Overview & Mission
The Master of Science in Health Care Management features an integrated curriculum in the study of health care management and leadership. A Capstone Experience will integrate and synthesize health care management skills and competencies.
The Program has been designed for health care administrators, managers, nurses and other health care providers, or any health related professionals who wish to increase their knowledge and expertise in the specific application of health care management and leadership. Applicants who have not previously studied health care management are welcome.
The Program utilizes the National Center for Healthcare Leadership (NCHL) Competency Model as the framework for learning and assessment methods and program outcomes. The 26 NCHL competencies comprise the program's outcomes and are grouped in the three domains of transformation, execution, and people.
- Achievement Orientation
- Analytical Thinking
- Community Orientation
- Financial Skills
- Information Seeking
- Innovative Thinking
- Strategic Orientation
- Change Leadership
- Communication Skills
- Impact and influence
- Information Technology Management
- Organizational Awareness
- Performance Measurement
- Process Management/Organizational Design
- Project Management
- Human Resources Management
- Interpersonal Understanding
- Relationship Building
- Self Confidence
- Self Development
- Talent Development
- Team Leadership
Graduates of the Program will find diverse job opportunities with a variety of health organizations, such as:
- Health insurance companies
- Home health agencies
- Life-care facilities
- Managed care organizations
- Medical group practices
- Mental health agencies
- Pharmaceutical organizations
The Program is coeducational and provides a broad-based academic preparation for succeeding in the ever-changing health care environment.
Health Care Management Program
Requirements for the Master of Science in Health Care Management
The M.S. in Health Care Management consists of a total of 39 credit hours. Students are required to complete "Graduate Writing Seminar" and "Health Care Systems and Environments" as their first courses of study. The program credit hours are distributed as follows:
- Six (6) hours in required multidisciplinary core curriculum, including:
- Three (3) credit hours in the study of ethics
- Three (3) credit hours in multidisciplinary health care management application courses
- Twenty-Seven (27) credit hours in required health care management and leadership concentration courses
- Three credit hours (3) in health care management or other discipline electives*
- Three credit hours (3) in a required Capstone Experience**
* No elective credit hours are required if Thesis is selected as the Capstone Experience.
**It is anticipated that it will take two semesters to complete the Thesis option. The student must register and pay for 3 credits in both of these 2 semesters.
Additional Admission Criteria
- Applicants must follow all of the admission criteria for graduate programs including but not limited to:
- Baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution.
- Generally, applicants must have achieved a cumulative undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of not less than 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Students who have background and potential for success but whose GPA is less than 3.0 may be admitted to the graduate program on a provisional basis.
- Meet health requirements of the College.
- Computer literacy is vital for successful completion of the program. Students who need to increase their computer competency should speak to the Program Chair about options for obtaining the necessary computer skill level.
- An acceptable Background Check may be required as a condition for completing a Health Care Management course and/or project. Applicants are responsible for completing and paying for all Background Check(s) if more than one is required under renewal time lines. (Applicants should contact the Health Care Management program for full policy, requirements and procedures.)
- Submit a personal statement, resume and two letters of professional recommendation.
- Graduate students whose native language is not English must submit certification of English proficiency or take an English language proficiency exam as determined by the graduate course of study coordinator. An original copy of your test score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), taken within the past two years, must be submitted. Normally total TOEFL scores of under 550 for the paper-based test or 210 for the internet-based test (IBT) will not be accepted. This requirement is waived for students who have received a baccalaureate or master's degree from an accredited college or university in which English was the language of instruction as verified on the student transcript(s) and/or transcripting service(s). Programs and courses taken at colleges where English is not the primary language of instruction must be evaluated by WES (World Education Services) for a course-by-course evaluation.
- Students whose native language is not English must submit certification of English proficiency or take an English language proficiency exam as determined by the graduate course of study coordinator. Applicants who must take the TOEFL must score 550 (paper-based) or 213 (computer-based) or higher on the Test of English as Foreign Language (TOEFL).
- Programs and courses taken at colleges in countries outside the United States must be evaluated by WES (World Education Services) for a course-by-course evaluation.
Transfer of credit into the graduate program will be subject to the evaluation and approval of the Program Director. A maximum of 6 credits can be accepted in transfer into the M.S. in Health Care Management Program. All transfer credits must carry a minimum 3.0 grade point average (on a 4.0 scale). All courses in the Multidisciplinary Core must be taken at the College of Saint Elizabeth.
Program Completion Criteria
Completion of the program will be determined by successful completion of all course work with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) or better. In addition, students must receive a "pass" grade for their Capstone Experience.
Continuous Enrollment Criteria
Students are expected to enroll continuously until the program is completed. With the exception of students who are on an approved Leave of Absence (see the Leave of Absence Policy in this Graduate Catalog), any student who has not registered for a course for 2 consecutive semesters (fall / spring) must pay one credit of graduate tuition in each subsequent semester until the student registers for a course. This continued enrollment fee is required in order to maintain standing in the program. Should the student not pay the continued enrollment fee, the student will have to reapply for admission to the program should the student want to continue in the program.
For the Capstone Experience, students who do not successfully complete the Thesis option in 2 semesters, or any of the other Capstone Experience options in 1 semester, are required to pay one credit of graduate tuition each semester until completion through course GST 650.