Master of Science in Clinical Leadership in Healthcare Management

Master of Science in Clinical Leadership in Healthcare Management

Make an Impact in the Nation's Largest Industry

Without a doubt, the recent health crises have demonstrated the importance of effective leadership in the healthcare sector. Health organizations need visionary professionals who can ensure that their organizations provide high-quality, innovative patient care. A Master of Science in Clinical Leadership in Healthcare Management can advance your career in an industry experiencing rapid growth — and in need of bold problem-solvers.

Why Earn a Master's in Clinical Leadership in Healthcare Management?

Considered one of the best graduate business schools in the country by U.S. News & World Report, Clarkson University has gained a strong reputation in the healthcare management space. Our job placement rate speaks for itself — 100 percent of students have found employment in the field within 90 days of graduation.

The Master's in Clinical Leadership in Healthcare Management attracts students with professional experience across the entire healthcare industry. Our small class sizes mean that you will receive personalized instruction for your goals and benefit from the expertise of your fellow classmates.

The program is designed to be flexible to accommodate working professionals. You can complete the program in person or online, full time or part time. The degree may also enhance the academic record of those who plan to attend medical school. 

What You'll Learn

Some of the topics covered in the MS in Clinical Leadership in Healthcare Management include:

  • Data analytics
  • Finance and accounting
  • Healthcare management
  • Legal issues and healthcare regulations
  • Organizational strategy

The Master’s in Clinical Leadership in Healthcare Management is comprised of 12 courses, for a total of 36 credit hours. The courses are divided between 10 core courses and two electives. 

You can complete the program in one year as a full-time student or in two to three years if enrolled part time. Courses are available online or in person at our Capital Region Campus in Schenectady, NY. There is also one required onsite residency session for online students, taken over the course of a weekend, usually in April.

The following core courses are required for all students. You can have up to two core courses waived or transferred.

  • Financial and Managerial Accounting for Decision Making
  • Healthcare Economics
  • Healthcare Finance
  • Healthcare Operations
  • Health Systems Management
  • Introduction to Health Systems
  • Legal Aspects of Healthcare
  • Managerial Epidemiology
  • Statistical Methods for Data Analytics
  • Strategic Issues for Healthcare Organizations (Capstone)*

Electives (2): Students may take select non-equivalent courses offered in one of the following programs: Online MBA, MS in Healthcare Data Analytics and MS in Bioethics.

*This course fulfills the onsite residency requirement.

A complete application consists of the following:

  • Online Application Form
  • Résumé or CV
  • Statement of purpose
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Official transcripts
  • GMAT/GRE test scores are optional. Waivers will be considered.
  • For international applicants, an English proficiency test is required.
    • Minimum test score requirements: TOEFL (80) and TOEFL Essentials (8.5), IELTS (6.5), PTE (56) or Duolingo English Test (115).
    • The English language-testing requirement is not waived based on language of instruction, nor do we accept university certificates. English testing is waived if an applicant has a degree from a country where English is the Native Language. Click here to see the list of these countries.

Automatic admission: If you satisfy one of the below criteria, you are eligible for automatic admission into our graduate business programs:

  • An undergraduate GPA of 3.3 or higher from a regionally accredited college.
  • An undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher AND a GMAT score of 500 or higher.
  • A master's degree or above from a regionally accredited college.

These criteria are for admissions purposes only. To be considered for scholarships, students should complete an application. Automatic admission applies only to applicants who have attended regionally accredited institutions in the United States. All other applicants must follow the prescribed requirements.

Learn more about admission requirements for graduate students.

You are automatically considered for a merit-based scholarship when applying for a graduate degree program at the Reh School of Business. You do not need to fill out a separate scholarship application. Scholarships are given based on academic achievement (GPA), standardized tests (GMAT or equivalent), work experience and other notable accomplishments.

Career Possibilities

Graduates of the MS in Clinical Leadership in Healthcare Management program have found successful careers in hospitals, health systems, health insurance companies, medical practices, technology and consulting firms, pharmaceuticals, medical device companies and more. Other students have used the degree as a path forward to medical school.

Possible job titles include:

  • Administrative director
  • Allied health director
  • Clinical research director
  • Clinical operations director
  • Chief operations officer
  • Healthcare manager
  • Health information manager
  • Operations manager
  • Practice manager


Our MS in Clinical Leadership in Healthcare Management students have secured positions in these organizations, among many others:

  • Albany Medical Center
  • Ellis Medicine
  • GE
  • MVP Health Care
  • St. Peter's Health Partners

Contact Us

Graduate Admissions Team
Phone: 518-631-9831

Interested in learning more about the Master of Science in Clinical Leadership in Healthcare Management? Contact Graduate Admissions today with your questions.

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Become a Catalyst for Change

Level up your career in the healthcare industry with a master's degree from Clarkson. To take the next step: