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Health Services Administration – Master of Science (MS) Online

Are you hungry for a challenge? Straining against the confines of your current job? Do you want to take your career in new directions? Inspire others? Or help improve America’s healthcare system?

To serve the needs of students who need a flexible graduate program to advance their careers, the University of Wyoming has developed an online health services administration master’s program that can be completed in two years, part-time.

Requiring only two weekend trips to UW’s beautiful Laramie, Wyoming campus, the online health services administration master’s is a small, cohort-based graduate degree program that will expose you to the economic, regulatory, political, managerial and ethical issues facing American healthcare leaders.

What is Health Services Administration?

Health services administration is a field that examines how healthcare systems and organizations are created, studied and managed.

As a health services administration student, you will delve into the history and origins of the American healthcare system, learn about social and governmental influences and acquire the research and analytical skills necessary to leverage data for better patient outcomes and organizational success.

Quick Facts

Degree Type: Master of Science (M.S.)


  • Biopharmaceutical Regulatory Compliance
  • Health Economics & Outcomes
  • Health Institution Leadership
  • Healthcare Quality Improvement 

Resident Tuition: $650/credit hour

Non-resident Tuition: $825/credit hour

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The University of Wyoming’s health services administration online program was ranked second in the nation by Top Master’s in Healthcare in 2018

Health Services Administration Online Master’s Degree Program Highlights

As a UW graduate student in health services administration, you will be studying in one of the top online programs in the country according to

UW’s program is distinguished by the following:

Specialty tracks. Customize your degree program to your goals by choosing one of these four specialty tracks:

  • Biopharmaceutical Regulatory Compliance
  • Health Economics & Outcomes
  • Health Institution Leadership
  • Healthcare Quality Improvement 

Convenience. Maintain your current job while earning your degree. UW’s program combines live online classes, online courses that can be completed on your own time and two weekend intensives on UW’s Laramie, Wyoming campus, during which you can connect with your professors and fellow students. Courses are also taught in blocks so you can focus on one course at a time.

Duration. Complete your health services administration program in five semesters over two years. 

Affordability. Compare: UW’s online health services administration graduate program is among the lowest-cost programs in the country. UW also offers in-state tuition rates to anyone who is a member of a national pharmacy association, federal agency employees (including active-duty military) and pharmacy residents.

Independent project. Complete a real-world research project that can be applied in a healthcare setting.

Comprehensive exam. Synthesize the learning you’ve done over the course of five semesters by completing a comprehensive examination.

Teacher-practitioners. Learn from healthcare professionals who are leaders in their organizations and will share their on-the-ground experiences in class. Some of our faculty include:

  • Helen McKnight, Director of Pharmacy Services at Princeton Baptist Medical Center
  • Troy Shirley, System Director of Pharmacy for Bronson Healthcare Group
  • Cody Wiberg, Executive Director of the Minnesota Board of Pharmacy

What Can You Do With a Health Services Administration Master’s Degree?

The UW health services administration program is targeted to new and mid-career pharmacists and other healthcare professionals, who want to move into leadership positions and make a difference in improving healthcare organizations and outcomes.

Health Services Administration Careers

The UW health services administration program prepares you to pursue positions that include:

  • Department director
  • Patient safety coordinator
  • Regulatory compliance officer
  • Quality improvement specialist
  • Health outcomes researcher

Amazing Stories from HSA Majors

“I found the Master's of Science in Health Services Administration program to be extremely relevant to the ever changing healthcare landscape. The ability to map my own classes and take courses from such proficient and qualified professors was a huge plus. I thoroughly enjoyed the comprehensiveness of the master's and the ability to work on a final project, which directly applied to my interests.”

– Eric R. Schlidt, B.S. ’14, M.S. ’18, is the associate director of UW’s health services administration program.

Examples of Health Service Administration Degree Program Courses

These are just some of the classes you might take as a health services administration graduate student at the University of Wyoming:

  • Evolution of American Healthcare
  • Empirical Analysis for Health Services Administration
  • Preventing Fraud, Abuse and Waste
  • Strategic Innovation
  • Healthcare Risk and Quality

View the curricula of each health services administration program track now.

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