Health Services Administration (MHSA)

Program Features

The Graduate Program in Health Services Administration is a CAHME-accredited, nationally-ranked program preparing leaders in healthcare management. As one of only seven elite programs in the country requiring the third-year administrative residency for full-time students, our graduates are readily employed.

Contemporary coursework covers the broad spectrum of health services administration skills, including healthcare management, financial, quantitative, strategic, clinical, policy, ethics and analytical proficiencies focused on leaders who make healthcare organizations better for persons who seek care.

Admission

Application Materials:

Domestic students application materials include, but are not limited to:

  • Preferred undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale
  • Two completed recommendation forms (from instructor or employer, family members not accepted)
  • Current resume
  • A 1,000 - 1,200 word statement of intent essay
  • Official transcripts from an undergraduate institution or anywhere a student has taken collegiate level courses
  • Personal interviews with Admissions Committee members

All of the above items must be submitted by the deadline of June 1 of the year you wish to begin the program in order to be considered for admission. Once your initial application has been accepted for review, additional information will be requested as needed.

The following are also highly recommended, though not required:

  • Accounting course
  • Economics course
  • Statistics course
  • Computer literacy course with working knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel

The GMAT/GRE is not required for admission to Xavier's MHSA program. If you have taken the test and believe your scores may enhance your application, feel free to submit your official score sheet to the University and it will be included in your application. If you have any questions, please contact Amy Hellkamp at hellkampal@xavier.edu

Admission Criteria:

  • Academic Potential ("knowledgeable and highly skilled" from the Mission statement)
    • Preferred undergraduate GPA of 3.0 minimum verified by transcripts
    • Writing ability as shown in the "Statement of Intent" Essay
  • Leadership Potential ("values-oriented future leaders" from the Mission statement)
    • Truthful answers to all application questions, including disciplinary and criminal history
    • Supportive written references from at least two sources (employer and/or faculty member)
    • Examples of leadership service reflected on the resume
  • Commitment-to-the-Profession Potential ("future leaders who will contribute to the health of society by continuously improving the management of health-related organizations" from the Mission statement)
    • Reflective and complete content in the "Statement of Intent" essay
    • Honest and authentic exchange during the personal interviews with Admissions Committee members, especially with respect to the candidate articulating why he/she wants to earn an MHSA degree

Admissions Practices

  • MHSA classes begin in August of each year
  • The full-time class consists of no more than 30 students.
  • The full-time class moves through the program as a cohort.
  • Interested candidates start with our Recruitment Coordinator who directs them to the application process delineated on our website.
  • When the application package is deemed to be complete, the Recruitment Coordinator schedules the candidate for personal interviews with members of the Admissions Committee (MHSA Director plus Faculty members).
  • Once the interviews have been completed, the Admissions Committee members weigh the candidate against the Admissions Criteria (above).
  • Agreement to admit the candidate also requires approval by the Associate Dean of the College of Professional Sciences. An acceptance letter is then sent to the candidate with a deadline to accept.
  • Agreement to not admit the candidate or to place conditions on the candidates are handled by the applicant.
  • Once students accept admission, they are considered part of HSA, receive the emailed HERALD, and regular contact is maintained.

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International Student Application Materials

International students application materials include, but are not limited to:

  • Preferred undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale
  • Official transcripts from an undergraduate institution or anywhere a student has taken collegiate level courses
  • Two completed recommendation forms from instructor or employer (Recommendations from family members are not accepted)
  • Statement of intent
  • Resume or C.V. (Curriculum Vitae)
  • Official TOEFL scores (Internet-based score requirements: 80 total, minimum of 20 in each section)
  • Official course by course WES evaluation (or other NACES member)
  • If applicable: Change of School Report

For students requesting support from Xavier University for an F-1 student visa, students must submit the following documents:

  • A copy of the information page of your passport
  • Sponsor Financial Statement Form
    • An original bank statement, showing available funds of at least USD $34,155.00
  • Tuition and Fees (required for the Form I-20)
    • Scanned/emailed, faxed, or photocopied documents sent in the mail will not be accepted
  • If you are currently enrolled in as a student in F-1 status at an institution of higher education in the United States, please submit the SEVIS Record Transfer Form
  • If you are currently in the United States in a different visa category and would like to change to F-1 status, please contact the Center for International Education for more information.

The following are also highly recommended, though not required:

  • Accounting course
  • Economics course
  • Statistics course
  • Computer literacy course including working knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel
  • All of the above items must be submitted by January 1 in order for your application to be considered for admission for the same fall. Once your initial application has been accepted for review, additional information may be requested.

Please be aware that the deadline for international students is January 1 of the same year the student wants to enroll. All completed applications must be in the MHSA office at that time. Please email hellkampal@xavier.edu for a list of required documents.

International applicants who have not submitted a complete application (see above for required documents) by the deadline will not be granted an I-20.

Please visit Xavier's international graduate student admission for more detailed information about applying as an international graduate student.

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Curriculum

First Semester

  • HESA 511 - Managerial Concepts in H.C Org............ 3cr.
  • HESA 521 - Quant Methods for H.C. Management............ 3cr.
  • HESA 551 - Financial Management of HC Orgs............ 3cr.
  • HESA 562 - Clinical Proc for H.C. Adm............ 3cr.
  • HESA 572 - Healthcare Services in the U.S - Past and Future............ 3cr.
  • HESA 601 - Professional Development I............ 1cr.

Second Semester

  • HESA 519 - Strategic Mgmt & Marketing............ 3cr.
  • HESA 523 - Qual Improve Tech in H.C. Mgmt............ 3cr.
  • HESA 555 - Capital Acquisition in HC Orgs............ 3cr.
  • HESA 567 - Applied Epi in H. C............. 3cr.
  • HESA 575 - Economics for Health Management and Policy............ 3cr.
  • HESA 602 - Professional Development II............ 1cr.

First Semester

  • HESA 534 - Health Information Systems............ 3cr.
  • HESA 559 - Project Devt & Mgmnt of HC Org............ 3cr.
  • HESA 579 - Health Policy & Policy Analysis............ 3cr.
  • HESA 581 - Health Care Legal Aspects............ 3cr.
  • HESA 603 - Professional Development III............ 1cr.

Second Semester

  • HESA 516 - Health Care Workforce Strategy............ 3cr.
  • HESA 552 - Revenue Cycle Management & Health Insurance............ 3cr.
  • HESA 583 - Ethical Issues in Health Care............ 3cr.
  • HESA 599 - Integ Sem in Health Services Admin............. 2cr.
  • HESA 604 - Professional Development IV............ 1cr.

Third Semester

  • HESA 720 - Institutional & Community Analysis............ 3cr.

First Semester

  • HESA 730 - Practicum in Executive Devel............ 3cr.

Second Semester

  • HESA 750 - Residency & Master's Project............ 3cr.

Sample Courses

HESA 572 - Healthcare Services in the U.S - Past and Future: - 3 Credit Hours - Provides (1) a historical perspective on the development of health care services in the United States, (2) a description of the key factors and issues which influence the development of the current health care delivery systems and (3) a description of the current health care delivery systems.

HESA 579 - Health Policy & Policy Analysis: - 3 Credit Hours - Provides an overview of health policy in the United States and introduces both qualitative and quantitative methods for analyzing health policy with attention given to the political and economic perspectives on health policy questions.

HESA 583 - Ethical Issues in Health Care: - 3 Credit Hours - Introduces students to the dominant ethical theories and principles, and the current ethical issues in health care (professional, clinical, Social, business, organizational). Provides students with the opportunity to begin to formulate an ethical position related to these issues.

HESA 720 - Institution & Community Analysis: - 3 Credit Hours - Provides the student with firsthand, in-depth skills in analyzing the internal operations of a health care institution, including governance, departmental structure, planning and financial management, and human resources development, as well as the external environments impacting the organization.

Tuition and Fees

All for one

Xavier is ranked #1 for its excellent academic reputation among top competitors in the region. Students get the most out of their education, from rigorous classroom studies to experiential learning in the real world.

Program Options

Our full-time option consists of four semesters of classroom study on campus followed by a paid 8-12 month administrative residency. Our Executive MHSA option is offered online and designed to accommodate the needs of working healthcare professionals.


Find Your Fit

Field Experience

All full-time MHSA students participate in an administrative residency or an administrative fellowship for eight to 12 months. Settings include hospitals, health systems, supply chain or revenue cycle operations, healthcare consulting, health insurance, physician practice management organizations, post-acute services, and federally qualified health centers.


Residency Details

Dual Degree with MBA

Candidates for both degrees should declare their intentions when applying and submit one application to the graduate program in health services administration AND one application to the Williams College of Business.


Dual Degree Details

Health Services Administration (MHSA) Program at Xavier University

In keeping with its Catholic, Jesuit tradition, the mission of the Graduate Program in Health Services Administration (MHSA) at Xavier University is to educate knowledgeable, highly skilled, values-oriented future leaders who will contribute to the health of society by continuously improving the management of health related organizations through employment in decision support, managerial and/or executive positions. We strive to challenge students in the classroom and in applied field experiences including internships and required residencies (scholar-practitioner program) to think critically, to connect coursework to organizational experiences, and to grow in executive skills (writing, speaking, self-management, follow-through, leadership).

Xavier University's College of Professional Sciences prepares undergraduate and graduate students intellectually, morally and spiritually for careers and professions of service. CPS challenges students to strive for academic excellence and life-long learning through promoting collaboration and community partnerships, and incorporating research, scholarship and innovation.

Xavier University is a private university located in Cincinnati, Ohio, providing a liberal arts education in the Jesuit Catholic tradition. Founded in 1831, the University is the sixth-oldest Catholic university in the nation. It has been ranked among the top 10 master's-level universities in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report for the past two decades. The Princeton Review names it one of the "Best 385 Colleges in America."