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Healthcare Administration

Master of Science

Our online Master of Science (M.S.) in Healthcare Administration will help you develop innovative, strategic, and analytical thinking to optimize an organization’s performance and patient healthcare outcomes. These skills are sought by hospitals, healthcare systems, medical practices, and other healthcare businesses.

As part of your studies, you will have a field experience practicum where you will examine the structure, leadership, governance, and organizational culture of a healthcare organization. You will explore the roles of a chief executive officer, chief financial officer, and chief medical and clinical officers, as you reflect on leadership strengths and potential areas for improvement.Your education experience will be enriched by peer students and faculty who bring their real-world experience to help you meet the challenging and changing needs of this profession.

Program Courses

The curriculum for this program follows industry trends to help ensure relevancy to today's marketplace. View all courses.

Program Objectives

In addition to the institutional and degree level learning objectives, graduates of this program are expected to achieve these learning outcomes:

  • Demonstrate effective leadership and management behaviors to achieve the goals of the healthcare organization.
  • Construct a personal philosophy of effective and ethical leadership in healthcare.
  • Apply ethical and legal principles to healthcare administration.
  • Integrate concepts of organizational behavior to lead a diverse workforce.
  • Evaluate interpersonal skills needed to effectively communicate and interact with individuals and groups in the healthcare environment.
  • Design an effective plan for managing organizational financial and human resources, based on sound financial and economic principles.
  • Develop strategic business plans to achieve organizational goals and objectives within the healthcare environment.
  • Assess policies, issues and trends that impact healthcare systems and healthcare delivery in the United States.
  • Demonstrate innovative, strategic, and analytical thinking to promote continuous quality improvement and achieve optimum organizational performance and patient healthcare outcomes.

Degree at a Glance

Admission Requirements

Please be prepared to submit a legible copy of your valid government-issued photo ID (civilian students) or government issued JST or CCAF transcript (military students) upon request.

An APU admissions representative will contact you with further details about how to submit the required documentation after you complete the enrollment application.

Need help?

Selecting the right program to meet your educational goals is a key step in ensuring a successful outcome. If you are unsure of which program to choose, or need more information, please contact an APU admissions representative at 877-755-2787 or info@apus.edu.


Graduate Tuition Rates 

Per credit hour: $350 | $325 with military grant*

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*To help minimize out-of-pocket costs, APU offers a tuition grant for U.S. active-duty servicemembers, Guard, Reserve, military spouses and dependents, and veterans. See all military-affiliated student benefits.

Paying for School

Because our university is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), (the same as the Ohio State University, Univ. of Chicago, and U.S. Air Force Academy, to name a few), we can accept the following forms of financial aid and payments:

Ways to Save

Transfer Credits 

Accelerate your degree completion by taking full advantage of our transfer credit options, including credit for your previous college courses, military service schools, American Council on Education (ACE) and College Level Examination Program (CLEP) tests, and prior learning experiences.  

Employer Contributions

APU has educational partnerships with many employers and associations. Be sure to accurately enter your employer information when you complete our admissions application. Your employer might also offer a tuition reimbursement plan as one of your benefits.