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College of Public Affairs

Health Systems Management

You need advanced skills to manage today's health systems. And you need to develop them on your schedule.

This 36- to 45-credit (dependent on your professional experience and transfer credits) Master of Science program:

  • is offered Saturdays, enabling you to balance professional, family and school commitments and complete your degree in five semeseters
  • can be completed through a combination of traditional classroom classes and online courses
  • is also offered at the Universities at Shady Grove in Rockville, Md., along Montgomery County's expanding "high-tech" corridor, highly diversified with advanced professional, research and tech services at its core; it's also close to Shady Grove Adventist Hospital and other medical facilities.

This program is designed to help you become a highly effective administrator in a health-related environment and is an ideal fit if you are:

  • a health-care manager or program administrator in search of professional advancement
  • a nurse or technician needing a master's degree to move up the earnings scale
  • a supervisor seeking the in-depth strategic knowledge that a master's-level education provides.

Why Health Systems Management at the Universities at Shady Grove?

The Universities at Shady Grove  campus in Rockville, Md., lies along Montgomery County's expanding "high-tech" corridor, highly diversified with advanced professional, research and tech services at its core; it's also close to Shady Grove Adventist Hospital and other medical facilities.


Make a Bee Line Toward Your Degree

Bee Line, a transfer access program designed to benefit Montgomery College students who plan to transfer to a University of Baltimore bachelor's degree program, is available for this program at the Universities at Shady Grove. Learn more.

Personalized flexibility to fit your career.

Depending on your previous work experience, you can take advantage of this program's distinct flexibility:

  • If you have prior professional experience in the field, you can complete the degree with 6 fewer credits (39 instead of 45), saving you time and money.
  • If you need professional experience, you can supplement your coursework with with an internship in an administrative role in a health-care organization.

Since health systems managers require an interdisciplinary background to lead effectively, you'll delve into a wide range of professional subject areas, including:

  • finance
  • epidemiology
  • qualitative methods
  • organizational behavior
  • ethics
  • law
  • and information systems.

The curriculum addresses the 10 critical content areas recommended by the Association of University Programs in Health Administration.

Faculty who bring experience to the classroom.

Housed in the College of Public Affairs—which also has a nationally accredited Master of Public Administration program—this master's program offers the resources of faculty members with decades of experience and who are leaders in their disciplines, including the former assistant secretary of management and budget for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.


Classes are offered Saturdays during the day and online in a 10-week session.