Graduation Requirements

To graduate, candidates for the degree of Master of Science in Health Services Administration must:

  • Satisfactorily complete the program of study, including all courses and assignments.
  • Attain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, and have no more than two courses with less than a grade of "B"
  • Successfully present and defend a comprehensive research business project as part of the HSA690 "Health Care Strategic Planning" (Capstone) before a faculty panel. The project's topic must be selected and approved by both the student and his/her academic advisor. The project's content and student presentation will be graded based on competencies developed by the student which have been established by the program's strategic model.
  • Complete degree requirements within 7 years of the date the student is fully accepted as a degree-seeking student for study in the graduate program; and
  • File an application for the degree with the University registrar on the appropriate form signed by your academic advisor from the College of Nursing and Health Sciences.
  • An internship/practicum experience (HSA 660) is required of all degree- seeking individuals. Students with more than five years of health care management experience will be assigned an applied research project instead of the internship as part of the HSA700 "Special Topics in Health Services Administration".

Important Notice: Participation in clinical experiences, rotations or fieldwork is a required part of the curriculum and a requirement for graduation. Clinical rotation and fieldwork sites may require a drug, criminal, and/or child abuse background check in order to permit participation in the program's clinical experience, rotation or fieldwork. Clinical rotation and fieldwork sites may deny a student's participation in the clinical experience, rotation or fieldwork because of a felony or misdemeanor conviction, failure of a required drug test, or inability to produce an appropriate health clearance, which would result in delayed graduation or in the inability to graduate from the program. Individuals who have been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor may be denied certification or licensure as a health professional. Information regarding individual eligibility may be obtained from the appropriate credentialing bodies. Drug and background checks will be done at the student's expense.