MS in Health Services Administration

  • The Master of Science in Health Services Administration degree will consist of 36 credits; 39 if the student completes a thesis. Courses will be offered by the Employment and Labor Relations, Nursing and Allied Health Professions, the MBA program and other departments. 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

    Required:

    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

    ELR/HSAD 631
    Human Resource Management
    3 cr.
    HSAD 605 Epidemiology 3 cr.
    HSAD 609  Ethics and Social Issues in Health Care  3 cr. 
    NURS/HSAD 614 Health Policy 3 cr.
    ELR/HSAD 616
    Health Law
    3 cr.
    ELR/HSAD 619
    Research Methods in ELR
    3 cr.
    OR    
    GSR 615
    Elements of Research
    3 cr.
    NURS 622
    The Practice of Nursing Research
    3 cr.
     ---- An approved course in Research Methods
     
    NURS/HSAD 555
    Informatics in Heath Care
    3 cr.
    OR
       
    IFMG 640
    Management Information Systems
    3 cr.
    ----
    An approved course in Information Science
     
    NURS/HSAD 730
    Financial Management in Health Care
    3 cr.
     OR    
     FIN 630
    Financial Management (Pre-requisite FIN 310)
    3 cr.
     ----  An approved course in Finance
     
     HSAD 761
     Health Service Administration Capstone
    3-6 cr.
     OR    
    NURS 731
     Nursing Administration Capstone
    3 cr.
    NURS 732
     Nursing Administration Capstone II
    3 cr.
    ELR/HSAD 698
    Internship
    3-6 cr.
    HSAD 795
    Thesis
    6 cr.
    ----
    Elective approved by coordinator

    Elective 1: Organizational Behavior/Supervision - 3 cr.

    ELR/HSAD 751
    Conflict Resolution
    ELR 612
    Labor Relations: Practice and Administration
    ELR 610
    Employee Rights
    MGMT 613
    Organizational Analysis (Prerequisite MGMT 310)
    ----
    An approved course in Organizational Behavior or Supervision

    Elective 2: Leadership Theory/Interpersonal Skills in Health Care - 3 cr.

    NURS 619
    Leadership Strategies in Nursing                               
    NURS 729
    Nursing Administration
    ELR 640
    Negotiations
    ELR/HSAD 751
    Conflict Resolution

    Elective 3: Additional Elective to Support Organizational Behavior, Supervision/Leadership Theory and Interpersonal Skills - 3 cr.

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    Elective from the courses listed above or another elective

    Total:  36 credits (or 39 cr. with Thesis option)

    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.