Health Care Management Program

Why Choose the HCM Program?

Health care is the second-largest industry in the United States and the nation’s single largest private employer. There is a tremendous need for effective and ethical health care leaders with the ability to manage interdisciplinary teams in a complex and evolving health care environment.

The Health Care Organization Management and Leadership Program (HCM) from the University of Rochester School of Nursing is designed for working adults from health care-related professional backgrounds who wish to work in a health care management role.

The Health Care Organization Management and Leadership curriculum is broadly interdisciplinary with a focus on the “big picture” opportunities and challenges facing health care systems. Through hybrid coursework (a blend of in-person and online) and a hands-on capstone project, you’ll sharpen your skills as a manager or leader and learn best practices to assure efficient, quality, and safe patient care delivery systems.  

Unlike other health care management degrees, the UR School of Nursing program includes 224 hours of mentored field placement with health care organizations and leaders. Not only will you gain real-world management experience, but you will forge invaluable professional relationships and receive one-on-one attention from expert faculty who actively practice in their fields.

Program Requirements and Application Process

Start your online application today. The Health Care Organization Management and Leadership master’s program is open to all applicants with a bachelor’s degree. The full list of admission requirements includes:

  • a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university
  • cumulative GPA of 3.0 preferred
  • statistics course with a grade C or above
  • professional goal statement outlining reasons for seeking admission to the program
  • two references that address professional and/or academic and leadership ability.  It is desirable that one of the letters be from a professional in health care
  • personal interview(s) with program faculty members
  • there is no minimum work requirement
  • submission of a writing sample
  • for international students, TOEFL with a minimum score of 560 (paper-based), 230 (computer-based) or 88 (iBT)

Application Deadlines

The program begins in the fall of each year, although candidates may start leadership coursework any semester (September, May or January). Admissions are rolling. Program prerequisites and selected program courses may also be taken as a non-matriculated student in spring and summer semesters.

$50 application fee

Program Costs

Tuition for the Health Care Organization Management and Leadership program Fall 2016-Spring 2017* is:

  • $1,400
    per credit hour
  • *other fees may apply. Employees at the University of Rochester may be eligible to receive a substantial tuition benefit (up to 80 to 95 percent tuition waiver).

Program Duration

This part-time program can be completed in as little as two years if you take two classes each semester. Classes are offered in the late afternoon/evening to accommodate full-time work schedules.

What You Can Do with a Master’s in Health Care Management

With a Health Care Management degree from the UR School of Nursing, you’ll be prepared to assume leadership and management positions at all levels of health care organizations.

Clinical or Nurse Managers
Nursing Leaders
Administration in Health Care
Leaders across a variety of health care settings/departments
Academic Leadership
Directors or Assistant Directors within community and/or not-for-profit agencies
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The resources and flexibility at the School of Nursing made it easy to pursue my master’s as an older student with a full-time job and family. I felt confident in a classroom setting, learning about changes in health care alongside professionals from other disciplines. It was exciting to learn other perspectives, while gaining leadership skills to help me in my current role as a nurse leader.
Ann Cott, RN, Graduate of the HCM Program
Director of Nursing at Hillside Family of Agencies