The Master of Science (MS) in Healthcare Administration degree is designed to prepare professionals to serve in leadership and management positions in hospitals, healthcare systems, medical practices, and other healthcare businesses. This program of study provides students with knowledge, skills, and attitudes in the three competency domains of leadership and management, business acumen, and healthcare organizations and systems.

Degree Program Objectives

In addition to the institutional and degree level learning objectives, graduates of this program are expected to achieve these learning outcomes:

  • Demonstrate effective leadership and management behaviors to achieve the goals of the healthcare organization.

  • Construct a personal philosophy of effective and ethical leadership in healthcare.

  • Apply ethical and legal principles to healthcare administration.

  • Integrate concepts of organizational behavior to lead a diverse workforce.

  • Evaluate interpersonal skills needed to effectively communicate and interact with individuals and groups in the healthcare environment.

  • Design an effective plan for managing organizational financial and human resources, based on sound financial and economic principles.

  • Develop strategic business plans to achieve organizational goals and objectives within the healthcare environment.

  • Assess policies, issues and trends that impact healthcare systems and healthcare delivery in the United States.

  • Demonstrate innovative, strategic, and analytical thinking to promote continuous quality improvement and achieve optimum organizational performance and patient healthcare outcomes.

Degree at a Glance

Core Requirements33
Final Program Requirements3
Total Semester Hours36

Degree Program Requirements

Core Requirements (33 semester hours)

HCAD500Healthcare and Healthcare Systems 13
HCAD510Leadership and Management in Healthcare Organizations3
HIMA501Technology Applications in Health Information Management3
HCAD520Legal and Ethical Aspects of Healthcare Administration3
MGMT601Organizational Behavior3
HIMA600Financial Management for Health Professionals3
HIMA620Corporate Compliance in the Healthcare Industry3
HCAD530Operational Management in Healthcare3
HCAD697Healthcare Administration Practicum3
BUSN650The Business of Healthcare3
BUSN652Operational Quality in Healthcare3
Total Semester Hours33

Final Program Requirements (3 semester hours)

HCAD699Healthcare Administration Capstone 13
Total Semester Hours3