MS in Healthcare Management: Frequently Asked Questions

How is this program different from others?
Developed by industry professionals who are well-known and highly experienced in their fields, our program will give you the skills you need to effectively manage and implement new strategies within healthcare organizations while successfully navigating the dramatic changes that are reshaping the industry.

A council of top healthcare professionals from leading organizations advised on the curriculum to ensure that it develops the current, relevant skillset needed today for professional success in healthcare management.

What are the academic admission requirements for Master of Science in Healthcare Management?
You must have a bachelor’s degree.

Do I need experience in healthcare to participate?
No prior healthcare experience is required; however, this program is geared toward those with prior professional experience.

How long will it take to complete my program?
The program could be completed in 20 months by students taking two courses per semester.

Do you require submission of test scores?
No. We do not require a submission of GRE test scores.

Can I transfer credit for previous graduate work?
AU will accept up to six hours of graduate work from another institution that applies directly to the degree. Transfer credits form another institution must be approved by the admissions team.

What documents are required when applying?
The required application documents include:

  • A completed application
  • Phone Interview with Admissions Advisor
  • Résumé
  • Statement of purpose
  • Two letters of recommendation, which may be from former professors as well as current or former employers
  • Transcripts from previous undergraduate and relevant graduate coursework (If a degree was earned outside the U.S., a course-by-course evaluated transcript is required.)

When is the deadline for application?
Our application deadline will change depending on which to semester you are applying for. Please contact our online admissions staff for a specific timeline your application file needs to be fully submitted.

Is financial aid available?
Graduate students enrolled at least part time in a Master's program may be eligible for federal loans. To apply, students must submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Are there scholarships available for the program?
American University is pleased to offer the Online Merit Scholarship to students who demonstrate undergraduate excellence and continue on to graduate studies. Scholarships are available to students who meet the eligibility requirements.

Is this program offered on campus?
No. This is an exclusive program being offered online.
There will be opportunities for the learners to meet each other face to face but they are all optional.

Is there a certificate option?
Yes. The online Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Management consists of four courses focused on the evaluation of healthcare delivery methods, processes, and technology innovation. If you decide to pursue the online MS in Healthcare Management at a later date, you can use these 12 credits towards the full degree.

What should I expect from the capstone course?
All students will have the opportunity to focus on an area of their interest and work with a client to complete their capstone project. Students will work with an experienced faculty member who will serve as a mentor and provide feedback throughout each step of the project.

Will I be able to take advantage of the same resources as on-campus students do?
Yes, online students are encouraged to obtain a Student ID and take advantage of all of the same resources as our on-campus students.

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.