of the above prerequisites based, in part, on student work experience and background.

If you are not sure whether you meet these requirements, call 1-877-895-3276 or email learn@uwex.edu to discuss your options.

AccreditationHigher Learning Commission logo

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

Program Membership2019 AUPHA Member Logo

The UW Master of Science in Healthcare Administration is a member of the Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA).

A partnership of five University of Wisconsin campuses

The UW Master of Science in Healthcare Administration is a collaboration of five University of Wisconsin institutions: UW-La Crosse, UW-Parkside, UW-Platteville, UW-Stevens Point, and UW-Stout, bringing you the best and brightest healthcare management instructors from across the UW System.

Although you will take courses taught by faculty from all five partner campuses and complete your program entirely online, you will be asked to apply to a “home” campus. Your home campus is the institution from which you will receive financial aid (if you qualify), advising, career services, and ultimately, your diploma.

Find out more

To find out how the UW Master of Science in Healthcare Administration can help you get ahead in this exciting field, contact an enrollment adviser:

Enrollment advisers are available Monday through Thursday 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., Fridays 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. CT, or by appointment.

Call: 1-877-895-3276

Email: learn@uwex.edu