About the Program

Master of Science in Health Sciences in Health Care Administration Online

The UTRGV MSHS in Health Care Administration online program gives you an expanded set of skills and abilities critical for any health care leader. The curriculum addresses current legal and ethical concerns, health care and quality improvement systems, organizational and financial strategies.

About the Program

About the Program
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Complete in as few as 12 months
36 credit hours
$444.44 per credit hour*

As health care in the United States continues to evolve, the industry demands new leaders who understand its specific challenges with an equal understanding of health care practice and the business operations of a health system. The UTRGV Master of Science in Health Sciences in Health Care Administration will prepare you to confidently guide health systems through enormous complexity and constant change. The program, a collaboration between the College of Business and the College of Health Sciences, is designed for experienced working professionals who wish to transition to leadership roles within health care management, administration and operations.

This degree makes you uniquely qualified to:

  • Communicate effectively with all members of interprofessional collaboration teams to the best possible outcomes for both the patient and the health system
  • Use evidence-based practice to improve hospital and health system procedures and processes
  • Analyze, influence and impact health care policy
  • Develop and monitor budgets
  • Manage resources and people

Online Courses

Core Courses
INFS 6340 Health Computer Information Systems

This course provides the knowledge about fundamentals of health Information Systems and the role of Information systems in efficient operation of health care organizations. The course specifically focuses on: Evolution of HMIS, HMIS components and basic HMIS functions, technology infrastructure for health care organizations, basic concepts such as HER, HIE, CPOE, and CDSS, HMIS standards such as HIPPA, HL7, and DICOM, strategic information systems planning for health care organizations, systems analysis and project management, information security issues, and role of HMIS professionals in health organizations.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
HSCI 6300 Introduction to the Health Care System and Quality Improvement

An introduction to the health care system beginning with a historical overview, analysis of organizational components and an emphasis on the interaction of delivery systems, regulation, financial concerns, regulations and alternative strategies for health care organizations, as well as quality assurance and its role in health care organizations.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
HSCI 6307 Health Care Policy, Organization and Financing

This course focuses on health care policy, organization and financing. The advanced practice nurse's role in the provision of quality cost-effective care, participation in design and implementation of health care in a variety of health care systems, and leadership in managing human, fiscal and physical health care resources is emphasized. Prerequisite: Graduate student status.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
HSCI 6310 Research in Health Sciences

An exploration of qualitative and quantitative research methods and experimental designs with specific application to the Health Sciences as well as an introduction to evidence-based medicine.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
HSCI 6345 Legal and Ethical Issues in Health Care

Overview of legal and ethical issues associated with the delivery of health care in today's society. Specific areas of contemporary legal and ethical concern surrounding everyday practice will be emphasized.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
HSCI 7302 Professional Proposal Writing

This course will cover the knowledge, skills and techniques used in the preparation of professional papers and grant proposals. Students will also be introduced to methods used in the identification of funding sources, as well as the principles of successful grant management.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Health Care Administration Track
ACCT 6305 Health Care Accounting

This is an applied finance and accounting health care course, designed to provide decision makers with fundamental concepts in health care finance, accounting, budgeting, planning and forecasting. Students will gain an understanding in how to analyze financial statements and evaluate the financial conditions of various health care facilities. Students will also acquire an understanding of cost accounting concepts such as cost behavior; break-even analysis and activity based costing.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
MARK 6350 Competing Through Service

This course focuses on the vital role services play in the economy and its future. It shows how the advanced economies of the world are now dominated by service(s), and virtually all companies, including those traditionally known as manufacturers, view services as critical to retaining their consumers today and in the future and surviving in the marketplace. Students will be exposed to the state-of-the-art in services management and marketing.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
MGMT 6372 Organizational Leadership and Change

This course is designed to provide a broad overview of leadership and organizational change theories, practices and research. Special attention will be given to critical thinking skills and the students' ability to communicate and lead effectively in the discussion chat room format.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
FINA 6350 Healthcare Finance

This course provides an introduction to the essential tools and techniques of health care financial management, including health care accounting and financial statements, managing cash flow, billings and collections, making major capital investment. The course also covers such fundamental concepts as time value of money, the evaluation of financial statements, and pricing of financial instruments with an emphasis on their application to the health care environment. Students will also get exposure to developments in health care laws and regulations such as the Affordable Care Act.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
MGMT 6333 Human Resource Management in Health Care

This course is designed to acquaint students with basic principles and concepts of human resource management within a health care organization. Topics to be covered include recruitment, selection, compensation, employee retention, training and development, and legal compliance. Students will have the opportunity to study human resource related problems faced by various health care systems such as hospitals, integrated health care systems, managed care settings, private practices, and public health clinics.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
HSCI 6346 Compliance and Risk Management

This course will provide an overview of areas critical to the management of risk in health care organizations including areas of concern related to compliance with the wide variety of legal and statutory requirements mandated by current health policy.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3


The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley has specific deadline requirements that you must meet in order to enroll. Please read the admission guidelines for this program. For dates past June 19th please contact the university at 1-833-UTRGV-GC (1-833-887-4842) or gradcollege@utrgv.edu. We look forward to supporting you during your journey.

Upcoming Start Dates

June 19, 2018

May 18, 2018

Tuition & Financial Aid

UT Rio Grande Valley's 100% online accelerated graduate programs offer affordable tuition, and financial aid is available for those who qualify.

Tuition Breakdown


Total program cost


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Per 3-credit course


Partner Scholarship

*We estimate that tuition and fees will total no more than the rates shown above; however, rates are subject to change.

Financial Aid

UTRGV is an equal opportunity institution in the administration of its financial aid programs. In keeping with this policy, financial aid is extended to students without regard to race, creed, sex, national origin, veteran status, religion, age or disability. For additional information regarding funding please visit our Student Loan page.

Additional Fees

  • Application Fee: $50 domestic, $100 international
  • Graduation Fee: $32
Application fee can be paid online by credit card or electronic check only

Partner Scholarship

Participating students from partner organizations have the opportunity to receive a $2,000 (which will be pro-rated over the duration of the program) scholarship based upon successful completion of the scholarship requirements.

If you are not sure if your organization is a participating partner, please contact a representative at 844-218-2727. In order to qualify for the scholarship, all required documents must be submitted by the posted deadline. Scholarships are not retroactive.


Please review all the admission requirements for the UTRGV MSHS in Health Care Administration online degree program. For specific questions or more details, contact an enrollment specialist at 844-218-2727.

Admissions Criteria

Online Application

Submit your application and one-time $50 application fee (for domestic applications) online.

Official Transcript

Submit transcripts from all colleges and/or universities.


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3 References from Professional or Academic sources