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  • Course Delivery
    online
  • Minimum Credits
    36
  • Estimated Tuition
    $23,040
  • Duration
    2 Years

Program Overview

Master of Arts in Health and Human Services Administration

Become a healthcare leader who can provide quality patient care while managing costs. The online Master of Arts in Health and Human Services Administration program at Saint Mary's University of Minnesota will prepare you to maximize human resources to promote excellence in care, comprehend and adjust regulations and policies as they impact quality, and understand the intricacies of health-services operations.

The program is accredited by the Minnesota Board of Examiners for Nursing Home Administrators (MN BENHA) and gives you the option to prepare for licensure1 as a long-term care administrator in Minnesota2.

Program Outcomes

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

Career Impact

The healthcare industry now leads the U.S. in employment.3 And, by 2025, a quarter of the American workforce will be over 55 and in need of effective health care administered by skilled leaders.4

The health and human services field offers a variety of job opportunities in diverse settings like hospitals, clinics, state and federal government agencies, human service agencies, assisted living facilities, and nursing homes. Below are a few titles to consider:

  • Nursing Home Administrator:
    $100,474 median annual salary5
  • Medical and Health Services Managers:
    $99,730 median annual salary6
  • Hospice Administrator:
    $84,143 median annual salary7
  • Social and Community Service Managers:
    $65,320 median annual salary8

1Students interested in pursuing professional licensure in their state should verify requirements with the appropriate state licensing board and with the National Association of Examiners of Long Term Care Administrators Board (NAB).
2Minnesota: As of July 24, 2013, the M.A. in Health and Human Services Administration program has been accredited by the Minnesota Board of Examiners for Nursing Home Administrators (MN BENHA) as meeting education requirements to prepare students to take the Minnesota Nursing Home Administrators licensing exam in the state of Minnesota. Students who wish to pursue licensure as a Nursing Home Administrator in Minnesota must complete the appropriate program pathway and meet the state's practicum requirements and pass state and national exams. Additional training and professional licensure required.
3Thompson, Derek (2018, January 9). Health Care Just Become the U.S.'s Largest Employer. Retrieved from https://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2018/01/health-care-america-jobs/550079/.
4Buckley, Patricia and Bachman, Daniel (2017, July 31). Meet the US Workforce of the Future: Older, More Diverse, and More Educated. Retrieved from https://www2.deloitte.com/insights/us/en/deloitte-review/issue-21/meet-the-us-workforce-of-the-future.html.
5Indeed, Nursing Home Administrator Salaries. Retrieved from https://www.indeed.com/salaries/Nursing-Home-Administrator-Salaries.
6Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Medical and Health Services Managers. Retrieved from https://www.bls.gov/ooh/management/medical-and-health-services-managers.htm.
7Payscale, Average Hospice Administrator Salary. Retrieved from https://www.payscale.com/research/US/Job=Hospice_Administrator/Salary.
8Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Social and Community Service Managers. Retrieved from https://www.bls.gov/ooh/management/social-and-community-service-managers.htm.

Minnesota: 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.

Other States: This program is not intended or designed to meet educational requirements for any professional licensure in states outside of Minnesota. Saint Mary's 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) http://www.nabweb.org/state-licensure-requirements.

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. 

For those who want to prepare for the Long Term Care (LTC) Administration licensure, practicum coursework is offered.


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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Key Dates

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Start Date
Fall Semester
08/16/2019
09/02/2019
Spring Semester
12/20/2019
01/06/2020
Summer Semester
04/17/2020
05/04/2020
Fall Semester
08/14/2020
08/31/2020

Tuition & Fees

Tuition: $640 Per Credit

Fees

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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