The master of science in health services administration program focuses on a systems approach for managing health care services including financial management, policy on economics, legal aspects of health care, quality improvement and epidemiology. This program serves professionals who seek to improve their skills and develop new strategies to meet the ever-changing health care environment. The minimum program requirement is 42 credit-hours. Part-time students (six credits per semester) can complete their coursework (not including Thesis Seminar (HSA-610) or Thesis Advisement (HSA-629)) in seven semesters. Full-time students take nine to twelve credits per semester.
Required Core Courses
|HSA-615||Health Systems Organization & Management||3|
|HSA-616||HR Mgt in Health Care Organizations||3|
|HSA-648||Introduction to Health Care Finance||3|
|HSA-649||Applications of Health Care Finance||3|
|HSA-653||Legal & Ethical Issues in HCO||3|
|HSA-669||Improving Performance of Health Systems||3|
|HSA-652||Healthcare Economics & Public Policy Making||3|
|HSA-671||Info Technology in Health Care||3|
Required Research Component
|HSA-608||Research Methodology & Design||3|
|HSA-629||Thesis Advisement 1||3|
Students who need additional time to complete their thesis register for 1 credit.
Total minimum required for the M.S.: 42
Good Academic Standing
A student’s academic standing is determined by the cumulative quality point average (G.P.A.). Graduate and doctoral students are expected to maintain a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.0 or above. A student who has less than a 3.0 cumulative G.P.A. at any time is placed on academic probation for one semester. At the end of the probation semester, the student’s file is reviewed by the program's student progress committee. If the student’s cumulative G.P.A. is a minimum of 3.0, the student is automatically removed from probation. If a student does not achieve the 3.0 G.P.A., the program student progress committee will either dismiss the student from the program immediately or continue the student on probation for one more semester. If a minimum of 3.0 is not then achieved, dismissal is automatic.
A student who receives less than a C or fails a Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory course must repeat the course unless he or she has been dismissed. A course may be repeated one time only. A student may be on probation no more than two semesters during the entire graduate program.
A student who maintains a minimum of a 3.0 average but receives a third grade of C or lower will be reviewed by the program graduate committee for a recommendation regarding continuation in the program. An appeal to any of the above may be made by following the grievance procedures found in the D’Youville College calendar and resource guide.
Grades Below B Policy
All grades of B or higher are applicable to the Health Services Administration MS Program at D’Youville College. Up to six credits of grades lower than a B (B-, C+ or C) may be applied to the doctoral degree. Grades of C- or lower are not applicable to the Health Services Administration MS program.
Applicants who do not meet the above criteria but have an undergraduate grade point average of at least 3.0 and show promise, will be reviewed on an individual basis by the admissions committee and may be admitted provisionally. While on provisional status students must meet all academic requirements of the program and must either receive grades of B or better in their first four courses in the Health Services Administration Program or earn a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 in the first four courses in the Health Services Administration MS program. Failure to do so will result in dismissal from the program.
Students enrolled in the doctoral programs who receive a grade of B- or below will be notified in writing that they have been placed on academic probation. Academic probation will then apply to the next semester of their enrollment, including summer semesters. Students who have been placed on academic probation must successfully complete all coursework with grades of B or higher in the next semester of their enrollment in order to be removed from academic probation. Students who have been placed on academic probation, and receive a grade of B- or below for any course taken in the next semester of their enrollment, are at risk for dismissal from the program. Students who are taking coursework, and are carrying an I (Incomplete) grade from any previous doctoral coursework, and who have a grade of B- or below submitted to replace any I grade, will immediately be placed on academic probation for the current semester of their enrollment.
To appeal a decision rendered by the School of Health Professions faculty/administration that has academic consequences, you must follow the appeal procedures which are available at www.dyc.edu/appeals.
To be considered for entrance into the HSA master's program, applicants must:
- Complete the online graduate application.
- Submit an admissions statement or essay specifically addressing how the program will be of benefit to you and the community that you serve. Statement should be about 250 words.
- Provide official transcripts from ALL prior colleges.
- Submit two letters of recommendations from employers.
- Submit a current resume.
- Possess relevant work experience and/ or a related degree.
- Hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college with a GPA of 3.0 or higher.
- Have successfully completed a three-credit, undergraduate statistics course ("C" or higher).
- Students are strongly encouraged to have taken an undergraduate accounting course prior to program admission.
- Preference will be given to candidates with an established work history in the field.