Health Services Administration (MHSA)
Program at a Glance
Per Credit Hour
If you want to take your career in health management to the next level, earn your Executive Master of Health Services Administration at Xavier University. We prepare the next generation of leaders in health services by offering an Executive Master of Health Services Administration (MHSA) in a 100% online format. You will join a nationally ranked program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME). The online Executive MHSA requires no on-campus visits, so you can earn your degree without interrupting your life and career.
This 42-credit program is designed for busy professionals, with at least five years of experience in the healthcare sector, or similar, who are ready to leverage their experience and transform the delivery of health services.
As student in Xavier’s online Executive MHSA program, you’ll be guided by highly skilled faculty and health leaders, as you join a class of no more than 20 peers who share your same passion and drive for success.
With health services administration classes offered in the fall, spring and summer, you can unleash your leadership potential and prepare for a top-tier, dynamic role in as few as two years.
Our award-winning Health Services Administration program is the only program in the country to have received three inaugural CAHME Awards:
- 2019 CAHME/Wharton Research Data Services “Best Paper for Empirical Research Award”
- 2017 CAHME/Canon Solutions America Award for “Sustainability in Healthcare Management Education and Practice”
- 2016 the CAHME/Ascension Health Award for “Excellence in Healthcare Leadership Development”
If you would like to learn more about our on-campus MHSA track, click here.
Yes, the Executive Master of Health Services Administration is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME).
No, the degree is from Xavier University and is awarded upon meeting coursework standards that are independent of course delivery. You will be awarded a Master of Health Services Administration.
The tuition rate for the online Executive MHSA degree is $685 per credit hour. The total cost of the program will vary, depending upon transfer credits awarded, additional fees and the cost of textbooks/materials. See the Tuition page for more information.
No, online master’s in health administration courses charge the same rate as all other courses.
Yes, you can feel confident choosing Xavier University’s online Executive MHSA degree. In fact, our program has a national reputation for excellence and is the only program in the country to have received three inaugural CAHME national awards since 2016. Some of our other accolades include:
- Ranked among the “Most Affordable CAHME Programs in Healthcare Administration” in 2018 (HealthcareAdministrationEDU.org)
- #5 Top Universities (U.S. News & World Report, Regional Midwest Colleges)
- #4 Best Colleges for Veterans (U.S. News & World Report, Regional Midwest Colleges)
Some students believe that online courses will be easier than a face-to-face course. However, that is not true. Each online course at Xavier will have the same academic standards and content as a face-to-face course. You may find online learning to be easier because it suits your learning style, but the course content, the expectations for how much you will learn and the assessment of what you have learned will be just as rigorous as in a face-to-face class.
Students may find that they can get to know their professor/instructor and other students better in an online course than in a traditional face-to-face course. There are many options for interacting with your instructors and classmates in your online program, including discussion boards, video or audio files from your instructor, email and video conferencing. There may be additional opportunities for interaction available based on the course and instructor, such as group projects or other online activities.
Online courses are designed to be asynchronous, with no set meeting times, but with deadlines. This allows students enrolled in a course to progress through it together, share experiences, help each other and develop their network. Each course includes activities, such as reading, video lectures, exercise, discussion boards, individual projects and group projects. No required on-ground meeting is included in the curriculum, but students are welcome to come to campus and meet with faculty.
Xavier prides itself on upholding the value of "cura personalis," or "care of the whole person," in its classes. Faculty maintain those values in our online courses by constructing activities that build a sense of community among participants and by making themselves available for questions and instructional support.
Participation expectations vary by professor. Most courses will be asynchronous with no set meeting times; however, professors have the option of including mandatory or optional synchronous online sessions in their courses.
Courses are 16-week sessions and it is suggested that students take 2-3 courses per semester and two courses in summer.
You will need to review the syllabus for your course to determine how to obtain materials (print and digital) you will need for your course. The Xavier Bookstore and/or Library will be happy to assist you in finding course materials. Some readings or media lessons may be posted digitally within the online course itself or in Xavier’s E-Reserves system.
If you are new to online learning at Xavier, we encourage you to go through the student orientation for online courses.
The Technology Services website offers great resources to support online students.
We encourage you to take advantage of the library’s online resources.
No, the GRE/GMAT is not required for the Executive Master of Health Services Administration program.
The online Executive MHSA program has one start date per year; new students can begin classes in the fall semester (typically at the end of August).
Xavier’s 100% online Executive MHSA degree consists of 42 credit hours, which can be completed in as little as two years, with flexible scheduling options available.
The online master’s degree in health services administration concludes with a capstone project that aligns with the organization in which a student is working. The project is supervised by a full-time faculty member along with a mentor at their place of employment. Projects must be approved by the faculty advisor and mentor. Students are responsible for securing their project mentor.
This course discusses behavioral theory and its underlying principles as applied to the development of managerial and team work skills for health services administrators.
In this course, fundamental human resource functions are analyzed and their implementation in healthcare organizations are investigated. The unique strategic imperatives and challenges of workforce development in a healthcare organization are explored and various solutions evaluated.
This course applies organizational theories to the understanding and management of the processes by which leaders and their top management teams formulate organizational mission, assess external environments and align internal resources in the implementation of organizational strategies designed to maximize strengths and opportunities and eliminate weaknesses and threats.
This course discusses the nature and application of various quantitative methods for analyzing and improving organizational systems and processes within the healthcare field.
Students will explore the theoretical application of statistical quality management in healthcare, as well as the practical application of quality improvement methods in healthcare settings.
This course introduces students to theory, technology and practical application of information systems. Emphasis is placed on preparing managers to interact with multidisciplinary personnel to design, acquire and maintain information systems for integrated healthcare delivery.
This course examines basic concepts of healthcare reimbursement from both a Medicare and commercial insurance perspective and from a complete health system point of view. Students will explore the shifting landscape from fee-for-service to value-based purchasing models that employers, Medicare and private insurers are gravitating towards. They will also examine the basic components of revenue cycle management that allow providers to turn clinical activity into cash flow to sustain their missions.
This course examines basic principles and techniques used in the financial management of a healthcare facility, with special emphasis on the capital acquisition problems within the healthcare industry and their relationship to external pressures on the industry's structure.
This course examines special financial management topics in the healthcare industry, such as leasing, refunding debt, risk analysis, outsourcing and merging. Special focus is placed on the management implications of revenue flows under various payment systems within integrated delivery systems and the effects of regulation.
Students are introduced to epidemiologic concepts, skills and data, the application of epidemiology to population health and health services and to the application of epidemiologic literature in health services management through an applied project using a health status analysis. Methods to determine risk factors for health problems are discussed and examined in this project.
This course provides (1) a historical perspective on the development of healthcare services in the US, (2) a description of the key factors and issues which influence the development of the current healthcare delivery systems, (3) a description of the current healthcare delivery systems, including reimbursement and (4) discussion of the future US healthcare system.
This course focuses on how to best allocate scarce resources to optimize the provision of health services and well-being of society and analyze how public and private policies impact various stakeholders.
This course describes the legal climate within which the healthcare institutions operate particularly as they pertain to the activities of healthcare administrators. It introduces the dominant ethical theories and principles in healthcare, relating them to current ethical issues (professional, clinical, social, business and organizational). The course examines the relationships between ethical and legal concepts, and how the two relate and influence each other. This course also provides the opportunity to begin to formulate ethical and legal positions related to contemporary issues and situations in healthcare.
This course integrates the specialized knowledge and skills learned from the previous online HESA courses through the completion of a project relevant to a health organization.
To apply for official acceptance as an online Executive MHSA student, submit the following:
Xavier University's free online application.
One official transcript directly from all colleges or universities that you have attended for any undergraduate and graduate course work. Applicants must have a degree from a regionally accredited university.
ATTN: Admission Processing Center
3800 Victory Parkway
Cincinnati, OH 45207-5131
For electronic transcripts, send to:
Current résumé of work experience. Executive MHSA students are required to have five or more years of healthcare experience, or similar.
Two letters of recommendation from professional and/or academic sources, including one from a current or former employer who can assess your potential for success in this program.
A 300 to 500-word, clear, concise and articulate Statement of Intent. The essay should address your career aspirations and how an MHSA degree will assist you in achieving them.
Admissions Interview conducted via phone or video; the interview will be held with the members of the Admissions Committee.
Prerequisite: Undergraduate or graduate statistics course from an accredited institution; minimum grade: “C” or higher. If needed, in the summer prior to starting the program, students can take an online statistics course at Xavier University or another institution approved by Xavier.
Preferred (not required)
- GPA: 3.0 and above; if your GPA is less than 3.0, please state the circumstances in your Statement of Intent, if you are comfortable sharing.
- Undergraduate or graduate economics course
GRE/GMAT scores are not required for admission to the Executive Master of Health Services Administration program.
In some courses you will use Excel. If you are not comfortable with that, you will be able to take a brief Excel course, at no additional cost, at the beginning of the Executive MHSA program.
Note: International students who reside outside of the United States cannot be accepted into the online Executive MHSA degree program. International students in the U.S. cannot enroll in an online degree program to fulfill the legal requirement for an F-1 or J-1 visa.