The Indiana University of Pennsylvania master’s program in Health Services Administration at the Dixon University Center prepares students for leadership positions in hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, insurance companies, and health organizations (nonprofit and for-profit). Students can also expect to gain marketable skills in human resources, health care delivery, and health care administration.
Along with acquiring leadership skills, this IUP master’s program at the DUC provides students with an effective balance of coursework in health services and employee relations. These are important skills, as the role of a health services administrator will require the application of specialized employee relations knowledge.
Students in this program will learn additional skills in financial systems, organizational structures, and market strategies, as well as analyzing legislative, regulatory, and political processes. Other outcomes include the abilities to analyze ethical and legal imperatives that influence health care, mange information resources to assist in effective decision making, and conduct research on issues within the health care system.
The IUP Health Services Administration master’s program at the DUC offers a unique opportunity for students to gain academic expertise from two departments. The Master of Science in Health Services Administration degree consists of 36 credits. The Department of Nursing and Allied Health Professions will offer 18 credits and the Department of Employment and Labor Relations will offer 15 credits.
Students choose one three-credit elective from IUP courses at the DUC that meet their needs and interests and meet the program objectives. There is also an option for students that anticipate continuing their education in a doctoral program to complete a thesis instead of an elective course. The thesis would require six credit hours, bringing their total to 39 credits.
There are various options to complete the master’s degree including one year full-time, one online course and one evening course over two years, or spread the courses out over as many as five years.
In order to be eligible for the IUP master’s program in Health Services Administration at the DUC, students must meet the following requirements:
- A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.6 or higher (if bachelor’s degree was earned within the last five years). If you graduated over five years ago, a cumulative GPA of 2.4 or higher is required.
- Earned bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution.
- Evidence of coursework in statistics and research methodology and design is strongly recommended.
In order to apply, students need to provide:
- Two letters of recommendation. If your bachelor’s degree was earned within the last five years, at least one letter must be from a faculty member or the dean/director of the undergraduate program. If your degree is older than five years, both letters must be from employers or professional colleagues.
- Satisfactory professional essay (minimum of two pages) to include a description of the following:
- A significant professional accomplishment
- Expectations of graduate study
- Career goals
Submit all application materials to IUP’s School of Graduate Studies and Research. Items should include:
- Application form
- Two letters of recommendation
- Signed and dated goal statement (professional essay)
- Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
- $50 application fee (nonrefundable)