MHSA Program Information

MHSA/MBA Dual Degree

Overview | Course Sequence

Graduate students in a classroomAn MBA may be earned in addition to your MHSA degree by pursuing additional hours of MBA graduate level course work in Xavier's nationally-ranked Williams College of Business. Candidates for both degrees should declare their intentions when applying (email Dual Degree candidates must be accepted to both the MHSA and MBA programs and will benefit from the lower MHSA tuition rate. 

Students in the full-time MHSA program are required to complete 97 credit hours: 64 hours in MHSA coursework, the paid administrative residency, and the master's project, plus an additional 33 credit hours of MBA coursework (and possible prerequisites). Upon completion of the dual degree option, the student receives two separate degrees - the Master of Health Services Administration and the Master of Business Administration.

For questions regarding the MBA portion of the MHSA/MBA Dual Degree, contact:

Dr. Katrina Wyche
Pronouns: she, her, hers
Assistant Director, Graduate Admissions /Adjunct Professor
Office of Graduate School

MBA Immersion Trips

As a dual-degree student, you will have the option of joining your fellow MBA students on Immersion Trips, fulfilling the BUAD 550 course requirement. Due to MHSA residency & internship requirements, only the Spring Break trips will be available to MHSA/MBA Dual Degree students.

Past experiences include London/Paris, Germany/Austria, and South Korea; and there is a trip to Thailand planned in upcoming semesters. While the site visits will not be healthcare-related, it is an excellent chance to expand your global business exposure. 

MHSA students not enrolled in the Dual Degree may also join the MBA Immersion Trip for no course credit, and only if seats remain after MBA students have registered. Contact Bobby Rue for availability. 

Read more on the Williams College of Business Immersions siteTo find information and the application for the Gasiewicz student grant, visit the scholarship page for MBA trips.

Dual Degree + Dual Funding Opportunities

In addition to receiving the lower MHSA tuition rate, students in the MHSA/MBA Dual Degree are eligible for funding from both the MHSA & MBA programs, helping to offset the financial cost of completing two master's degrees. Funding options and availability are subject to deadlines and availability. Apply early for the best chances of funding!

MHSA/MBA Dual Degree Application Process: 

In order for your student record to be set up to receive the lower MHSA tuition rate, please follow the steps below. 

  1. Note deadlines & requirements on the MHSA Admissions & Info Sessions page and the MBA page under the "Admission" tab. 
  2. Apply to the MHSA program via Xavier's free online application
  3. Email Bobby Rue ( and declare that you are applying to the MHSA/MBA Dual Degree
  4. After MHSA acceptance, apply to the MBA program
  5. Follow the respective confirmation deadlines for both programs
The same application documents may be used for both programs, but references for the MBA program must address your quantitative analysis skills, so a second reference form may be needed to complete the MBA application.