Graduate Program (MHSA)

Master of Health Services Administration

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 full third-year administrative residency, 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 Requirements

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
  • Preferred GMAT or GRE scores of 25th percentile or higher in the quantitative section and 50th percentile or higher in the verbal section. Must have official reports sent directly from GRE or GMAT*.
  • 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
  • Accounting course grade of a "C" or higher (Proof of grade must be submitted prior to the start of classes)
  • Statistics course grade of a "C" or higher (Proof of grade must be submitted prior to the start of classes)

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:

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

*The GMAT/GRE may be waived for applicants who hold doctoral and/or graduate degrees from accredited institutions.

Admission Criteria:

  1. Academic Potential ("knowledgeable and highly skilled" from the Mission statement)
    • Preferred undergraduate GPA of 3.0 minimum verified by transcripts
    • Preferred GRE/GMAT scores of at least 50th percentile on the verbal section and 25th percentile on the quantitative section
    • Writing ability as shown in the "Statement of Intent" Essay
  2. 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
  3. 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 part-time (evening) class consists of no more than 8 students.
  • Both the full-time and part-time classes move 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 Admission

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
  • Preferred GMAT or GRE scores of 25th percentile or higher in the quantitative section and 50th percentile or higher in the verbal section. Must have official reports sent directly from GRE or GMAT.
  • 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)
  • Accounting course grade of a "C" or higher. Proof of Grade must be submitted by January 1 for August admission
  • Statistics course grade of a "C" or higher. Proof of Grade must be submitted by January 1 for August admission
  • 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:

  1. A copy of the information page of your passport
  2. Sponsor Financial Statement Form
    • An original bank statement, showing available funds of at least USD $34,155.00
  3. Tuition and Fees (required for the Form I-20)
    • Scanned/emailed, faxed, or photocopied documents sent in the mail will not be accepted
  4. 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
  5. 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:

  • Economics 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 xumhsa@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 admissions for more detailed information about applying as an international graduate student.

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Curriculum

Year 1: Fall Semester

Course Name Credit Hours
Total Hours 14
HESA 511 - Managerial Concepts in H.C Org 3
HESA 521 - Quant Methods for H.C. Management 3
HESA 551 - Financial Management of HC Orgs 3
HESA 561 - Clinical Proc for H.C. Adm 2
HESA 571 - Healthcare Services in the U.S 2
HESA 601 - Professional Development I 1

Second Semester

Course Name Credit Hours
Total Hours 16
HESA 519 - Strategic Mgmt & Marketing 3
HESA 523 - Qual Improve Tech in H.C. Mgmt 3
HESA 555 - Capital Acquisition in HC Orgs 3
HESA 567 - Applied Epi in H. C. 3
HESA 575 - Health Economics 3
HESA 602 - Professional Development II 1

 

Year 2: First Semester

Course Name Credit Hours
Total Hours 12
HESA 529 - Info Systems for Health Services 2
HESA 559 - Project Devt & Mgmnt of HC Org 3
HESA 579 - Health Policy & Policy Analysis 3
HESA 581 - Health Care Legal Aspects 3
HESA 603 - Professional Development III 1

Second Semester

Course Name Credit Hours
Total Hours 12
HESA 515 - Health Care Workforce Strategy 2
HESA 539 - Informatics for Health Industries 2
HESA 604 - Professional Development IV 1
HESA 583 - Ethical Issues in Health Care 3
HESA 599 - Integ Sem in Health Services Admin. 2
HESA 662 - Medical Group Management, HESA 672 - Health Insurance or HESA 682 - Hospital Structure 2

Third Semester

Course Name Credit Hours
Total Hours 2
HESA 720 - Institutional & Community Analysis 2

 

Year 3: First Semester

Course Name Credit Hours
Total Hours 5
HESA 730 - Practicum in Executive Devel I 2
HESA 750 - Master's Project I 3

Second Semester

Course Name Credit Hours
HESA 751 - Residency & Master Project II 3
Total Hours 3

Sample Courses

HESA 571 - Healthcare Services in the U.S: - 2 Credit Hours - Provides (1) an 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: - 2 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 & Fees

Tuition, per credit hour Cost
MA, MS, MSN and MHSA $650
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 2018-19 school year, and include classes from Summer 2018 though Spring 2019. These amounts are updated to the most recent amounts available. For the full listing, please visit xavier.edu/costs.

100% All MHSA students obtain a paid administrative residency in their third year in the program.

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All MHSA students obtain a paid administrative residency in their third year in the program.

MASTERS OF HEALTH SERVICES ADMINISTRATION

full and part time options
FULL AND PART TIME OPTIONS

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

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SCHOLAR-PRACTITIONER

With a combination of the lessons learned in the classroom and real-world, professional experience, you'll develop academically and professionally.

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CERTIFICATE PROGRAMS

The Xavier certificate in health care management is designed for professionals currently employed at a healthcare organization and consists of four core courses and one or two electives taken on a part-time basis.

Features of the field experience in our full-time Master of Health Services Administration program.

  • An eight- to 12-month paid administrative residency.
  • An average residency stipend of $42,000 per year.
  • Focus on professional development both in the classroom and with real-world experiences.
  • Residencies can be at hospitals, health maintenance organizations, long-term care facilities and more.
  • Personal guidance from a faculty advisor and a preceptor during your residency.

Dual Degree with MBA

This concurrent degree option provides an opportunity for students to pursue an MBA degree in addition to an MHSA degree. The degree may be earned by pursuing additional hours of MBA graduate-level coursework through the Xavier Williams College of Business. 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. Concurrent degree candidates must be accepted to both the GPHSA and MBA programs. For further information about the MBA prerequisites and requirements, call 800-344-4698.

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Nationally Ranked

XAVIER'S MHSA PROGRAM IS NATIONALLY RANKED AND ACCREDITED BY THE COMMISSION ON ACCREDITATION OF HEALTHCARE MANAGEMENT EDUCATION.

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OF OUR MHSA PROGRAM GRADUATES ARE EMPLOYED WITHIN 90 DAYS OF GRADUATION IN A HEALTHCARE EXECUTIVE, MANAGEMENT, OR DECISION SUPPORT POSITION.

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AVERAGE CLASS SIZE. OFFERING PERSONAL ATTENTION AND FACULTY WHO ARE GENUINELY COMMITTED TO PROVIDING EACH STUDENT WITH THE TIME AND EXPERTISE NEEDED TO SUCCEED.

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