Sep 22, 2019  
Xavier University Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 2019-2020 
Xavier University Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 2019-2020

Health Services Administration (Executive Program), 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

All Executive MHSA students are required to be employed in a health care setting.  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 statistics course with a passing grade, no lower than “C.”  Students are strongly encouraged to have a basic understanding of accounting and microeconomics and to be competent with Microsoft Word and Excel.

Academic Standing

Executive 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 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:

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


For the Executive MHSA program, a total of 53 credit hours must be completed to fulfill the requirements of the EMHSA degree: 50 credit hours of didactic coursework and three hours for the master’s proposal and thesis.

Master’s Thesis

Each student is required to complete a master’s thesis as a condition for graduation.   The thesis is a culminating scholarly activity requiring literature review, collection and analysis of data and discussion of results. Students will identify a thesis topic in consultation with faculty. Students will then thoroughly research the topic and complete a traditional master’s thesis.

Sample Schedule

Year 1

Year 2

Summer Year 2 (6 credit hours)

Year 3


  • 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 760 is a continuing course which extends over four semesters. The thesis is to be completed by the final summer semester of the program, at which time a grade will be awarded. A grade of IP (In Progress) will be given until the thesis is complete.

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 86 graduate credit hours: 50 credit hours of Health Services Administration coursework, 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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