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

PUBS 6025

     or POSC 6101

Research Methods

Contemporary Political Research

3 credit hours


PUBS 6205

     or POSC 6954

Urban Policy and Public Service Administration

Research Seminar in American Politics**

3 credit hours


PUBS 6210

     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

HEAL 6841

     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:

Professional Project

  • 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.

Comprehensive Exams

  • 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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Application Deadline

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

Application Requirements

  • 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.