Health Care Management

Leadership in Health Care Systems Program

Why Choose the Leadership in Health Care Systems 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 Leadership in Health Care Systems program 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 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 leadership 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.

How to Apply

Review the eligibility and application requirements for the Leadership in Health Care Systems program before starting your online application

Program eligibility requirements include:

  • a bachelor’s degree from an accredited school
  • statistics course with a grade of C or above. (For those who do not currently meet the requirement, we offer an online, self-paced statistics course which can be completed in as little as four weeks)

Admission to matriculated programs, and transfer credit approval, requires previously earned coursework to have been earned from an institution accredited by a USDE (U.S. Department of Education) or CHEA (Council for Higher Education Accreditation) approved accrediting agency. Transfer credit from institutions meeting accreditation requirements shall be approved upon review of course content and alignment with learning outcomes. Nursing degrees must also be accredited through an approved professional agency, such as Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), or Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).

To complete your online application you will need the following:

  • official transcripts from all schools attended, including prerequisites (cumulative GPA of 3.0 preferred)
  • two letters of reference 
  • resume or CV
  • professional goal statement
  • writing sample (academic paper, clinical document, or publication)
  • for international students, refer to the International Applicants webpage for additional requirements
We do not require any standardized test scores as admission criteria for the Leadership in Health Care Systems program. Please send all supplemental application materials to:
Admissions Office
University of Rochester School of Nursing
601 Elmwood Avenue
Rochester, NY 14642

Application Deadlines

Program prerequisites and selected program courses may also be taken as a non-matriculated student in spring and summer semesters.
    • For a September start date
      The application deadline is the prior April 15.
    • For a January start date
      The application deadline is the prior Sept. 15.
    • For a May start date
      The application deadline is the prior Jan. 15.

Program Duration

2-3 years

This 31-credit, 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 Leadership in Health Care Systems

With a Leadershp in Health Care Systems 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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I chose the program because of its excellent reputation in preparing leaders to critically think and problem solve through complex situations. The instructors were current in what is occurring in today’s health care environment and very supportive of new ideas.
Dwight Hettler, MS, RN, NE-BC, OCN
Director of Nursing, Wilmot Cancer Institute
Nick Arcieri
I wanted this degree because it has a clinical basis. Coming from a technical background, it was a good opportunity to expand my knowledge and get outside my comfort zone. You learn from other students' perspectives.
Nicholas Arcieri, MS Graduate of the Leadership in Health Care Systems program
Director of Software Development, Institute for Innovative Education
Ann Cott
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 Leadership in Health Care Systems Program
Director of Nursing at Hillside Family of Agencies