Master of Health Services Administration

Graduate Program

The Health Services Administration (HSA) graduate program is designed to educate knowledgeable, multi-skilled current and future healthcare leaders.

The Master of Health Services Administration (MHSA) builds on the health-related preparation and work experience that students bring to the program and develops advanced competencies in management, research techniques and fiscal management.

Courses are offered in formats designed for the working person. The MHSA program is accessible to working adults who cannot take time away from jobs and families for full-time or part-time study. Health care cases and content are fully integrated into each course and health care management texts are used along with Internet resources. The 47-credit master's degree can be completed in five semesters by attending online and evening classes.

The University of Detroit Mercy is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission - North Central Association and includes the programs within the university. The MHSA program is a member of the Association of University Programs in Health Administration and the Higher Education Network which is through the American College of Health Executives (ACHE.)  Members of the HSA faculty serve on the Executive Board of the local chapter of ACHE, the Michigan Chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives (MCACHE) and participate on the Chapter Committees. MHSA students are eligible to attend the educational programs sponsored by MCACHE that are held throughout the year.  Attending these programs provides students with opportunities to meet many healthcare executives in the local area and learn about current topics and issues of interest to health administrators.  Each year students are invited to participate in a job shadow event that is coordinated through the participating universities and the MCACHE Student Activities Council. This innovative event provides an opportunity for students to spend a day with a healthcare executive, observe the executive’s activities and meet other executives within the organization.

This program is also available at the University Center at Macomb Community College in Clinton Township.

Admission to the Dual Degree Program

Applicants to the Dual MBA/MHSA Joint Degree program are strongly advised to initially apply to the MHSA program and follow the directions for submitting an application. If admission is granted, students will meet with the MHSA faculty advisor. The advisor will provide information about the MHSA courses, the course sequencing that is most efficient and satisfies the pre-core requirements for the MBA degree.  The tuition rates for each degree are significantly different and dependent on the program in which the student is enrolled.  After meeting the MHSA degree requirements, students may apply to the MBA program.  Some of the MHSA courses will transfer to the MBA program which reduces the total number of credits required for the degree.