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2023-2024 University Catalog 
2023-2024 University Catalog

Health Systems Management, Executive Track (MS)

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The Executive Track within the Health Systems Management program is for professionals who have five or more years of relevant health care work experience.  This two-year commitment stretches over six semesters and includes one onsite visit per semester. The courses feature online instruction and a modified block schedule that has students complete one course at a time before moving on to the next course. The RUSH teacher-practitioner model allows students to learn from executives, administrators and experts who actively work in their field. For those who have relevant health care work experience, obtaining their MS-HSM degree will help them to develop advanced leadership and operational skills, and allow them to take their career to the next level.

Admissions Requirements

To be considered for admissions into the Health Systems Management Executive Track program, you must have the following qualifications prior to enrolling in the program:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university
  • GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale
  • Accounting and statistics are required pre-requisite courses (candidates may still apply to the program prior to completion of these courses)
  • Other coursework highlighting quantitative ability, such as calculus or macro- or micro-economics, are encouraged
  • Five years of relevant health care career experience

Application for Admissions

Complete an application using the Healthcare Administration, Management and Policy Centralized Application Service

Entry term: Fall (September)

Application cycle: September - July

Priority application deadline: April 30

Final application deadline: July 31

Health Systems Management Executive Track | Master of Science in Health Systems Management | RUSH University

You will also need the following ready to submit directly to HAMPCAS:

  1. Official transcripts from every U.S. college or university attended. For coursework completed outside the United States, submit an international course evaluation**
  2. Name and email address of three references. HAMPCAS will contact each reference with instructions on how to complete an online evaluation
  3. Personal statement
  4. Resume

If your native language is not English, submit Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores.

Qualified applicants are invited to a virtual interview with members of the admissions committee. Onsite visits are available to incoming students.

For inquiries about the Health Systems Management Executive track, please email:

At this time, the program will not be able to accept international students who require an F-1 Visa.

Academic Progress

All students in the Department of Health Systems Management programs must achieve a grade-point average of 3.0 (A = 4.0) each term to maintain satisfactory academic status. A student is placed on academic probation when grades fall below a term or cumulative GPA of 3.0 or when a student receives a grade of F in any course. A student on academic probation remains on probation until meeting the requirements established by the program for removal from academic probation.

Onsite Visits

Coursework is primarily completed via online instruction. The curriculum is structured in a modified block schedule that has students complete one course at a time before moving on to the next course. Mandatory onsite visits are scheduled for the second week of each semester. Students will engage in discussions, case studies, and more activities with their cohort during these onsite weeks. They also provide time for face-to-face networking with department faculty, instructors and guest speakers.

Graduation Requirements

To be eligible for graduation, a student must successfully complete all of the Department of Health Systems Management’s academic requirements, which include earning a minimum of 52 term hours of credit and achieving a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0.

Health Systems Management Technical Standards

RUSH University is committed to diversity and to attracting and educating students who will serve diverse communities locally and nationally.

Our core values-ICARE (innovation, collaboration, accountability, respect and excellence)-translate into our work with all students, including those with disabilities. RUSH actively collaborates with students to develop innovative ways to ensure accessibility and creates a respectful, accountable culture through our confidential and specialized disability support. RUSH is committed to excellence in accessibility; we encourage students with disabilities to disclose and seek accommodations.

The following technical functions are required of all students enrolled in the Health Systems Management program:

Acquire information

  • Acquire information from demonstrations and experiences in courses such as lecture, group and physical demonstrations
  • Acquire information from written documents and computer systems (e.g., literature searches and data retrieval)
  • Identify information presented in accessible images from paper, slides, videos with audio description and transparencies

Use and Interpret

  • Use and interpret information from assessment techniques/maneuvers/procedures.
  • Use and interpret information generated from diagnostic tools.


  • Possess psychomotor skills necessary to perform or assist with day-to-day responsibilities commensurate with the student’s discipline
  • Practice in a safe manner and perform universal precautions against contamination


  • Communicate effectively and sensitively with patients and families
  • Communicate effectively with faculty, preceptors, employees, other professionals and all members of the health care team during practicum, internship and/or other learning experiences

Intellectual Ability

  • Measure, calculate, reason, analyze and synthesize data related to the diagnosis and treatment of patients and populations
  • Exercise proper judgment and complete responsibilities in a timely and accurate manner according to the health systems management role.
  • Synthesize information, problem-solve and think critically to judge the most appropriate theory, assessment, management or treatment strategy


  • Maintain mature, sensitive, effective relationships with clients/patients, families, students, faculty, staff, preceptors and other professionals under all circumstances
  • Exercise skills of diplomacy to advocate for patients in need
  • Possess emotional stability to function under stress and adapt to rapidly changing environments inherent to the classroom and practice settings


  • Demonstrate concern for others
  • Integrity, accountability, interest and motivation are necessary personal qualities
  • Demonstrate intent and desire to follow the RUSH University and Health Systems Management Code of Ethics

The technical standards delineated above must be met with or without accommodation. Students who, after review of the technical standards, determine they require reasonable accommodation to fully engage in the program, should contact the Office of Student Accessibility Services to confidentially discuss their accommodations needs.

Given the clinical nature of our programs, time may be needed to create and implement the accommodations. Accommodations are never retroactive; therefore, timely requests are essential and encouraged. Contact the Office of Student Accessibility Services to learn more about accommodations at RUSH University:

Marie Lusk, MBA, MSW, LSW
Director, Office of Student Accessibility Services
RUSH University
600 S. Paulina St., Suite 901
Chicago, IL 60612     
(312) 942-5237

Health Systems Management Executive Track (MS) Curriculum

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