Doctor of Medical Science in Healthcare Leadership (DMSc)


Northeastern’s DMSc program is designed for working healthcare professionals of all types.

Unlike other DMSc programs that are tailored almost exclusively to physician assistants, this degree is available to any individual in a healthcare field who shares an interest in healthcare leadership and administration, and wishes to expand their knowledge and skills to advance their career.

The DMSc program is intended for working healthcare professionals in various time zones, with students from across the globe. It is fully online* and asynchronous, meaning students can view and complete coursework on their schedule while meeting weekly assignment deadlines.

  • It is the first DMSc degree offered by an R1 research institution.
  • Allows healthcare professionals to advance their education and expand their career opportunities in the areas of healthcare leadership, healthcare education, and community engagement and advocacy, with a focus on specific career goals.
  • Facilitates entry of healthcare-experienced individuals into the fields of healthcare administration and leadership traditionally occupied by physicians and administrative executives

The program comprises a series of core courses centered on developing proficiency in healthcare systems and leadership. Once students have completed the core courses, they progress into one of seven concentrations, each designed to hone knowledge and skills specific to individual interests and career goals.

Students complete courses in research methods and thesis writing to prepare for a final problem-based thesis project that addresses a healthcare issue through the lens of the concentration.

(*The Health Informatics Research concentration is the only in-person track at Northeastern’s Boston campus.)


Degree type:
– DMSc in Healthcare Leadership

Study options:
– Fully online, mostly asynchronous

– Full-time or part-time

Application deadlines:
For spring: Dec 1
For fall: Aug 1

Cost: Cost of tuition per credit | 36 credit hours

GRE: Not required

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The curriculum is designed for a 24-month schedule; however, the program can be completed in 12 months or more than 24 months. Student cohorts start in the fall and spring semesters.

Program Requirements

All DMSc candidates must earn at least 36 credits by completing core and concentration courses. Students may take elective classes that are targeted toward their career goals with the program director’s approval.

Students must maintain a minimum 3.0 overall GPA.

A grade of B- or higher is required in each course.

Up to 2 courses or 6 credit hours may be repeated to satisfy the degree requirements. The last grade earned in the repeated courses stands in the calculation of the cumulative GPA.

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Sample Curriculum

Curriculum subject to change.
For the most up-to-date information please refer to the university’s academic catalog.

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Admissions Requirements

Applicants to the DMSc must have a master’s degree or a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in a healthcare-related field. Applicants with a bachelor’s degree must also have at least 3 years of experience in a healthcare-related field, in a leadership/management role, with evidence per their CV and a supervisor’s letter detailing duties that support significant/progressive leadership and responsibilities.

To apply, applicants must also have:

Official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended*

Cumulative GPA of 3.0

Two letters of recommendation (academic and professional)

Curriculum Vitae

Letter of intent to study

Documentation of current licensure/certification or Emeritus status in respective field if applicable.

TOEFL or IELTS for applicants who do not hold a degree from a U.S. institution and whose native language is not English.

*Please note: Transcripts from outside of the U.S. will require a course-by-course evaluation from WES or ECE.

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