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Master of Science in Health Services Administration

SUNYITThe Master of Science in Health Services Administration promotes the use of management and organizational theory, an understanding of health care delivery, reimbursement and financing systems, and applied research to formulate, implement, and evaluate managerial decisions in a health care setting. Areas of focus in the curriculum include management, health policy, legal topics in health care, financial management, health marketing and strategic planning, quantitative methods of data collection and analysis, and research methods.

The Master of Science in Health Services Administration is an internationally-recognized degree, and is widely regarded as an outstanding graduate degree in the field of health care management. The program of study integrates both major topical areas in health care management (such as law, finance, marketing), which are essential given the increasing business orientation of health care, and applied health care research (i.e., quantitative analysis and research design methods). Upon completion of the program, a graduate will have the necessary academic training to assume a mid- to upper-level management position in a health care setting (e.g., practice management, managed care, acute care, long-term care, insurance groups, public health). Graduates will also be prepared to take the national nursing home administrator examination for licensure as a nursing home administrator.

The Master of Science in Health Services Administration Program is primarily intended for students who have academic preparation in the liberal arts, the applied sciences (e.g., students with a Bachelor's degree in nursing), or business, and seek a career in health care administration. These students will benefit from the health services administration focus of the curriculum, which is designed specifically to meet the educational needs and career goals of persons with a desire to apply management techniques to organizations in a health care setting.

Admissions Guidelines

Students admitted to the Master of Science in Health Services Administration Program are expected to be proficient in two general areas common to graduate programs in health management upon admission, including accounting and statistics. Students will also be required to demonstrate computer competence with spreadsheets, word processing and databases by the end of the first semester.

Competence may be determined by coursework or work experience. Admitted students lacking these proficiencies should consult with a graduate advisor to determine appropriate course selection. Prerequisite skills may be fulfilled in a variety of ways including: transfer courses, courses at SUNYIT, and College-level Entrance Program (CLEP) or Regents College Degree (RCD) examinations for students with appropriate knowledge, but no official documentation.

An application for admission to the Master of Science in Health Services Administration Program at SUNYIT must be filed, along with all supporting documents, with the college's Admissions Office. It is suggested that fall semester applications be submitted by June 15; applications for spring semester should be filed by November 15.


  1. A baccalaureate degree from an accredited university or college.
  2. A 3.0 or higher overall G.P.A.
  3. A course in statistics with a C or better; a course in accounting with a C or better. A student who does not meet this requirement may be admitted with a deficiency.
  4. GMAT or GRE

Scores from the GMAT (Graduate Management Admissions Test) will follow the AACSB (American Assembly of Collegiate Schools of Business) recommended guideline as a minimum admission criteria as follows:

  • A total of 950 points based on 200 x undergraduate GPA + GMAT score

The College will use prior academic achievement and the GMAT or GRE as the basic guide to determine admissibility, except in the following cases:

  • The applicant has been out of school for an extended period of time and the real meaning of his or her undergraduate grades is questionable.
  • The applicant has demonstrated, through exceptional performance in a management career, that his or her undergraduate grades were not indicative of his or her ability.


Students without any health related experience will be required to complete a six-credit hour internship. The determination for this requirement will be made upon admission by the Program Director.


The program may require up to 45 graduate hours of study depending on the individual student's prior coursework and professional experience. In an effort to recognize and accommodate the expected diversity of baccalaureate backgrounds of the targeted student population, a flexible degree program was created. The program allows internal flexibility through the advisement process to address variations of student direct job related experience and specialized learning.

The Master of Science in Health Services Administration Program is designed for non-business or health service administration baccalaureate students who typically need a series of background or prerequisite courses. Students who document either previous academic training or occupationally developed expertise will be given special consideration of selected coursework or prerequisite waiver. However, no student will graduate with less than 33 hours of completed graduate coursework within the Master of Science in Health Services Administration Program.

Core Courses

HSM 500 Health Systems 3
HSM 501 Policy 3
HSM 505 Economic 3
HSM 609 Law 3
HSM 518 Management 3
FIN 525 Accounting & Finance 6
HSM 535    
HSM 525 Marketing & Planning 3
MGS 511 Quantitative Methods 3
HSM 680 Research Environments 3
HSM685 Integrative Capstone 3


HSM 510 Health Services Administration
HSM 522  
HSM 530  
HSM 531  
HSM 699  
HSM  592  

Other Graduate Electives

Any course offered in the MBA program or MS Accountancy program

Requirement Notes

  1. An introductory statistics and accounting course are required for this curriculum. Students will also be required to demonstrate computer competence with spreadsheets, word processing and databases by the end of the first semester. Competence may be determined by coursework or work experience.
  2. Equivalents are undergraduate courses that will satisfy a Core Course Requirement.
  3. At least 3 credits must be Health Services Administration electives, however, students with a special interest may petition to complete the elective requirement without a health related elective.

Degree Review

After completing 12 graduate credit hours, all students will be evaluated to determine whether their academic progress has been satisfactory to admit them into candidacy. Students who are not admitted into Candidacy will not be allowed to continue in the program. The program director will use a student's G.P.A. to evaluate his or her academic performance. Students with a G.P.A. of 3.0 or higher will be admitted into candidacy.

  1. The program director will take one of the following actions for students whose G.P.A. is below a 3.0: require the student to complete additional (i.e., remedial) coursework to enhance the student's skills in a specific area, e.g., writing, statistics;
  2. allow the student to take one to two more graduate courses and require the student to obtain specific minimum grades, e.g., a B+, or higher to continue in the program; or
  3. dismiss the student from the program and provide the student with academic/career advisement as appropriate.

Dean, School of Business
SUNY Institute of Technology
P.O. Box 3050
Utica, NY 13504-3050