MS in Health Sciences student studies in the library

Master of Science in Health Sciences

I found that this program offers a wide variety of classes that provide me opportunities to explore and gain exposure to important health care issues. I enjoy learning from the excellent faculty that have lots of real world experience and they have taken a strong interest in helping me with my goals and my learning success. - Darek W.

About the Program

If you have a bachelor's degree in a field related to health sciences, a master's degree can take your career to the next level. Our online master's degree program in health sciences will prepare you to move into a leadership, management or education role.

You can complete the program at your own pace. It requires just 30 credit hours, including 15 hours of electives you can tailor to your interests. Your coursework will focus on:

  • Interdisciplinary communication skills.
  • Health services quality measurement.
  • Culturally aware leadership.
  • Evidence-based analysis.

When you graduate, you'll be ready to excel in a management, leadership or instructional role in a professional or academic setting, including:

  • Health and health-related organizations.
  • Schools and community colleges.
  • Medical centers and laboratories.

Program Mode of Delivery

The program is 100% online.


You'll take courses in research methods, statistics, management, and systems or theory-based courses.

PHHE 601 - Introduction to Health Systems
HSCI 620 - Research Methods in Health and Human Sciences
PHHE 605 - Biostatistics in Public Health

Information about specific course requirements can be found in the NIU course catalog.

Applying to the Program

To apply to the program, you must have a minimum of two letters of recommendation, a statement of purpose to demonstrate communication skills and interest in the program, and an official GRE score. A GRE waiver option is available for a GPA of at least 3.25.

Start your application now with the NIU Graduate School.

Why NIU Online?

We know you have responsibilities and commitments. It's just easier if you're able to take classes where you are without the commute. The good news is that with NIU, you're not alone. Your classmates and instructors are available via the same technology that helps deliver your classes. In our classrooms or in your living room, we want you to succeed academically because your future is our focus.

Program Type: Online master's degree
College: College of Health and Human Sciences
Credits Required: 30 credits
Tuition per Credit: $509.75
$878.99 (international)
(Learn more about tuition and fees)

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Application Deadlines

For applicants residing in the U.S.

Term Preferred Deadline
Spring December 1
Fall July 15
Summer June 1

For international applicants

Term Preferred Deadline
Spring October 1
Fall May 1



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