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2016-2017 SGPP Catalog and Handbook 
2016-2017 SGPP Catalog and Handbook [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Health and Human Services Administration, M.A.

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The Master of Arts in Health and Human Services Administration program is designed to prepare graduates for leadership positions in a variety of settings such as clinics, nursing homes, group homes, hospitals, long-term care, assisted living facilities, insurance companies, hospice governmental agencies, medical manufacturers and home healthcare agencies. The program is intended for experienced professionals who seek graduate level studies focusing on administration and management in healthcare, long-term care, or human services. Students can choose a specialization in ether Healthcare Administration or Human Services Administration or a non-specialized degree combining courses from both specializations. There is an option to prepare for a Minnesota licensed Nursing Home Administrator. This program delivers practical and theoretical coursework in general management, financial management, and health or long-term care/human service administration, providing new perspectives to lead and advance organizations successfully in today’s challenging and complex health, long-term care, and human service fields.

Courses approved by BENHA

BENHA 1 - HS671 Human Service Systems BENHA 6 - GM655 Human Resource Management
BENHA 2 - HS662 Healthcare Financial Management  BENHA 7 - HS651 Policy for Human Services
BENHA 3 - HS604 Lifespan Development Perspectives
BENHA 8 - HS612 Health Informatics
BENHA 4 - HS606 Common Diseases & Treatments BENHA 9 - HS695 Practica Related Courses
BENHA 5 - HS601 Human Services Administration  

Practicum electives are only for individuals preparing for MN Nursing Home Administration licensure.  Students must complete coursework covering BENHA standards 1-8 before enrolling in a practicum course.

Program Outcomes

Graduates of the Master of Arts in Health and Human Services Administration Program are expected to be able to do the following:

  1. Provide operational leadership and management to promote organizational quality and sustainability.
  2. Provide effective human resource management skills to enhance organizational performance.
  3. Develop financial acumen to contribute to the vitality and viability of healthcare or long-term care/human services organizations.
  4. Integrate knowledge of organizational design, governance, and public policy into healthcare or long-term care/human services administration.
  5. Develop ethical leadership skills and dispositional attitudes to manage projects and collaborations.
  6. Implement plans, partnerships, and policies that address related local and national regulations and community needs.

Program Structure and Delivery

Student can complete the program in the residential offering on the Minneapolis or Rochester campuses (in-person and blended format), or in the fully online program offering. Courses delivered in the blended format integrate face-to-face classroom meetings and online activities or interactions in a planned, instructionally valuable manner.

As of July 24, 2013, select courses have been approved by the Minnesota Board of Examiners for Nursing Home Administrators (BENHA) to prepare students to take the Minnesota Nursing Home Administrators licensing exam.  Courses submitted for approval by BENHA have been indicated with the corresponding BENHA course number. Students should check with the Minnesota BENHA to determine the number of required practicum credits.  Students transferring into the program must take a minimum of 6 credits in this program prior to registering for practicum.


Degree Requirements

Required Core Courses 15 cr.
Specialization Courses 12 cr.
Required Capstone Course  3 cr.
Elective Courses  6 cr.
Total 36 cr.


Choose either the Healthcare Specialization or Human Services Administration Specialization or customize the specialization by choosing one course A, one course B, one course C, and one course D.

  Healthcare Specialization   Human Services Administration Specialization
A HS602 Healthcare Administration A HS601 Human Services Administration
B HS652 Healthcare Policy B HS651 Policy for Human Services
C HS672 Healthcare Systems C HS671 Human Services Systems
D GM600 Management Principles D HS604 Lifespan Development Perspectives


The faculty members for this program have earned doctorate or master’s degrees. Faculty are selected for their combination of educational and professional experience and expertise.

Admission Requirements

Applicants may apply for admission to master’s degree programs at any time during the year. Applicants must have completed an undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited institution and maintained an overall grade point average of 2.75 on a 4.00 scale. Applicants must demonstrate the language proficiency necessary for successful graduate coursework. Applicants must complete an interview with a program administrator as part of the admission process.

Application Process

 Applicants must submit:

  1. Completed online application and nonrefundable $25 application fee. (Fee not required for alumni, students seeking readmission or veterans and active military personnel.)
  2. An official transcript issued to Saint Mary’s University from the institution posting the applicant’s completed bachelor’s degree and other relevant transcripts documenting program prerequisites and potential transfer credits. Transcripts must be received from the credit-granting institution in a sealed envelope. Saint Mary’s cannot accept transcripts that have been previously scanned, faxed, e-mailed, opened, marked, or damaged in any way. To order your official transcripts, please contact the credit-granting institution directly. If you are submitting transcripts from countries other than the U.S., please see the international student section below.
  3. A one-two page personal statement which includes:
    1. A brief description of your background, training, and including any experience in healthcare, human services or long term care.
    2. A statement indicating your career goals and which degree specialization you would like:
      1. Healthcare Administration
      2. Long-Term Care/Human Services Administration
      3. a blend of both of the above
      4. a double specialization and completing both specialties
  4. Two letters of recommendation that verify professional and/or volunteer experience and academic ability.
  5. A current résumé listing educational background as well as volunteer and work experience. Please include all education and experience in health care, human services and long term care.

Please Note: Application materials should be sent to the attention of the Office of Admission on the Twin Cities campus.

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