Graduate Program (MA)

As its name implies, this theology graduate program integrates the goals of Christian spiritual leadership with those of Christian health care providers. Their shared mission—and that of the mission integration program—is to foster and enhance the spirit of love, compassion and service for those living and working within their institutions. Graduates are uniquely equipped with the spiritual understanding and knowledge required of the best leaders for successful and caring Catholic and Christian health care programs.


To be considered for admission as a degree-seeking graduate student in the health care mission integration program you must submit the following:

  • Completed application.
  • One official transcript of all undergraduate and graduate work from accredited colleges or universities.
  • Results of either the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) or Graduate Record Exam (GRE).
  • Two completed recommendation forms--preferably one from someone who can address your academic or professional skills and abilities and one who can address your personal character and suitability for work in health care.
  • A statement of reasons and goals for enrolling in this program (1,000-2,000 words).
  • Current resume.

Your application to the Xavier University graduate program in health care mission integration is carefully reviewed by our admissions committee.  We consider each student's application on a case-by-case basis with personal attention given to all your application materials.

Admission criteria include, but are not limited to:

  • Preferred undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale.
  • Preferred GRE scores of 50th percentile or higher in the verbal section. Or preferred score of 400 or more on the Millers Analogy Test (MAT).
  • Review of the completed file of the applicant.
  • A personal interview with Admission Committee Members.

All entering students must have passed an accounting course in an accredited college or university.

Once your file is complete, you will be contacted for an interview with either the graduate student advisor or the department chair. The interview will be a discussion of your background and preparation for the graduate study of theology. It is also an opportunity to address any questions which you might have about the program.

Applications are processed immediately upon receiving all of the necessary materials, and you will be notified of your status as soon as possible. The Admission Committee considers all of the information contained in the admission application, including prior grades, test scores, and evidence of potential for success in graduate study.

For further information about the M.A. in theology with , including an application, please complete the web inquiry form. Questions regarding the application process may be e-mailed directly to the Office of Graduate Admission at or call 513-745-3360.

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The Master of Arts in Health Care Mission Integration requires the satisfactory completion of 36 semester hours of course work at the graduate level and an internship.

Theology courses

THEO 504 Foundations of Scripture (3 cr)
THEO 630 Theology of Ministry (3 cr)
THEO 540 Modern Catholic Social Teaching (3 cr)
One course in faith and culture (3 cr), e.g.:
   THEO 551 Faith, Culture, and Ethnicity
   THEO 571 Black Theology
One course in theological ethics (3 cr): e.g.:
   THEO 506 Foundational Issues in Christian Ethics
   THEO 544 Health Care Ethics
   THEO 548 Bioethics
   THEO 632 Ethics in Ministry
One course in spirituality (3 cr), e.g.:
   THEO 527 The Mystery of God and Suffering
   THEO 528 A Spirituality of Presence
THEO 636 Internship In Health Care Mission (3 cr): Internship of 100 clock hours with a Mission Director in a Catholic or other Christian health care facility.  Faculty direction will be provided for the required paper for this three credit course.

Theology credit total:  21 hours

Health Services Administration Courses

HESA 682 Hospitals: Structure, Function and Management (2 cr)
HESA 571 Health Care Services in the United States (3 cr)
HESA 511 Managerial Concepts in Health Care Organizations (3 cr)
HESA 561 Clinical Processes for Health Care Organizations (2 cr)
HESA 515 Health Care Workforce Strategies (2 cr)
HESA 583 Ethical Issues in Health Care (3 cr)
(A basic undergrad accounting course is expected as a prerequisite)

HSA credit total: 15 credit hours

Total credit hours in the program:  36

Sample Courses

Theology courses - Refer to Curriculum

Health Services Administration Courses - Refer to Curriculum

Tuition & Fees

Tuition, per credit hour Cost
College of Arts and Sciences - MA $640
Student Fee, per semester
Graduate Student Association Fee, degree seeking full-time $8
Graduate Student Association Fee, degree seeking part-time $4

The amounts listed are for the 2019-20 school year, and include classes from Summer 2019 though Spring 2020. These amounts are updated to the most recent amounts available. For the full listing, please visit

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The Health Care Mission Integration Program

real-world learning

Expert Experience

Students learn in a challenging educational environment from experts in the fields of theology and health services administration, including required field experiences through internships and professional seminars.
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Best of Both

Students complete 36 semester hours of course work plus their internship: 21 hours of theology courses and 15 hours of health services courses.

Highlights of the program

  • Grounded in the Catholic tradition
  • Small evening classes
  • Convenient course schedule for part-time students
  • Begin courses in the summer, fall, or spring

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course schedule for part-time students