Frequently Asked Questions & Contact Us


How can I contact you?

Phone us at: 415-476-8109

Email us at: [email protected]

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 2025, the dates are:

On Campus #1: Program Orientation, Friday, March 21, 2025

On Campus #2: End of first quarter, Thursday and Friday, June 12-13, 2025

On Campus #3: End of fourth quarter, Thursday, March 26, 2026

For students admitted for Fall 2024, the dates are: 

On Campus #1: Program Orientation: Monday, September 9, 2024

On Campus #2: End of first quarter, Thursday and Friday, December 12-13, 2024  

On Campus #3: End of fourth quarter, Friday, September 5, 2025

* In some cases dates may be subject to change.

What is the difference between an MHA, MPH, and MBA?

Doing your homework is important. There are several websites that explain the difference between the various degrees: and are two you can start with. One valuable exercise is to compare the curriculum of each program and/or degree you are considering.

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.  To be competitive applicants should have at least 2 years of professional or management experience within a healthcare environment. The average number of years of experience of our entering students is 10.

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.

Are academic writing skills required?

Yes. Academic writing reflects an ability to synthesize, analyze, and present a clear understanding of information or a particular subject. Assignments require scholarly expression of ideas, careful citation of sources and accurate inclusion of references. If needed, students may engage an editor or tutor to help with writing assignments.

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 eight online courses, two online/on-campus courses, and two 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 the fall or spring quarters.

How many online courses are in the program?

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

What is the course sequence?

Healthcare Administration and Interprofessional Leadership 1-Year Course Sequencing

1st Quarter

2nd Quarter

3rd Quarter

4th Quarter

MHA 200A

 Advanced Scholarship in Health Systems Research

MHA 202

 Leadership: Environmental Systems

MHA 203

 Leadership: Healthcare Policy

MHA 201

 Leadership: Forces of Change

MHA 200B

 Health Finance and Economics

MHA 204

 Healthcare Economics, Policy, and Decision-Making

MHA 205

 Healthcare Quality, Safety, and Interprofessional Dynamics

MHA 206

 Healthcare Systems Management

MHA 207A

 Essential Leadership: Foundations for Effective Practice

MHA 401 Administrative Practicum I

MHA 402 Administrative

Practicum II

MHA 207B Leadership in Action: Inquiry to Innovation

Do the administrative practicum courses count toward my degree?

Yes. Each of the two three-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 for mentor-supported leadership practice and project design, implementation, and evaluation.

What can I expect from on-campus sessions?

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

1.     Program orientation: prior to the start of classes students attend a one-day on-campus session to meet peers and faculty and participate in interactive learning activities

2.     End of the first quarter: this two-day on-campus session focuses on the integration of  knowledge and skills and development of the evidence-based interprofessional capstone project

3.     End of the final quarter of study:  this one-day on-campus session focuses on capstone related presentations to fulfill program requirements for conferral of the master’s degree

How will I communicate with my UCSF advisor?

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 your progression 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. You may visit the FAFSA website to access the Free Application for Federal Student Financial Aid (FAFSA) and explore what you qualify for.

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 website links to multiple licensed and free resources including 187 databases, 37,000 online journals, and 425,000 e-books, and 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 three 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 three-unit course, this equates to six to nine-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 six 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.

Must be employed in a health care setting. To be competitive applicants should have at least 2 years of professional or management experience within a healthcare environment.

Proficiency in English. All applicants whose first language is not English must: 1) 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

2) 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 3) take the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) and achieve a minimum score of 7. Test scores are valid for a maximum of two years from the test date. 

A laptop computer with a high-speed Internet connection is required. 

Please note: the GRE is not required for admission to the program.

What if my GPA falls below 3.0?

We recognize every student's academic journey is unique. For those who don't meet the 3.0 GPA we offer a GPA waiver. The waiver requests a brief statement that speaks to factors and/or circumstances that may have contributed to your past academics - and provides the opportunity to for you describe what is more reflective of your ability to succeed in graduate-level work today. We also take into account post-baccalaureat coursework - which is why we request transcripts be submitted for any other degrees and courses completed.

What materials will I need to submit with my online application?

  • Official grade transcripts of undergraduate degree(s), any other degrees, and any courses completed.
  • Resume/CV
  • 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.


How is the program governed?

You can view the UCSF Graduate Program bylaws here: