Master of Science in Health Sciences in Health Care Administration Online

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Master of Science in Health Sciences in Health Care Administration Online

The UTRGV MSHS in Health Care Administration online program gives you an expanded set of skills and abilities critical for any health care leader. The curriculum addresses current legal and ethical concerns, health care and quality improvement systems, organizational and financial strategies.

As health care in the United States continues to evolve, the industry demands new leaders who understand its specific challenges with an equal understanding of health care practice and the business operations of a health system. The UTRGV Master of Science in Health Sciences in Health Care Administration will prepare you to confidently guide health systems through enormous complexity and constant change. The program, a collaboration between the College of Business and the College of Health Sciences, is designed for experienced working professionals who wish to transition to leadership roles within health care management, administration and operations.

This degree makes you uniquely qualified to:

  • Communicate effectively with all members of interprofessional collaboration teams to the best possible outcomes for both the patient and the health system
  • Use evidence-based practice to improve hospital and health system procedures and processes
  • Analyze, influence and impact health care policy
  • Develop and monitor budgets
  • Manage resources and people
Duration MBA Financial Planning  Complete in as few as 12 months
Credit Hours MBA Financial Planning  36 credit hours
Per credit hour Per 3-credit course Total program cost
Tuition MBA Financial Planning  444.44 Tuition MBA Financial Planning  1,333.32 Tuition MBA Financial Planning  16,000*
*We estimate the tuition and fees will total no more than the rates shown above; however,rates are subject to change.
  • Admission Requirements

    Step #1: Submit a UTRGV Graduate Application at The university application fee of $50 ($100 for International Applicants) can be paid online by credit card or electronic check (in the online application). All application fees are nonrefundable.

    Step #2: Request your official transcripts to be sent electronically to or mailed to:

    The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
    The Graduate College
    Marialice Shary Shivers Bldg. 1.158
    1201 W. University Drive
    Edinburg, TX 78539-2999

    *Please Note: If you are a graduate of UTPA, UTB/TSC, or UTRGV you do not need to request an official transcript to be sent to the Graduate College.

    Review and submit all Program Requirements:

    • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution. 
    • Undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0.
      • If your GPA falls between a 2.75 and 2.99, you may be eligible to appeal the admissions decision. To request an appeal you must write a formal letter of appeal to the program coordinator.
    • Official transcripts from each institution attended (must be submitted directly to UTRGV).
    • Submission of two letters of recommendation
    • Submission of a letter of intent
    • Cleared Criminal Background Check

    Additional requirements for domestic applicants who attended foreign universities and International applicants:

    • TOEFL or IELTS Language Proficiency Test with minimum scores: 550 on paper-based, 213 on computer based, or 79 on internet-based for the TOEFL; 6.5 for the IELTS. TOEFL and IELTS scores are valid for 2 years. For additional information, visit the English Proficiency Exam section of our website.
    • English translation of educational records.
    • Transcript Evaluation by the Foreign Credentials Service of America (FCSA) or the World Education Services (WES) . For additional information, visit the Academic Credentials/TranscriptsEvaluation section of our website.

    *Students in fully online programs are not eligible for I-20 or student visas however international applicants can study from their home country.

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  • Program Contact

    Program Director: Dr. Saraswathy Nair

    Phone: 956-882-5108

    Office: Brownsville Campus, BBRHB 1.103


    Special Assistant to the Program: Ms. Kim M. Garcia

    Phone: 956-665-4781

    Office: Edinburg Campus, EHABW 1144A


  • Deadlines

    Online Accelerated Application Deadline:

    Spring 2018 Module I Spring 2018 Module II Summer 2018 Module I Summer 2018 Module II Fall 2018 Module I Fall 2018 Module II
    December 3 January 28 March 25 May 20 July 22 September 17
  • Course Requirements

    Core Courses

    INFS 6340 Health Computer Information Systems

    This course provides the knowledge about fundamentals of health Information Systems and the role of Information systems in efficient operation of health care organizations. The course specifically focuses on: Evolution of HMIS, HMIS components and basic HMIS functions, technology infrastructure for health care organizations, basic concepts such as HER, HIE, CPOE, and CDSS, HMIS standards such as HIPPA, HL7, and DICOM, strategic information systems planning for health care organizations, systems analysis and project management, information security issues, and role of HMIS professionals in health organizations.

    Duration: 7 weeks
    Credit Hours: 3
    HSCI 6300 Introduction to the Health Care System and Quality Improvement

    An introduction to the health care system beginning with a historical overview, analysis of organizational components and an emphasis on the interaction of delivery systems, regulation, financial concerns, regulations and alternative strategies for health care organizations, as well as quality assurance and its role in health care organizations.

    Duration: 7 weeks
    Credit Hours: 3
    HSCI 6307 Health Care Policy, Organization and Financing

    This course focuses on health care policy, organization and financing. The advanced practice nurse's role in the provision of quality cost-effective care, participation in design and implementation of health care in a variety of health care systems, and leadership in managing human, fiscal and physical health care resources is emphasized. Prerequisite: Graduate student status.

    Duration: 7 weeks
    Credit Hours: 3
    HSCI 6310 Research in Health Sciences

    An exploration of qualitative and quantitative research methods and experimental designs with specific application to the Health Sciences as well as an introduction to evidence-based medicine.

    Duration: 7 weeks
    Credit Hours: 3
    HSCI 6345 Legal and Ethical Issues in Health Care

    Overview of legal and ethical issues associated with the delivery of health care in today's society. Specific areas of contemporary legal and ethical concern surrounding everyday practice will be emphasized.

    Duration: 7 weeks
    Credit Hours: 3
    HSCI 7302 Professional Proposal Writing

    This course will cover the knowledge, skills and techniques used in the preparation of professional papers and grant proposals. Students will also be introduced to methods used in the identification of funding sources, as well as the principles of successful grant management.

    Duration: 7 weeks
    Credit Hours: 3
    Health Care Administration Track
    ACCT 6305 Health Care Accounting

    This is an applied finance and accounting health care course, designed to provide decision makers with fundamental concepts in health care finance, accounting, budgeting, planning and forecasting. Students will gain an understanding in how to analyze financial statements and evaluate the financial conditions of various health care facilities. Students will also acquire an understanding of cost accounting concepts such as cost behavior; break-even analysis and activity based costing.

    Duration: 7 weeks
    Credit Hours: 3
    MARK 6350 Competing Through Service

    This course focuses on the vital role services play in the economy and its future. It shows how the advanced economies of the world are now dominated by service(s), and virtually all companies, including those traditionally known as manufacturers, view services as critical to retaining their consumers today and in the future and surviving in the marketplace. Students will be exposed to the state-of-the-art in services management and marketing.

    Duration: 7 weeks
    Credit Hours: 3
    MGMT 6372 Organizational Leadership and Change

    This course is designed to provide a broad overview of leadership and organizational change theories, practices and research. Special attention will be given to critical thinking skills and the students' ability to communicate and lead effectively in the discussion chat room format.

    Duration: 7 weeks
    Credit Hours: 3
    FINA 6350 Healthcare Finance

    This course provides an introduction to the essential tools and techniques of health care financial management, including health care accounting and financial statements, managing cash flow, billings and collections, making major capital investment. The course also covers such fundamental concepts as time value of money, the evaluation of financial statements, and pricing of financial instruments with an emphasis on their application to the health care environment. Students will also get exposure to developments in health care laws and regulations such as the Affordable Care Act.

    Duration: 7 weeks
    Credit Hours: 3
    MGMT 6333 Human Resource Management in Health Care

    This course is designed to acquaint students with basic principles and concepts of human resource management within a health care organization. Topics to be covered include recruitment, selection, compensation, employee retention, training and development, and legal compliance. Students will have the opportunity to study human resource related problems faced by various health care systems such as hospitals, integrated health care systems, managed care settings, private practices, and public health clinics.

    Duration: 7 weeks
    Credit Hours: 3
    HSCI 6346 Compliance and Risk Management

    This course will provide an overview of areas critical to the management of risk in health care organizations including areas of concern related to compliance with the wide variety of legal and statutory requirements mandated by current health policy.

    Duration: 7 weeks
    Credit Hours: 3