Master of Science in Innovation in Health Systems (MS)

Program Highlights: 

  • Program designed for working nurses interested in advancing their professional career and leadership skills
  • Ethical, analytical, and systems based thinking is highlighted to facilitate patient-centered, team-based innovative and collaborative initiatives and evidence-based decision making 
  • Emphasis is placed on a scientific foundation for professional practice that leads to improved patient, workforce, and organizational outcomes 
  • Graduates are able to impact patient, provider, and systems outcomes with a consideration for the business of healthcare in the context of health policy and social justice 
  • 5 semester (36 credits) hybrid program that conveniently includes 300 hours practicum at your workplace 

For additional program specific information, visit the School of Nursing.

Graduate School Application 

Admission Requirements: 

  • Innovation in Health Systems Writing Sample
  • Current Resume
  • Two Letters of Recommendation
    • All completed recommendation forms and letters should either be emailed as a signed attachment to or sent via mail to ATTN: Graduate School, 5000 N. Willamette Blvd., Portland, Oregon, 97203, directly by the reference  
  • Official Transcripts (from all previously attended academic institutions)
    • Must be submitted directly from the institution or in a sealed envelope given to the applicant directly from the academic institution 
    • A bachelor's degree in nursing from a school of nursing accredited by an appropriate national nursing accrediting body
    • A minimum 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) GPA
  • Current unencumbered registered nurse (RN) license to practice in state of residence 
    • RN licensure in Oregon is recommended
    • Current employment in a healthcare setting 
    • Additional cost may be incurred for clinical placements outside of Oregon 

Application Timeline: 

Please contact Becca Fischer (information below)

Program Contact: 


University of Portland
5000 N. Willamette Blvd.,
Portland, Oregon 97203-5798