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Curriculum

M.S. in Health Care Administration (HCA) Program Requirements and Restrictions 

Credit for Course Work:  The M.S. student must successfully complete at least 32 semester hours of course work, including the creative component or thesis.
Curriculum
Master of Science in Health Care Administration (M.S.H.C.A.)
The Master of Science in Health Care Administration degree requires 32 graduate credit hours which includes a thesis or creative component project.

For all M.S.H.C.A. students:  12 core credits and other degree requirements

HCA 5013 Survey of Healthcare Administration (3)1**
HCA 5093 Leadership Methods and Styles in Healthcare (3)*
HCA 5123 Research and Evaluation Methods in Healthcare (3) 3*
HCA 5033 Legal Issues in Healthcare (3)3**
Research thesis, supported by enrollment in HCA 5010 or creative component project, supported by enrollment in HCA 5013, 5073, 5123, or HCA 5033.

Other requirements by option or track:  17 credits

Option in Healthcare Leadership and Entrepreneurship (creative component)
HCA 5163 Healthcare Accounting and Auditing (3)2*
HCA 5113 Entrepreneurship and the Health Sciences (3)2**
HCA 5043 Organizational Leadership in Healthcare (3)2*
HCA 5023 Human Resources in Healthcare and Public Administration (3)2**
Elective courses as directed or approved by the advisor (5 credits)

Option in Administration (creative component)
HCA 5103 Intro to Global Health (3)2**
HCA 5063 Healthcare Compliance (3)2**
HCA 5083 Financial Structures in Health Care Organizations (3)2*
HCA 5023 Human Resources in Healthcare and Public Administration (3)2**
Elective courses as directed or approved by the advisor (5 credits)

Option in Healthcare Leadership and Entrepreneurship (thesis)
HCA 5093 Leadership Methods and Styles in Healthcare (3)2*
HCA 5113 Entrepreneurship and the Health Sciences (3)2**
HCA 5023 Human Resources in Healthcare and Public Administration (3)2**
HCA 5010 Thesis (6)
Elective courses as directed or approved by the advisor (2 credits)

Option in Administration (thesis)
HCA 5093 Leadership Methods and Styles in Healthcare (3)2*
HCA 5063 Healthcare Compliance (3)2**
HCA 5023 Human Resources in Healthcare and Public Administration (3)2**
HCA 5010 Thesis (course not yet approved) (6)
Elective courses as directed or approved by the advisor (2 credits)

  • Elective options (advisor approval required)
    • HCA 5133 Healthcare Informatics (3)**
    • HCA 5050 Directed Readings in Healthcare (1-3)*
    • HCA 5990 Special Topics in Healthcare (3)4**
    • HCA 5063 Healthcare Compliance (3)**
    • HCA 5163 Healthcare Accounting and Auditing (3)*
    • HCA 5113 Entrepreneurship and the Health Sciences (3)**

Other Management, MBA, Operations or Marketing courses may be utilized with advisor approval.

The thesis option is 32 hours which includes 26 hours of core courses with 6 hours of thesis. The creative component option is 32 hours with the creative component embedded in qualified courses.

  1. The number in parenthesis (3) reflects the number of credit hours.
  2. An approved elective may be substituted for this course.
  3. This course may be used for a creative component project. This project will be an extra assignment in addition to the regular course requirements. However, the creative component project may be required for class completion.
  4. This course number is used for any special topic area including internships.

The asterisk (*) indicates an online course. The double-asterisk (**) indicates a course with an online and in-class section.

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