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2022-2023 Graduate Catalog 
2022-2023 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Health Services Administration, MS

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Program code: HSAD-MS

The Master of Science in Health Services Administration degree will consist of 36 credits; 39 if the student completes a thesis. Courses will be offered by the Employment Relations and Health Services Administration, Nursing and Allied Health Professions, the MBA program and other departments. Students that anticipate continuing their education in a doctoral program could choose to complete a thesis instead of an elective course. The thesis would require 6 credit hours, bringing their degree total to 39 credits. These requirements meet the minimum master’s degree requirements of the School of Graduate Studies and Research. The Master in Health Services Administration would prepare students for a wide variety of leadership positions within health services organizations in not-forprofit, for-profit, and government settings. The role of a health services administrator includes the specialized application of employment relations knowledge, the improvement of individual and public health, and the improvement of health delivery systems. The program would provide students with an effective balance of coursework in health services, employee relations, and research methodology that would enable them to excel in this role.

Admission Criteria


  1. Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution of higher learning.
  2. Minimum QPA of 3.0 if graduated with a BS or BA within five years of the application date. If the bachelor’s degree is older than five years, the minimum QPA required is 2.6.
  3. Evidence of course work in statistics and research methodology and design.
  4. Two letters of recommendation. If bachelor’s degree was earned within five years, at least one letter must be from a faculty member or the dean/director of undergraduate program. If degree is older than five years, both letters must be from employers or professional colleagues. Personal letters of recommendation are not acceptable.
  5. Satisfactory professional essay (minimum of two typewritten pages) to include a description of:
    • A significant professional accomplishment
    • Expectations of graduate study
    • Career goals

Elective 1: Organizational Behavior/Supervision - 3 cr.

Elective 2: Leadership Theory/Interpersonal Skills in Health Care - 3 cr.

Elective 3: Additional Elective to Support Organizational Behavior,Supervision/Leadership Theory and Interpersonal Skills - 3 cr.

  • Elective from the courses listed above or another elective

Total: 36 cr. (or 39 cr. with Thesis option)

Students enrolled in the Master of Science in HSAD will complete 39 credits (with thesis) or 36 credits (without thesis) for the degree. All students will complete 33 graduate credits in HSAD core courses. They may finish out the program either with a 3-credit elective or with a 6-credit thesis option. Students may choose electives from IUP courses that are appropriate for their needs and interests as they work toward meeting the program objectives. Advisors will approve elective choices.

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