The MBA Health Services Administration degree program blends business fundamentals with specialized health administration coursework designed for health administration careers. The basic program consists of 45 graduate credit hours of core requirements, directed electives and an internship field study which builds upon an 18 credit hour foundation of accepted management skills, concepts, and principles. This program is intended to be equally applicable to private, public, and governmental sectors of healthcare management. Upon entrance into the program each participant will work closely with the MBA and MBA HSA Director to develop an individualized study plan.
Admission for MBA Health Services Administration
A program participant must hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university. Applicants to the program should have a minimum of a 2.6/4.0 undergraduate GPA and a score of 500 on the Graduate Management Aptitude Test (GMAT) for admission. For candidates with terminal or advanced degrees or professional licenses, please see the admissions policy with regard to GMAT waivers. Each participant must submit two letters of reference in addition to the transcripts and examination reports required. The graduate director will review applications and provide recommendations to the Graduate Dean. Admission procedures are delineated in the Table of Requirements for Admission to Graduate Degree Programs section of this Graduate Catalog.
Applicants whose native language is not English must submit scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). A minimum score of 560 (paper-based) or 220 (computer-based) or 83 (Internet based) is needed. Information on this test is available from Educational Testing Service, Princeton, NJ 08540.
All international students must have official transcripts sent directly from the student’s home school of study to SUNY Oswego. Transcripts cannot be used for official acceptance unless this criterion is met. Transcripts sent with the application can be used for review purposes only, even if they are sealed and have a stamp from the school.
It is the responsibility of the student to file for degree candidacy once they have completed 12 to 18 credit hours of graduate study. A cumulative average of 3.0 or better is required to qualify for the awarding of degree candidacy status. The graduate director will conduct a review of the candidate’s academic performance to ensure these standards are upheld. Any credit hours over 18 are subject to forfeiture.
Transfer Credit for the MBA Health Services Administration
Up to six credit hours of accredited and approved graduate work may be transferred from other accredited graduate programs of study.
The foundation requirements must be completed in order to continue in the program beyond the first year. Credit may be given for these requirements based on prior academic credit, completion of programs with similar content, or experience. It is anticipated that most foundation requirements would have been previously satisfied by undergraduate course work for the typical business undergraduate student or a student in a business related field. In addition, courses will be taught periodically which satisfy these requirements as a service to interested program participants. Credits earned below the 510 level are not a part of the 45 hours required for program completion. Participants may simultaneously complete their final foundation requirements and begin to take core courses as long as prerequisite requirements for core courses are met. The specific foundation requirements are: MBA 501 ,502 , 503 , 504 , 505 , 507 .
Students with weak writing or oral communication skills may be required to complete extra coursework in those areas. Up to nine (9) credit hours of the HSA requirements may be waived with the joint approval of the MBA Director and the MBA HSA Coordinator. The capstone course cannot be waived. Internships /Field Studies are required. Internship waivers may be considered for experienced health care managers whose experience is within three (3) years prior to matriculation. Experience must include personnel and budget activities. Coursework waivers may be considered. You must submit a statement, not to exceed 300 words, that outlines your activities pertinent to the course. The relevant work experience must be within the last seven (7) years and must be acknowledged in writing by someone familiar with your work.