Master of Science in Healthcare Leadership

Merrimack’s Master of Science in Healthcare Leadership is a newly designed graduate program aimed to equip you with the skills and knowledge needed to thrive in today’s dynamic healthcare landscape.

Finish in as little as 9 to 12 months online.

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Wednesday, July 17, 2024 
from 5:30 pm 
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Learn about Merrimack's graduate programs, full- and half-tuition graduate fellowship opportunities, scholarships and financial aid, how to apply, and more!

Healthcare Leadership Master’s Degree: Why Merrimack?

You can make a strong impression on the job market with a healthcare leadership master’s degree from Merrimack. Our program is known for its:

Superior Faculty.

You’ll build relationships with expert faculty members who bring real-world experience and insights to the program. Merrimack professors combine academic distinction with extensive clinical and industry experience, offering practical insights that go far beyond standard textbook curriculum. The program provides students opportunities to engage with industry leaders through specific assignments and projects. This will facilitate students to utilize knowledge, critical thinking skills, and problem-based research applications to evaluate and address modern industry concerns during their classes.

Fosters Work Readiness.

Our comprehensive program provides students with the required knowledge and skill sets they seek while enhancing the quality of applicant candidates for healthcare organizations. Students will be exposed to the most current industry trends and issues throughout the program. Students will be expected to complete assignments and projects with “real-world” applications.

Customizable Degree.

The cohort model offers a supportive and flexible learning environment with personalized support and online, asynchronous coursework. With regionally competitive tuition, students can access real-world projects and experiences integrated into their coursework, enhancing their practical skills and knowledge.

Empowering Healthcare Leaders.

The program cultivates students to become versatile and skilled leaders who are eager to tackle challenges within the healthcare sector. Graduates emerge with enhanced readiness to foresee and adapt to changes, chart new paths, forge collaborations, and tackle everyday issues. They refine abilities such as fostering teamwork, engaging in interprofessional collaboration, effective communication and innovative problem-solving.


Program Format

  • Online

Start Terms

  • Fall
  • Spring
  • Summer I
  • Summer II


What You’ll Learn With a Healthcare Leadership Master’s Degree

Our healthcare leadership graduate degree equips you with a full suite of evidence-based methods and professional tools. The completion of this program will position graduates to pursue professional opportunities such as C.E.O., Vice President, division leaders, or practice management. Additionally, students will be positioned to continue onto doctoral programs.

Upon completion of the degree students will be able to:

  • Apply leadership theories with individuals and groups to address healthcare industry conditions.
  • Analyze, implement, explain, and evaluate the application of policies, regulations, and laws in the healthcare setting.
  • Illustrate effective written and verbal communication methods and apply them utilizing current technology within the healthcare setting.
  • Analyze and utilize the appropriate skills and techniques required for problem-solving and decision-making within the healthcare industry.
  • Utilize and apply negotiation and conflict resolution theories/techniques in the management and resolution of conflicts.
  • Apply knowledge and theory to create synergy through effective communication across cultures and subpopulations.

The program includes 32 credits of courses in healthcare management, leadership, law and communication. You’ll need to complete 20 core credits with your choice of 12 elective credits.

The healthcare leadership master’s degree includes training in:

  • Negotiations and conflict resolution
  • Diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Healthcare law, ethics, and policy
  • Communication and management in healthcare
  • Innovative leadership in healthcare
  • Compliance and risk management in healthcare

Healthcare Leadership Career Opportunities

The Master of Science in Healthcare Leadership program is designed for those students wanting to enter and/or advance within the healthcare industry and courses are specifically designed and delivered to address healthcare issues. The completion of this Masters of Sciences in Healthcare Leadership program will position the graduate to pursue professional opportunities such as:

  • Directors and leaders within the healthcare industry (for-profit organizations, nonprofit organizations, and government agencies)
  • C.E.O.
  • Vice President
  • Division leaders
  • Practice management
  • Healthcare business consultants
  • Chief medical officers
  • Pharmaceutical corporate leaders
  • Medical device corporate leaders
  • Continuation into doctoral programs

"The Masters in Healthcare Leadership Program allows individuals to gain the theoretical and practical knowledge and skills required to achieve their professional leadership goals. Students can balance existing work and family commitments while attending the program as either a full or part-time student. There is no residency or internship requirement. The program is 100% online and asynchronous format, allowing for flexibility of scheduling."

Want to Learn More about the Master of Science in Healthcare Leadership?

Contact the Merrimack College Office of Graduate Admission at

Scholarship Opportunities

Applicants are eligible for the Dean Scholarship, which is awarded based on merit and need. 

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