ACADEMICS

  • Master of Science in Health Care Administration

    The Master of Science in Health Care Administration program at Worcester State University provides you with the specialized knowledge and practical experience you need to advance your career in today’s complex, dynamic health-care industry.

    Geared toward working professionals, our flexible program can be completed part-time in less than 2 years, and it offers a high-quality education at a competitive cost. In the classroom, you’ll hone your leadership skills and learn the latest management concepts and techniques from professors who work in the health-care industry. You’ll expand your perspective by taking courses alongside nursing, business, and nonprofit management graduate students, with whom many of our courses are cross-listed. You also will extend your professional network by becoming a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives, a professional society that we encourage you to join.

    Outside the lecture hall, you’ll put theory into practice, conducting field work in a health-care management environment of your choosing. Depending on your level of work experience, you’ll either complete an internship at a health-care setting, such as UMass Medical Center, St. Jude Cancer Center, or Sturdy Memorial Hospital, or you’ll complete a capstone project at your current workplace or another site of your choice. Our graduates are effective health-care administrators who go on to meet the challenges of a rapidly growing and changing industry. They manage health-care services in a variety of settings, including community, institutional, and government health-care organizations.

  • Admission Requirements
    In addition to the general admission requirements, the M.S. in Health Care Administration requires students to take either the GMAT (preferred) or GRE. Typical scores of accepted students should be near the 50th percentile in all areas.

    Applicants can be accepted to this program on a rolling admissions policy. Applicants may take up to 6 credits (typically 2 classes) before being accepted into this program.
    Program of Study

    Core Coures
    Required: 9-courses, 27 credit hours. Students who demonstrate equivalent academic background may be allowed to substitute electives for one or more core courses with the permission of the coordinator.

    • HC 900 Health Care Systems
    • HC 901 Management and Organizational Behavior for Health Care Professionals
    • HC 902 Statistical Methods and Inference for Health Care Professionals
    • HC 903 Accounting and Budgeting for Health Care Professionals
    • HC 904 Financial Management in the Health Care Organization
    • HC 905 Marketing the Health Care Organization
    • HC 906 Health Care Management Information Systems
    • HC 907 Operations and Quality Management in the Health Care Organization
    • HC 908 Legal, Regulatory and Ethical Issues in Health Care

    Electives
    6 credit hours, choose 2 of the following:

    • HC 926 Human Resources Management in the Health Care Organization
    • HC 936 Economics of Health Care
    • HC 946 Epidemiology
    • HC 956 Politics and Policies in Health Care
    • HC 976 Seminar: Current Issues in Health Care

    Note: Students may choose non-health care courses as electives with the prior approval of the coordinator.
     
    Capstone
    3 credit hours, choose 1 of the following

    • HC 986 Internship in Health Care
    • HC 996 Health Care Action/Research Project

    Total Program: 12 courses, 36 credit hours
    Suggested Sequence of Courses for a Typical Student
    (Please note: course schedules may vary each year.)

    First Year

    Fall: (6 credits)

    • HC 900 Health Care Systems
    • HC 901 Management/Organizational Behavior for Health Care Professionals

    Spring: (6 credits)

    • HC 902 Statistical Methods and Inference for Health Care Professionals
    • HC 906 Health Care Management Information Systems

    Summer: (6 credits)

    • HC 903 Accounting and Budgeting for Health Care Professionals
    • HC 904 Financial Management in the Health Care Organization

    Second Year
    Fall: (6 credits)

    • HC 905 Marketing the Health Care Organization Elective

    Spring: (6 credits)

    • HC 907 Operations and Quality Management in the Health Care Organization Elective

    Summer: (6 credits)

    • HC 908 Legal, Regulatory and Ethical Issues in Health Care
    • Capstone course of experience (HC 986 or 996)
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  • CONTACT US
     
    Elizabeth J. Wark
    Program Coordinator
    Sullivan Academic Center
    Office S-203D
    508-929-8743
    ewark@worcester.edu