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Master of Health Services Administration

The Master of Health Services Administration (MHSA) builds on work experience that students bring to the program, and develops advanced competencies in management and research techniques, as well as current knowledge of the health care delivery system, health law, program planning and evaluation and health care policy issues. Courses are offered in the evenings at the Macomb University Center and McNichols campuses. Class formats are designed for the working person.  The MHSA program does not offer weekend classes.


    Admissions Requirements

    Admission to the MHSA program is granted to applicants whose academic, professional, and personal qualifications indicate potential for success in a graduate study.

    Admission requirements include:

    1. A baccalaureate or advanced degree from a regionally-accredited college or university with a grade point average (GPA) of B (3.0). This admission requirement may also be satisfied by a 3.0 in the most recent 60 credits of the applicant's baccalaureate record. The quality of academic work taken beyond the bachelor's degree, either as post-baccalaureate (non-graduate credit) courses, or graduate credit courses, can be included with the most recent 60 credits to determine the student's academic average. In both cases the applicant must satisfactorily meet all additional admission requirements for the program. Conditional admission may be granted to students whose GPA is less than 3.0. Where conditional admission is recommended, the student is required to complete a list of courses specified by the program chair with a grade of B or better in each of the courses. These courses may not be repeated.
    2. A minimum one year of work or volunteer experience in a health care setting is recommended.
    3. Three letters of recommendation from professional and academic acquaintances, including one from a direct supervisor.
    4. Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended.
    5. A well-formulated career plan articulated in a brief essay; and
    6. A personal interview with the Chair of the Health Services Administration program.

    Admissions Application Deadlines

    Starting Fall Semester: August 1

    Starting Winter Semester: October 31

    Starting Summer Semester: April 1


    Grading Policies

    Academic standards are set to ensure that the Master’s degree in Health Services Administration signifies that student work meets or exceeds academic excellence and industry standards.  In order to remain in good academic standing and to graduate from the program, a student must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 (B) and must earn a B or better in all classes. Students who fail to meet these academic standards will be placed on probation. Students on probation will be expected to return to good academic standing within the next six credit hours of course work by earning a B or better in each of these classes. Students who earn less than a B in any course must repeat the course. Failure to do so will result in dismissal from the program unless the student is able to demonstrate unusual or extraordinary circumstances that are responsible for his/her performance.

    Students who are terminated from their internship site at the request of their onsite preceptor for any reason will receive a grade of "F" for the internship course and will be required to repeat the internship course.  The previous hours earned onsite will not count towards completion of the required internship hours.  

    *HSA 5010 is the only prerequisite course in the MHSA curriculum.  Students must take and pass HSA 5010 with a grade of B or better in order to enroll in HSA 5020.  If the student fails to meet this prerequisite requirement, then they will not be able to enroll in HSA 5020 until the course grade has been satisfied.

    The plan of work for the MHSA degree may take up to five or more semesters, based on the schedule of course offerings. The courses are subject to changes in the schedule.

    Sample: Health Services Administration Curriculum Plan - 5 Terms - The courses are subject to changes in the schedule.

    Term I Fall

    • HSA 5000 Theory and Practice of Health Services Management (3 credits)
    • HSA 5010 Accounting Principles in the Health Care Profession (3 credits)
    • HSA 5500 Information Systems for Health Services Administration (3 credits)

    Term 2 Winter

    • HSA 5020 Financial Management of Health Services (Pre-req HSA 5010) (3 credits)
    • ETH 5520 Ethical Perspectives in HSA (3 credits)
    • HLH 5700 Health Care Delivery and Policy Issues (offered every term) (3 credits)

    Term 3 Summer

    • PYC 5030 Statistics (this course is only offered in Fall and Summer) (3 credits)
    • HSA 5070 Population Health (3 credits)
    • HSA 5090 *Human Resources in Health Care Organizations {co-req 5150} (1.5 credits)
    • HSA 5150 *Leadership in Health Care Organizations {co-req 5090} (1.5 credits)

    *Note: HSA 5090 Human Resources and HSA 5150 Leadership are co-requisite courses. Students will not be permitted to register for HSA 5150 without first co-registering for and completing HSA 5090.

    Term 4 Fall

    • HSA 5060 Health Economics (3 credits)
    • HSA 5160 Marketing for Healthcare Organizations {co-req 5190} (1.5 credits)
    • HSA 5190 Strategic Planning for Healthcare Organizations {co-req 5160} (1.5 credits)
    • HLH 5500 Research Methods in Health Care (offered every term) (3 credits)

    *Note: HSA 5160 Marketing and HSA 5190 Strategic Planning are co-requisite courses. Students will not be permitted to register for HSA 5190 without first co-registering for and completing HSA 5160.

    Term 5 Winter

    • HSA 5050 Legal Aspects of Health Services Administration (3 credits)
    • HSA 5780 Quality Improvement in Health Care Organizations (3 credits)
    • HSA 5860*Internship in Health Services Administration (offered every term) (2 credits)
    • HSA 5940*Health Services Administration Capstone (3 credits)

    *Note: Students must have completed at least 24 credits in the MHSA program before enrolling in the Internship and Capstone courses.

    Students who are terminated from their internship site at the request of their onsite preceptor for any reason will receive a grade of "F" for the internship course.  They will be required to repeat the internship course.  The previous hours earned onsite will not count toward completion of their required internship hours.

    Total credits required for the Master of Health Services Administration: 47 credits

    This is a typical plan of study. All students are required to meet with their academic advisor prior to registration. Failure to do so can cause students to fall out of sequence or delay their graduation. 

    Students are expected to complete their degree within 7 years. Graduate courses in the Health Services Administration program that are over 7 years old must be repeated.

    Program Policy Manual

    The Student Handbook contains additional policies which apply to students in this program.


    Program Contact Information

    MHSA Program Contact Information:

    • Chair- HSA Program (313) 993-1695
    • Administrative Assistant- HSA Program (313) 993-1146
    • Website
    • For admissions related questions, call 1-800-635-5020 or email

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