Sep 23, 2019  
Xavier University Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 2019-2020 
Xavier University Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 2019-2020

Health Services Administration, M.H.S.A.

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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.

Admission Requirements

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.

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Prior to matriculation into the Program, incoming students are required to have completed a basic undergraduate or graduate accounting course and a statistics 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.

Academic Standing

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.

Academic Warning

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:

  1. MHSA students receiving two failing grades (“F”) at any time in the academic work will be dismissed from the program.
  2. 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.


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 and master’s project.

Master’s Project

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 and reflect an aspect of health systems management of interest to both the student and preceptor, with a final approval from the faculty advisor.

Administrative Residency

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.

Sample Schedule

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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.

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, 10 credit hours of administrative residency, 33 credit hours of MBA coursework, plus necessary prerequisites.  Candidates must apply and be accepted to both programs.  Upon completion, the student receives two separate degrees.

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