Master of Health Services Administration Degree
The Graduate Program in Health Services Administration is committed to meeting the need for effective leadership of the rapidly changing health care system. Academic work and field experiences are designed to provide students with the necessary cutting-edge conceptual, analytical, and interpersonal skills, particularly in the areas of team development, systems improvement, quantitative analysis, information systems, strategic planning, financial strategization, and ethical decision-making. The Graduate Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Management Education (CAHME). Upon graduation, students obtain managerial leadership positions in a variety of health care organizations, including health systems, academic medical centers, community hospitals, managed care organizations, medical group practices, insurance companies, long-term care facilities, public health agencies, consulting firms, and governmental policy-making and regulatory agencies. The 1,500+ members of the Graduate Program’s Alumni Association are located throughout the United States and in several foreign countries and provide a broad range of services to graduates throughout their careers.
A bachelor’s degree from an accredited school is required of all applicants. Students are admitted to the Graduate Program if they are considered academically qualified and are able to demonstrate potential in the development of analytical, creative problem solving, communication, interpersonal, and leadership skills. Students come from a variety of academic backgrounds including health services, psychology, business, natural sciences and general studies.
Go to http://www.xavier.edu/master-of-health-services-administration/#process to reference the specific admission requirements.
Prior to matriculation into the Program, incoming students are required to have completed a basic undergraduate or graduate accounting course and a statistic course with a passing grade, no lower than “C.” Students are strongly encouraged to have a basic understanding of microeconomics and to be competent with Microsoft Word and Excel.
The curriculum provides a student with a strong foundation of management, financial and quantitative skills, and enhances the ability to succeed in health care management through course work in areas such as epidemiology, clinical management, ethics, health policy analysis, physician relations, managed care and integrated health delivery systems, population-based planning and provider payment strategies.
The graduate program offers you two options of study:
The full-time option consists of four semesters of classroom study on campus followed by a paid 8-12 month administrative residency experience in a health services facility under the guidance of a preceptor.
The part-time option is designed to accommodate the needs of working professionals. This program consists of nine consecutive semesters of part-time study on campus and an administrative practicum experience conducted concurrently. The practicum is generally a guided field experience conducted within your place of work. Part-time students typically take classes in the evening and must be currently employed in a health care setting in order to be accepted into the program.
A total of 64 credit hours must be completed to fulfill the requirements of the MHSA degree: 54 credit hours of didactic coursework and 10 credit hours of administrative residency/ practicum and master’s project. For the part-time program, a total of 60 credit hours must be completed to fulfill the requirements of the MHSA degree: 50 credit hours of didactic coursework and 10 credit hours of administrative residency/ practicum and master’s project.
Graduate Program in Health Services Administration
MHSA Degree Option Full-Time Program
Fall Year 1 (14 credit hours)
Spring Year 1 (16 credit hours)
Summer Year 1 (0 credit hours)
Fall Year 2 (12 credit hours)
Spring Year 2 (12 crdit hours)
Summer Year 2 (2 credit hours)
Fall Year 3 (5 credit hours)
Spring Year 3 (3 credit hours)
* Elective coursework is generally taken within the MHSA Graduate Program. With the chair’s permission, graduate-level electives may be taken in other departments within Xavier University or through the Greater Cincinnati Consortium of Colleges and Universities.
MHSA Degree Option Part-Time Program
Fall Year 1 (6 credit hours)
Spring Year 1 (8 credit hours)
Summer Year 1 (5 credit hours)
Fall Year 2 (6 credit hours)
Spring Year 2 (7 credit hours)
Summer Year 2 (5 credit hours)
Fall Year 3 (8 credit hours)
Summer Year 3 (7 credit hours)
Spring Year 3 (9 credit hours)
Elective coursework is generally taken within the MHSA Graduate Program. With the chair’s permission, graduate-level electives may be taken in other departments within Xavier University or through the Greater Cincinnati Consortium of Colleges and Universities.
HESA 601, HESA 602, HESA 603, and HESA 604 are waived for part-time students.
The administrative residency is part of the full time curriculum; no didactic courses are taken during this time. It provides an eight to twelve month “real world” experience in an organizational setting under the preceptorship of senior management. During the residency, students apply the knowledge and skills mastered in the classroom to an administrative work environment. The administrative residency serves as an opportunity not only to learn the actual practice of management, but also for creating mentor relationships.
An administrative practicum is a required part of the master’s degree in health services administration (MHSA) from Xavier University for part-time students. The practicum is intended to allow students to apply the knowledge gained from the classroom and to demonstrate competence in the field of healthcare management. It is expected that by the end of the practicum that the students will have demonstrated competence, at the level of a graduate of master’s graduate in health administration program.
Each student is required to complete a master’s project as a condition for graduation. The project must demonstrate competencies listed in the Guidelines for the Administrative Residency or Guidelines for the Administrative Practicum and reflect an aspect of health systems management of interest to both the student and preceptor, with a final approval from the faculty advisor.
MHSA students are held to high academic and personal standards. Health services administration is a profession that requires dedication, leadership, punctuality, follow-through, cooperation, and accountability. A cumulative grade point average of 3.0 is required for residency and graduation. No credit is granted for courses in which a student receives a grade of “F”. If the course in question is a required MHSA course, it must be repeated.
Students who have a cumulative graduate grade point average less than 3.0 at the end of any semester will be placed on academic warning. Students on academic warning must present a corrective action plan to the Chair of the Department. Academic warning is noted in a student’s permanent record.
Dismissal from the Program:
- MHSA students receiving two failing grades (“F”) at any time in the academic work will be dismissed from the program.
- MHSA students receiving two course grades of “B-” or below at any time in the academic work may be dismissed from the program based on faculty decision.
There is no formal appeal mechanism within the Graduate Program in Health Services Administration for academic dismissal.
Concurrent Degrees Program
Students have the option of obtaining concurrent master’s degrees in Health Services Administration and Business Administration (MHSA/MBA). Normally, one additional semester of study is required provided the student has the appropriate undergraduate business administration coursework. The program of study requires 93 graduate credit hours: 54 credit hours of Health Services Administration coursework, 33 credit hours of MBA coursework, plus necessary prerequisites, and 10 credit hours of administrative residency/practicum. Candidates must apply and be accepted to both programs. Upon completion, the student receives two separate degrees.