Designed for early-career professionals, the Department of Health Systems Administration offers a two-year, part-time, 42 credit, Master of Science in Health Systems Administration (MHSA). Structured as a blended program of study, aspiring leaders benefit from the flexibility of distance learning and on-campus, face-to-face instruction.

Led by an esteemed faculty comprised of researchers, scholars, and practitioners, the program equips future leaders with essential skills to innovate and lead in the wake of change and uncertainty. Using a rigorous health systems approach, cohort members operationalize the interconnectedness and oftentimes competing interests of diverse stakeholders in the healthcare ecosystem. Systems thinking and applied learning techniques allow learners to examine the social, technical, economic, and policy forces that shape the delivery of care and inform the management agenda. Rooted in the Jesuit value of cura personalis (care for the whole person), students undergo structured leadership development experiences – allowing them to unearth their strengths and explore the critical role they can play in improving the patient experience, reducing costs, and advancing the health of communities.

Accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME), the curriculum is competency-based and practice-centered. Distinguishing features include: small class sizes that foster close relationships with faculty members; networking and exposure to nationally renowned industry leaders and subject matter experts; on-the-job experiential projects; affiliations with close to 400 members of the alumni community; comparative health system global experiences, as well as unparalleled moments to leverage the richness of the Nation’s Capital.


Degrees Offered

  • M.S. in Health Systems Administration

Application Deadlines

Fall 2022  (M.S. Program)

          January 15, 2022 (priority) 
          April 1, 2022  (final) 

Application Requirements

Please be sure to review the Graduate School Admissions How to Apply page.


Please be sure to review the Health System Administration program website for additional information on program application requirements.

Work / Work History requirements:

  • Applicants should currently be employed  (however, if employment status has been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, applicants are asked to submit a supplemental statement to our Selection Committee).
  • 1-5 years of healthcare experience is preferred  (in the healthcare delivery field or in a healthcare-related organization).

Application Materials required:

  • Graduate School of Arts & Sciences Online Application
  • Non-refundable Application Fee
  • Statement of Purpose essay
  • Unofficial Transcripts- Applicants are required to upload to the application system unofficial transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended. Do not send electronic or paper copies of your transcripts before receiving an offer of admission. Review the unofficial transcript requirements for additional details and FAQs. All transcripts from non-US institutions must be evaluated by World Education Services,

  • Letters of Recommendation (3)
  • Video interview: A video interview submission is required. Once your application has been submitted, an admissions representative will email you with directions concerning your video interview submission.  Your video must be submitted no later than one week following the application deadline. 
  • Resume/CV
  • GRE or GMAT Score: Test scores are OPTIONAL for Fall 2021 AND Fall 2022 due to COVID-19 issues.  If sending scores: Georgetown University GRE reporting code: 5244. Department of Health Systems Administration GMAT Reporting Code: JT7-VN-43. For those with a verified and completed graduate degree from a US institution, this requirement may be waived.  Please contact the department directly to discuss.
    • MCAT may be submitted in lieu of GRE or GMAT
  • TOEFL/IELTS   (please see below) 

In addition, although each applicant is considered on an individual basis, admission requirements are as follows:

  • A bachelor’s degree in any field.


All applicants are required to demonstrate a level of proficiency in the English language sufficient to meet the admission requirement of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Proficiency can be demonstrated by the receipt of a bachelor’s or advanced degree from an accredited institution of higher education in the United States or from a university where English is the primary language of instruction (please note that applicants receiving degrees at universities in U.S. territories, such as Puerto Rico, are required to submit the TOEFL or IELTS unless the primary language of instruction at the institution is English). All other applicants must achieve at least a minimum score on either the TOEFL or IELTS test. Test scores must be received by the application deadline date. Applicants should allow six to eight weeks from the test date for the reporting of scores to the institution. Applications will not be considered without GRE/GMAT (unless waived) and TOEFL/IELTS (if applicable) scores.

TOEFL: A minimum score of 100 (iBT test) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). TOEFL information: 

IELTS: A minimum score of 7.0 from the International English Language Testing System. IELTS Information:

Degree Requirements

  • Forty-two credit hours

For more information on degree requirements, please visit the Health Systems Administration program website.