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Saint Mary's University of Minnesota - Master of Arts in Health and Human Services Administration

The School of Graduate and Professional Programs at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota offers an online Master of Arts in Health and Human Services Administration. This program seeks to prepare leaders in the areas of patient quality of care improvement, finance, healthcare policies, ethics, the continuum of care, strategic leadership, research, communication, and administrative systems. To become licensed as a Minnesota Nursing Home Administrator, students may choose to complete an additional 4 credits of practicum hours.

Additionally, a Healthcare Administration Graduate Certificate is offered that can be completed in just two semesters or about one year. The program requires the completion of four courses covering topics such as healthcare public policy, financial practices, organizational design, healthcare ethics, and legal issues, and organizational leadership. The program covers not-for-profit, for-profit, and public health systems.

The MA in Health and Human Services Administration can be completed part-time or full-time in as little as 2 years. This 36-credit program is 100% online with a culminating capstone course and optional practicum for licensure. Students may begin the programs in the fall, spring, or summer. No previous work experience or GRE is required for entrance into the programs.

Saint Mary’s University utilizes the Engage Learning Management System (LMS) to deliver asynchronous courses and assignments. Students interact through a variety of online tools including video conferencing, podcasts, shared notes, and videos.

All students receive an iPad for use throughout the program, which is preloaded with programs and productivity apps helpful for completion of the degree. All services offered to on-campus students are available to online students, including 24/7 technical support, phone and email access to faculty, and academic support.

Courses for the MA in Health and Human Services Administration may include: Health Informatics and Application; Health and Human Services Systems; Health and Human Services Administration; Human Resources in the Health and Human Services Sector; Health Sector Quality and Performance Improvement; Health Informatics and Application; Strategic Health and Human Services Leadership; Financial Practices in the Health and Human Services Sectors; Academic Research, Writing, and Communication; Finance for Health Services Administrators; Aging, Illness, and the Continuum of Care; and Advanced Health Policy and Ethics.

The four courses for the Healthcare Administration Graduate Certificate include Financial Practices in the Health and Human Services Sector; Health and Human Service Systems; Advanced Health Policy and Ethics; and Health and Human Service Administration. The certificate courses may be applied to full master’s level programs such as the MA in Health and Human Services Administration, the MS in Business Intelligence and Data Analytics, the MA in Human Resource Management, the MA in Organizational Leadership, and the MS in Project Management. Students can also go on to complete the online MBA, earning an MBA with the certificate in Healthcare Administration.

Saint Mary’s University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). The MA program is accredited by the Minnesota Board of Examiners for Nursing Home Administrators (MN BENHA).

Saint Mary's University of Minnesota

Programs: Master of Arts in Health & Human Services Administration
Accreditation: Higher Learning Commission (HLC); Minnesota Board of Examiners for Nursing Home Administrators (MN BENHA)

Master of Arts in Health & Human Services Administration

Program Highlights
  • Students may choose to complete an additional 4 credits of practicum to meet requirements for the Minnesota Nursing Home Administrator licensure
  • All students receive an iPad for use throughout the program
  • Topics covered include patient quality of care improvement, finance, healthcare policies, strategic leadership, research, communication, and administrative systems
Program Overview
Program Structure: Online instruction with an optional practicum for licensure
Example Courses: Health Informatics and Application; Human Resources in the Health and Human Services Sector; Academic Research, Writing, and Communication; Finance for Health Services Administrators; Aging, Illness, and the Continuum of Care
Instruction Methods: Saint Mary's University of Minnesota uses the Engage Learning Management System (LMS) to deliver asynchronous courses and assignments; students interact through a variety of online tools including video conferencing, podcasts, shared notes, and videos
Degree Requirements
Credits Required: 36 credits needed to graduate
Campus Visits Required: 0
Program Options
Program Start Dates: Fall, Spring, and Summer admission
Curriculum Options: Full-time or Part-time
Length of Program: Program can be completed in about 24 months
Admission Requirements and Tuition Costs
GPA Requirements: Minimum GPA 2.75
Testing Requirements: No GRE required
Work Experience: Not required for admission
Tuition Costs: ~$24,300
Cost per Credit Hour: $675.00

Visit landing.onlineprograms.smumn.edu to Learn More About the M.A. in Health & Human Services Administration