M.S. Healthcare Administration

You’re confident in your ability to become an effective leader who drives healthcare process.
Degree Type Master of Science
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Delivery Online

Lead. Advance. Impact

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.

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.


Program Overview

View program plans, credit requirements and course descriptions.


Admission Requirements

Graduate School Application

All prospective graduate students at UW-Stout must follow a standard application process through our Graduate School. Beyond that, each graduate program has specific requirements that must be met to be successfully admitted to the program:

Admission Requirements

  • A bachelor’s degree in any discipline from an accredited university and a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0. Students with a GPA of less than 3.0 may be considered for provisional admission and should contact an enrollment adviser for more information.
  • Official college transcripts.
  • Prerequisite coursework in elementary statistics, medical terminology, and oral communication/public speaking.
  • Your resume.
  • Two letters of recommendation (professional preferred).
  • A personal statement of up to 1,000 words describing the reasons behind your decision to pursue this degree and what you believe you will bring to the healthcare administration field. Space for the personal statement is included in the online application.

This program has been developed for working adults and it is strongly encouraged that students have a minimum of 2 years of professional experience before applying to the program.

Program Application

To successfully apply to the program, please submit the following:

  • Personal Statement (up to 1,000 words)
  • Resume
  • Two Letters of Recommendation 

Please submit all materials by email to Beth Kucko, Graduate School Admissions Examiner at kuckob@uwstout.edu.

HCA Advisory Committee

2022-23 HCA Advisory Committee

Julia Chapman Program Director UW-Stout
Keely Rees Academic Director UW-La Crosse
Bryan Lewis Academic Director UW-Parkside
Jodi Olmsted Academic Director UW-Stevens Point
Becca Bartusewich Academic Director UW-Platteville
Patricia Devoy Program Manager UW Extended Campus

100% online: complete this degree entirely at your own pace and schedule.


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.

Certificate Option

UW-Stout offers a graduate-level add-on in-program certificate. The certificate program serves as an additional and optional credential for degree-seeking students in MS-HCA as well as a freestanding certificate program for non-degree students. A portion of the certificate courses are transferable into the M.S. Healthcare Administration degree.

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.


UW-Stout will be your home campus

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.

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Program Information

Read UW Extension's guide to the program, complete with information on courses, careers, and tuition.