The Department of Health Management and Informatics
offers a CAHME accredited Master of Science in Health Sciences with a track in Executive Health
Services Administration (Executive HSA). This program is designed for self-motivated,
experienced health services professionals with a minimum of three years of
relevant professional experience, including managers, mid-career professionals,
The Executive Health Services Administration track in the Health Sciences MS program requires a minimum of 44 credit hours beyond the bachelor’s degree. Students must pass the capstone course at the end of their studies as part of HSA 6188 Capstone in the Executive HSA track.
This program can be completed completely online with a course sequence that is lock-step and students must follow the required sequence of course work.
|Total Credit Hours Required:|
Credit Hours Minimum beyond the Bachelor's Degree|
The term each course is offered is indicated in the course listing below.
Required Courses—44 Credit Hours
Core—40 Credit Hours
- HSA 6766 Health Care Statistics and Research (4 credit hours) – Offered first Fall
- HSA 6345 Leadership for Health Care Executives (4 credit hours) – Offered first Fall
- HSA 6179 Financial Accounting for Health Care Managers (4 credit hours) – Offered first Spring
- HSA 6346 Health Care Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management (4 credit hours) – Offered first Spring
- HSA 6505 Health Care Quality and Risk Management (4 credit hours) – Offered first Summer
- HSA 6178 Financial Management for Health Care Managers (4 credit hours) – Offered first Summer
- HSA 6197C Health Care Informatics for Health Care Leaders (4 credit hours) – Offered second Fall
- HSA 6156 Health Care Economics and Policy (4 credit hours) – Offered second Fall
- HSA 6520 Epidemiology and Health Planning (4 credit hours) – Offered second Spring
- HSA 6555 Health Care Ethics and Law (4 credit hours) – Offered second Spring
Capstone—4 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 6188). 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 Executive HSA program will be permitted to pass this course with a grade of "C."
- HSA 6188 Health Care Capstone and Strategic Management (4 credit hours; see description below) – Offered second Summer
Cost Per Credit Hour
For the Executive Health Services Administration track, the cost per credit hour is $772.69.*
*Fee is subject to change
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, a student may apply a maximum total of six semester credit hours of “C” grades, or the “C” grade credits associated with at most two classes, whichever is greater, to satisfy degree program requirements. Students who earn more than six credit hours or two “C” grades may 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 Executive HSA program. In any course repeated, a student must earn a grade of “B” or better. The Executive Health Services Administration program generally does not use plus/minus grading.
Audio and Visual Equipment Requirement: The program is 100 percent online, however in our commitment to engage
students in an online learning environment, there may be times when the
professors hold webinars and virtual conferences which require students to be
online. As such, students need reliable audio and visual equipment (i.e.
microphone, headsets, web camera, etc.) to participate in webinars and video
Independent LearningIndependent learning is demonstrated throughout the curriculum through the process of inquiry and dialogue. Tangible research projects, scholarly papers, or our capstone experience also contribute to the self-development of our students.
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.
- Essay indicating how the MS - Executive Health Services Administration track will enhance career goals (1-2 pages).
- Résumé (no longer than two pages).
- Evidence of a minimum of three (3) years or more off relevant professional experience in healthcare.
- Three recommendation letters that speak to your health care and/or management
experience (1 of those recommendation letters must be from your current employer).
- 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 and TOEFL scores. 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 Executive Health Services Administration track accepts the most qualified students. Not all students who apply may be accepted, even if minimum requirements are met.
Students are admitted to the Executive HSA track during the fall semester of each academic year. The program utilizes a cohort model; thus, only full-time enrollment is available (there are no part-time options available).
UCF employees and state employees cannot use the tuition waiver for this program.
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*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.