Master of Science in Health Services Administration

  • The Master of Science in Health Services Administration degree will consist of 36 credits. The Department of Nursing and Allied Health Professions will offer 18 credits, the Department of Employment and Labor Relations will offer 15, and students would also choose one 3-credit elective from IUP courses that are appropriate for their needs and interests and meet the program objectives. Courses offered by the Employment and Labor Relations, Sociology, and Psychology departments might be of particular interest to students for this elective. Students that anticipate continuing their education in a doctoral program could choose to complete a thesis instead of an elective course. The thesis would require 6 credit hours, bringing their degree total to 39 credits. These requirements meet the minimum master’s degree requirements of the School of Graduate Studies and Research.

    The Master in Health Services Administration would prepare students for a wide variety of leadership positions within health services organizations in not-for-profit, for-profit, and government settings. The role of a health services administrator includes the specialized application of employment relations knowledge, the improvement of individual and public health, and the improvement of health delivery systems. The program would provide students with an effective balance of coursework in health services, employee relations, and research methodology that would enable them to excel in this role.

    Admission Criteria


    1. Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution of higher learning.
    2. Minimum QPA of 3.0 if graduated with a B.S. or B.A. within five years of the application date. If the bachelor’s degree is older than five years, the minimum QPA required is 2.6.
    3. Evidence of course work in statistics and research methodology and design.
    4. Two letters of recommendation. If bachelor’s degree was earned within five years, at least one letter must be from a faculty member or the dean/director of undergraduate program. If degree is older than five years, both letters must be from employers or professional colleagues. Personal letters of recommendation are not acceptable.
    5. Satisfactory professional essay (minimum of two typewritten pages) to include a description of:
      • A significant professional accomplishment
      • Expectations of graduate study
      • Career goals

    Program Requirements

    Nursing and Allied Health Professions Offerings

    NURS/HSAD 555 Health Care Informatics 3 cr.
    HSAD 605 Epidemiology in Health ServicesAdministration 3 cr.
    HSAD 609

    Ethics and Social Issues in Health Care

    3 cr.
    NURS/HSAD 614 Health Policy 3 cr.
    NURS/HSAD 730 Financial Management in Health Care 3 cr.
    HSAD 761 Health Services Administration Practicum 3 cr.
    HSAD 795* Thesis 6 cr.

    Employment and Labor Relations Offerings

    ELR/HSAD 610 Employee Rights under Law 3 cr.
    ELR/HSAD 616 Health Law 3 cr.
    ELR/HSAD 619 Advanced Research in Employment Relations and Health Services Administration 3 cr.
    ELR/HSAD 631 Human Resource Management in the Public Sector 3 cr.
    ELR/HSAD 751 Conflict Resolution 3 cr.
    ----- Elective** 3 cr.

    *Students enrolled in the Master of Science in HSAD will complete 39 credits (with thesis) or 36 credits (without thesis) for the degree. All students will complete 33 graduate credits in HSAD core courses. They may finish out the program either with a 3-credit elective or with a 6-credit thesis option.

    **Students may choose electives from IUP courses that are appropriate for their needs and interests as they work toward meeting the program objectives. Advisors will approve elective choices.