Prospective Students

The Leadership of Healthcare Organizations degree is a unique part time or full time graduate program designed to strengthen future healthcare leaders understanding of complex business, management, and policy issues with a focus on leadership and clinical process improvement. This program accepts International applicants and supports the F-1 student visa.

A Message from Todd Gilmer, Program Director

todd-gilmer-circleWelcome to our program website. Please take a look at our curriculum which is focused on preparing our students to meet the healthcare industry’s changing needs with a specific focus on providing the process improvement skills needed to make them better leaders and managers in today’s environment.

This was the first Master of Advanced Studies (MAS) Degree in the University of California system. It was launched in 2001 to provide industry professionals with critical knowledge and skills to become effective managers and leaders in today’s complex healthcare environment.

Please consider our program to see if it would assist you in accomplishing your personal career goals.


Todd Gilmer, PhD
Program Director
Chief, Division of Health Policy
Professor, Department of Family Medicine and Public Health
UC San Diego School of Medicine

Key Program features:
  • No GRE/GMAT required to apply
  • Innovative and relevant curriculum integrating the theme of clinical process improvement
  • Courses taught by renowned faculty from the UCSD School of Medicine and leaders in the healthcare industry
  • Flexible, evening course schedule designed to meet the needs of working professionals
  • Opportunity to network with other healthcare professionals and faculty from diverse areas of expertise
  • Multiple admission dates each year – September, January, March

About the MAS Degree

The Leadership of Healthcare Organizations program is the first approved Master of Advanced Studies (MAS) degree in the University of California system.

The degree is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) which is the accrediting body for the University of California. UC Graduate degree programs go through graduate academic reviews of their curriculum/faculty/administration every 7 years by the Graduate Council.

Under a statewide project of the University of California, the MAS credential was first introduced in January, 2001 in response to the need to expand career potential and bring academic rigor to professionals in various fields. The self-funded MAS degree program is tailored typically to the lifestyle and level of experience of working professionals.

In addition to this degree we offer two other master’s degree programs:

Degree Partners

The Master of Advanced Studies degree is conferred by the Graduate Division at the University of California, San Diego (UC San Diego). It represents a collaborative effort between UC San Diego Extension, which administers the program and provides student advising, and the Department of Family Medicine and Public Health in the UC San Diego School of Medicine, which manages the curriculum.

UC San Diego School of Medicine

The School of Medicine is one of the nation’s top-ranked academic institutions devoted to medical research, education, and health care services. Its physicians and researchers have been lauded with numerous awards and honors, including the Nobel Prize, and the membership of over 80 faculty members in the National Academy of Sciences and Institute of Medicine. UC San Diego Healthcare is known as a center for leading edge medicine and outstanding clinical programs. Furthermore, San Diego has become one of the most advanced centers in the world for biotechnology, clinical research, telecommunications, and computer software; this is due in no small measure to the University of California, San Diego. More than 90% of the technology companies in San Diego can trace their roots to either faculty or graduates of UC San Diego.

UC San Diego Extended Studies and Public Programs

In addition to research and degree work, UC San Diego is home to one of the most diverse continuing education programs in the world: UC San Diego Extended Studies and Public Programs provide critical support for workforce development to San Diego and other partnering organizations. It addresses the lifelong knowledge and skill development needs of individuals, organizations and the community. Every area of study, from biotechnology and the arts, to foreign languages and healthcare, evolves with the community. Courses are refined as the workplace changes and as new ideas and technologies arise.

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