Master of Healthcare Administration (M.H.A.) Major in Healthcare Administration

Major Program

The major in healthcare administration offers courses designed to enhance the career mobility of persons currently employed in health professions as well as to provide a solid base of academic and directed experiences for persons who may desire entry into the field of health administration. The primary focus of the curriculum is middle-to senior-level management.

Principal areas of study include health and disease; sociological, economic, legal, and political forces which affect health care; and management organizational behaviors including such specializations as financial management, human resource management, planning, marketing, and data generation and analysis.

Application Requirements

The items listed below are required for admission consideration for applicable semesters of entry during the 2017-2018 academic year. Submission instructions, additional details, and changes to admission requirements for semesters other than the 2017-2018 academic year can be found on the program’s web page. International students should review the International Admission Documents section of the catalog for additional requirements.

  • completed online ApplyTexas application
  • $40 nonrefundable application fee
  • $50 nonrefundable international evaluation fee (if applicable)
  • baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited university
  • official transcripts required from each four-year institution where course credit was granted
  • minimum 575 on your admissions index* 
  • background course work in statistics, economics, and financial accounting (to be completed before the start of the program)
  • official GRE scores required with a preferred minimum of 575 on your admissions index* 
    • The GRE may be waived if you hold a master's or doctoral degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution. If you hold a master's or doctoral degree (or the equivalent thereof) from an accredited international institution, the GRE may be waived on an individual basis.

  • resume/CV
  • statement of purpose
  • three letters of recommendation
  • interview

TOEFL or IELTS Scores

Non-native English speakers who do not qualify for an English proficiency waiver:

  • official TOEFL iBT scores required with a 78 overall
  • official IELTS (academic) scores required with a 6.5 overall and
    • minimum individual module scores of 6.0

This program does not offer admission if the scores above are not met.

*Additional Information

Your admissions index is calculated using the following formula:

(last-60-hours GPA x 100) + GRE verbal section scores + GRE quantitative section scores

A minimum of 575 on the admissions index is required.

Degree Requirements

The 49-hour M.H.A. degree with a major in healthcare administration usually includes 43 hours of core courses and either a field experience of 6 hours or six hours of thesis, depending on the student’s previous health administration experience.

Course Requirements

Thesis Option

HA 5300Healthcare Organization and Delivery3
HA 5301Healthcare Administration Research Methods3
HA 5303Information Systems Management in Healthcare3
HA 5304Healthcare Economics and Financial Theory3
HA 5316Healthcare Financial Management3
HA 5321Healthcare Law3
HA 5325Patient Care Management and Integrated Delivery Systems3
HA 5334Operational Decision Making for Healthcare Managers3
HA 5335Public Health for Healthcare Administrators3
HA 5346Healthcare Strategic Management3
HA 5355Human Resource Management in Healthcare Facilities3
HA 5356Policy Development in Healthcare Arena3
HA 5362Healthcare Organizational Behavior/Theory3
HA 5371Marketing of Health Services3
HA 5191Field Experience Orientation1
Thesis
Choose a minimum of 6 hours6
Thesis
Thesis
Thesis
Thesis
Thesis
Thesis
Total Hours49

Non-thesis Option

HA 5300Healthcare Organization and Delivery3
HA 5301Healthcare Administration Research Methods3
HA 5303Information Systems Management in Healthcare3
HA 5304Healthcare Economics and Financial Theory3
HA 5316Healthcare Financial Management3
HA 5321Healthcare Law3
HA 5325Patient Care Management and Integrated Delivery Systems3
HA 5334Operational Decision Making for Healthcare Managers3
HA 5335Public Health for Healthcare Administrators3
HA 5346Healthcare Strategic Management3
HA 5355Human Resource Management in Healthcare Facilities3
HA 5356Policy Development in Healthcare Arena3
HA 5362Healthcare Organizational Behavior/Theory3
HA 5371Marketing of Health Services3
HA 5191Field Experience Orientation1
Internship or Practicum
Choose a minimum of 6 hours6
Administrative Practicum
Administrative Internship
Administrative Residency
Total Hours49

Prerequisites

Course prerequisites for healthcare administration majors include the following: statistics, economics, and financial accounting. These prerequisites may be accepted from other universities and should be taken prior to entering the graduate program.

Comprehensive Exam

All degree-seeking graduate students must pass a comprehensive exam at the end of the didactic portion of their programs. The School of Health Administration administers comprehensive exams at the end of the fall and spring terms. Students with field placements on their degree audits must pass the comprehensive exam before they begin their field placement. Students who fail the comprehensive exam may take the exam again the next term it is offered.

If a student elects to follow the thesis option for the degree, a committee to direct the written thesis will be established. The thesis must demonstrate the student’s capability for research and independent thought. Preparation of the thesis must be in conformity with the Graduate College Guide to Preparing and Submitting a Thesis or Dissertation.

Thesis Proposal

The student must submit an official Thesis Proposal Form and proposal to his or her thesis committee. Thesis proposals vary by department and discipline. Please see your department for proposal guidelines and requirements. After signing the form and obtaining committee members’ signatures, the graduate advisor’s signature if required by the program and the department chair’s signature, the student must submit the Thesis Proposal Form with one copy of the proposal attached to the dean of The Graduate College for approval before proceeding with research on the thesis. If the thesis research involves human subjects, the student must obtain exemption or approval from the Texas State Institutional Review Board prior to submitting the proposal form to The Graduate College. If the thesis research involves vertebrate animals, the proposal form must include the Texas State IACUC approval code. It is recommended that the thesis proposal form be submitted to the dean of The Graduate College by the end of the student’s enrollment in 5399A. Failure to submit the thesis proposal in a timely fashion may result in delayed graduation.

Thesis Committee

The thesis committee must be composed of a minimum of three approved graduate faculty members.

Thesis Enrollment and Credit

The completion of a minimum of six hours of thesis enrollment is required. For a student's initial thesis course enrollment, the student will need to register for thesis course number 5399A.  After that, the student will enroll in thesis B courses in their field, e.g., ENG 5399AENG 5199BENG 5299BENG 5399BENG 5599B, and ENG 5999B, in each subsequent semester until the thesis is defended with the department and approved by The Graduate College. Preliminary discussions regarding the selection of a topic and assignment to a research supervisor will not require enrollment for the thesis course.

A student will be required to enroll in and pay the fee for at least one hour of the thesis course during any term in which the student will receive thesis supervision or guidance and/or in which the student is using university resources. Failure to register for the thesis course during a term in which supervision is received may result in postponement of graduation. After initial enrollment in 5399A, the student will continue to enroll in a thesis B course as long as it takes to complete the thesis. In the rare case when a student has not previously enrolled in thesis and plans to work on and complete the thesis in one term, the student will enroll in both 5399A and 5399B. The only grades assigned for thesis courses are PR (progress), CR (credit), W (withdrew), and F (failing). If acceptable progress is not being made in a thesis course, the instructor may issue a grade of F. If the student is making acceptable progress, a grade of PR is assigned until the thesis is completed. The minimum number of hours of thesis credit (“CR”) will be awarded only after the thesis has been both approved by The Graduate College and released to Alkek Library.

A student who has selected the thesis option must be registered for the thesis course during the term or Summer I (during the summer, the thesis course runs ten weeks for both sessions) in which the degree will be conferred.

Fee Reduction

A master’s degree candidate for graduation may be eligible for a one-time fee reduction under V.T.C.A. Education Code, Section 54.054. Please refer to the section titled Fee Reduction in the Additional Fees and Expenses chapter of this catalog for more information.

Thesis Deadlines and Approval Process

Thesis deadlines are posted on The Graduate College website under "Current Students." The completed thesis must be submitted to the chair of the thesis committee on or before the deadlines listed on The Graduate College website.

The following must be submitted to The Graduate College by the thesis deadline listed on The Graduate College website:

  1. The Thesis Submission Approval Form bearing original (wet) and/or electronic signatures of the student and all committee members.
  2. One (1) PDF of the thesis in final form, approved by all committee members, uploaded in the online Vireo submission system.  

After the dean of The Graduate College approves the thesis, Alkek Library will harvest the document from the Vireo submission system for publishing in the Digital Collections database (according to the student's embargo selection). NOTE: MFA theses will have a permanent embargo and will never be published to Digital Collections. 

While original (wet) signatures are preferred, there may be situations as determined by the chair of the committee in which obtaining original signatures is inefficient or has the potential to delay the student's progress. In those situations, the following methods of signing are acceptable:

  • signing and faxing the form
  • signing, scaning, and emailing the form
  • notifying the department in an email from their university's or institution's email account that the committee chair can sign the form on their behalf
  • electronically signing the form using the university's licensed signature platform.

Scanned, faxed, or email communications must be submitted to The Graduate College together with the form containing original signatures.

No copies are required to be submitted to Alkek Library. However, the library will bind copies submitted that the student wants bound for personal use. Personal copies are not required to be printed on archival quality paper. The student will take the personal copies to Alkek Library and pay the binding fee for personal copies.

Master's level courses in Health Administration: HA

Courses Offered

Health Administration (HA)

HA 5111. Topics in Health Administration.

An in-depth study of a singular topic or a related problem being faced by practicing managers in the rapidly changing healthcare industry. Special emphasis will be placed on the topic’s current relevance and its utilitarian value to the participant. May be repeated if topic differs.
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1 Credit Hour. 1 Lecture Contact Hour. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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HA 5191. Field Experience Orientation.

This course will assist the student to prepare for the field experience and to prepare for the comprehensive exam. An extensive orientation to the field experience will be provided to better enable students to move from the classroom setting to a workplace scenario.
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1 Credit Hour. 1 Lecture Contact Hour. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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HA 5199B. Thesis.

This course represents a student’s continuing thesis enrollments. The student continues to enroll in this course until the thesis is submitted for binding. Graded on a credit (CR), progress (PR), no-credit (F) basis.
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1 Credit Hour. 1 Lecture Contact Hour. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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HA 5211. Topics in Health Administration.

An in-depth study of a narrow range of topics or related problems being faced by practicing managers in the rapidly changing healthcare industry. Special emphasis will be placed on the topic’s relevance and its utilitarian value to the participant. Maybe repeated if topic differs.
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2 Credit Hours. 2 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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HA 5299B. Thesis.

This course represents a student’s continuing thesis enrollments. The student continues to enroll in this course until the thesis is submitted for binding. Graded on a credit (CR), progress (PR), no-credit (F) basis.
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2 Credit Hours. 2 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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HA 5300. Healthcare Organization and Delivery.

A survey of the organization and delivery of health services focusing on the history and development of health systems as they relate to the overall health and medical care systems. Major attention is given to governing bodies, patient care organizations, and executive management structures.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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HA 5301. Healthcare Administration Research Methods.

A study of research methodology as it pertains to healthcare administration. Included are hypothesis forming, designing research, and the collection, manipulation and analysis of data. Knowledge of numeracy and statistics is essential.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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HA 5303. Information Systems Management in Healthcare.

This course provides a comprehensive introduction to information systems management for healthcare organizations. It covers the determination of information required by whom, design of information flows, procurement of information systems technology resources, assurance of information security, and management of systems integration.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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HA 5304. Healthcare Economics and Financial Theory.

A study of economic theories that have an impact on the healthcare industry. Special emphasis will be placed on emerging economic research and its impact on potential policy ramifications.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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HA 5311. Trends in Health Administration.

An in-depth study of singular trend or a related problem being faced by practicing managers in the rapidly changing healthcare industry. Special emphasis will be placed on the topic’s current relevance and its utilitarian value to the participant. Examples of trends, which are typically offered, include trends in rural health, managed care ethical issues, and in total quality management. This course may be repeated for credit with a different subject area.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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HA 5316. Healthcare Financial Management.

An introduction to healthcare financial management including the financial management in healthcare organizations, healthcare payment systems, financing and investment decisions, and financial planning, analysis, and control. Prerequisites: accounting, economics, and statistics.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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HA 5321. Healthcare Law.

An in-depth analysis of healthcare law and its effect on the relationships between the patient, the patient’s family, the provider, and other interested third parties. Analysis of cases is the primary method of study.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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HA 5325. Patient Care Management and Integrated Delivery Systems.

A study of alternative delivery systems, managed care organizations, consumer-driven healthcare and the quality movement in health care. Quality management will be explored with special attention given to the quality management process, the role of outcomes, the characteristics, uses, and sources of quality standards, and risk management and information management.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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HA 5334. Operational Decision Making for Healthcare Managers.

An introduction to the fundamentals of selected operations research techniques essential to the analysis of healthcare managerial problem situations, the design of new and improved systems, and the implementation of systems to achieve desired systems performance.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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HA 5335. Public Health for Healthcare Administrators.

This course introduces the healthcare manager to public health and its role in preventing illnesses and improving the health of the community. Students will learn of the role of the manager in disease prevention and how to participate and lead community efforts for the wellness of the community.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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HA 5346. Healthcare Strategic Management.

This capstone course examines mission, vision, strategy, and operations from both the formulation and implementation perspectives. Emphasis will be on the role of the manager/leader in strategic management analysis, creativity, and action. This course is available to HA majors only.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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HA 5355. Human Resource Management in Healthcare Facilities.

A study of personnel administration in the healthcare facility and the environment in which it functions. Emphasis will be on the role of the Personnel Office in forecasting, developing, and managing human resources, in addition to a review of current legislation affecting the personnel function.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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HA 5356. Policy Development in Healthcare Arena.

Prospective healthcare administrators analyze changing healthcare paradigm to determine decision-points where policies can be affected. Course allows students to apply existing skills to real world policy issues at state and national levels and to analyze policy development from numerous stakeholders’ viewpoints.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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HA 5362. Healthcare Organizational Behavior/Theory.

This course is a study of theory and concepts drawn from the behavioral and social sciences. These concepts are applied as a foundation and conceptual framework for the analysis, diagnosis, prediction and guidance of human behavior in healthcare organizations.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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HA 5371. Marketing of Health Services.

A study of marketing functions and principles as they relate to the healthcare delivery system. Analysis of marketing concepts such as market segmentation, marketing planning, marketing audit, marketing positioning, and marketing mix will be discussed.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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HA 5375. Healthcare Accounting.

An introduction to financial accounting in healthcare with an emphasis on the preparation of non-profit financial statements for healthcare service organizations, control procedures for healthcare entities, and accounting issues unique to the healthcare industry. This course does not count for graduate degree credit. Graded on a credit (CR), no credit (PR) basis.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
Course Attribute(s): Exclude from Graduate GPA|Leveling
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HA 5399A. Thesis.

This course represents a student’s initial thesis enrollment. No thesis credit is awarded until student has completed the thesis, HA 5399B. Graded on a credit (CR), progress (PR), no-credit (F) basis.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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HA 5399B. Thesis.

This course represents a student’s continuing thesis enrollments. The student continues to enroll in this course until the thesis is submitted for binding. Graded on a credit (CR), progress (PR), no-credit (F) basis.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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HA 5599B. Thesis.

This course represents a student’s continuing thesis enrollments. The student continues to enroll in this course until the thesis is submitted for binding. Graded on a credit (CR), progress (PR), no-credit (F) basis.
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5 Credit Hours. 5 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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HA 5640. Administrative Practicum.

A one-semester, part-time field experience designed for the student already working full-time in healthcare. The practicum provides a broader orientation to the student’s organization and exposure to special projects. This course is graded on a credit (CR), no-credit (F) basis.
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6 Credit Hours. 0 Lecture Contact Hours. 20 Lab Contact Hours.
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HA 5840. Administrative Internship.

A one-semester, full-time field experience designed for the student with no prior healthcare work experience. The internship provides a full orientation to the organization and exposure to special projects. This course is graded on a credit (CR), no-credit (F) basis.
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8 Credit Hours. 0 Lecture Contact Hours. 40 Lab Contact Hours.
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HA 5841. Administrative Residency.

A full-time field experience, which provides an extensive rotation and special projects. Designed for the student with no prior work experience in healthcare. Student must be enrolled in the course for the duration of the field experience. Repeatable for credit.
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8 Credit Hours. 0 Lecture Contact Hours. 40 Lab Contact Hours.
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HA 5999B. Thesis.

This course represents a student’s continuing thesis enrollments. The student continues to enroll in this course until the thesis is submitted for binding. Graded on a credit (CR), progress (PR), no-credit (F) basis.
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9 Credit Hours. 9 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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