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Specialize in Health care Administration
Be the difference in health care
The health care administration specialization is for students who seek health care management positions. As managed care and health care delivery evolve, new skills and knowledge are needed. Through this specialization's many course offerings, students can explore a wide range of interests related to health care. The program balances practical skills with a values-based and research methods-based foundation so that graduates of the program can become dynamic members of their health care organization.
Careers in health care administration
This specialization is designed for individuals interested in a career in academic medical centers, clinics, home health agencies, hospices, hospitals, long-term care settings, managed-care organizations, and public health departments.
To earn a master's degree in public service, students must complete 36 credit hours of course work.
Required Courses, Specialization Courses, and Electives (30 Credits)*
Required courses (12 credits)
|PUBS 6000||History and Theory of Leadership and Ethics||3 credit hours|
or POSC 6101
Contemporary Political Research
3 credit hours
or POSC 6954
Urban Policy and Public Service Administration
Research Seminar in American Politics**
3 credit hours
or NURS 6007
Ethics in Public Service
Ethics, Policy, and Health Care Advocacy
3 credit hours
Specialization-focused Courses (12 credits; choose four courses below)
|HEAL 6820||Health Care Program Development||3 credit hours|
or NPSE 6525
Health Care Finance
Financial Matters in the Nonprofit Sector
3 credit hours
|HEAL 6848||Health Care Policy||3 credit hours|
|NURS 6009||Organizational and Systems Leadership||3 credit hours|
|NURS 6440||Theoretical Constructs: Dimensions of Aging||3 credit hours|
|POSC 5381||Politics of U.S. Health Care||3 credit hours|
Electives (6 credits; choose two courses below)
|ACCO 6000||Accounting Fundamentals||3 credit hours|
|HEAL 6845||Case Management||3 credit hours|
|HEAL 6846||Health Care Informatics||3 credit hours|
|MANA 6100||Organizational Behavior||3 credit hours|
|NURS 6440||Theoretical Constructs: Dimensions of Aging***||3 credit hours|
|NPSE 6521||Social Entrepreneurship: Nonprofit Organizations||3 credit hours|
|NPSE 6525||Financial Matters in the Non-Profit Sector||3 credit hours|
|NPSE 6530||Social Justice and Social Activism||3 credit hours|
|NPSE 6540||Restorative Justice||3 credit hours|
|PUBS 6051||Contemporary Leadership||3 credit hours|
|PUBS 6220||Organizational Behavior in Public Service||3 credit hours|
|PUBS 6230||Legal Issues in Public Service||3 credit hours|
|PUBS 6235||Communication and the Management Process in Non-Profit Sector||3 credit hours|
|PUBS 6964||Practicum in Public Service||3 credit hours|
|PUBS 6995||Independent Study in Public Service||1-3 credit hours|
* Depending on your selected specialization, these courses may vary. Please check with your academic adviser for specifics.
** Students taking POSC 6954 must choose the section subtitled "Urban Public Policy."
***Neither NURS 6440 nor NPSE 6525 can count toward both the Specialization requirement and the Electives requirement.
Integrative Learning Options (6 credits)
Students select one of two integrative learning options to complete their degree requirements:
- Students selecting the professional project option will take PUBS 6998 (Professional Project in Public Service) plus one additional, 3-credit course related to the professional project.
- Students choosing this option must submit a project outline to be approved by their program adviser and by the Graduate School.
- Students selecting the comprehensive examination option will take 6 credits of additional course work followed by a comprehensive exam.
- Students typically take the comprehensive exam during their final semester in the program.
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This program has rolling admissions, which means you may apply any time before the following dates:
- Fall term admissions- August 1 (June 1 for international applicants)
- Spring term admissions- December 15 (October 15 for international applicants)
These are the dates your application must be complete and all required documentation must be received in the Graduate School by these dates.
However, applicants who wish to be considered for merit-based financial aid (graduate assistantships/fellowships) should be aware of the merit-based financial aid deadlines by which all applicant materials must be received by the Graduate School:
- Fall (August) Term: February 15
- Spring (January) Term: November 15
- Summer (May) Term: April 15
- Read all application instructions prior to beginning an application.
- A completed application form and fee online.
- Copies from all current and previous colleges/university transcripts except Marquette.*
- Three letters of recommendation from academic or professional sources.
- Official test scores from the GRE (preferred), GMAT or LSAT. Waived if the applicant has completed any advanced degree from any school – M.A., M.S., M.B.A., Ph.D., J.D., or M.D.
- A statement of purpose. The best personal statement summarizes your academic interests and achievements and your career goals. Emphasize strengths that may not otherwise be obvious from your application file.
- For International Applicants only: an overall minimum TOEFL score of 100 or other acceptable proof of English proficiency.
*Upon admission, final official transcripts from all previously attended colleges/universities, with certified English translations if original language is not English, must be submitted to the Graduate School within the first five weeks of the term of admission or a hold preventing registration for future terms will be placed on the student’s record.
This department offers two sorts of financial aid, research assistantships (RA) and tuition scholarships. For a comprehensive listing of merit-based aid (graduate assistantships/fellowships) please visit the departmental financial aid webpage. Private scholarships may be available. U.S. citizens and permanent residents may be eligible to apply for need-based federal aid (loans) to help fund their educational expenses.
Students interested in this master's program may want to consider applying for the Trinity Fellows Program as well. Trinity Fellows is a graduate fellowship program dedicated to developing urban leaders with a commitment to social and economic justice. Trinity Fellows participate in a 21-month study/ work program while earning a master's degree. Those who have completed a full-time service program (minimum 10 months), and/or have worked for 2+ years in the nonprofit sector are eligible to apply. Details and instructions to apply are found on the Trinity Fellows website.