Doctor of Medical Science in Healthcare Leadership (DMSc)


Our program is uniquely design for medical professionals of all types.

Unlike similar 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 in order to advance their career.

  • First degree of this type to be offered by a R1 research institution
  • Allows medical professionals to advance their education and expand their career opportunities in the areas of healthcare leadership, medical education, and community engagement and advocacy
  • Facilitates entry of clinically trained and experienced individuals into the fields of healthcare administration and leadership that have traditionally been occupied by physicians and administrative executives

The program will comprise a series of core courses centered upon developing facility with healthcare systems and leadership. Once students have completed these initial core courses, they may progress into one of several concentrations, each designed to hone knowledge and skills specific to their individual interests and career goals.

Finally, each student will be required to complete 3 courses in research methods in preparation for a final problem-based thesis project that will address a healthcare issue and its relationship to their chosen area of concentration.


Degree type:
– DMSc in Healthcare Leadership

Study options:
– Fully online, mostly asynchronous

– Full-time or part-time

Application deadlines:
For spring: December 15
For fall: August 1

Cost: $33K

GRE: Not required
F1 Visa: Not eligible

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The DMSc is a fully online program*. Most core courses within the Program will be in an asynchronous format. However, some of the courses in the core and courses in some of the concentrations will not be held asynchronously and adhere to a semester and/or synchronous schedule. Please check the format for each course.

*Except for courses in the Health Informatics Research Concentration, which are, at present, offered only in-person at Northeastern’s Boston campus.

Program Requirements

All DMSc candidates must earn at least 33 credits by completing core courses and research courses and by selecting a concentration. DMSc students may take additional electives and directed study courses, as needed, in consultation with their faculty advisors.

Students must maintain a minimum 3.0 overall GPA.

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

Not more than two courses or 6 semester hours of credit, whichever is greater, may be repeated to satisfy the requirements for the degree. The last grade earned in each of these repeated courses is counted in the calculation of the cumulative GPA.

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Sample Curriculum

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

Full-time MS

Admissions Requirements

Applicants to the DMSc must have either a Master’s degree from an accredited institution in a healthcare-related field OR a Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited institution in a healthcare-related field PLUS at least 3 years of experience in a healthcare-related field, and is in a leadership/management role with evidence (a supervisor letter) of duties that supports significant/progressive leadership and responsibilities will be considered.

To apply, applicants must also have the following:

Cumulative GPA of 3.0 in the accredited program

Two letters of recommendation (academic and professional)

Curriculum vitae

Official transcripts from baccalaureate program, all graduate degrees, and all college coursework.

Letter of intent to study

Current licensure/certification or possess an Emeritus status in their respective field

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