What will a graduate gain from the learning outcomes of this program?

A graduate of the University of Providence program will be a transformational leader in healthcare.  Transformational leaders are critical thinkers who are able to operationalize innovative change projects, lead and inspire others, and are guided by legal and ethical principles.  The leader is able to strategically leverage systems and informatics to optimize quality organizational outcomes, improve operations, and create healthy person-centered environments.

What are the major themes for this graduate program?

There are three major themes: Transformational Leadership, Strategy and Finance. Within these major themes, there are a total of 16 courses:



Leadership Theory


Preparation, Professionalism, and Advocacy


Communication in Healthcare Organizations


Evidence-Based Management for Healthcare Leaders


Applied Leadership


Population Health – A Community Orientation


Healthcare Systems


Healthcare Budgeting and Financial Planning


People & Experience


Strategic Planning, Marketing, and the Patient Experience


Healthcare Informatics


Healthcare Law & Ethics


Transformational Leadership


Regulations, Risk and Compliance


Capstone I


Capstone II


When does the next cohort begin and finish?

The program begins in January and August each year. Students will complete the graduate program in 20 months.

Is there a required face-to-face orientation at the beginning of the program?

Yes, all students must attend a face-to-face orientation at the beginning of the program. The literature supports successful on-line programs with high graduation rates require an initial face-to-face orientation. This one and a half day session helps to build a student community, introduction to the university and program coursework.

How many credits are required for graduation?

40 credits are required to graduate from this program. Students will NOT be able to transfer any graduate level courses from another institution to be applied towards the program requirements.

Is this a full-time or part-time graduate program?

This is a part-time graduate program. Students will complete on-line courses every eight weeks. Students will have a short break in between courses.

How are courses sequenced and delivered to students?

The program is offered in a sequential, cohorted model.  Each on-line course is designed to build upon the previous course to improve student learning and application of skills, assignments, resources and knowledge.

What is the cost of the program?

Providence St. Joseph Health and Partner organization caregivers and are eligible for special tuition pricing for this program. The cost of this program is $31,500 ($875 per credit).  With the PSJH special tuition pricing, caregivers, adult benefit recipients and dependents pay $23,100 ($641 per credit). Financial Aid is available for this program.

This information is based on the 2019-2020 school year.  Tuition is subject to change each academic year.

How do I apply for Financial Aid?

Applicants can apply for financial aid on the UP website at  For questions, contact the Financial Aid office at 406–791-5202.

When will the university begin accepting applications?

This program has an open application period. Applicants may apply for upcoming programs at any time and will be offered acceptance into the next available cohort start date.

What are the application requirements?
  • A completed University of Providence on-line application & fee
  • Applicants are required to pay a $50 application fee. Applicants pay this fee through the university website at
    • Select Make a Payment under the School of Health Professions link at the top of the page.
    • Enter your name
    • Select Application Fee for the Payment Allocation
    • Enter $50.00 as the Payment Amount
    • Select your Payment Option
    • Follow the prompts to finish your payment
    • Applications will not be reviewed until this fee has been paid. 
  • Cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or greater for a Bachelor of Art or Bachelor of Science degree
  • Any applicant who does not have a 3.0 or higher GPA, or does not have a GPA listed on their official transcript must complete the graduate record examination (GRE). GRE scores are accepted by University of Providence for up to five years.
  • Acceptable GRE scores include:
    • Verbal: 150
    • Quantitative: 149
  • Official college transcripts verifying degree earned and date, as well as any transcripts verifying completion of program prerequisites.
    • All international transcripts must be submitted with an official transcript evaluation in English from an evaluation service accredited by the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) such as ECE or WES.
  • Personal essay
  • Curriculum Vitae or Resume
When will students be notified of their acceptance in the program?

Applicants will be notified of acceptance as completed applications are submitted and reviewed. In order to secure a seat in the program, the applicant must complete an acceptance survey and pay a non-refundable $500 deposit which will be applied to the student’s tuition bill for first course.


I am a student currently enrolled in the organizational management program. Can I switch to the healthcare administration concentration?

Unfortunately, no. When you applied to UP and were accepted into the organizational management program, this program has its own curriculum. The new graduate program, organizational leadership with a new concentration in healthcare administration is a new curriculum – vastly different than the current program. In essence, these are two different programs with two different curriculums. If you are interested in applying to the organizational leadership program, you will need to re-apply to the university and this new program.

Who do I contact for additional information?

The School of Health Professions coordinator for this program may be reached at (406) 791-5221 or via email at