Health Administration

University of St Francis

15 months
748 USD/credit
748 USD/credit
Tuition fee
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The dynamic health care field presents ever-changing challenges for professionals. The Master of Science Degree in Health Administration (M.S.) program at the University of St Francis is designed for students who have knowledge and experience in specific areas of health care and are seeking a broader understanding of the field.


While the program is offered in a convenient format, the content is rigorous. The curriculum includes both the theories of management and its practical application in the health care field. Sound administrative skills—systematic, critical and open-minded investigation of literature and data for the solution of challenging problems—are essential for professionals preparing for increasingly significant roles in today’s society.

The Health Administration Program at the University of St Francis not only addresses professional technical competence but professional ethics of service.

Who are HA students?

The typical student in this program has been employed in a health care organization for a number of years.The student is upwardly mobile and expects this education to enhance his/her abilities within the health services organization.

For working professionals

USF strives to provide a quality educational program that fits into the busy lives of adult learners. Students can complete their HA program at their own pace while continuing to work. Classes are offered online with some courses meeting one evening a week or on six all-day Saturday sessions during the 14-week semester at locations throughout the country.


Courses run three semesters each year (fall, spring, summer) and a student may enter the program during any semester. This nine-course program (36 credit hours) can be completed in only 15 months. Courses are projected for three years at a time, enabling the student to plan his/her schedule.


The entire HA program is offered online and onsite in select locations (see below). Online courses are a viable alternative for professionals with busy personal, work and/or travel schedules. The online course content, requirements and assignments, as well as the semester calendar, are the same as on-campus courses. 

Students regularly interact with faculty, who are specially trained to offer a challenging, exciting, and meaningful online course experience. In addition to the online format, there are some elective courses offered one evening a week and on six all-day Saturday sessions.

Onsite Locations

The MS program is currently offered onsite in:

  • Birmingham, AL
  • Joliet, IL

Students can complete an HA degree at any time, any place through their laptop, home or office computers and an Internet service provider. From admission through graduation, USF also works with students to ensure that all parts of the educational process progress smoothly.

Real-world experience

Faculty in the HA program have both academic credentials and real-world experience. The full-time faculty are active in consulting, research and professional associations. The adjunct faculty are professionals in the content of the courses they teach. They bring their experiences to the classroom to provide students with immediate, practical application.


Students in the HA program are individuals who share the goal of professional growth and development, bringing to the classroom their perspectives and backgrounds. Students learn from each other as they network and share knowledge in a wide range of education and business topics. Class size averages between 15 and 20, providing the opportunity for an exciting interactive learning environment.

Candidates will find the study of health administration to be an enhancement of their professional careers as well as a source of personal satisfaction. Society in general will likewise benefit by health care administrators who have knowledge of scholarship and research, an understanding of effective management theory and practice, and insight into the social, legal and ethical responsibilities of health care professionals.

The number and types of health care delivery systems and institutional settings make for diverse management employment possibilities including but not limited to the following:

  • Hospitals
  • HMOs
  • Voluntary health agencies
  • Rehabilitation centers
  • Long-term care organizations
  • Public health
  • Community health care centers
  • Health insurance programs
  • Health research/evaluation
  • Architectural firms
  • Consulting firms
  • Teaching
  • Regulatory agencies
  • Consulting firms
  • Teaching
  • Regulatory agencies
  • Health services analysts
  • Health planning systems
  • Home health agencies

Programme Structure

Courses Included

  • Organizational and Human Resource Management
  • Medical Sociology
  • Health Economics and Policy
  • Health Information and Analytics
  • Health Care Finance
  • Health Care Law and Compliance
  • Health Services Marketing
  • Health Care Ethics and Decision Making
  • Research Methods
  • Health Administration Comprehensive Exam

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 15 months

Start dates & application deadlines




On Campus, Online

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
GMAT admission requirements GMAT The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a test intended to assess certain analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal, and reading skills in written English for use in admission to a graduate management program, such as an MBA. GMAT contains 4 sections - Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative and Verbal. The score has a range from 200 - 800.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission, a student must have at least two years of significant experience in the health care field and a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university and a minimum 2.75 GPA.

Computer competency in word processing and spreadsheets is required.

All admission requirements are subject to final approval by the dean of the appropriate college. 

  • Application and application fee
  • Admission essay
  • Official transcripts documenting the appropriate undergraduate degree and prerequisites from a regionally accredited institution
  • 2 letters of recommendation
  • Official IELTS and TOEFL scores

Work experience

Master of Science in Health Administration: two years of full-time employment in the health care field or permission from the academic department.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    748 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 748 USD per credit and a duration of 15 months.
  • National

    748 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 748 USD per credit and a duration of 15 months.


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