Learning that Fuses Data, Technology, and Delivery

The MS in Healthcare Management is a fully online, 30-credit degree program geared toward professionals in healthcare fields looking to enter mid-and senior-level management, consulting, and advisor positions.

The curriculum is specifically aligned with the Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA) and Healthcare Leadership Alliance (HLA) standards.

The online healthcare master's program consists of 10 courses, each eight weeks long, concluding with a capstone course that demonstrates your maturity and professionalism in strategic healthcare thinking informed by an understanding of data, technology, new models of care delivery, and value-based payment.

A council of current, technology-focused healthcare leaders at top organizations such as Inova Health System, MedStar Institute for Innovation, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services advised on the curriculum to ensure that it develops the current, relevant skill set needed today for professional success in the healthcare management field.

Courses emphasize the top three skills identified by industry experts as most critical to healthcare managers in the industry including:

  • Strategic decision-making: Make successful recommendations for improvement strategies by understanding the key perspectives of multiple stakeholders.
  • Data Analysis: Successfully manage your organization and prove value in healthcare optimizations as you learn to manage, extract, and interpret data from emergent technologies.
  • Communication/Presentation: Clearly communicate data, its analysis, and the strategy of your healthcare improvement plans.

Employer Driven, Expert Developed

Success in the workplace requires more than possessing relevant knowledge. You must also know how to communicate your ideas, work with teams, make ethical decisions, think critically, and demonstrate cross-cultural competence.

To ensure our graduates learn these skills—and more—our online MS in Healthcare Management program was designed using a unique curriculum structure called the Professional Studies Experience (PSE).

The four-phase curriculum model blends professionally aligned advanced training and workplace skill building with the standard coursework required of your Healthcare Management degree. When you complete the professional skills courses, you'll be able to:

  • Examine and demonstrate the use of analytic tools, both quantitative and qualitative, to provide descriptive, predictive and prescriptive project data
  • Assess emerging trends in the global workplace and the impacts of ever-changing technologies
  • Value the importance of ethical, intercultural, and agency/client/stakeholder relationships
  • Establish professional relationships with all stakeholders by demonstrating leadership skills and using appropriate correspondence channels

With the knowledge and skills gained in this holistic curriculum, you'll stand out as a professional with the complete skill set employers are looking for.


Since 2018, American University's Office of Graduate & Professional Studies' professionally aligned online master's offered a new tuition rate. This provides more educational value and flexibility as you experience a specialized curriculum preparing you for career success.

Learn more about tuition and fees for this program.


Field/Professional Courses in Healthcare Management (12 credits)

Core Courses (9 credits)

Required Courses (6 credits)

Students take PROF 620 and choose PROF 670 or PROF 650

Elective Courses (3 credits)

Choose 1 of the following courses:

To learn more about American University’s online MS in Healthcare Management program, call 855.725.7614 to speak with an admissions representative or request more information.