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College : Health and Public Affairs Degree :MHA
Department : Health Management and Informatics Option : Nonthesis
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The Department of Health Management and Information offers a Master of Health Administration with a track in Health Services Administration. The HSA track is 51 credit hours beyond the bachelor's degree and is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME).


The Health Services Administration track in the Health Administration MHA program requires a minimum of 51 credit hours beyond the bachelor’s degree. This includes 42 credit hours of required courses, 3 credit hours of the capstone course, 3 credit hours of electives, and 3 credit hours of an internship. The degree program also requires 6 credit hours of prerequisite courses, which may be taken after admission into the program. Knowledge of personal computers is also required.
Total Credit Hours Required:
51 Credit Hours Minimum beyond the Bachelor's Degree

Most required courses alternate between Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters and are not offered every term. The term each course is regularly offered is indicated in the course listing below. Students must meet with their academic adviser to develop a plan of study. A schedule of the program's curriculum can be found at the program website above.

The Master of Health Administration program offers courses in both mixed-mode and face-to-face formats. This program cannot be completed online.  Students with professional healthcare experience who are interested in an entirely online program can pursue the Executive track in the Health Administration MHA program. 


Students must complete prerequisite course work, including knowledge of finance and economics. Upon admission to the MHA program, students will be required to complete 2 prerequisite assessment tests. Students that receive a passing score of a 80% or higher will be exempt from taking the prerequisite in the respective area. These prerequisite courses may be taken after admission to the program.

  • HSA 5177 Foundation of Health Care Finance  (3 credit hours)
  • HSA 5436 Foundation of Health Care Economics  (3 credit hours)

Required Courses—45  Credit Hours

Core—42 Credit Hours

  • HSA 5198 Health Care Decision Sciences and Knowledge Management (3 credit hours) - offered Spring
  • HSA 6119 Health Care Organization and Management I (3 credit hours) - offered Spring
  • HSA 6128 Health Care Services Management (3 credit hours) - offered Spring
  • HSA 6155 Health Economics and Policy (3 credit hours) - offered Spring
  • HSA 6195 Management and Health Information Systems (3 credit hours) - offered Spring
  • HSA 6342 Health Care Human Resources Management (3 credit hours) - offered Fall
  • HSA 6385 Health Care Quality Management (3 credit hours) - offered Summer
  • HSC 6636 Issues and Trends in the Health Professions (3 credit hours) - offered every semester
  • HSC 6911 Scientific Inquiry in the Health Professions (3 credit hours) - offered Fall
  • PHC 6000 Managerial Epidemiology (3 credit hours) - offered Summer
  • PHC 6146 Health Planning and Policy (3 credit hours) - offered Fall
  • PHC 6160 Health Care Finance I (3 credit hours) - offered Fall
  • PHC 6164 Health Care Finance II (3 credit hours) - offered Spring
  • PHC 6420 Case Studies in Health Law (3 credit hours) - offered Spring

Capstone—3 Credit Hours

A final written examination experience is required of all students in the program. This requirement will be met through successful completion of the capstone course (HSA 6925). To successfully pass this course, students must earn a grade of "A" or "B."  There is one exception: students who earn no other "C" grades while in the MHA program will be permitted to pass this course with a grade of "C."

  • HSA 6925 Capstone in HSA (3 credit hours) - offered every semester

Elective Courses—3 Credit Hours

Choose one course from the following list:

  • HSC 6656 Health Care Ethics (3 credit hours)
  • HSA 6112 International Health Care (3 credit hours)
  • HSA 6512 Health Care Leadership (3 credit hours)
  • HSA 6128 Health Care Services Management (3 credit hours) - offered Spring
  • HSA 6536 Health and Medical Terminology for Health Administrators (3 credit hours)
  • HSA 5509 Health Care Risk Management (3 credit hours)
  • PHC 6183 Healthcare Emergency Management 3 (credit hours) - offered Spring
  • PUP 6607 Politics of Health Care (3 credit hours)
  • NGR 5660 Health Disparities: Issues and Strategies (3 credit hours)
  • ENC 5237 Writing for the Business Professional (3 credit hours)
  • GEY 5648 Gerontology: An Interdisciplinary Approach (3 credit hours)
  • Or an alternative graduate-level course at the discretion of the Program Director

Internship—3 Credit Hours

As a requirement for the Master of Health Administration, students must complete an internship within the administrative realm of an actual health care organization. Students will work directly with the Director of Internships to select an organization of interest.  Students are required to fulfill 240 contact hours within their selected organization over the course of the semester, or approximately 18-20 hours per week. 

Many health care organizations will require that students complete a background check, which may include, but is not be limited to, law enforcement finger printing, state driving records, credit reports, and criminal records check. The cost of the background check is the student’s responsibility. Background checks may take time to complete and, subsequently, could delay the student’s internship placement. It is advised that, in the semester prior to the internship, the student contact the organization directly to obtain further information on the organization’s background check requirements. Students who have potential background issues must contact the Director of Internships to schedule an interview in order to discuss the impact on field placement. The Health Services Administration Program cannot guarantee internship placement or subsequent degree completion for students who do not pass background checks

  • HSA 6946 Internship (3 credit hours) - offered every semester (Pre requisites: 24 credit hours completed in the program)

Students with 3 or more years of relevant health care management experience may qualify for a research-based internship option and are advised to contact the Director of Internships.

Independent Learning

Independent learning is demonstrated throughout the curriculum through the process of inquiry and dialogue. Tangible research projects, scholarly papers, internships, and the capstone experience also contribute to the self-development of our students.

Additional Program Requirements

Students must maintain a program of study and graduate status GPA of 3.0 or higher and can only graduate with a graduate status GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Additionally, students may not earn more than six credit hours of “C” grades while in the program. Students who receive more than six credit hours of “C” will be dismissed from further study in the major. A student who earns a grade of “D” or below will be dismissed from further study in the HSA program. In any course repeated, a student must earn a grade of “B” or better.  The Health Services Administration program generally does not use plus/minus grading.

Application Requirements

For information on general UCF graduate admissions requirements that apply to all prospective students, please visit the Admissions section of the Graduate Catalog. Applicants must apply online. All requested materials must be submitted by the established deadline.

In addition to the general UCF graduate application requirements, applicants to this program must provide:

  • One official transcript (in a sealed envelope) from each college/university attended.
  • Goal statement indicating how the Master of Health Administration program will enhance career goals.
  • Résumé (no longer than two pages).
  • Applicants applying to this program who have attended a college/university outside the United States must provide a course-by-course credential evaluation with GPA calculation. Credential evaluations are accepted from World Education Services (WES) or Josef Silny and Associates, Inc. only.

Admission to the program is competitive, based on evaluation of the applicant’s abilities, past academic performance, work experience, and the match of the program with career goals. The Master of Health Administration program accepts only the most qualified students. Not all students who apply may be accepted, even if minimum requirements are met.  Applicants who do not meet admission criteria are subject to an interview.

Students are admitted to the Master of Health Administration program in the fall and spring semesters. Full and part-time plans of study are available for both fall and spring admission cycles.

Application Deadlines

Health Services Administration *Fall Priority Fall Spring Summer
Domestic Applicants Jan 15Jul 15Dec 1


International Applicants Jan 15Jan 15Jul 1


International Transfer Applicants Jan 15Mar 1Sep 1


*Applicants who plan to enroll full time in a degree program and who wish to be considered for university fellowships or assistantships should apply by the Fall Priority date.


Graduate students may receive financial assistance through fellowships, assistantships, tuition support, or loans. For more information, see the College of Graduate Studies Funding website, which describes the types of financial assistance available at UCF and provides general guidance in planning your graduate finances. The Financial Information section of the Graduate Catalog is another key resource.


Fellowships are awarded based on academic merit to highly qualified students. They are paid to students through the Office of Student Financial Assistance, based on instructions provided by the College of Graduate Studies. Fellowships are given to support a student’s graduate study and do not have a work obligation. For more information, see UCF Graduate Fellowships, which includes descriptions of university fellowships and what you should do to be considered for a fellowship.