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  • Course Delivery
  • Minimum Credits
  • Estimated Tuition
  • Duration
    2 Years

Program Overview

Health and human services administration is a dynamic, growing field that needs capable, empathetic leaders.

The health sector offers engaged individuals the opportunity to put their talents to use by improving the lives of those who need it the most. Organizational leaders are charged with balancing regulatory requirements, mission-fulfillment, multi-faceted funding streams, and addressing shortages of qualified staff, all while improving the quality of care and services.

The Saint Mary's University of Minnesota Master of Arts in Health and Human Services Administration program is intended for both new and more experienced professionals, and delivers practical and theoretical coursework in quality and performance improvement, strategic leadership, finance, policy, health and human services administration and systems, human resources, research, writing and communication, and a thorough overview of aging, illness and the continuum of care. New perspectives are provided to lead and advance organizations successfully in the challenging and complex healthcare, long-term care, and human services fields.

Program Highlights

Upon graduation, you'll be able to:

  • Promote quality and sustainability in a variety of healthcare and human services settings
  • Maximize performance and ensure quality care through effective human resource management
  • Understand, implement, and adjust for regulations and policies and their impact on quality
  • Master financial management to keep your organization successful amid rapid changes

The M.A. in Health and Human Services Administration program prepares graduates for leadership positions in a variety of healthcare or human service settings, such as multi-specialty medical groups, health systems and hospitals, health plans, device manufacturers and pharmaceutical companies, long-term care centers, home care and hospice agencies, federally qualified clinics and veterans services, not-for-profit health related agencies and organizations, and more.  

Program Accreditation and State Licensure

The M.A. in Health and Human Services Administration program is accredited by the Minnesota Board of Examiners for Nursing Home Administrators (MN BENHA) as meeting education requirements for Nursing Home Administrator licensure in the State of Minnesota. The program is designed to prepare students to take the Minnesota Nursing Home Administrators licensing exam. Students who wish to pursue licensure as a Nursing Home Administrator in Minnesota must complete the appropriate program pathway, meet the states practicum requirements, and pass state and national exams.

This program is not intended or designed to meet educational requirements for any professional licensure in states outside of Minnesota. Saint Marys University of Minnesota does not offer practicum credits for out-of-state students to complete hours for long term care or health facility licensure. It is always the responsibility of individual students to verify requirements with their state licensing board and with the National Association of Examiners of Long Term Care Administrators Board (NAB)

Course Information

Preparing graduates for leadership positions in a variety of healthcare and human service settings, this master's program provides coursework in all areas of healthcare management and administration, as well as communication, research, finance and ethics.

Practicum coursework is offered for those who want to prepare for Nursing Home Administrator licensure in Minnesota. This program does not offer practicum credits for out-of-state students to complete hours for long term care or health facility licensure.

For more information and course descriptions, check out our course catalog.

Applicants must submit:

  1. Completed application form
  2. $25 non-refundable application fee. Saint Mary's alumni, students seeking readmission, veterans, and active military personnel are exempt from this application fee.
  3. Official transcripts posting the applicant’s completed bachelor degree
  4. Other relevant official transcripts documenting potential transfer credits
  5. A reflective essay which includes a brief description of the applicant’s background, training, and experience, a description of the areas the applicant considers to be their strengths and areas in which the applicant wishes to develop greater strengths and abilities, and any personal information the applicant wishes to share
  6. Two recommendations that verify professional and/or volunteer experience and/or academic ability
  7. A current résumé listing educational background and work experience

Students must have a minimum GPA of 2.75 on a 4.00 scale, and the language proficiency to succeed in graduate-level classes.

If your overall GPA is below 2.75, you may receive provisional status in the program at the discretion of the program director.

Official transcripts must be sent directly from your undergraduate institution in a sealed envelope. We don't accept transcripts that are scanned, emailed, or faxed.

International transcripts must be evaluated by a university-accepted evaluation service.

Applicants with international transcripts may require an English language proficiency exam.

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Fall Semester Term I
Fall Semester Term II
Spring Semester Term I
Spring Semester Term II
Summer Semester Term I
Summer Semester Term II
Fall Semester Term I
Fall Semester Term II

Tuition & Fees

Tuition: $520 Per Credit


Graduation fee:$190

The Saint Mary's Difference

The heart of Saint Mary's is its people — faculty, staff, and your fellow students — who become your companions and allies on your educational journey. Here, in an intense give-and-take setting, each of us discovers just how much we can learn. You'll find, in every one of our classrooms, a person-centered education focused on your growth, your potential — because we believe that everyone deserves the chance to make an impact, to change the world around them.

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