Master of Healthcare Administration (M.H.A.)

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Total Semester Credit Hours Required

51 semester credit hours.

Additional Grading Requirements

In addition to the general University grading requirements, the HCA Program limits the number courses in which a grade of C is made in HCA Program specific courses to two. If a grade of C is made in a third HCA-specific course, then regardless of the cumulative grade point average, the student will be dropped from the HCA Program. Since this is an HCA grading requirement and not a University requirement, the student may enroll in another TWU program.

The two C Rule applies even if the student retakes a course in which the initial grade was a C.

Foundation courses

Foundation courses are the first level of preparation for specialized study in Health Administration. Applicants may request a waiver of any foundation courses by presenting evidence of having completed at least 2 undergraduate or one graduate course in the content area with a grade of B or better. These courses must be completed prior to enrolling in required courses.


Students, in consultation with a faculty advisor, will select at least 6 semester credit hours of approved elective courses in order to obtain additional breadth or depth in a particular field of Health Care Administration study. Electives from other TWU departments or other Universities may be approved with permission from the advisor if they meet the criteria as related to the study of HCA and student’s career goals. However transfer credits from other Universities or Departments are subject to limits established by the graduate school.

Internship/Fieldwork Opportunities

Internships and field experiences are available with health care organizations. They are designed to provide students with the opportunity to integrate and apply knowledge and skills from their course experiences. While an internship or fieldwork is not required, it is strongly recommended for all individuals who lack health care experience or whose experience is primarily technical or clinical. The decision regarding whether the internship or fieldwork should be included as one of the elective courses is made jointly by the faculty advisor and student at the completion of 12 semester credit hours of study. In addition many courses include fieldwork projects, tours and assessments of local health care organizations. A maximum of 3 semester credit hours may be earned in internship or fieldwork and applied toward the degree. In order to receive academic credit for an internship or fieldwork the student must contact his/her faculty advisor and complete the necessary documentation with the HCA internship/ieldwork coordinator prior to applying or accepting an internship or fieldwork assignment.


Each student is required to develop and maintain a professional portfolio documenting the attainment of goals and skills acquired in the course of their graduate study. This portfolio and student goals are developed jointly by the student and advisor. The portfolio is to be reviewed periodically with the advisor. Students must enroll in HCA 5883 during their final semester to complete their portfolios.

Certificate of Final Examination

Each graduating student will be required to present their completed portfolio to a faculty committee as a final exit exam.

Course Method and Delivery

Some courses in the program may be delivered in a non-traditional distance learning format. As a result, student involvement on campus will vary depending on method of delivery.

Master of Healthcare Administration Program of Study (51 minimum semester credit hours)

Foundation Courses (may be waived with advisor approval)
HCA 5001Concepts of Health and Disease for Administrators1
HCA 5103Foundations of Health Services3
HCA 5213Managerial Communications3
HCA 5253Organizational Behavior in Health Care Administration3
HCA 5463Research Methods for Managerial Decision Making3
HCA 5513Financial Accounting in Health Care Administration3
Required Courses (Individual course plans may vary)
HCA 5193Health Law3
HCA 5223Strategic Planning in Healthcare3
HCA 5343Human Resources Management in Health Care Administration3
HCA 5383Ethical Analysis in Health Services3
HCA 5363Leadership and Career Development in Health Care Administration3
HCA 5443Operations Analysis in Healthcare Administration3
HCA 5473Health Information Management3
HCA 5483Epidemiological Models for Health Services3
HCA 5493Performance Measurement and Quality in Health Care Administration3
HCA 5533Management Accounting for Health Care Organizations3
HCA 5543Health Care Finance3
HCA 5623Economics of Health Care3
HCA 5633Health Policy Analysis3
HCA 5933Capstone in Health Care Administration3
HCA 5883Professional Portfolio and Healthcare Career Competencies3
Select six semester credit hours of electives with approval of faculty advisor
Total Semester Credit Hours67