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 six 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 BS or BA 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

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

    Elective 1: Organizational Behavior/Supervision - 3cr.

    Course Number Course Name
    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 - 3cr.

    Course Number Course Name
    NURS 619
    Leadership Strategies in Nursing
    NURS 729
    Nursing Administration
    ELR 640
    ELR/HSAD 751
    Conflict Resolution

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

    Course Number Course Name
    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 three-credit elective or with a six-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.