Who is it for?

The health care leadership program is designed for those who want to prepare themselves for management positions within the health care industry.

As managed care and the integration of health care delivery continue to evolve, new skills and knowledge are needed to keep pace with current demands. The program provides a foundation in finance, economics, policy, leadership, systems, and outcome planning and evaluation, specifically related to the changing health care system.

Through the many elective offerings informatics, case management, marketing, program development, administrative practicum, conflict resolution, long-term care and more students can explore a wide range of special interests.


The Health Care Administration specialization gives you skills that apply to health care organizations of all kinds, including:

  • Hospitals
  • Health plans
  • Managed care organizations
  • Long-term care settings
  • Clinics
  • Academic medical centers
  • Hospices
  • Home health agencies
  • Public health departments


To earn a master's degree in leadership studies, students must complete 36 hours of course work.

Leadership Studies Core Courses (18 credits)

Class Name Course Title Credit Hours
LEDR 6000 History and Theory of Leadership and Ethics* 3 credit hours
LEDR 6005 Self-Leadership 3 credit hours
LEDR 6010 Conflict Resolution, Negotiation and Team Leadership 3 credit hours
LEDR 6025 Research Methods 3 credit hours
LEDR 6015 Influence of Leadership on Behavior in Organizations --- OR --- 3 credit hours
LEDR 6020 Leaders as Worldly Citizens 3 credit hours
LEDR 6030 Qualitative Research and the Social Impact on Leaders' Decisions --- OR --- 3 credit hours
LEDR 6035 Applied Quantitative methods in Leadership Studies 3 credit hours
  *Prereq for all LEDR course work  


Health Care Administration Specialization Courses (12 credits)

Class Name Course Title Credit Hours
HEAL 6820 Health Care Program Development 3 credit hours
HEAL 6841 Health Care Finance 3 credit hours
HEAL 6840 Environment of Health Care Delivery 2-3 credit hours
HEAL 6848 Health Care Policy 3 credit hours
  *HEAL 6840 replaces NURS 6009  


Integrative Learning Options

Integrative Learning Options (choose one)

Professional Project

  • Six (6) credits of a professional project. This course is taken three credits at a time, preferably in two consecutive semesters. The professional project courses are generally not offered during summer.

There are basically two (2) options for a professional project.

  1. Work independently with a faculty advisor and possibly an organization to produce a research based service or product.
  2. Submit for publication to a peer reviewed journal the findings from a research study, which has been supervised by a faculty member.

Comprehensive Exams*

  • Thirty-six (36) credits of course work followed by a comprehensive examination. Students will take: 18 required core credits, 12 required specialization credits, and the final 6 credits should be approved by the program advisor.



Contact College of Professional Studies

Email the college

Marquette University College of Professional Studies
707 Building, Room 403
P.O. Box 1881
Milwaukee WI 53201-1881
Phone: (414) 288-3153 or (800) 793-6450, extension 2
FAX: (414) 288-3298