Master's Degree in the Leadership of Healthcare Organizations


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.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Master of Advanced Studies (MAS) degree?

The MAS is an accredited master’s degree conferred by UC San Diego. It is a self-funded, part-time or full time, professional degree designed to supplement the education and work experience of the students who enroll in the program. It is often referred to as a “terminal” degree and is designed to provide rigorous, graduate-level curriculum in a specific, timely area of study. For more information, refer to Prospective Students page.

What classes are required?

The degree consists of 42 quarter units of study, and classes are offered fall, winter and spring quarters. For more information, refer to Curriculum page.

When are classes scheduled?

1) 2 unit course: one night a week usually from 5:30 – 7:15pm
2) 4 unit course: one night a week usually from 5:00 – 8:30 pm

How much does it cost?

The cost of the program is approximately $31,000, which includes all program instruction and administrative fees. Program fees do not include books, parking, or incidentals. For more information, refer to Financial page.

Do I need to take the GRE/GMAT?

No, the GRE/GMAT is not required for admission to the program

What type of professional backgrounds do the students have?

The program crosses all healthcare fields and healthcare-related industries, and clinical/administrative positions in the military, private and public sectors. The MAS student population is made up of: healthcare/public administrators, nurses, physicians, biotech/pharmaceutical company employees, public health, medical device employees, pharmacists, dentists, and physical therapists.

Do I have to be enrolled as an MAS student in order to take some of the courses?

No, there are opportunities for you to take one or two courses in the program without being formally admitted as a UC San Diego MAS graduate student. This is handled through Concurrent Enrollment, which is administered through UC San Diego Extension. This gives prospective students an opportunity to “try out” the program before applying for graduate admission. If the individual eventually decides to pursue the MAS degree, then the academic credit earned through Concurrent Enrollment will be applied towards meeting the MAS degree requirements once he/she is formally admitted to the program. Contact the department for more details.

I don’t have the years of experience in healthcare required for admission. Can I still qualify?

Possibly, the admissions committee will review your entire application, including the depth of your professional experience outside healthcare, the strength of your recommendation letters, and your academic background. These factors are all taken into consideration in determining whether or not an applicant qualifies for admission to the program. In some instances, the committee will recommend a “conditional acceptance” to the program and suggest that a candidate take a course or two through Concurrent Enrollment prior to the committee making the final admission decision.

How do I apply to the program?

The MAS degree is a UC San Diego graduate degree handled through the Graduate Division. Formal application for admission to the program is required. Refer to the Admission Requirements and Application pages for more information.

I’m still not sure the program is right for me. Can I speak with a program advisor before applying to the program?

Certainly, just contact the department to set up an appointment.

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