| ACADEMICS | Graduate School | Graduate Programs | 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.
Core CoursesRequired: 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.
Electives6 credit hours, choose 2 of the following:
Note: Students may choose non-health care courses as electives with the prior approval of the coordinator. Capstone3 credit hours, choose 1 of the following
Total Program: 12 courses, 36 credit hoursSuggested Sequence of Courses for a Typical Student(Please note: course schedules may vary each year.)First YearFall: (6 credits)
Spring: (6 credits)
Summer: (6 credits)
Second YearFall: (6 credits)