Master's Degree in the Leadership of Healthcare Organizations

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.

Master’s Degree in the Leadership of Healthcare Organizations

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

About the Degree

This is a Master of Advanced Studies degree 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.

This is a self-funded degree which means that it does not receive any state-funded support.

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.

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

Key Program features:
  • Three admission dates each year: winter (January), spring (April), and fall (September)
    (International applicants on F-1 visa may only enter program in September)
  • Application deadlines: winter: October 8, 2018; spring: January 14, 2019;
    and fall: May 28, 2019.
  • No GRE/GMAT required to apply
  • Merit-scholarship opportunity for qualified applicants
  • Innovative and relevant curriculum integrating the theme of clinical process improvement
  • Courses taught by renowned faculty from the UC San Diego 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
Application Requirements:
  • Completion of online application for graduate admission
  • Three years of professional work experience (five years preferred), in health care or a related field. (Internship experience counts.)
  • Possession of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education, or the equivalent, with training comparable in standard and content to that provided by the University of California
  • Minimum undergraduate/post-baccalaureate record
    (a minimum GPA of 3.0 in the final two years of study expected)
  • Resume or curriculum vitae
  • Three letters of recommendation, including at least one from a relevant employer
  • Compelling statement of purpose
  • International applicants must submit a minimum TOEFL score of 85 or minimum IELTS score of 7.0 taken in the last two years to show English language proficiency
Intended Audience:

The master’s degree in the Leadership of Healthcare Organizations is designed for individuals across all healthcare fields and clinical or administrative professions, including medicine, nursing, mental health, dentistry, insurance, and the bio-tech and pharmaceutical industries. The program is most beneficial to:

  • Nursing Professionals
  • Physicians
  • Administrative or clinical managers in the healthcare field
  • Allied health professionals
  • Healthcare executives
  • Senior staff at pharmaceutical, insurance, or other healthcare product/service companies
Program Focuses:
  • Process improvement
  • Organizational and personal leadership
  • Complex healthcare challenges
  • Quality patient care
  • Project management
  • Financial decision making and analysis
  • Identify your personal leadership style, competencies and gaps
  • Develop a leadership approach that allows you to effect change and innovate in complex healthcare settings
  • Become a more effective negotiator and advocate for your teams, departments and projects
  • Improve your ability to communicate with colleagues and senior management

Degree Partners

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 healthcare 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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