Graduate HSA Programs

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

Courses for the working person

The MHSA program and all graduate courses are accessible to working adults who cannot take time away from jobs and families for full-time study.

Evening Classes

The graduate degree in Health Services Administration is offered in evening class formats, to meet the needs of adults living and working in the metropolitan area. Evening classes are scheduled at 5, 5:15 or 7:40 p.m., Monday through Thursday.

In the Classroom

You'll be joining a diverse student body and learning from highly qualified faculty who focus on active learning and case-based instruction. And you'll benefit from small class sizes and real-world experience. All faculty are currently practicing or former healthcare administrators; all full-time faculty have doctoral degrees in their field of expertise.

Masters Degree Options

Master of Health Services Administration (MHSA)

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
  • fiscal management.

The 47-credit master's degree can be completed in five semesters by attending online and evening classes.

MHSA/MBA Program Option

Students will receive two separate degrees after successful completion of both degree program requirements.

Applicants to the MHSA/MBA program option must apply and be accepted to both programs. Applying to only one of the programs does not automatically admit you in this option. If granted admission in either the MHSA or MBA program, it also does not guarantee admission into this option.

As a reminder, you must apply to both the MHSA and MBA programs.

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Programs

Health Services Administration Certificate

Students interested in the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Health Services Administration program (other than business students) can click HERE.

Health Services Administration Management Certificate

Students interested in the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Health Services Administration Management (for business students) can click HERE.

100% Administrative Internship Placement
$100K+ Median salary for healthcare administrators
18% Projected job growth by 2028

Career networking as a student

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.

What do our students say?

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Detroit Mercy has a diverse culture with people coming from many corners of the world. It has given me perspective into understanding and accepting different cultures from all around the world and enjoy the best parts of it. ... The personable approach of the people at this University is its strength. I remember the first day I visited the University, I was lost. I asked a student to show me the cafeteria. Instead of pointing it out, she took my hand and showed me around. Read Mansi's full testimonial.
—Mansi Jariwala
Student, Master in Health Services Administration
Expected grad year: 2021

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"University of Detroit Mercy has already made a phenomenal impact in my career path. ... Throughout my educational career at the University, I’ve been blessed to see through two promotions within my company." Read Rhea's full testimonial.
—Rhea Rodgers
Student, Master in Health Services Administration
Expected grad year: 2021

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"Values such as service to others, the pursuit of excellence and respect for all are ones I work to uphold in everything I do. Pursuing an education from a University that holds such strong values helps to position my career and overall life journey on the right path." Read Lauren's full testimonial.
—Lauren May ’17
Alumna and student, Master in Health Services Administration
Expected grad year: 2022

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"Our University has years of success that is well respected. The partnership with the Midwest Chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives (MCACHE) tremendously increased my success potential.  While I was once in a position to rely on God and the generosity of others, it was important that I graduated from a program that invested in its community ..." Read Chantal's full testimonial.
—Chantal Cornfield ’14
Alumna, Master in Health Services Administration
Regional Director of Operations at American House

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    MHSA Application and Admission

    Graduate Application Requirements

    • A baccalaureate or advanced degree from a regionally-accredited college or university, with a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or better (on a 4.0 scale).
    • Resume or Curriculum Vita.
    • In some cases work experience is considered.
    • Three letters of recommendation from professional and academic (if graduated less than 5 years ago)  recommenders, including one from a direct supervisor.
    • Official transcripts of all colleges and universities attended.
    • A well-formulated career plan articulated in a brief essay.
    • A personal interview with the Health Services Administration Program Chair.

    Conditional Admission

    Conditional admission may be granted to students whose GPA is less than 3.0. Where conditional admission is recommended, the student will be required to complete a list of courses specified by the program chair with a grade of B or better in each of the courses. These courses may not be repeated.

    Application Deadlines 

    Please note: Official application deadlines for each semester are
    • Fall Semester: August 1
    • Winter Semester: November 1
    • Summer Semester: April 1

    Applying after the deadline

    It is always best to submit a completed application by the deadline in order to ensure that there is sufficient time for the MHSA Program and Admissions Office to review and process it. Although it is possible to submit a late application after the official application deadline has passed, it would be reviewed and processed only if time permits. Your chances depend on the number of students who applied on time and accepted their spot after the admission selection round.

    There are two ways to apply:

    Option 1 is directly through Detroit Mercy, the online application is free - click here to apply. Admissions Office, 4001 W. McNichols Rd., Detroit, MI 48221. If you have any questions, please call 1-800-635-5020.

    Option 2 is through the Healthcare Administration, Management & Policy Centralized Application System (HAMPCAS).  
    Our graduate program in Health Services Administration is a participant of HAMPCAS. This means that applicants can now apply to health management, administration and policy programs across different colleges and universities throughout the U.S. by way of a single, web-based application.  See below for the benefits to applicants when using HAMPCAS.
    Go to HAMPCAS to apply now.

    International Students

    In lieu of sending foreign transcripts directly to us, applicants who have studied overseas must submit official foreign transcripts to an approved (WES and ECE) foreign transcript evaluation service for a course-by-course U.S. equivalency report. Contact the foreign transcript evaluation service as early as possible. The service may take several weeks to process your foreign transcript once it is received.

    Applicants who are not United States citizens must contact the International Admissions Office for information about the application process and status. For more information click here. You may also contact them at:

    International Admissions Office
    Phone: 313-993-3310
    Fax: 313-993-3326

    Healthcare Administration, Management & Policy Centralized Application Service (HAMPCAS)

    About HAMPCAS

    The Healthcare Administration, Management & Policy Centralized Application Service (HAMPCAS) is the first national centralized application service designed for students applying to graduate programs in health administration, healthcare management and health policy. The service enables applicants to apply to multiple colleges and schools through a single web-based application.

    To provide applicants with the most efficient application process, we are pleased to announce that University of Detroit Mercy’s Master of Health Services Administration (MHSA) degree program is a participant in the Healthcare Administration, Management & Policy Centralized Application System (HAMPCAS). Applicants can either apply directly to the University of Detroit Mercy or through HAMPCAS.

    By using the HAMPCAS portal, applicants apply to health management, administration and policy programs across a variety of colleges and universities throughout the U.S. by way of a single, web-based application.

    The benefits to applicants using HAMPCAS are many, including:

    • Decreases the time and cost of applying to multiple programs.
    • Eliminates duplication of effort that required applicants to submit multiple copies of credentials, transcripts, essays and more.
    • Allows for the customization of essays or the use of a standard essay. For each school applying to you can select which option you prefer within one online application.
    • Allows completing your application over multiple sittings before submitting to all schools simultaneously. Also allows updating your application with new information after the application has already been initiated.
    • Enables you to check application status within the system from anywhere you have Internet access.
    • Enables one-time payment for all applications via secure e-commerce.

    HAMPCAS Application Processing Fees

    Application processing fees are dependent on the number of designated programs/degrees selected by the applicant. The first designation is $115 with each additional application being $40.

    Tips for a Successful HAMPCAS Application

    • Apply as early as possible
    • Read all of the instructions within each section of your HAMPCAS application before submitting your completed application
    • Review the specifics of the programs to which you are applying via the program links within the HAMPCAS application
    • Print a copy of your HAMPCAS application for your records
    • Make sure to monitor your application online and check for email messages from HAMPCAS or the schools via the online application and email account you provided in your application.

    Remember that your application is not considered complete and will not be processed, until you have e-submitted the application, paid your application fee and an official transcript from every college and university you have attended is received by HAMPCAS.


    Need assistance with the HAMPCAS portal? Call 617-612-2882 or email HAMPCAS Customer Support is available to answer your questions Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern Time.

    More Help from HAMPCAS

    Have more questions about HAMPCAS? Contact AUPHA at 703-894-0940.

    AUPHA mailing address is 2000 14th Street North, Suite 780, Arlington, VA 22201

    The HAMPCAS mailing address for the purpose of sending your transcripts is: HAMPCAS Transcript Processing Dept., PO Box 9122, Watertown MA 02472.

    Additional Resources

    To search for a program, both HAMPCAS programs and non-HAMPCAS programs, go to the AUPHA website to search via lists or via the AUPHA Online Directory of Programs at

    To find out whether the programs you want to apply are available via the HAMPCAS portal, visit on the AUPHA website or go directly to HAMPCAS.



    MHSA Sample 2-year Plan of Study - Courses (McNichols Campus)

    This is a sample sequence of course offerings. Classes may not be offered in this exact order. Please consult your advisor prior to registration.*

    Term I Fall

    HSA 5001 - Theory and Practice (2 cr) ____ (co-req 5005)
    HSA 5005 - Career Management (1 cr) ____ (co-req 5001)
    HSA 5010 - Accounting Principles (3 cr) ____
    HSA 5160 - Marketing (1.5 cr)    ____ (co-req 5190)
    HSA 5190 - Strategic Planning (1.5 cr) ____ (co-req 5160)

    Term II Winter

    HSA 5020 - Financial Management (3 cr) ____ (pre-req 5010)
    HLH 5700 - Health Care Delivery and Policy (3 cr)  ____ (also offered in Summer)
    ETH 5520 - Ethics (3 cr) ____ OL

    Term III Summer

    HSA 5070 - Population Health (3 cr) _____OL
    HSA 5090 - Human Resources (1.5 cr) ____ (co-req 5150)
    HSA 5150 - Leadership (1.5 cr) _____ (co-req 5090)
    PYC 5030 - Statistics (3 cr) _____ (also offered in Fall)
    HSA 5825 - Professional Development (1 cr) ____ (pre-req 5005)

    Term IV Fall

    HSA 5060 - Health Economics (3 cr) ____
    HSA 5500 – Information Systems (3 cr) ____
    HLH 5500 - Research Methods (3 cr) ____ (also offered Winter & Summer)

    Term V Winter

    HSA 5050 - Legal Aspects (3 cr) ____
    HSA 5780 - Quality Improvement (3 cr) ____
    HSA 5860 - Internship (2 cr) ____ ** (pre-req 5825 starting Summer '20)
    HSA 5941 - Capstone (2 cr) ____  **

    *See course catalog for additional information

    **Please note: Starting Fall 2018, a minimum of 30 MHSA credits need to be completed before signing up for HSA 5860 and HSA 5941.

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    MHSA Degree Competencies

    MHSA Program Competency Model

    DOMAIN 1. Leadership
    DOMAIN 2. Communications and Interpersonal Effectiveness
    DOMAIN 3. Professionalism and Ethics
    DOMAIN 4. Knowledge of the Healthcare Environment
    DOMAIN 5. Business Skills and Knowledge

    View a complete list of competencies within each domain.



    University of Detroit Mercy is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission – 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 Healthcare Executives (ACHE).  Members of the HSA faculty serve on the Executive Board of the local chapter of ACHE, the Midwest Chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives (MCACHE) and participate on the chapter committees.