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2023-2024 SGPP Catalog and Student Handbook 
2023-2024 SGPP Catalog and Student Handbook [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Health and Human Services Administration, M.A.

Program Description

The Master of Arts in Health and Human Services Administration program is intended for both new and more experienced professionals, and delivers practical and theoretical coursework in quality and performance improvement, strategic leadership, finance, policy, health and human services administration and systems, human resources, research, writing and communication, and a thorough overview of aging, illness, and the continuum of care. New perspectives are provided to successfully lead and advance organizations in the challenging and complex healthcare, long-term care, and human services fields.

The M.A. in Health and Human Services Administration program prepares graduates for leadership positions in a variety of healthcare and human service settings, such as multi-specialty medical groups, health systems and hospitals, health plans, device manufacturers and pharmaceutical companies, long-term care centers, home care and hospice agencies, federally qualified clinics and veterans services, nonprofit health related agencies and organizations, and more.

Program Accreditation and State Licensure

Minnesota:  The M.A. in Health and Human Services Administration program is accredited by the Minnesota Board of Executives for Long-Term Services and Supports (MN BELTSS) as meeting education requirements for Nursing Home Administrator licensure in the State of Minnesota.  The program is designed to prepare students to take the Minnesota Nursing Home Administrators licensing exam. Students who wish to pursue licensure as a Nursing Home Administrator in Minnesota must complete the appropriate program pathway, meet the state’s practicum requirements, and pass state and national exams.

Other States: This program is not intended or designed to meet educational requirements for any professional licensure in states outside of Minnesota.  Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota does not offer practicum credits for out-of-state students to complete hours for long term care or health facility licensure. It is always the responsibility of individual students to verify requirements with their state licensing board and with the National Association of Examiners of Long Term Care Administrators Board (NAB) http://www.nabweb.org/state-licensure-requirements.

Minnesota BENHA Requirements MAHHSA 2016-17 courses MAHHSA Courses
Effective August 1, 2018
1. Organization Management HS671 HS712
2. Managerial Accounting HS662 HS662 & HS711
3. Gerontology HS604 HS713
4. Health Care and Medical Needs HS606 HS713
5. Nursing Facility Services HS601 HS716
6. Human Resources GM655 HS658
7. Regulatory Management HS651 HS715
8. Information Uses HS612 HS612
9. Practicum HS693, HS693, HS694, HS695 HS750, HS751, HS752, HS753

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 health care or long-term care/human services organizations.
  4. Integrate knowledge of organizational design, governance, and public policy into health care or long-term care/human services administration.
  5. Develop ethical leadership skills and dispositional attitudes to manage projects and collaborations, with a focus on system redesign and application of advanced technologies.
  6. Implement plans, partnerships, and policies that address related local and national regulations and community needs.

Program Structure and Delivery

The M.A. in Health and Human Services Administration program is delivered fully online.

Students who have completed the Healthcare Administration Certificate  may use all the credits toward the M.A. in Health and Human Services Administration. 

Degree Requirements

Required Core Courses 33 cr.
Required Capstone Course 3 cr.
Total 36 cr.



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.

Graduate Certificate to Master’s Degree

Students currently enrolled in a Saint Mary’s University graduate certificate program that can be used toward this degree are eligible to enroll in the master’s program through the Change/Add Program process. Students that have been withdrawn from the university must seek readmission through the Registrar’s office.

Application Process

 Applicants must submit the following:

  1. Completed application form with the nonrefundable application fee (fee not required for alumni or students seeking readmission or veterans and active military personnel),
  2. An official transcript(s) issued to Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota from the institution posting the applicant’s completed bachelor degree and other relevant transcripts documenting program prerequisites and potential transfer credits.  (An official transcript is one that is sent to the university by the credit-granting institution. Transcripts from countries other than the U.S. must be evaluated on a course by course basis by a university accepted evaluation service, such as World Education Services, Educational Credential Evaluators, Educational Perspectives, or One Earth International Credential Evaluators and be deemed equivalent to accredited U.S. university standards).  Evaluations from an approved member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES.org) will also be accepted.
  3. A reflective essay which includes the following:
  • brief description of your background, training, and including any experience and,
  • statement indicating the career goals of the applicant and his or her reasons for seeking admission to the program; and
  • description of the areas the applicant considers to be his or her strengths and areas in which the applicant wishes to develop greater strengths and abilities; and
  • personal informaiton the applicant wishes to share.
  1. Two letters of recommendation that verify professional and/or volunteer experience and academic ability; and
  2. A current résumé listing educational background as well as volunteer and work experience; and
  3. Applicants with international transcripts may require an English language proficiency exam (TOEFL, IELTS, PTE or MELAB accepted).

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

Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota
Office of Admission
2500 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55404