Frequently Asked Questions & Contact Us

How can I contact you?

Phone us at: 415-476-8109

Email us at: [email protected]

Mail us at:
MS - Health Administration and Interprofessional Leadership
University of California, San Francisco
2 Koret Way, Box 0608
San Francisco, CA 94143-0608

When are the On-Campus Sessions?

The program’s hybrid online/on-campus model requires three face-to-face on-campus sessions. Attendance at each on-campus session is required.

For students admitted for Spring 2020, the dates are:

  • Friday, March 20, 2020 - Program Orientation 
  • Thursday and Friday, June 11-12, 2020 - MHA207A’s 2-day session
  • Thursday, March 25, 2021 - MHA207B’s 1-day session

For students admitted for Fall 2020, the dates are: 

  • Friday, September 18, 2020 - Program Orientation 
  • Thursday and Friday, December 10-11, 2020 - MHA207A’s 2-day session
  • Thursday, September 2, 2021 - MHA207B’s 1-day session

Is this program right for me?

The primary objective of the UCSF graduate program in Healthcare Administration and Interprofessional Leadership is to prepare a cadre of healthcare professionals in management, leadership and interprofessional teamwork to meet the demands of the changing healthcare environment. If you are working in healthcare and are seeking opportunities to advance in your career, develop your leadership potential, and contribute to the improvement of healthcare system – this program is designed for you.

What knowledge and skills will I learn?

The program curriculum focuses on leadership, health systems management, interprofessional practice, communication, ethics and research. You will be prepared to understand and address issues facing healthcare professionals every day: organizational complexity, leadership, innovation, healthcare policy and economics, effective business practices, and management of social and human capital. Program graduates will be prepared for management and leadership roles across the health system.

How long will it take me to earn my degree?

You can complete the program in as few as four quarters. You may register for up to 3 courses per quarter. The four-quarter curriculum includes 8 online courses, 2 online/on-campus courses, and 2 administrative practicum courses in your place of employment. During the program, you will complete an evidence-based project that will be your capstone comprehensive examination. All courses are aligned with UCSF’s 10-week quarter system. You may enroll in the program at the start of fall or spring quarters.

How many online courses are in the program?

8 courses will be completed 100% online. The 2 administrative practicum courses as well as the 2 online/on-campus courses will include a supportive online component.

Do the administrative practicum courses count toward my degree?

Yes. Each of the two 3-unit practicum courses counts toward the 36 units required by UCSF for a master’s degree.

How does the workplace mentoring count toward my degree?

The two-quarter practicum is a lab for mentor-supported leadership practice and project design, implementation and evaluation.

How do the on-campus courses work?

Using an executive format, the on-campus courses bring students together to integrate core competencies in a face-to-face context. You will come to the UCSF campus for three on-campus sessions:

  1. one-day orientation session prior to starting classes to meet peers and faculty and participate in action-based activities
  2. two-day on-campus session at the end of the first quarter 
  3. one-day session focused on capstone presentations and fulfillment of program requirements at the end of the final quarter of study 

Key components of the orientation and quarter 1 on-campus sessions include self-assessments of leadership styles and skills, action-based activities, simulations to address real-life situations and other leadership training and collaborative learning experiences. You will meet program faculty, participate in interactive sessions with noted experts and work with your colleagues to initiate your evidence-based projects. 

The final on-campus session will again provide learning and networking opportunities. Students will evaluate their progress as strategists, change agents, conflict mediators, managers, communicators, mentors and team members and present their capstone projects in a professional conference format.

How will I communicate with my UCSF advisor?

Upon acceptance to the program, you will be assigned a UCSF academic advisor who will welcome you to the program and provide virtual office hours for regular meetings. You will also meet face-to-face with your advisor during the on-campus courses. Your advisor will assist you throughout the program to support your academic and professional goals.

Will I be eligible for financial aid?

UCSF Student Financial Services professionals will work with you to establish your eligibility for financial aid. They are available to advise both entering and continuing students in person, via email and phone. Their web page includes information about application and eligibility for loans, scholarships, grants and other awards as well as budgeting, money management, and other financial matters (

Will I have access to the UCSF Library?

Yes. As a registered UCSF student you will have access to all Library services. The Library’s web site ( links to multiple licensed and free resources including 187 databases, 37,000 online journals and 425,000 e-books, and to robust interlibrary loans and document delivery services free of charge. You will also have access to web-based citation management software, online tutorials and other information management tools. All of these services can be accessed remotely.

What is the credit-hour policy for the program?

The program consists of 12 three-unit courses. For each course, you will receive the equivalent of 3 hours per week of instruction (online or face-to-face) or 30 hours over the 10-week quarter. 

UCSF credit hour policy expects students to spend an additional 2-3 hours per unit per week to prepare for class or complete assignments. For a 3 unit course this equates to 6-9 hour per week per course.

On-campus course credit:

207A (quarter 1): You will attend two eight-hour days at the end of the quarter. These sessions are mandatory for successful completion of the course. Across the 10-week quarter, you will complete approximately 6 hours per week of online instruction and pre-session assignments.

207B (quarter 4): You will attend one eight-hour day at the end of the quarter. This session is mandatory for successful completion of the course. Across the 10-week quarter, you will complete requirements for the comprehensive examination process that includes preparation of two scholarly papers, an academic poster, and an advocacy and capstone podium presentation. You will spend approximately 8 hours per week in online instruction and completion of required assignments.

Administrative Practicums: You will spend the equivalent of 90 hours in your workplace each of the two quarters. 

What are the admission requirements?

A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0.

Completion of an introductory course in statistics from a regionally accredited institution within the past 10 years.

A minimum of six (6) months full-time professional or management experience within a healthcare environment.

Proficiency in English. All applicants whose first language is not English must: 1) take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL, and achieve a minimum overall TOEFL score of 92 (Internet-based test), or 550 (paper-based test) or 213 (computer-based test), or 2) demonstrate proficiency in English by completing one year of full-time study with a minimum GPA of 3.0 at a regionally accredited college or university in the U.S., or 3) take the IELTS – the International English Language Testing System and achieve a minimum score of 7. Test scores are valid from these institutions for a maximum of two years from the test date.

A computer with a high-speed Internet connection and basic computer proficiency, particularly with regards to word processing and Internet skills.

What documents will I need to submit with my application?

  • Online application
  • Official grade transcripts of undergraduate degree(s), any other degrees, and any courses completed.

These should be mailed to:

UCSF School of Nursing
MS HAIL Program
2 Koret Way, N505M
San Francisco CA 94143-6080

  • Resume
  • Three letters of reference are required. One must be from a former faculty or someone who can speak to your academic potential, a second from someone well acquainted with your professional preparation, experience and potential for leadership, and a third from an administrator within your healthcare organization.