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Master's in Healthcare Management


Embark in a Healthcare Career within a Thriving Industry

Advance your skills to acquire a leadership role in healthcare.

  • Program Overview

    Stevenson University’s Master of Science in Healthcare Management is designed for working adults who want to expand their careers and strengthen their credentials as healthcare managers, administrators, and consultants.

    Using the case study method and other problem-solving integrative methodologies (including role-playing; simulations; and hands-on, team based projects), the program provides opportunities for students to participate in team-based activities. Student will learn important competencies in accordance with our mission, vision, and values to help them excel in this field.

    Students are required to spend a minimum of 120 hours of face-to-face time with faculty. These hours are fulfilled through three, 3-day residency weekends (72 hours) and weekly meetings with faculty during the semester-long Professional Development Seminar and Capstone experience (48 hours).

    Students can select from two concentrations based on their personal interests and career aspirations:

    Quality Management and Patient Safety

    Prepares graduates to plan, organize, lead, control, and evaluate quality improvement initiatives in healthcare organizations.

    Project Management

    Prepares graduates to plan, organize, lead, control, and evaluate healthcare organization projects from start to finish.

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    Program Design

    The Online Program Design Certification recognizes programs that are designed around measurable learning objectives or competencies. Design or revision of individual courses within the program align with program objectives, involve QM-trained personnel, and are consistent with the relevant QM Rubric.

  • Courses


    Course Schedule 2015-16

    Download the PDF below to view the courses scheduled through fall 2016.

    Course Schedule

    Students are required to complete 48 graduate credits to earn a Healthcare Management master's degree.

    Core Courses

    • HCM 600 Managerial Epidemiology and Statistics
    • HCM 605 Healthcare Management and Administration
    • HCM 610 Healthcare Policy and Law
    • HCM 615 Legal and Ethical Issues in Healthcare
    • HCM 620 Human Resources Development in Healthcare
    • HCM 625 Strategic Planning and Marketing in Healthcare
    • HCM 650 Organizational Behavior in Healthcare
    • HCM 652 Healthcare Finance: Challenges
    • HCM 710 Professional Skills Development Seminar
    • HCM 720 Capstone in Healthcare Management

    Concentration Requirements

    Project Management 

    • HCM 635 Innovative Management Leadership
    • HCM 640 Team Work in Healthcare Settings
    • HCM 642 Healthcare Project Planning and Management
    • HCM 644 Project Management
    • HCM 646 Project Management Accounting

    Quality Management and Patient Safety

    • HCM 660 Planning for Evidence Based Practice
    • HCM 662 Quality Management in Healthcare
    • HCM 665 Patient Satisfaction and Quality Improvement
    • HCM 667 Customer Relationship Management
    • HCM 669 Patient Advocacy for Healthcare Quality

    Residency Weekends

    The highly-interactive residency weekends build community and focus on the healthcare leadership competency model. Residency weekend experiences include:
    • Residency Weekend One provides an orientation to the program, a review of writing expectations, and case study analysis. Students engage with classmates, faculty, staff, and members of the Healthcare Management Advisory Board
    • Residency Weekend Two focuses on cultural competency development, conflict management, and professional career development
    • Residency Weekend Three defines specific expectations for the Quality Management and Patient Safety and Project Management concentrations. Practitioners in the field share their experiences and expertise with students

    HCM 710 Professional Skills Development and the HCM 720 HCM Capstone are taken simultaneously. Students will integrate and apply healthcare leadership competencies to professional experiences in healthcare organizations. Students will also develop a personal plan for continuing education in healthcare management.

  • Admission Requirements

    Admission Requirements

    • Completed online application.
    • Completion of bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution.
    • Official college transcripts from all previous academic work. 
    • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in past academic work.
    • Earned a grade of "B" or above in statistics or an upper level math and an English composition
    • Personal Statement: 250-300 words addressing your ability to complete a rigorous HCM Program and how you will be a leader in the profession of Health Care Management.
    • Telephone or face-to-face interview.
    • Three professional letters of recommendation with at least one from a current or past supervisor. Recommendation form
    • Resume of professional experience.
  • Faculty



    Sharon Buchbinder, R.N., Ph.D.
    Professor and Program Coordinator
    MS in Health Care Management

    B.A., Psychology, University of Connecticut
    M.A., Psychology, University of Hartford
    Ph.D., Public Health, University of Illinois  


    Trina G. Armstrong, M.B.A., M.F.P.
    Adjunct Instructor, Health Care Management
    B.B.A.,  Finance, Loyola University, New Orleans, LA
    M.B.A., Business Administration, Loyola University, New Orleans, LA
    D.H.A.,  Candidate, Healthcare Administration, University of Phoenix

    Susan Casciani, M.B.A., M.S.H.A.
    Adjunct Professor, Health Care Management
    B.S., Healthcare Administration, State University College at Fredonia, NY
    M.S., Healthcare Administration, D'Youville College, Buffalo, NY
    M.B.A., University at Buffalo, NY 

    Miliska M. Knauft, Ed.D., M.B.A.
    Adjunct Professor, Health Care Management
    B.A., Biology, minor in Chemistry – Maryville University, St. Louis, MO
    B.A., Medical Technology – Maryville University, St. Louis, MO
    Missouri Baptist School of Medical Technology Internship, St. Louis, MO
    MT (ASCP) certification received, 1977.  Licensure current.
    M.B.A., Finance – San Diego State University, San Diego, California
    Ed.D., Adult Education – University of Missouri, St. Louis

    Lea Nolan, M.A.
    Adjunct Instructor, Health Care Management
    A.B., History, Georgetown University
    M.A., Women's Studies with a concentration in public policy, The George Washington University

  • Tuition & Fees

    Tuition & Fees

    Part-time tuition (per credit): $670
    Fees (per semester): $125

    The School of Graduate and Professional Studies partners with local hospitals to offer a tuition discount to employees. Eligible hospital partners are listed below. For more information about the tuition discount available through your employer's partnership with Stevenson University, email .

    • Annel Arundel Health System
    • Carroll Hospital Center
    • Dimensions Health System
      • Bowie Health Center
      • Dimensions Surgery Center
      • Glenridge Medical Center
      • Laurel Regional Hospital
      • Prince George's Hospital Center
      • Rachel H. Pemberton Senior Center
    • Frederick Memorial Hospital
    • Holy Cross Hospital
    • Lifebridge Health
      • Levindale Hebrew Geriatric Hospital and Center
      • Northwest Hospital
      • Sinai Hospital
    • Med Star Union Memorial Hospital
    • Mercy Health Systems
      • Mercy Hospital
      • Stella Maris
    • St. Agnes Hospital

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